On being a long haired man
Most men prefer to sport long hair during the winter, whether it is for style or just out of sheer laziness of going to the barber. And it is widely considered that, maintaining a long hair for men can be quite a chore, however we believe differently.
Keeping the hair clean and out of the face is usually what a guy needs to ensure if he wants to work his long locks. In addition to this, we have listed all-important yet very easy tips on proper hair maintenance for men, below:
- DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR OFTEN
Avoid shampooing your hair every day because shampooing often depletes natural oils from your scalp. To retain moisture in your strands during winter months, it is suggested to limit your washing routine to 3 times a week. Also avoid rinsing with hot water, lukewarm water is always best and end your shower with a cold rinse to lock in moisture and volume.
- AVOID HEAT STYLING
Give your blow-dryer a rest. Either Air or towel -dry your hair to minimize frizz and avoid static cling caused by dry heating systems. Blow-drying your hair often can result in very brutal hair damage in the long run.
- CONDITION REGULARLY
It is often found that men use the wrong conditioner, or in most cases, none at all. But it is widely suggested that men use conditioners because not only do they help in making the hair smoother and shinier but are also great at reducing static and all hair types – even greasy hair – benefit from conditioning. In case, you’ve got extremely greasy hair, just use a small amount of conditioner and only use it on the tips.
- PROPER STYLING GOES A LONG WAY
You don’t have to live through a single bad hair day ever again if you know the way to style it right -and the solution is easier than you think. Men have a tendency to want to put product on dry hair, but this actually isn’t ideal as once the hair is dry, it becomes very difficult to reshape. However, damp hair will absorb the products you apply, which allows you to reshape and set your style. So if you ever feel like styling your hair make sure you wet it slightly before you do it.
- GET THE RIGHT HAIR EQUIPMENT
Working on your hair with the right tools can make all the difference. For working with long hair, you’ll want to invest in good tools. A wide-tooth comb and high quality hair brush with natural bristles are essential. Another tip: brush your hair smooth, when they’re 95% dried.
Also avoid cheap styling products. Cheap ones will either dry out your hair or grease it up. Find good quality gel, pomade, mousse, and whichever other products that is best for your hair type. They may be a bit expensive, but you only need to use a little to do a lot.
- TRIM REGULARLY
The cold season’s the time to take care of your locks and repair damage like dry or dead ends that you’ve been brushing aside since this summer. This includes scheduling regular trims with your barber. Keeping your ends healthy will enhance your long look all winter.
- EAT HEALTHY
The condition of your hair is often a direct reflection of the condition of your body. How often do you see an unhealthy guy with great looking hair? Not often. Stress, poor diet, smoking, and lack of sleep all contribute to poor health and dull, lifeless looking hair. So eat properly, drink lots of water don’t smoke, reduce your stress levels and both your body and hair will thank you for it.
IN CASE YOUR HAIR IS CURLY…
Even if you have curly hair, the way of maintaining them is pretty same as mentioned above. However, as curly hairs are more fragile and difficult to manage, it is necessary to take extra care. Use these special tips mentioned below.
- Use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to style your curls. Avoid conventional combs like it was the plague.
- No matter what your hair type is, curly or straight, use lukewarm water on your hair. Try to avoid hot water on your hair as much as possible.
- If your hair is matted or has knots, apply some more conditioner to your fingers or comb and work your way through the trouble area without excessive pulling.
- Make sure to emphasize applying the conditioner on the tips of the hair that is, one fifth of the length of the hair.
- Massage your scalp with your fingertips or the pads of your fingers–not with your fingernails.