5 Ways to Keep Men’s Hair Healthy
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A beautiful, well-kept head of hair is the best accessory around.
As men, we often prioritize ease and efficiency when it comes to our grooming (hello, 3-in-1 hair, face, and body wash), but for maximum suaveness, you really should have a dedicated hair care regimen. Whether you go au naturel or use hair dye for men, you deserve to have great-looking hair.
The best part is, it doesn’t take a ton of effort or time to do right by your hair. Just a few simple habits and the rest takes care of itself.
And it all starts with your scalp.
1. Know your scalp and treat it right
Hair is to the scalp like grass is to the soil—nothing good will grow if you don’t know how to treat the land. So any good hair care routine hinges on knowing what kind of scalp you have and how best to treat it.
Your scalp will fall somewhere on the spectrum from oily at one end to dry on the other end. If you’re blessed to be right in the middle, in the “normal scalp” range, then that makes life much easier since you won’t need to seek out specific products to target scalp issues. Just make sure to keep your hair moisturized and strong (more on this below).
Oily and dry scalps need a different kind of approach. One that manages and balances the production of sebum, the oil produced by your body that keeps hair hydrated.
Too much sebum leads to an oily scalp, and your first instinct may be to scrub at it with shampoo to clear out the buildup. However, this just aggravates the problem. Go for a clarifying or balancing shampoo and be gentle with your hair.
Dry scalps have the opposite problem—too little sebum—and one telltale sign is dandruff. If this is you, your best bet is a hydrating or moisturizing shampoo. If your dandruff is really persistent, you may need to see a doctor to get a prescription shampoo that will set things right.
2. Nourish your hair from the inside out with supplements
First, a disclaimer about supplements: they are not a magic pill that will produce a luscious head of thick hair if that isn’t what nature intended for you.
However, in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle, they may be able to give you that little extra something that takes your hair to the next level.
One of the easiest ways to start supplementing is to get an all-in-one product that is specifically targeted for skin, hair, and nails. Look for supplements that contain the following:
- Biotin (aka Vitamin H): Promotes hair growth by boosting the protein structures in your hair as well as your skin and nails
- Vitamin A: Supports healthy hair by encouraging sebum production and reducing breakage
- Vitamin C: Helps form strong hair by Increasing the body’s iron absorption and collagen production
- Zinc and Selenium: Encourages oil production for a hydrated and healthy scalp
- Folic Acid and Niacin: Improves circulation and nutrient delivery to the scalp
3. Develop good hair care habits
Hot water cleans better. Shampoo daily to keep your hair clean and healthy.
These are some of the hygiene myths we were taught growing up and if you’re still living by them, it’s time to stop!
Hot water actually damages your hair by stripping the natural oils away, leaving behind brittle, frizzy hair that is prone to breakage.
Shampooing too often does the same thing. It throws your scalp out of whack by zapping sebum away, which can leave you with dryness or, conversely, an oily scalp when sebum production kicks into overdrive to compensate for the lost moisture.
You should only be shampooing three times a week, at most. And when you do, turn the tap to lukewarm to keep your hair happy. Don’t forget the conditioner, either.
4. Make haircuts a regular part of your routine
Regular haircuts not only keep you looking fresh and stylish, they also promote healthy hair growth. In general, you should be in a barber’s chair once every four to six weeks. That way, the longest part of your hair (which is usually the most damaged) gets snipped off, so that what remains is healthy, shiny, and in excellent condition.
5. Commit to a lifestyle that promotes health and well-being
While stress won’t make you go prematurely bald, it can absolutely lead to dull, flat, lifeless-looking hair. Stress causes your scalp to tighten up and reduces blood flow, which means the hair follicles don’t get the nutrients they need to produce shiny, strong strands.
The simplest advice is the best here. Make time for regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, and stress management techniques including meditation and mindfulness.
A hair care regimen doesn’t have to be fancy to be effective. Even a few steps in the right direction can produce major improvements in the health and strength of your hair. Start living these five simple tips and watch your hair become your pride and joy.
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