To Wash or Not to Wash – 7 Everyday Haircare Tips for Men
You have hair care questions; we have answers! You wonder how to take care of your hair, but you don’t know who to ask. Fellas, we know your pain! Maybe you wash your hair every day and your girlfriend told you that’s weird. We’re here to bash myths and instruct you on proper hair care.
This article should answer your questions as we tackle topics like hair washing, styling, and grooming.
Should I Wash My Hair Every Day?
If you’re asking yourself this question, someone might have told you you’re doing it wrong. There is no need to wash your hair every day! That’s an easy answer. But how often should you wash your hair? About once every three days will suffice for most men. It usually takes that long for oils and dirt to accumulate enough to validate washing your hair.
Washing hair every other day may be right for people with more oily hair or who sweat a lot. Whether you wait one, two, or three days between hair washings is ultimately up to you. If you spend an entire day outside doing yard work or playing sports, you may want to wash your hair no matter what. You can tell if you need to wash by running your hand through your hair; if it feels oily or nasty, go ahead and wash your locks.
What Happens if I Wash My Hair Too Often?
Generic shampoos are made to strip oils and dirt from your hair, but they are relentless. Using them too often can damage your hair and scalp because, while generic shampoos do a great job of cleansing and lathering, overuse can cause scalp dryness, irritation, and even dandruff. This is because of their harsh chemicals, and keeping this up for years can lead to damaged hair health. A dull coloring to your hair indicates that the oils are being stripped – oils that produce a natural shine.
Thinning hair without a family history of male pattern baldness can also be a sign of over washing. Finally, shampooing too often can also lead to split ends. If that’s not enough to convince you, we don’t know what will. Let’s just keep our hair washing to a minimum.
If I Don’t Wash, What Do I Do?
Now that you know you shouldn't wash your hair every day, what will you do with that knowledge? Not washing your hair may seem weird at first because it is part of your daily men’s shower routine, but you can remove that habit by rinsing with only water or by using a conditioner.
On days you don’t wash your hair, run water through your hair. Just because you aren’t washing your hair doesn’t mean you have to keep your head dry altogether. Sometimes rinsing with water is enough to get sweat and excess oil out of your hair.
If you feel like you need to use a product, try a natural conditioner. Using a conditioner can give extra defense against dirt while moisturizing your hair and scalp. Using conditioner between hair washings is an especially great idea for men with thick hair. Remember that shampoo is not the enemy; washing too often is. When it is time to shampoo, make sure you use the best shampoo and conditioner for men’s hair.
What Should I Do When I Leave the Shower?
Many of us have the instinct to get out of the shower, grab a towel, and immediately rub our hair ferociously. In reality, we should pat our hair dry, not rub it. Hair tends to be weaker when wet, so rubbing it can cause stress that leads to breakage. Be careful of this, especially if your hair is already thinning.
What Is the Importance of Staying Groomed?
Let’s talk proper grooming. Frequent haircuts will keep your hair looking good daily. Men’s hair does not grow exclusively on the scalp. Because it grows on the back of the neck and around the ears, it is essential to have a barber or stylist clean you up. A haircut from a good barber should last at least a month without needing to return
What About Hair Dryers?
Blow drying hair is another daily activity that can cause potential damage. Using too much heat will leave hair frizzy and damaged, so it is best to let your hair dry naturally. If you feel the need to use a hairdryer, use it with the cool setting. It may take longer to dry, but it is better for your hair.
What Else Can I Do?
Create a habit of taking daily vitamins. Plenty of supplements will help with hair growth and strength.
- Biotin can help enzymes in your body strengthen and grow hair, skin, and nails.
- Zinc works to help your hair grow and repair itself.
- Vitamin C promotes hair health and reduces hair loss.
- Vitamin D helps in the creation of new hair follicles.
When shopping for a multivitamin, find one with a few of these key ingredients.
Who knew a men’s shower routine could be so complicated? Taking care of your hair requires daily effort and care – maybe more than you thought. Don’t overthink it! Reduce how often you wash your hair, be careful how you dry it, and take some helpful vitamins. Do the little things to keep your locks looking fresh and young.