How often should I wash my hair? Should I use shampoo every time or every now and then? These are questions that all men ask themselves as they begin to develop their daily grooming routines. Most tend to figure it out by trial and error, using the appearance of dandruff and an itchy scalp as indicators of how well the current approach is working for them.
To save you the trouble as well as to spare your hair and scalp, we decided to do an overview of the simple act of washing hair and the effect that various products have based on frequency of use. Your personal experience can be different and you should always listen to what your body tells you, but these general tips are here to point you in the right direction.
How often should I do it?
When you want to keep your hair looking fresh it’s important to give it exactly what it needs. Everywhere you look, there will be different ideas out there about how best to do it, but there’s nothing quite like going back to basics.
Even before you figure out what type of product works for you, you need to commit to washing your hair the right amount. It’s going to make a big difference in the way you it looks and feels. It’s all about finding the balance between keeping your hair clean while remembering to replenish the vitamins and minerals that are essential for growth and repair as well as allowing your body to keep your hair healthy and clean with natural oils.
That said, every man’s hair is different. If you find that yours starts to dry out and break, think about scaling things back for a little while by washing it fewer times and using less shampoo. Some men get great results washing just three times a week, while using shampoo just once. Try alternating between washing every day vs every other day as well as using shampoo every two days vs every three to four days.
The critical thing to remember is that washing removes a portion of your hair’s natural oil, especially if you use shampoo, so you have to figure out what works for your specific hair type as well as your routine. If your hair long, naturally oily and also if you sweat a lot, it’s ok to wash more often with shampoo. If the opposite is true, it’s best to keep the use of shampoo to a minimum or you will risk drying it out, but it’s still fine to wash with water for maintenance and styling purposes.
Taking your lifestyle and natural predisposition into account, you will eventually develop a routine that gives you the desired combination of shine and vitality without sacrificing moisture. Your hair will let you know when you have achieved the right balance.
Just water vs shampoo
It’s the age-old question that every man seems to ask himself when he sets foot in the shower. Your hair is short, you are pushed for time and you feel great with nothing but water. Surely that’s all you need? Well, sometimes it is, but before you make that a habit, think about this:
• Washing with water may feel refreshing and can help keep more of the natural oil that does help your hair look good, but at the same time it doesn’t provide deep enough cleansing, so you can end up with excessively oily hair. You need to use shampoo sometimes to help your hair restore the natural vitamins and minerals that fortify every layer of proteins which it is made up of. Without it, it’s just not going to have the natural look and feel that you want.
• So what’s the difference between shampoo and conditioner? While shampoo cleanses the hair by removing excess oils, conditioning is all about allowing your hairs to move past each other with more ease when brushing. It also helps stop the breakages and unseen damage that makes your hair lose that little extra something. At the same time, you may find that you don’t really need to use a conditioner if your hair looks and feels fine without it. Do what you think works best for you.
• A lot of men use shampoo to wash their entire body because soap is soap, right? While there is logic in that, let’s be honest here, it’s just a little shortcut we take because we can be kind of lazy when it comes to that sort of thing. I mean, who cares if I feel a little itchy afterwards for a while anyway? We heard you and that’s why we developed a special kind of hair and body wash that works equally well for your head and the rest of your body. Now you nobody can’t say nothing, you do you!
• After you wash and dry your hair it’s the perfect time to style it. There are different styling products that provide various levels of hold. You will need to experiment a little and try out a couple of styling gels, waxes and pomades to figure out what is right for you. Don’t overdo it though and remember that less is more. You might also learn that just brushing your hair after you wash it is enough to achieve the desired look and that’s perfectly fine too.
Drying hair properly
You get out of the shower, you towel off your hair real quick and you’re on your way. All good? Not really… If you want to keep your scalp and hair healthy keep the following in mind when it comes to drying your hair.
• Keep the towel to one side and avoid any rigorous drying or rubbing. It may be a quick way to remove the water from your hair, but it can do some damage along the way. If you are not careful when drying out your hair, you can inflame your scalp, cause microscopic damage or even pull out some hair out.
• What do you do then? Just be careful about how hard you rub your hair. To help things along before you even use a towel you can squeeze out excess water by moving your hands along your head and pressing slightly. Pat drying is the safest way to go, but it takes longest, so you will have to find a middle ground between efficiency and what your hair and scalp can handle.
• Think about how you would use a paper towel to lightly dab; that’s the look and feel you’re going for. Get it right, and you’ll find your hairbrush glides right through when you need it to. If you end up forgetting your towel at the gym and don’t want to risk the high heat of the blow dryer, this’ll be what you need to do.
• Blow dryers might be quick, but they can completely strip the hair of moisture and damage it through overheating. They do, however, prevent damage that may be caused by vigorous rubbing of the towel, so if you are able to adjust the heat, it might be the preferred option for you. Blow dryers you find at the gym or swimming pool are often set to “Hot” and can’t be adjusted at all. In this case, you can use paper towels that will soak up all the water really well and help avoid any damage. You’ve probably done this once or twice before when you forgot to bring a towel, but as it turns this is actually a viable option.
• Air drying is another option, but it takes the most time and can easily make you catch a cold if you run out into the street before letting your hair dry completely. So, unless you live in a place where it’s always hot and sunny, it’s best to dry your hair thoroughly before going outside.
Styling with product or not
This one is about personal choice and the style you want to bring to life. If want to keep it natural, then there’s no product required; however, it helps if the hair is just a little bit moist when you brush it because then it’s easier to make it go it the direction you want and keep the desire shape when it dries.
If you style is more elaborate then you have a choice of hair styling products that will help you achieve the desired look. Finding the right product is about two things: first, you need to decide how much hold is required to create the desired style; and second, you need to make sure your product of choice meets the specific needs of your hair as well as the skin underneath. Refrain from using too much product because you need to let your skin breathe and you don’t want to damage your hair or end up with a completely unnatural look.
Our styling products provide different levels of hold and are made from quality ingredients that will help keep your hair and scalp healthy.
Healthy scalp and hair
Quality products and proper care are the best way to keep your hair and scalp healthy, so it deserves a closer look.
• When choosing a shampoo or conditioner, make sure its ingredients help nourish and protect your hair by replenishing vitamins, minerals and essential oils required for growth and repair. Try to find the right balance and avoid excessive usage so that your hair has a chance to restore its natural state using the oils produced by your body.
• Whether you use a towel or a blow dryer, take it easy on your hair and scalp. It’s best to take your time rather than risk damaging the hair or the skin underneath. Adjust your daily routine to allow ample time for every aspect of your grooming ritual and it will soon seem effortless.
• It’s nice to have styling products that are quick and easy to use, but it’s also important not to overuse them and let skin under your hair breathe. It should also be easy to completely wash away the product before your next use because you don’t want to end up with small bits of stuck in your hair gathering dirt.
Now that we’ve looked at every aspect of the seemingly simple act of washing your hair, hopefully, it will be easier for you to develop your individual approach and incorporate it into your grooming routine.