According to a recent study, the average American experiences eight bad hairs day in a month or 100 days in a year. That’s three months of bad hair days! While it’s less stressful for those who work from home, it can be nerve-racking for those who work from an office and are keen on their appearance.
Luckily, bad hair days are caused by minor issues that are easy to prevent and address. In this post, I have compiled a list of easy hacks for keeping your hair looking great. These tips apply whether you are rocking a simple haircut or a complex haircut such as a faux hawk haircut.
Men’s Healthy Hair Hacks for Stylish Hair
1. Check The Weather Forecast
Before leaving home, check the weather forecast. Consider the humidity and temperature levels and style your hair accordingly. For instance, if the humidity levels are high, the excess moisture may cause frizz. That’s why it’s recommended to use a hydrating and moisturizing conditioner when washing and applying oil.
Another great way to combat frizz is to apply a leave-in conditioner and set your style with hairspray to tame flyaways and frizz. When the temperatures are high, protect your hair against heat by using products with UV protection such as a pre or post-sun hair spray or a heat protectant spray.
2. Know When To See A Doctor
If there is a skill that every man should possess, it’s the skill to identify signs of damaged hair and, most importantly, know when to see a specialist or a doctor. If you see any of these signs, immediately see a dermatologist or a hair care professional:
- Signs of thinning hair
- Significant hair loss and hair shedding
- Inflammed scalp
- Painful scalp
- Hair loss after medication
Apart from knowing when to see a hair doctor, learn signs of damaged hair and how to fix them. These signs include:
- Split ends
- Flat and dull hair
- Overly dry hair
- Unnecessarily tangled hair
- Brittle hair that breaks easily
3. Protect Your Hair Before Swimming
Most men do not realize how damaging the pool or the ocean can be to their hair. Pools’ chemicals and chlorine remove the hair’s natural protective oils, leaving the strands bare. If it’s in the ocean, the high salt content drains moisture from the hair strands.
Before swimming, saturate your hair with fresh water or a leave-in conditioner to minimize the impact of the pool chemicals and salty water.
There are also conditioners with chlorine protectants that you can use before swimming. When done swimming, wash the hair with fresh water and apply a normalizing or clarifying shampoo to reverse the damages.
4. Be Gentle When Towel Drying Your Hair
You may be surprised that simple things like being rough while towel drying your hair cause massive damage to the hair. When the hair is wet, it’s very fragile, and hence you should be very gentle.
The excessive friction causes splitting and frizzing, weakening the hair strands. If you can, ditch the regular towel and use a t-shirt or a microfiber towel to dry your hair. Also, never sleep on wet hair, and don’t comb the hair when it’s dry.
5. Befriend Your Barber
Your barber is one of the most important parties in your hair growth journey. Learn how to talk to them and ask questions and assistance when necessary. A few things you can learn from include identifying the best hairstyles for your face shape.
Ask them about your hair type and the best products for your hair. Also, don’t cheat on your barber. When you stick to one barber, they understand what you like, so you don’t need to keep explaining every time. A good barber will also tell you when there are hair damage signs and help you pick the right products to repair the damage. So, make an effort to form a relationship with your barber and ask the right questions.
6. Avoid Social Media Styling Tips
One of the easiest ways to mess up your hair is by trying every hair trick or hack you see online. With the rise of hair content on major social media like Instagram, Tiktok, and YouTube, it’s tempting to try products and style recommendations by influencers. However, take everything with a grain of salt and be patch test every product or styling hack. I am not saying you should not be trendy, but be cautious.
7. Know The Basics
If you want to grow and maintain healthy hair, there are several things you must know. For Instance;
- Your type of hair and texture
- Your face shape
- Ideal styles for your face shape
- Your scalp type
- Different types of hair products
- Hair products for your type of hair and style
- How to cut your hair at home
- Beneficial hair product ingredients and ingredients to avoid like sulfates, alcohol, and parabens.
You can educate yourself about these topics by finding credible resources online or consulting a hairstyle professional.
Growing healthy hair is both a skill and an art. There is a lot of nitty-gritty you should understand to maintain your hair properly. Above are some helpful tips that will help you have great-looking hair every day. What’s your favorite hair hack? Let’s us know in the comment section below.