There’s no question that a man’s hair is an important part of his overall look. Over the years, you may have developed a rather rigid routine, but you may be surprised to learn how many wonderful new styling methods are available. So how can you deal with hair-raising problems like dry scalp? What’s the best way to tackle a receding hairline? And how do you find a decent barber that doesn’t cost your entire family savings?
If you’re stuck in a hair routine using nothing but shampoo and conditioner, you may want to add a decadent twist by using one of our 11 effective hair care tips today.
- Identify Your Scalp Type
- Treat Yourself to a Head Massage
- Invest in Super Soft Towels
- Don’t Underestimate You and Your Barber’s Relationship
- Indulge in Luxury Hair Oils
- Try a Vinegar Treatment
- Use the Right Product for You
- Ditch the Combover
- Rely on Nature
- Refresh Your Facial Hair
- Revisit Your Diet
1. Identify Your Scalp Type
It’s important to know what type of canvas you’re working with before investing in luxury hair care products. Luckily, it’s not as difficult as it sounds to find out which one you have.
Oily: Nothing too complicated here; if your hair typically feels oily or greasy, then you have an oily scalp type. Make sure you work your shampoo thoroughly into your scalp to help break up excess oils and product build-up.
Dry: A dry scalp often feels dry and itchy - and sometimes plagued by dandruff. If your scalp is extremely dry, then it’s good to look for ingredients, such as tea tree oil, that have extensive moisturizing properties.
Normal: If this is your scalp type, your hair is generally easy to manage, has the right amount of oil and you don’t have to over-complicate things when shopping for products. Your primary mission is to find a shampoo that strikes the right balance between moisturizing and cleansing.
Knowing these scalp types can also help you identify what products to purchase for your children when baby shampoo just isn’t cutting it anymore.
2. Treat Yourself to a Head Massage
That’s the spot right there.
Regular stress can tighten the scalp and cause premature hair thinning. To de-stress after a long week of wrangling toddlers and boost circulation to the scalp, think about getting regular, stimulating head massages.
Better yet, think about how you can get your kids roped in so you have head massages on tap.
3. Invest in Super Soft Towels
If you’re like a lot of men, you step out of the shower and rub your hair vigorously with a towel to help dry it.
Stop right there.
Hair tends to be weaker when wet (and more prone to damage), so don’t rub too hard and invest in some expensive towels. Egyptian cotton? Treat yourself. When you change your hair drying routine, you’ll notice an immediate difference because gentler drying methods significantly improve the way your hair feels and its overall appearance.
Honestly, the best way to dry your hair is to let it dry naturally, but blow drying may be your best bet on those days when you’re running late to take the kids to school.
4. Don’t Underestimate You and Your Barber’s Relationship
The relationship you form with your barber is a special one. They know your locks inside and out, you trust them with whatever type of trim you want and they also know what to suggest if you’re looking for something different. They make you look and feel your best and it’s perfectly okay to pick their brains about your hair.
If you’re searching for a new look, take a couple of pictures on your phone of what you like. That way, you have a starting point to work from and can work in harmony with your barber. Ask them to recommend products and also styling tips so you know how to tame your new do.
5. Indulge in Oils
That $3 bottle of shampoo from your local drugstore might suffice, but adding special hair oils like argan adds an instant improvement - and a bit of luxury - to your hair care routine. With these marvelous additions come some amazing benefits to your scalp and facial hair.
Different oils satisfy specific hair care needs but they all provide your hair with a rich deep glow. Your hair will not only look and feel silky, but it will also be better protected from heat and the world outside your front door.
6. Try a Vinegar Treatment
Although this doesn’t sound very luxurious, the results certainly are. To reinvigorate your hair’s happy sheen, try a monthly vinegar treatment! Use an apple cider vinegar and you’ll be in awe by the transformative luster this technique gives your locks.
You’ve probably got some in your pantry right now and it’s a quick way to boost your tresses’ health by bringing the pH balance back to a holistic level. The benefits of apple cider vinegar don’t stop there. If you want to take it to the next level, you can also use it as a facial toner to reduce acne breakouts as part of a daily skincare routine because of its antimicrobial properties.
7. Use the Right Product for You
Using products that aren’t right for your scalp type or hair thickness can leave your hairdo looking like a hair-don’t. Here’s a quick refresher on hair products that can help you make better choices for your hair type:
- Gel – Gives you the wet look that stays in place. It’s a high-shine, high-hold product.
- Putties – Putties are high-hold, low shine and aren’t as stiff as gels.
- Wax – There’s no question that wax holds your hair in place. Although, it’s definitely tougher to get out of your hair because it’s oil-based.
- Pomade – Pomade is great for achieving retro looks and a high shine. But just note they tend to have a lesser hold than other products.
- Paste – Paste is a great option for you if you have medium to long hair. They usually have a medium shine and hold.
- Muds & Clays – As muds and clays are inherently drier than other products for men’s hair, they tend to be matte. Muds and clays range from low to high hold and everything in between.
- Sea Salt Spray – Sea salt spray is a fantastic option for achieving textured, matte hair that's touchable and moves naturally.
It wasn’t that long ago that hairspray was considered exclusively for women but it’s vastly underrated and also an effective grooming tool for men. And remember, sometimes less is more.
8. Ditch the Combover
Okay, so your hair is doing that dad thing where it’s thinning on top while you still have a fair amount of it on the sides. At this point, you can decide to cover the bare spots on top of your head with a combover or brave it.
As any man with a cowlick or widow’s peak will agree, it’s far better to work with the hair than against it. Do yourself a favor and get a haircut that suits your thinning style instead. It’s a natural part of growing older with a loving family, so embrace it!
9. Rely on Nature
You may be reluctant to start splatting eggs on your head, but they’re absolutely loaded with the proteins and essential minerals (like sulfur) your hair craves. You can harness the goodness of eggs by conditioning your hair regularly with yolk. I’m serious.
Let the egg yolk penetrate deep into your scalp. This way, it can strengthen your follicles from within. It’s all fun and games until the kids ask for scrambled eggs for breakfast.
10. Refresh Your Facial Hair
Love them or hate them, well-maintained beards are something to marvel. Regular trimming (with barber scissors) and ongoing care are essential for keeping your facial hair looking good. We’ve touched on hair oil before, but it’s especially important to give your facial hair nourishment and shine.
The best time to pamper your beard is straight out the shower and after a beard wash. High-quality oils help you achieve that silky-smooth texture so the kids don’t complain about daddy’s scratchy face. For those dapper gentlemen with mustaches, splash out on high-end wax and balm to tame it and keep it looking stylish all day.
Got sparse areas? Dermarolling looks like a mini torture device but it stimulates hair growth and evens out skin tone. Armed with this advice, you can easily keep your unkempt beard at bay.
11. Revisit Your Diet
Your hair is no different from your beard - maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help it to reach its full potential. Your hair health is a reflection of your lifestyle and an essential part of hair care for men is eating well, getting plenty of exercise, drinking water and having a well-rested night’s sleep.
Growth hormones kick into action when you’re getting some shut-eye and it speeds up cell reproduction, including scalp cells. So, we’re basically saying it’s okay to have that dad nap on the sofa.
Your hair is one of the first things that gets noticed about you; the toddler around your kneecaps is a close second. A well-maintained head of hair will have you feeling positive. For more health and wellbeing content, head over to our blog that’s packed with advice. Better yet, share your tips and secrets so we can all have luscious locks.