Posted on December 16 2016
The cooler months can really take a toll on your hair and give you a hard time. Dry hair, dandruff, hair fall, split ends, scalp dryness etc are just some of the many things that our hair suffers from and this is just the start!
So here's a look at our 8 best hair and scalp care tips for men to fight the December air!
So how often should you be shampooing any way, especially in the winter?
Well - that depends on you and your lifestyle. If you are super active, exercise vigorously or are outdoors a lot then chances are your hair and scalp will have oil and sweat and other such build up. In that case definitely wash your hair every day, with or without shampoo. If however you are not that active and spend a majority of your time indoors then once every 2-3 days should be just fine!
Get To Know Your Shampoo
Read the labels before deciding on a shampoo. Watch out for chemicals like sodium laureth sulphates (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS). All these are harsh detergents and their prolonged use could damage healthy stuff like keratin in your hair.
Conditioning Is Key
Use of a good moisturising conditioner not only helps keep the hair looking good, but it’s also great for helping the scalp maintain moisture. However if you find conditioners fussy and unnecessary you don’t have to adopt them as a daily routine. You can use a leave in conditioner once a week but remember to use it on the body of the hair and not the scalp.
Rinsing and Drying
Most guys tend to shower in water that is much too hot, which strips the essential oils and moisture from the scalp and hair. Wash hair in lukewarm water or as cool as you can in the winter!
Avoid drying the scalp with a blowdryer - it's really not a good option for frequent use as the hot air does more damage to both your scalp and hair. If you must use a blowdryer keep the setting on cool air.
Instead of rubbing a coarse towel vigorously on your heads, let a towel soak the excess hair and proceed to rub gently.
A good scalp massage promotes blood flow to the scalp, soothes nerves, relaxes muscles, keeps the scalp flexible, and promotes hair growth and luster. Oh, and it feels great, too. You can do a dry massage or try using some oil. Coconut oil is the lightest while almond oil is the most beneficial owing to its Vitamin A and D content. It is always best to massage with your fingertips gently in circular motions to enhance blood flow in your scalp.
It's ALL In The Diet
A healthy balanced diet leads to a healthy scalp and hair. Make sure you get enough protein and other vital nutrients like citrus fruits, brown rice, oysters, green leafy vegetables, certain kinds of nuts, salmon, lentils, yogurt, eggs, and many more.
Steer clear of chemical based products. Most men are partial towards gels and they can cause various scalp problems like rashes, boils, itching, flaky skin and even dandruff. Natural moulding wax is best for short to medium length hair. Glycerine and mineral oil based hair creams are another safer option. If your hair is visibly dry you can use a serum to give it a glossy appearance.
Last but surely not the least - exercise not only keeps your body fit and healthy, it also increases blood flow delivering valuable nutrients to your scalp, promoting healthier hair growth. So make time to exercise once a day to help grow strong, healthy hair.