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Haircare 101: How To Take Care Of Your Hair

When your hair is looking good, you feel good. But for a lot of guys,how to take care of your hair good hair doesn’t just happen automatically. Dry, brittle or damaged hair can make styling really difficult and leave you feeling not at your best.

Just like your car, your hair needs proper maintenance to stay in top form. Certain shampoos or products market themselves as able to ‘repair the damage’ to your hair, but the truth is that once your hair is damaged, it cannot repair itself.

The good news is that with the right hair care routine, it’s possible for every guy to maintain great looking hair.

So let’s check out some hair care fundamentals that keep your crowning glory looking top notch.

Ease up on the washing.

Washing your hair too often can actually strip it of the natural oils that your scalp produces to protect your strands. Aim to wash only when necessary – for most guys this will be 3 times a week. When washing your hair, massage your scalp in the shower to stimulate blood circulation in your follicles. Also, don’t have the water too hot – you’ll dry out your hair and scalp.

Don’t scorch your hair.

Regular blow-drying on maximum heat will damage your hair, leaving it frizzy and coarse. Whenever possible, allow your hair to dry naturally.  But if you don’t want to give up blow drying completely, follow these quick tips:

  • Change the setting on your hairdryer to cool mode, or at least slightly less than hot-as-hell.
  • Apply a thermal heat spray before blow drying to give your hair some level of protection.
  • Hold the dryer 30cms away from your head, and sweep the air briskly from side to side.

Be gentle with wet hair.

When your hair is wet, it is highly susceptible to damage. Hair is basically made up of fibrous proteins and amino acids that are layered as the hair grows. So it is easy to stretch and break with vigorous towel drying.  To properly towel dry your hair, stroke the towel in the direction your hair is growing. It might take a bit longer, but after a while you’ll notice less frizziness and split ends.

See your barber for a trim every 6 weeks.

Once hair has sprouted from your scalp, it’s officially getting older... and weaker. As time goes on, each strand loses moisture, and the protective outer covering splits and frays. The damage moves up the shaft, weakening and dulling each strand. A regular trim helps to keep your hair strong and sharp, getting rid of any damaged ends before they can affect the rest of the strand.

Choose your products wisely.

Not all products are right for every kind of hair. What’s more, many products out there contain cheap and nasty chemicals that will damage your hair and scalp. When choosing products, look for brands that represent a higher standard of quality than a $2 bin at the chemist – remember you often get what you pay for.

With so many products on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to choose what’s right for your hair. Next time you’re at The Emporium Barber, ask your barber what products would be good for your hair type.


Trent Pridmore
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