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Taking care of your hair and making it look good doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s now easier than ever to keep it in top condition thanks to the extremely large range of haircare products available at your fingertips. However, there’s no point in just using whatever you feel like at the time; you need to use the right products to suit your hair and scalp and know exactly when and how to use them. To keep your hair both looking and feeling healthy, check out our professional hair care tips for men below.
If you wash your hair every day, stop. To keep hair healthy, you should wash your hair no more than 2-3 times a week. Suffer with greasy hair every morning? Try switching out your shampoo for something new, as your current one may not suit your scalp, causing an oily build up. Also invest in some dry shampoo so you can extend the time you can go between washes.
When it comes to hair styling products, less is more. If you use too much product, hair quickly looks greasy and messy rather than clean and styled which is not what you want. Take a small amount of product to start with and add more if you need to. Finding that you need to use a lot to make it hold? You may need to try a new product which is better suited to your hair.
By the age of 50, around 85% of men have thinning hair. For those of you who are part of that percentage, there are some simple changes which you can make to your styling routine to make it appear more subtle. Switch out any styling products which leave you with a satin finish for those with a matte finish. This will make sure that you don’t draw attention to any thinning patches and leave your hair looking thicker.
After washing your hair, it can be tempting to aggressively rub it with a towel to dry it. However, hair is more prone to breakage when wet so gently pat it dry instead. This will stop your hair from becoming weaker and weaker over time.
Believe it or not, your mood can affect your hair. When you’re stressed out, the roots become less healthy, therefore producing weaker hair. Over time, continuous stress will cause hairs to fall out quicker, leaving you with thinner hair. Prevent this by making time to relax each day; this will benefit your mental health too.
Extremely cheap shampoo and conditioner may leave your hair feeling clean immediately after washing, but it tends to be packed with harsh chemicals. Over time, these chemicals damage the hair shaft and lead to a shorter life span of the hair. Use high quality shampoo and conditioners which contain hair-loving ingredients to improve your hair quality. Bonus: You won’t need to use as much, so your bottle should last longer.
Knowing which tools to use on your hair and when can have dramatic effects on the overall quality of your hair. Whilst your hair is wet, use a wide tooth comb to detangle any knots without snagging or causing too much tension on individual strands. At the end of the day, brush your hair to distribute the natural oils from your scalp throughout the hair. This will nourish strands and keep them healthy.
You should get your hair cut every 4-6 weeks. If you leave it for longer, the ends of your hair become split, making it important to remove the damage from the ends. External aggressors such as weather and heat styling affect the condition of your hair, so getting it trimmed will keep it looking healthy.
Not only is protein important for your muscles and bones, it is also the building block for hair. If your hair doesn’t receive enough protein, it goes into something called a ‘resting phase’ which causes it to shed and fall out. Stop this from happening by eating a protein rich diet.
Hair care products containing alcohol cause hair to become dry, dull and lifeless. Aim to use products which contain nourishing ingredients such as argan oil and shea butter instead to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.
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