Ultimate Hair Care Guide For Men
All right guys. Let’s be honest. We men, do care about our hair. More than we would ever let on. We have our reasons. From not wanting to look like a fool to realizing that one day we will being going bald. Some of us though, really don’t understand our hair. We just wake up in the morning, brush it with our fingers and call it a day. If even. Within this guide, I will take you through the world of hair and together, we will dive in and understand how to take care of our hair to the best of our abilities. Remember, there is no better time than now.
All right, let’s do this!
What You Will Learn In Our Guide
- Why hair is important to men
- What is hair
- Types of hair
- Dry Hair
- Greasy Hair
- Damaged Hair
- Thin Hair
- How to wash your hair
- Styling tips for your face
Why Hair Is Important To Men
In today’s age, men around the world are starting to embrace body grooming as an essential part of their everyday routines. At first, it was limited to the daily morning shave, but now, men’s grooming involves the whole body. For most men, being well groomed not only attracts more partners but is a self-expression of their unique style. More importantly, every man understands how important their hair is and here is why.
Throughout history, men have sported a beard. In fact, it is one of the most masculine things a man can do. Why? Because only men can do so. The same goes for short hair. Having short hair is very masculine. This came from men cutting their hair before battle. Since then, short hair has been associated with masculinity. Today we are even exploring mid-length to longer hair style, and some work out quite well.
Men today identify with short hair, long hair, crazy hair, even having no hair! Even with body hair, having hair on your legs and arms are associated with being a man. This is most seen with chest hair; something men can only grow as well. It is no wonder men know the importance of hair. It is because hair is strong, attractive, oozes confidence and is dominant. So it only gets better as you get older.
The 1880s to the 1940s were the golden age for barbershops. During this time it was part of the routine to hang out in all male places. Because of this barbershop thrived. Men would stop by at any time of the day to get a haircut or shave. More importantly, even if they did not need any grooming, they would go for the atmosphere. A place to socialize with friends and talk for hours on end about cars, sports, and women. Think of your typical modern day man cave but better!
What Is Hair
Before we get too deep into this article, I think it is important to talk about what exactly is hair. Let’s start with the basics. Every individual strand of hair on your head grows from the follicles in your skin. The part of the hair inside the follicle is known as the hair root and what you see coming out of your head is the shaft. This is where the hair grows. At the very base of the hair, in the root is something called a bulb. This is where nutrients are received and stored. Here the new hair cells are formed. What makes your hair stay healthy and lubricated (oils), is the sebaceous gland within the dermal papilla. This is where blood and nutrients are sent to the air bulb. With the nutrients, the hair bulb can generate new hair cells. Over time through a maturing process called keratinization, the cells grow up and out through the hair root. At the end of this process, after filling up with protein, the hair cell loses its nucleus and becomes dead. This is when the hair finally emerges from the skin and is seen and known as what’s currently on your head and body.
How To Wash Your Hair
When washing your hair make sure to wet it thoroughly. This is best with warm water. This is because warm water opens the cubicle and loosens up the oils on your scalp, making for an easier dirt removal process, as well as preparing your hair to receive moisture from your conditioner. One thing you may not know is that it is best to start at the scalp and let the soap dripping down to cover the rest. This is because the hair closest to the scalp is younger and has the most oils in it. Thus it needs to be cleaned more compared to the ends of your hair which are the oldest, tend to be the driest, and defiantly are the most fragile. Another thing you may not know is that washing your hair once in one go is enough. In fact washing it more than you should lead to stripping your hair of its natural oils, a dry scalp and split ends. There are two exceptions to this. If your hair is really dirty which In that case go ahead and wash it a second time. Alternatively, your hair texture. For example, Curly/wavy hair will benefit from being cleaned once a week. This is because this kind of hair is easily susceptible to over drying. Now that your hair is washed, it’s time to add conditioner. The best place to do this is from mid tips to the ends. Here the hair will absorb the needed moisturizer it needs to continue looking good and healthy. An important tip to know is, the longer the conditioner is in, the better it will absorb. So starting off with washing your hair at the beginning of your shower will be optimal. When you are ready to rinse off your hair, make sure to use cooler water. This will close the cuticle nice and tight, and leave a beautiful shine to your hair. So the next time you’re in the shower give this a go and see how it works.
Tricks And Tips For Your Hair Type
• A good tip is to shampoo less often. A lot of the time, your hair is dry because your natural hair oils are not given a chance to do its magic and nourish your hair. So shampooing every day starts to strip your hair of what it needs, and cause it to become drier and possibly better. Keep in mind If you have been washing every day, you may notice that your scalp is over producing in oil when you first cut back and this is normal. Your body has been overcompensating to try to counteract the over washing effects. Shampooing one to two times a week will give your scalp the chance it needs to balance itself out. If this bothers you, trying a dry shampoo will help in between the process.
• Another good tip is to do a regular deep conditioning treatment or hair mask. This is a process usually done after conditioning. This helps in restoring a nice healthy look to your hair, like shine and texture. To do this, you can either buy one from a local store or create one yourself. Coconut oil works wonders as well. To start, make sure your hair is damp and apply a palm for a product into your hair. Try to coat every strand of hair and get it in there. Using your fingers or a toothed comb will help. Add more product as needed. Once your have your hair nice and coated, cover it with a shower cap. Depending on your time limit, make sure to at least have it in for an hour. However, it is best to leave it in overnight. When you are ready to remove it, rinse it/comb it out with warm water. A wide tooth comb is best.
• Another good tip for dry hair is to let your hair air dry. Softly pat your down, so it does not drip everywhere, but that is it. Make sure to stay away from blow dryers as well. The hot hair will not do you any good, and won’t gives your hair the time it needs to become healthy again. After a couple of weeks with air drying, you will start to notice your hair will start to show its natural texture again. If after this you want to use a dryer, make sure to use the warm or cold settings feature. Moreover, keep it several inches away from your head.
• When it comes to greasy hair, you want to pay attention to the products you are picking. This is because your hair needs special attention. For example, if you were to choose a shampoo and conditioner set that tailored to moisturizing hair, you will wind up with hair that is extremely greasy, heavy, and dull. Something better suited for greasy or oily hair are products with the words anti-residue or clarifying shampoo. These products are excellent at removing oil.
• Naturally, your hair has many oils. So in this case, skipping conditioner every once in a while will benefit you. Moreover, depending on your condition, having extremely oily hair can do the job for you, and you can skip out on conditioner altogether. I know it might sound crazy but give it a shot and see the results. If you do not like it, you can always use condition again during your next shower.
• Depending on the damage, the best way to fix your hair is to start over or at least with a good chunk of your hair. So getting a haircut will benefit you. For short hair individuals, this might not matter much to you. However, for the people with longer hair do not freak out. You do not have to get it cut super short. Leave some length and then work on treating the remaining damaged hair.
• To treat damaged hair, start using products that use phrases like restore/restorative, repairing, contains aloe vera, and proteins. As well as sticking with shampoos and conditions that contain natural oils and herbs. These will help with protecting your hair from further damage while giving your hair the nutrients it needs to help return it to its original self. At the same time, make sure to stay away from products that contain lots of chemicals, blow dryers, and hair care products that contain sulfate. These will continue to damage your hair. Use warm to coolish water when dealing with your hair as well.
• Regular deep conditioning treatments work wonders as well. I talked about this in the dry hair section. It is the last tip in that section. For damaged hairs, I recommend staying with the treatment overnight as this will lead to the best possible outcome for you.
• If you suffer from thin hair or hair that is starting to thin, try castor oil. Yes, you read that correctly. Believe it or not, castor oil can make your hair appear thick and full. To use it, apply a few drops into your hair and work it around. After, make sure to blow dry your hair and viola. Super looking hair again.
• With thin hair, you want to stay away from anything that can weigh your hair down. Why? With thin hair, anything that makes your hair stick together will have you looking like your hair is falling out at worse, and at best, you will look like you have patches of thick hair mixed with your thing hair. This is not a good thing. So sticking away from products like hairspray will do you some good. Some good alternatives to using will be something lighter like a light hair gel.
• Helping to grow your hair is another trick to combat thin and thinning hair. Giving yourself a mini scalp massage for a couple of minutes before you go to bed will help with this. When you give yourself a massage, you are stimulating and activating your hair follicles. This, in turn, promotes growth. This is a good thing. When your hair grows more, it is likely to become thicker as well. To compliment the massage, using natural oils will give you and your hair an easier time in this process.
To use your hair to the fullest potential, it’s good to customize your hairstyles based on your facial structure. This way you optimize what you have with what you’re working with. It is a win-win situation. For example, wearing loosely fitting clothes vs. a well-tailored suit. One outfit is nice and comfortable and laid back, while the suit is specifically designed to compliment your physique in all the right places. The same principle applies to your hairstyle and facial structure. In the end its all about balance.
If you are the squared face you probably already know. This is because it is the most masculine and-and angular, usually accompanied with a prominent and defined jaw line. For this kind of face, a classic haircut is your best friend. A close fade with short layers can and should be your go to. However, if that is not your style, lucky for you, you are free to trying anything due to the versatility of a square face. One thing to keep In mind with your hairstyle is to make sure you do not perfectly outline your hairline. This will highlight any receding hairline, something you want to avoid. To compliment this look, throw in some pomade when you want to style, and boom you are a million bucks.
A round face is a little similar to a square face. However, due to your roundness make sure you express to your barber that you want very tight sides, combined with adding height on the top. This will give you that square face appeal and look. Styles like a flat top or a pompadour will suit you. Pretty much any angular hair cut. This helps out with the rounds. If this is all confusing, understand this. You want to offset your round face with an asymmetric haircut.
A triangle face is a little more challenging but not too bad. With this facial structure, you want to keep the sides more full while keeping the overall haircut round. This is because with a triangle face comes a broad and strong jaw. So something that’s round with many volumes you will do perfectly for you. Make sure to keep a standard taper at the hairline as this will open up the forehead.
Starting off, your face is very balanced. So you have a ton of options. Something to avoid has too much hair on the forehead. This will give you a softened look and create a rounder face, distracting the eye from your good features. Something like the classic case will be very nice for an oval face. If you are feeling bold, the next time you go to the barber, ask him to surprise you. I am positive you will not be disappointed, besides he is already cutting your hair, so you much trust him.
For a heart face, it is best to leave some length at the back hairline and over the ears. Combine this with a soft mid-length sweep on top, and you will be golden. To get that look, use a blow dryer, and remember to stay on the warm or cold setting. Stay away from anything that will emphasize the width of your forehead and the narrowness of your chin. This will throw off balance.
This facial structure is a little tricky. Too much on the top and your face will become very long. To little on the sides and it will make your face appear narrow. Try to find a balance between the overall haircut and your face. For hairstyle suited for this face, you want to let gravity do the work and let your hair hang across the front and sides. For beard lovers, there may be some problems. If your sporting a full beard, it will elongate the face, so watch out. Stubble to short facial hair will be best.
We covered a lot of topics. And I hope you’ve got a good idea on how to better manage your hair. If you enjoyed this post, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on your social media. If I am missing anything here or If you have questions or comments on the article, feel free to leave it down below and I will do my best to address you right away.