Men’s hair is different and has to be treated differently too. According to hair experts and professionals, men should wash their hair only three times in a week – no more. While some leading hair professionals would even tell you to wash only once a week, others would ask you to even abstain from shampooing altogether because shampoo contains chemicals and can strip the hair of its natural nutrients leaving it dry and lifeless. Hair should be treated more like a plant than a chalkboard that is wiped clean every morning. But then you should be exfoliating your hair and wetting it every day. Then how do you ever get rid of the dirt, dead skin flakes and excessive oils that have built up?
Here are some tips that will help you wash your hair properly:
- Choose the right product: Every scalp is different and you have to choose products depending on the type of scalp you have. If your scalp is oily do not use hydrating and moisturising products. Choose a balancing shampoo, for example, that contain fewer sulphates.
- Your choice of product depends on your hair type too: If you wish to add more volume to your hair, choose a product that contains protein, silk protein and witch hazel. Thick, curly and coarse hairs benefit from moisturising shampoos.
- Use cool water to rinse your hair: Hot water can dry out scalp and hair causing dandruff
- Shampoo your scalp not hair: Shampoo is meant for the scalp. You should squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand and rub your hands together to spread it on your palms first. Then in circular motions, apply to scalp for about 30 seconds. You need not cover your hair directly with shampoo.
- Rinse the shampoo completely out of the hair: Water should be either tepid or cool for you to rinse off the shampoo from your hair. Squeeze out the excess water once you have washed the shampoo out completely.
- Hair conditioning: Condition your hair with a good hair conditioner and start by applying it to the hair first. Conditioners are meant for the hair more than the scalp.
- Rinse away the conditioner completely: Again it is best to use tepid or cold water to completely rinse the conditioner out of your hair. This is a very crucial step because any residual hair conditioner can end up clogging your hair follicles and can accumulate into the scalp, which is extremely unhealthy.
- Use that blow dryer carefully: First, pat your hair dry with a clean towel and squeeze any excess water from the hair. Then blow dry your hair. If you are styling your hair, use the hairspray first and then blow dry the hair. A flat brush should be used to pull hair in every direction.