It’s no secret that men are more concerned these days about personal grooming, self-care and how they present themselves!
A well-groomed man is easily perceived to be more confident and professional. But for many men, hair care is often one of the most overlooked parts of personal grooming.
When it comes to haircare, most men pay attention to their hair only when the alarm goes off – “receding hairline, thinning of hair, dry and unhealthy looking hair, itchy scalp, dandruff and so on…”
If you have ever googled, “How to control hair fall in men” and a hundred other related hair fall queries for men, you are not alone.
Haircare for men is more than just visiting your hair salon for a haircut. “MAINTENANCE IS THE MANTRA”
We promise it’s not going to pinch your pocket or steal a lot of your valuable time.
While there could be a lot of individualised reasons for hair fall in men, some of the common problems are stress, exposure to UV rays, improper hair care, harmful chemicals in hair care products.
Here’s a list of Do’s and Don’ts for your hair care routine, that’s natural, effective and easy to follow.
- Using harmful chemicals to wash, style or set your hair everyday
The golden rule of haircare or any self care is to watch what you use on your body! You may feel that the random shampoo or the hair gel that you picked from the local grocers or those you find in many popular salons is working well for you!
But have you ever flipped the containers to check the ingredients?
Harmful chemicals like Sulphates, parabens, bad alcohol in your hair care products can strip the natural oils in your hair making it dry and lifeless, damage the hair follicles and prevent hair growth. This could be one of the reasons why your hair is thinning, faster than ever.
Pro tip 1: Look for organic and natural hair care products for your hair care routine. When you use an organic hair product, you have to worry less about maintenance in the long run.
Don’t “Shampoo” your hair everyday
Are you washing your hair right?
You may have probably been told to wash your hair with shampoo, everyday?
You may also feel that the foaming chemical based shampoo you use is doing a good job of cleansing your scalp and hair! But it’s also stripping your scalp and hair of its natural oils and drying your scalp! That itchiness in the scalp and pesky dandruff could be a result of this! Not only that, dry and dehydrated hair can break easily and fall off your head, effortlessly!
So, wash your hair everyday if you must, but cleanse with shampoo only 2-3 times a week!
Pro tip 2: Be sure to use a mild, natural shampoo or a herbal cleanser that does the role of shampoo but nourishes your scalp and strengthens your hair!
- A Hair conditioner is not “optional”
Most men think using conditioners is a choice or look for products that claim to be “A shampoo conditioner serum+body wash” all in one! In most cases, it might not be very effective!
When you skip the hair conditioner, you may be forced to go overboard with the hair wax or gel! Any sort of shampoo or a cleanser might leave the hair feeling slightly frizzy or dry. Using a conditioner immediately after shampooing helps your hair retain its moisture and impart a silky, smooth texture to it. This will reduce your need to use a lot of styling products as your hair is more manageable now!
Pro-tip 3: Wet your hair, Apply conditioners before plunging into those chlorinated swimming pools. This will protect your hair from imminent damage from the treated water.
- Don’t Towel-dry your hair vigorously
Towel-drying your hair vigorously may seem to be a faster way to dry your hair before you step out, but it certainly is not beneficial. When you rub/dry your hair vigorously, you damage your hair and its roots, causing it to break or fray. Use a soft towel and gently dry your hair or if you can, let it air dry.
Certainly, avoid using those hair-dryers and heating irons too often!
Pro Tip 4: Don’t comb or brush your hair when it’s wet. The hair is more elastic when wet and may break off more easily than when it’s dry!
- Don’t use hot water to wash your hair
We know how soothing a hot shower can be in cold weather or after a long day!
But the high temperatures of water causes the hair to become brittle and dry. It also opens the pores in your scalp and makes your hair follicles and roots weaker.
Pro tip 5 : Always use Lukewarm water to wash your hair to protect your hair from damage.
- The Magic of Massaging your Scalp
“Your grandma is right, oiling your hair is an essential hair care regimen”.
A good scalp massage improves blood circulation in your hair follicles and promotes hair growth. The essential oils and other naturally calming ingredients in the hair growth oil also help to reduce stress, one of the primary causes of hairfall these days.
Using a natural hair growth oil will stimulate the scalp, control hair fall and make your hair stronger and softer.
A scalp massage should also include massaging the hair from the root to the tips. There are plenty of organic hair oils that promote hair growth, heals the scalp and nourishes your hair. Choose a product with the natural ingredients of your choice.
If your scalp is oily, skip leaving your hair in oil for the entire night. Just apply oil an hour before you wash it, so it doesn’t make your scalp oilier.
Pro-Tip 6: “Always use your fingertips, not your nails to massage the cleansers, oils onto your scalp. Move your finger tips in a circular motion on the scalp to massage the hair growth oils in.
- Go easy on that Chemical Hair Gel
Agreed, your hair gel helps in setting your hair and makes your hair look well-groomed. But the chemicals in the hair gel strip your hair off its natural oils, drying your hair and making it weaker in the long run!
The serums and gels also leave residue in your hair and the follicles. This product build-up in your hair follicles also lead to hair fall and reduced hair growth.
Try to find natural hair products as alternatives for your hair gels, preferably with aloe-vera as it not only is great for your hair, but also for the scalp. It heals the scalp of any infections, sunburns, dandruff and nourishes your scalp deeply, promoting faster hair growth.
Pro-tip 7: Don’t use sprays and artificial hair gels directly on the scalp – it will clog the pores!
- Have you cleaned your helmet recently?
First off, we are happy that you choose your safety wisely and are using that helmet regularly!
But, if the helmet is not a good-fit, if it’s too tight and pulls on your hair, it can cause tension in your hair roots, again leading to hair fall.
The sweat in your hair and scalp can also cause bacterial growth in your helmet. So, take a few seconds and clean the insides of your helmet, regularly!
Pro-tip 8: Find a helmet that’s a good fit, ensure your hair is not getting pulled against the direction of its growth
- Wash your pillow covers
What does your pillow cover even have to do with your thinning hair?
Probably a lot more than you can imagine!
The sweat, dirt, grime from your hair may get transferred to your pillow covers! Wash your pillowcases every once in 2 weeks. If this doesn’t help, try investing in silk/satin pillowcases instead of cotton. This will also enhance your skincare game several notches!
Pro-Tip 9: Don’t hit the bed with wet hair, with serum or hair gel left in your hair! All of this will make your hair frizzier and prone to damage.
- Overexposure to sun
We are sure, you know that overexposure to the hot sun can be harmful to your skin. But did you know, exposure to the sun for prolonged periods of time causes the hair to dry out, develop frizziness, damage the hair cuticles and cause hair thinning.
Pro-tip 10: Cover your hair with a Bandana, a cap, and a hat when you are in the sun. Just ensure they are well-cleaned and washed!
- Diet and Lifestyle changes
Merely using organic and natural hair products will alone not do the trick!
Hair Care is not just about the external treatments, it’s also about what you consume on a daily basis! That cigarette and alcohol absolutely have a direct impact on your receding hairline and thinning hair! We don’t want to sound preachy, but hair care is an overall game!
Sleeping less, eating more carbs, smoking, skipping nutritious food, stress could all be your foes leading you to bad hair and overall health!
Include food that is rich in vitamins, nutrients, iron and protein – nuts, eggs, fish, spinach, yogurt and such to your diet. Sleep for 8 hours and hydrate yourself adequately!
This will ensure your hair grows stronger, shinier and healthier! It also prevents early thinning of hair and makes your hair look and feels great overall!
How many of these Hair care faux pas have you been committing?
How many of these tips seem doable for you?
Let us know in the comments :))