Updated: Jun 15, 2019
Breakage, thinning hair, hair loss? There are indeed so many hair problems to deal with. Men will never admit it, but they do care for hair as much as women do. There could be many reasons behind bad hair such as genetics, pollution, stress, medications and mineral deficiencies, etc. Taking proper care of your hair and nurturing them will surely make you flaunt your hair. It’s not just your hair, but your scalp needs your attention too. We bring you some hair care tips to keep your hair and scalp strong and healthy.
Don’t rub your hair after wash
Many people think that harder they will rub their hair after the wash, more rapid it will dry. But doing so, it just causes breakage. Hair tends to be feebler when wet and some of the hair gets tangled in the threads of the towel. Due to this, the individual hair strands start to the expanse and many times, they span to the point which causes damage. So, it is advised to not rub too hard and instead, pat dry to avoid any extra pressure on it.
Careful with Brushing
Get one wide-toothed comb to detangle your wet hair easily or a good quality hairbrush with natural bristles. Daily brushing will also help boost blood circulation, spreading of the natural oils produced in the scalp and prevention of knots and tangles. Remember to be gentle while combing as too much pulling might activate the sebaceous glands, causing them to produce excess oil and make your hair look greasy.
Trim on regular basis
Get a haircut every five to six weeks as the only way to repair damaged hair is to remove damaged sections. If not trimmed frequently, our strands begin to look shabby and often leads to split-ends, which eventually halts the hair growth. Remove potential frizz and split ends by trimming your hair on a regular basis.
Avoid hot water
Hot water may relieve you from stress, but it’s creating havoc for your scalp and hair. Hot water takes away essential oils from the hair and scalp, eventually giving you dryness and itchy scalp. Keep your shower water at a normal temperature to keep those essential oils protected.
Avoid using too much chemicals
Frequently coloring your hair can leave it dry, dull and damaged. Chemicals used to process hair can be very harsh to your hair and scalp. Blow drying is also a primary cause of hair damage as it can dry out the scalp and hair. If you use wax or gel to style your hair, then find the one which is alcohol-free as alcohol content will dry up your hair.
Protect from pool water
Make sure you wet the hair before you enter the pool as pool water contains chlorine and other chemicals that can dry, damage and discolor hair. Wetting your hair before entering the pool will prevent your hair from absorbing water from the pool and will prevent loss, aridity, and discoloration.
Sun protection for bald heads
Thinning hair and bald spots increase your exposure to damaging UV Rays, which can cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. Make sure you apply a sunscreen lotion of an SPF 30 if you have bald spots or look for sunscreen in spray form if you have thin spots and don’t want to put lotion on your head.
Don’t wear tight hats
Wearing a tight hat or a ponytail can cause “traction alopecia”, which can cause rupture of hair from the scalp. The damage can become permanent if you wear a hat every day. Make sure your hat fits properly and is not too tight.
Get a good conditioner
Low moisture and protein can cause a problem of frizz. Use a good moisturizer to minimize this problem. You can also apply a slick, smoothing serum to add shine and give a smoother touch to hair. You probably won‘t need a conditioner if you have short or straight hair, but if you have a curly, kinky or long hair, then you might have to do some research to find the suitable one.
Hair is often a reflection of the entire body and a healthy body will likely have hair that is healthy and well-maintained. Eat well, drink lots of water, take essential vitamins, get plenty of sleep and live a stress-free life to promote faster growth of the hair. Avoid smoking as smoking reduces the amount of blood that flows to the scalp, eventually causing a reduction in hair growth.
Hair care tips for men
Avoid stress as taking too much stress can tighten up the scalp and cause thinning of hair. Go for a regular head massage to boost blood circulation to the scalp. You can also opt for alternative therapies such as yoga and meditation, they will not only reduce stress but will also restore hormonal balance.
Take lots of Vitamins C for the growth and color of the hair. Good ingredients of Vitamin C are berries, lemon, lime, orange, cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, Brussels sprouts, and red peppers. Zinc also plays an important role in hair growth. Look out for zinc in sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, spinach, and legumes.
Massage your scalp
Massage your scalp gently while washing them or while applying conditioner as it will increase blood circulation, which will stimulate hair growth. Massage in a circular motion, focusing on the area where hair is thinning.
Hair loss is a common problem that everyone faces at one point, but it can be a tough thing to live with. It can also have a dramatic effect on your self-esteem and quality of life. Visit your dermatologist to have him/her examine your hair and scalp and diagnose your problem.
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