HAIR CARE TIPS
I have always
found ads for products promoting ‘healthy hair’ to be a bit
funny. There's no such thing as healthy hair. Hair is
basically protein and keratin with no blood supply or nervous
system and has no reparative qualities. Hair is not alive, so
it cannot be healthy. I prefer to use the term "well
maintained" hair. Once damage has occurred, the only way to
repair the hair is to cut off the damaged length. Your hair
needs maintenance in order to preserve strength, elasticity,
and shine. Following are my hair care tips for men.
Towel drying is one of the biggest causes of damage to
men's hair. When hair is wet, it is highly susceptible to
damage. When the hair is rubbed with a towel, some of the
hairs become tangled in the threads of the towel and become
stretched to the breaking point, causing damage to the cuticle
(the shingle-like outer layer of the hair), frizziness, and
split ends. To properly towel dry, shake out the excess water
and stroke your hair in the direction it grows, rather than
rubbing the hair with the towel. Drying takes a bit longer
this way but after a few haircuts, you'll notice the
difference in the way your hair looks. Blow drying is also a
common cause of damage to the hair.
Excessive blow drying can dry out the hair and scalp. If you
must use a blow dryer, apply a thermal styling spray or
detangler to coat the hair and protect it from damage, use a
wide-tooth comb to prevent pulling, and always leave the hair
slightly damp. This will prevent over drying the hair.
Nothing feels better than a piping hot shower, but it is
wreaking havoc on your hair and scalp. Very hot water strips
too much of the essential oil from the hairs and scalp and
leads to dryness.
Avoid Chemical Treatments
Repeatedly coloring or perming hair can leave it damaged,
dry, and dull. I recommend avoiding at-home chemical products
and seek a good stylist for such services. A stylist will know
how to properly prepare your hair and choose the best products
for your hair type. Results from a trained professional will
almost always look more natural than those which can be
produced at home.
Use a Good
Shampoo and Conditioner
A good shampoo and conditioner will help cleanse the hair,
add moisture and elasticity, and smooth the cuticle to add
Use the Right Tools
Don't use a brush on wet hair, when the hair is most
vulnerable. When combing through wet hair, use a wide-toothed
comb and gently work out any tangles. Avoid heated tools such
as blow dryers or irons which can dry and damage hair. Stay
The condition of your hair is often a reflection of the
overall health of your body. Eat well, exercise, drink plenty
of water, get enough sleep, and reduce stress in your life.
Doing so will result in a healthier scalp and great looking
hair. Living well and staying healthy will also increase the
rate of hair growth.
Avoid Tight Hats
A tight hat (or ponytail) can cause "traction alopecia," a
condition in which hair is pulled out of the scalp. If the
hats are worn long enough, the damage can become permanent. A
tight hat or ponytail can also cause damage to the cuticle and
Keep it Trimmed
Since the only real way to remove damaged hair is to cut off
the damaged section, keeping your hair trimmed regularly will
help eliminate split ends. Even if you're growing your hair
out, make sure to get it trimmed about every six weeks, but
make it clear to your barber or stylist that you only want
enough hair removed to eliminate the damage.
Low moisture and protein in the hair can cause frizz. To
minimize this problem, use a good moisturizing conditioner. A
slick, smoothing serum can be applied to add shine and give
the hair a smoother appearance.
Maintain a Healthy Scalp
Hair starts from the scalp, so for hair that's sleek, strong,
and shiny, make sure you take good care of your scalp by
following our Scalp Care Tips.
Since hair is such a big part of your appearance, keeping it
well maintained will make you more attractive. Following the
simple guidelines above will put you on your way to a healthy
looking head of hair. There's no such thing as healthy hair.
Hair is basically protein and has no nervous system or blood
supply and, as such, does not have reparative properties. The
scalp, on the other hand, does. Since your hair is an
extension of the scalp, it makes sense that a healthy scalp
helps ensure healthy looking hair. For keeping that scalp
healthy, follow these quick and easy scalp care tips.
Keeping your scalp clean is the key to minimizing clogged
pores and other scalp problems. Use a gentle shampoo and wash
once each day, working the shampoo into the hair and scalp for
about two minutes. Don't bother with the "rinse and repeat"
part. One good wash should be sufficient.
Once or twice per week, remove dead skin cells and dirt from
the scalp with an exfoliating scrub. A scrub made for the face
is gentle enough to be used on the scalp.
Scalp massage is beneficial because it helps promote good
blood flow to the scalp, helps to keep the scalp flexible,
soothes nerves and relaxes muscles. Scalp massage also
promotes hair growth and lustre. It feels great, too. One each
week, massage the scalp with the fingertips using a firm
pressure in a circular motion. Place the fingers under the
hair to avoid pulling. Perform this exercise for three or four
Avoid Drying Problems
One of the main causes of dry scalp is shampooing with water
that is too hot. This can strip essentials oils from the skin
and cause dryness. Wash hair in lukewarm water to help retain
those essential oils. Excessive blow drying of the hair can
also promote a dry scalp. If you notice excessive drying, a
good leave-in conditioner can help replenish moisture to the
Maintaining a great looking head of hair starts with a healthy
scalp. Follow the tips above to help ensure yours stays in