Given that hair is technically dead (in as much as it has no blood, nerves or muscles), it’s surprising how much TLC it requires to look its best. And it’s not just the actual strands that need care and attention – the scalp does too.
So how can you deal with hair-raising problems like greasiness, breakage and product build-up? What’s the best way to tackle a thinning thatch? And how on earth do you find a decent barber that doesn’t cost it?
Switch To Matte Products If Thinning
For many men, hair thins out as they hit their thirties and forties. To make it look thicker and more manageable, use a matte styling paste or clay. Matte products absorb light and instantly make hair appear a little thicker.
Give Yourself An Egg Wash
Do it once a month to give protein to your hair
Pick The Right Moment For A Haircut
To get the undivided attention of a barber or stylist, timing is everything. Most salons are quieter at the beginning and end of the day, so it’s worth asking for the very first or last appointment.
Use A Pre-Styling Product
Guys often know exactly what products to use to ‘finish’ a style.
However, they commonly miss the vital element of adding a pre-styler when the hair is damp. Mousses, sea salt sprays and even serums can have a real impact on the finished style when used correctly.
Less Is Often More
One of the biggest mistakes men make when it comes to hair styling is using too much product
A little can go a long way and if you use products sparingly you’ll find yourself sporting a more natural look while avoiding a heavy and greasy appearance.
Apply Shampoo To Dry Hair To Remove Wax
Fan of hair wax but struggle to get it out of your hair .The best way to deal with wax is to apply shampoo to dry hair and rinse, then follow this with another application of shampoo. You’ll find that this method helps to breakdown the product and leave hair clean.
Pat Dry, Don’t Rub
We men tend to think that the harder we rub our hair after washing the quicker it’ll dry. In reality, an over-zealous towel drying technique will just cause breakage – especially bad news if your hair already isn’t quite as thick as it used to be.
In the same way that your teeth are only as good as your gums, your hair is only as good as your scalp.
Regular stress can tighten the scalp and cause hair thinning. To de-stress and boost circulation to the scalp, ensuring healthy hair growth, think about getting regular, stimulating head massages.
A common mistake men make with dry and coarse hair is over-washing it.
If that’s your hair type, limit washing to once or twice a week and always apply a conditionerWashing it every day will just make it even drier. If you reduce washing and use a conditioner, the result will be smoother, healthier looking hair.
Don’t Fiddle With Greasy Hair
If you have greasy growth on top of your head, it’s always a good idea to avoid using hot water .Don’t scrub and rub like mad; this only serves to further activate oil producing sebaceous glands that are already overactive.
Protect Hair When In The Pool
Chlorine chemically bonds with the proteins in the hair and causes the cuticle (the hair’s protective outer layer) to lift, which makes hair dry, brittle and dull.
To minimise chlorine’s effects,Wetting hair thoroughly with clean water before swimming, as this dilutes the chemical. Or try applying a small amount of conditioner before diving in.
Forget The Comb-Over
“If you’re losing your hair a short, cropped style is the best option.Keeping it shorter at the sides and longer on top is a good idea too, as it draws attention away from the thinning areas.
Keep It Cool
It may be tempting to put the wind up your hair with a dryer set on maximum heat, but wherever possible you should allow hair to dry naturally. Or, at the very least, change the setting to low.
Look To The Kitchen Cupboard For Shiny Hair
“Many store-bought and professional shampoos, conditioners and styling products not only build up on the hair but the scalp too.
“Once a month wash hair with a small amount of washing up liquid.Do this twice and let the second one sit for a minute or two. Then, after rinsing thoroughly, douse the hair with household vinegar, to restore the Ph balance, and rinse again. This will make the hair shiny and freshens up the scalp, leaving it clean and healthy.
Skip The Cold Showers
“Cold rinses actually constrict the blood capillaries in the scalp.These tiny blood vessels carry nutrients and pick up waste products from the skin’s surface and need to be active for optimum effect; suddenly constricting them with cold water does the hair no good at all.
Check Your Barber’s Windows
If you can’t see the guys inside a barbershop getting their hair cut, keep walking – they may have something to hide behind those nets and grime .
Spray To Play
If you want to ramp up the styling product you normally use, pop a squirt or two of a traditional dry hairspray into the palm of your hands, rub together and tease into the finished texture.
This adds a little more hold and texture to your usual style.
If thinning, always pat hair dry rather than rub it. Rubbing hair can cause friction, which leads to breakage.
Carry A Comb
Unless using industrial strength cement, all hair products benefit from a slight touch up throughout the day, especially before swapping the boardroom for the bar.
Here is a cheeky hair tip for fellas on the go: always carry a comb with you,In the event of a hair crisis, most styling products can be reactivated by wetting a comb and running it through your barnet to re-style.”
Talk It Over With A Barber
There are plenty of tell-tale signs for spotting a bad barber.If they don’t make time to properly talk to you about what you want, then get out of the chair.
To make the process easy, especially when changing up your style or visiting a new barber, go armed with all the necessary information. Take a couple of pictures on your phone of what you like, and what you don’t like. That way you have a starting point to work from. You want a barber to recommend products and also styling tips, so you know how to do what he/she does. This is all part of the service.
Go With The Flow
As any man with a cowlick or widows peak will attest, it’s far better to work with the hair than against it. The same rule applies even without a noticeable hair quirk.
If you wear your hair in a side parting, it’s always best to do so on the side your crown lies on, as this is where it will naturally want to part and will make styling a lot easier.
Watch Your Mouth
What goes in your mouth affects your sideburns just as much as it does your six pack. While stocking up on individual supplements can quickly become an expensive habit, a multivitamin is an easy route to top notch locks.
Thinning hair is an ever-increasing problem, especially with the nation now experiencing more stress, longer working hours and perhaps less focus on a healthy balanced diet. Increase yurvitamin intake, particularly zinc and vitamins C and D.
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