It’s no secret that, for better or worse, modern society places a great value on physical beauty. Individuals would simply assess one another based on their character and personality in an ideal world.
Given that these prejudices are ever-present, we believe that the astute gentleman may use them to his advantage to appear more confident, polished, and put together. And, of course, some men spend a lot of time discussing how clothes may have this impact. However, your face and hair are just as essential as your outfit.
What Scalp Type Do You Have?
Caring for your hair is closely related to caring for your scalp. After all, while hair follicles can be of various thicknesses and forms, resulting in straight, wavy, kinky, or curly hair, the strands themselves are not alive. As a result, effective hair care begins at the scalp.
Because your scalp naturally secretes an oil called sebum, which keeps both your scalp and hair moisturized and healthy, it’s vital to understand that everyone has a distinct scalp type.
If you have an oily scalp, you’re probably already aware of it because your hair will frequently appear oily or even greasy even if you don’t do anything to it daily. However, when it comes to products for an oily scalp, you should avoid those that claim to be hydrating or moisturizing and instead go for those that claim to strengthen and balance the hair.
Another thing to keep in mind while dealing with greasy hair is to avoid over-scrubbing. Though it may be natural to use a lot of force, having a little bit of oil on the scalp is ok since overstimulating your scalp can cause it to generate more sebum, exacerbating the condition.
These are the sort of scalps that commonly result in dandruff. With dry scalp you must look for shampoos, conditioners, and other treatments that emphasize hydration, and, of course, if you have a dehydrated scalp that over-the-counter items alone cannot address, visit your doctor.
Finally, if you don’t have an excessively oily or dehydrated scalp, congrats! You have a regular healthy scalp. You don’t need to seek products with specific advantages prioritized above others; simply ensure that you have a proper mix of quality moisturizing and fortifying ingredients in your hair products.
Healthy Hair and Scalp Care Routines
Shower in Lukewarm Water.
While it may feel wonderful, taking a hot shower will strip all of the natural oils out of your hair, leaving it to feel dry and more prone to frizziness and split ends. While you may believe that the solution is to take a cold shower, this will also not assist you much in the long term.
If the water in your shower is freezing, the capillaries in your scalp will shrink and constrict, resulting in reduced blood flow in the region, and, as a result, your hair will not receive the nutrients it requires. So the most straightforward approach is to find a happy medium and shower in lukewarm water.
Look for products that are free of sulfates.
The problem with most low-cost shampoos is that they include sulfates. These are commonly found in ingredient lists under names such as sodium lauryl sulfate, for example. The primary purpose of these chemicals is to make shampoo foam more and produce more suds since we naturally believe that if a product bubbles, it is doing a better job of cleaning things; it’s just a normal human instinct.
However, in addition to generating additional bubbles, these sulfates will strip the natural oils from your hair, which, as previously said, is not a healthy thing. As a result, your hair will become dry and brittle; thus, selecting a shampoo devoid of sulfates and naturally washes and strengthens your hair will be your best choice.
These sulfate-free shampoos might be more challenging to obtain at times, but your barber or stylist will most definitely have some suggestions. You’ll want to search for components like hydrolyzed wheat protein, amino acids, and vitamin E in particular. In addition, using a clarifying shampoo once a week can remove any built-up hair product that has accumulated in your hair over time.
Reduce the frequency with which you shampoo.
Most guys probably wash their hair after every shower, although this isn’t essential. Even sulfate-free shampoos will strip the natural oils from your hair more rapidly. As a result, while it is necessary to continue a daily washing regimen, simply rinsing your hair with water will be more beneficial than shampooing every time.
Most barbers/stylists advocate shampooing your hair just two to three times each week. Furthermore, if you use high-quality styling products, most of them will be water-soluble, so you won’t have to worry.
Conditioner is used in the shower to nourish and protect your hair and calm and settle its cuticles, which are the rough shingle-like borders around the core hair shaft. Men with curly hair will benefit the most from using conditioner regularly since smoothing down the cuticles of curly hair can make it look its best as well as less frizzy.
So, in the shower, the best method to care for your hair is to rinse it with tepid water, apply conditioner regularly, and use shampoo a few times a week. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “rinse and repeat,” don’t apply it in the shower. One application of conditioner and, of course, the shampoo will be more than enough to keep your hair from drying out.
When towel drying, be gentle.
While it may be tempting to get your hair dry as soon as possible by forcefully wringing with your towel, doing so on wet hair, which is more fragile, will likely result in severe breakage. As a result, using a microfiber towel and working in the natural direction that your hair grows will be healthier for it in the long term.
Blow-drying should be avoided.
The heated air from most blow dryers will not only cause additional frizz and split ends but will also dry out your scalp. If you must use a blow dryer to create volume in your hair, using the cool setting is your best choice. Overall, letting your hair air dry is the healthiest option.
Take it easy on the styling products.
Using products to add vitality to your hair or to do something different with it than it would naturally is a fantastic way to freshen things up and improve your appearance. However, if you apply too much product, your hair will most likely seem matted or otherwise unnatural. As a result, experiment a little to determine the appropriate amount of product for you, and then don’t over do it.
Maintain Your Natural Hair.
What we mean by this is that excessive perming, dying, straightening, relaxing or chemically texturizing and the like will harm your hair. Of course, males are less likely to have these treatments done, but if you want to experiment, do it occasionally, and avoid undergoing these types of hair treatments to maintain your healthy hair.
Use the Correct Tools in the Correct Ways.
Because hair is inherently sensitive, you must understand how to style it without causing harm. For example, because wet hair is more prone to damage than dried hair, you should avoid using a hairbrush when it is damp because hair strands might become tangled in the brush’s numerous bristles and can be broken off more easily.
If you’re going to style your hair while it’s damp, it’s best to use your hands or a somewhat wide-toothed comb, and while using a tool to style your hair, use fluid movement. If you move too rapidly or use too much power, you risk ripping hair out of your scalp or injuring the scalp itself.
Get your hair trimmed regularly.
You must maintain a consistent haircut regimen. Most barbers or stylist recommend getting your hair trimmed every four to six weeks. In other words, once a month to once a month and a half. Another thing to keep in mind is that if your barber or stylist accepts appointments, try to schedule one in the morning so they haven’t already been cutting hair all day. I say this because, when you sit in their chair, they’ll probably have a somewhat sharper eye when it comes to trimming your hair.
Avoid ill-fitting headgear.
Wearing too-tight headgear may result in reduced blood circulation to your scalp and, as a result, less healthy hair. For example, participating in a helmet activity like biking where the helmet constantly presses against your scalp, may develop friction alopecia, a condition in which the rubbing causes hair to come out more quickly. Fortunately, most medical professionals feel that friction alopecia is just transitory or temporary.
More permanent is the condition known as traction alopecia, which is caused by pulling the hair back tightly for extended periods, such as in the recent craze for man buns. If you are wearing tight headwear or have your hair pulled back tightly for strenuous physical activity, not only will the friction or tension alopecia be at play, but also the increased sweat. The answer here is to simply ensure that you’re wearing headgear that fits correctly and that your hair isn’t under any additional strain.
Chlorine should be avoided.
The chlorine found in swimming pools is hugely damaging to your hair since it dries out both the hair and the scalp. To protect your hair from chlorine, moisten it and apply a tiny amount of light conditioner before entering the pool. When exiting the pool be sure to use a clarifying shampoo that removes chlorine. If you’re confident enough in your appearance, wearing a swim cap is another option.
Limit your exposure to the sun.
Of course, as previously said, you should make sure that your headgear fits appropriately, but don’t spend too much time in the sun with your head exposed, especially if you have thinning hair. When your scalp becomes sunburned, it produces a chemical called superoxide, which causes your hair to transition from a growth stage to a shedding state, which is not ideal.
Don’t be stressed!
There are countless things to be stressed about in today’s fast-paced culture, but if you can take a few moments each day to center yourself and reach a place of peace, not only will this have numerous other health advantages, but it will also assist your hair. Stress has been found to constrict the scalp and impede blood flow, therefore putting things off to the hair. Aside from making time to de-stress each day, having frequent scalp massages will feel fantastic and be suitable for your hair.
3 Scalp Care Habits You Must Adhere To
1) Thoroughly wash your hair and scalp.
Sweat and grime can accumulate on the scalp, particularly if you have long journeys and several vehicle transfers on your way to work. The usage of gels and waxes can also result in product accumulation on your scalp. Make it a practice to clean your hair and scalp once or twice a month using a clarifying shampoo to remove debris and product buildup without eliminating the natural oil on your scalp.
2) Keep an eye on how your scalp is going.
Is your scalp prone to itching? Some components in the hair products you use may irritate your scalp. You may also develop seborrheic dermatitis, which occurs in oily areas of your body, such as your scalp. When the naturally occurring bacterium, also known as Malassezia globosa, interacts with your natural oils, it breaks down into oleic acid, a recognized irritant that causes itching and even scaling.
Because of the itching, seborrheic dermatitis may appear to be dandruff, but it is not. Wash your hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo first, and if your condition does not improve, see a dermatologist to be prescribed the appropriate therapy.
3) Keep an eye out for white flakes.
Dandruff might be more visible if you have mohawks, undercuts, or semi-bald haircuts. When shopping for an anti-dandruff shampoo, you should take a look at the ingredient list. It must include zinc pyrithione, which aids in the treatment of dandruff and prevents germs from developing on your scalp.
Bottom line: Maintain Your Health
It’s as easy as trying to eat well, get enough sleep, and exercise as much as possible, as you might think. Together with modestly increasing your consumption of zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D, these essential bits of advice will result in healthier and more colorful hair.
Being armed with these suggestions, your hair will not only be healthier, but it should also be easier to groom, allowing you to avoid those hair-raising situations.