Why exactly are we talking about hair care for men? You may wonder. Only women fuss over their hair, right? Well, not quite. Like most men, you probably wear your hair short, but that doesn’t mean you get to do the barest minimum.
You take good care of your body by going to the gym, eating right, and doing your annual medical exam right? The hair is a vital part of your body, so why not treat it with the same care and attention?
We’ve put together 3 easy hair hacks which are sure to improve the quality of your mane.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize- Does your hair come off every time you run a comb or brush through it? Do you feel your hair is brittle and difficult to manage? If you answer yes to these questions, then it is very likely that your hair is suffering from a lack of moisture. Here are some tips to introduce and retain your hair moisture:
- Step away from the shampoo- I know, I know, it sounds counterintuitive, but hear me out. Your hair contains natural oils which get stripped away when you shampoo your hair too often. Most of the shampoos on the grocery store shelves contain sulfates, which tend to strip away the natural oils in your hair. It certainly doesn’t help when you just towel your hair dry without replacing those lost oils.
Instead, shampoo two to three times a week, and use a conditioner every time you shampoo. Consider shampooing like taking your clothes off to shower and then think of conditioning like putting fresh clothes on. Honestly, though, you really don’t need to wash your hair that often, unless you play sports or your work entails a lot of physical exertion.
- Avoid toweling your hair dry- Rubbing your hair with a towel not only introduces frizz, but you also lose the most important moisture ingredient your hair needs, water. Your hair is also made up of proteins which help to keep water locked in between the strands of your hair. When you towel or blow your hair dry all the time, the proteins in your hair have nothing to work with.
Lock in moisture by applying Remy Ricos Curl Cream / Shea Butter, from the roots to the tip, then finish off with a moisturizing gel or leave-in conditioner.
Bonus tip- Contrary to popular belief, your hair does not need a wagon load of products. When it comes to your hair, less is usually more. Invest some time in researching the products that work best for your hair type.
Find and stick with a barber who understands your hair- You may have to kiss a few frogs before you find your ‘Barber Charming’, but this is very very important. A barber who understands your hair will listen to you, and won’t dismiss you when you have concerns or questions. They know the products which are right for your hair type and texture and are able to detect when something is off. There’s also the added benefit of them hooking you up with dope fades all the time.
- Get rid of the splits- Yeah, banana splits are delicious and somewhat good for you. However, split ends on your hair are not. Also known as trichotillomania (try saying that 3 times without making a mistake), split ends are usually the result of dry or over-processed hair. If split ends are not handled immediately, they can cause damage to your hair follicle. A regular trim gets rid of the problem.