I don’t know about you, but I yearn for long, flowing, shiny, tangle and frizz free hair. But no matter what I do, I can never seem to get it. Meanwhile my fiancé and guy friends are all taking selfies with their magnificent (and sexy) looking hair. On top of that, their hair is healthy! No split ends, it’s soft, shiny but not oily, and thick. So I went to them to find out what hair care tips they were using that women could start applying to their routine so we can have hair like Beyoncé, flawless.
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Don’t Dry Your Hair Like A Crazy Person
Personally, I dry my hair by rubbing a towel on it and shaking the strands like something gross just fell in it. Using a towel to dry your hair like a mad woman like me basically creates split ends. Strands of your hair get tangled with the towel fabric, which pull and stretch your hair, causing damage, frizz, split ends, and even breakage.
Because men typically have shorter hair than us, they don’t have to go crazy with a towel to get their hair to dry. Instead they just pat it dry. So next time you get out of the shower, pat your hair dry the same way you would itch your head when wearing extensions.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday
If you have dry, damaged, or coarse hair you could be over-washing your hair. When you wash your hair, the shampoo is stripping away natural oils that make your hair shiny and smooth to touch. Switching up your shampoo routine to every other day, or every two days depending on the amount of sweat and oil your scalp produces, can help increase shine and smoothness, while decreasing fizziness.
If you have oily hair this tip applies to you too! On days you skip the shampoo just rinse your hair with water only. This will help get rid of excess oils while keeping your natural oils.
Bonus Men’s Hair Care Tip: If you have oily hair, don’t scrub your scalp too hard when washing it. The excess scrubbing will irritate your scalp, causing it to secrete more oil.
When You Do Wash Your Hair, Use Cool Water
A steamy shower after a long day at the office feels great, no doubt about it. However, the heat from these showers can dry out your hair. Using warm, or cool, water to rinse right before you get out of the shower will help your hair look healthy and reduce frizz. Don’t use freezing water though! If the water is too cold your scalp will tighten up and can cause brittle strands. It also restricts blood flow to your scalp. Little blood flow means little hair growth. So if you want long, luscious locks stay away from freezing showers!
Don’t Dive into the Pool Without Protecting Your Hair
You put on sunscreen before you go out to the pool to protect your hair from sun damage, so it only makes sense to protect your hair from possible chlorine damage too. Too much chlorine can cause dry and dull hair, and if you’re blonde it can cause your hair to turn green! Before heading to the pool you can do one of two things: the first being getting your hair wet! Simply having wet hair can help minimize the negative effects chlorine can have on your hair. The second option is applying conditioner to your hair before you go swimming. The oils and nutrients from the conditioner will also help combat the chlorine.
Everywhere we look we see image of gorgeous models with long, flowing hair. Unlike them, we don’t have a personal hair stylist to make our locks look runway ready all the time. Luckily these hair care tips from men can help us women achieve the look we desired. Whether you have a pixie cut, bob, or hair down to your hips, adding these hair care changes to your routine is sure to brighten up your follicles.