Maintaining a regular haircare routine is the foundation for healthy and luscious hair and an important factor in the prevention of hair loss. Both women and men struggle with hair loss, but women spend more time looking after their hair by colouring it, using heating tools or going for hair restoration treatments. Men, too, need to put some time aside for haircare if they want to have healthy and luscious hair.
Men are affected by male-pattern baldness (MPB), which is the main cause of baldness besides genetic factors. By adopting a few haircare techniques and adjusting their diet, most men will see improvements in their hair loss situation. This doesn’t include any magical products, though, simply a good command of the basics.
Tip 1: Pick The Right Haircare Products
The shampoo and conditioner that you use when washing your hair need to be chosen carefully, as each product is tailored for a certain type of hair. What works for your friend might not work for you. However, good products share similar ingredients.
Silicones and sulfates are two elements that cause hair to appear dry and unattractive. For that reason, experts advise that you select hair products that don’t contain either of these. So, read through the ingredients list carefully next time you purchase haircare products.
Tip 2: Wash Your Hair Less Often
Washing your hair daily doesn’t result in improved hair health. If you wash it more than three times a week, you could be stripping your hair of its natural protective oils. This could make it more brittle and prone to breaking. Less is more when it comes to hair washing.
If your hair gets greasy, don’t rush to wash it with shampoo. Instead, use only water. This will clean your hair without washing away the natural oil. Your hair will seem excessively oily the first week after you wash it less often, but then it normalises. Avoid using hot water since this could lead to dry hair. Use lukewarm or cold water instead.
Tip 3: Dry Your Hair Carefully
After washing your hair, it’s time to dry it. First, remove most of the water using a towel to accelerate the drying process. Do not towel your hair too vigorously, as a few strands will get stuck and be stretched beyond their breaking point.
Air-drying is definitely better than blow-drying since less pressure is applied to the hair, but if you need to use the hairdryer, do so wisely. Adjust the temperature to low or intermediate, distance the dryer from your hair (20 cm), and ensure your locks remain slightly damp to avoid overheating.
Tip 4: Comb with the Right Tools
While all combs and brushes might look the same, not all of them have the same effect on your hair. The function of combing or brushing is not simply to spread and detangle your hair. It actually does much more than that.
Combing and brushing your hair distributes the natural oils throughout the hair. It also provides a gentle scalp massage which improves blood circulation. Last but not least, it enhances your appearance, making you look more professional.
Tip 5: Massage Your Scalp Regularly
Continuing the previous point, massaging the scalp regularly improves circulation and the distribution of nutrients across the scalp, thus stimulating new hair growth. Direct your fingers to those areas of your scalp where the hair seems to be thinning or falling.
Adding oils (coconut, almond, rosemary oil, for example) to the process makes it even more effective. Massaging your scalp relaxes the muscles and keeps it soft and healthy. Make sure you apply sufficient pressure without pushing too firmly. Continue for a few minutes.
Tip 6: Eat a Healthy Diet
Not surprisingly, the health of our hair follicles is dependent on what we feed them. At the end of the day, we are supplying them with nutrients to grow and strengthen. Your diet should be balanced with proteins, minerals and vitamins. Vitamin C and E are essential to your hair.
Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, which is the key to healthier hair, skin and even nails. Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant that boosts blood circulation while maintaining a healthier scalp. Also, keeping yourself hydrated is quite important too.
Men should pay more attention to their hair health early on if they want to prevent sudden hair shedding and maintain a dense mane. You don’t need to do anything extraordinary. Just do the basics well! Pay attention to picking the proper shampoo, wash your hair carefully and use the right haircare tools.
At Vinci Hair Clinic, we believe that being consistent pays off, but we also understand that when hair loss reaches an advanced stage, there’s not much you can do on your own. When that happens, our hair experts are here to help. We offer a free consultation to all our clients. Get in touch to book your appointment today!