Hair care tips for Gents

11 March 2019

Gents’ hair needs just as much tender loving care as ladies’, that is if it’s to look (and stay) healthy. Here are some hair care tips for our gorgeous gents to help keep their hair looking fabulous and fantastic.

Wise up to the right (and wrong) washing regime

Gents hair care tips 1Many gents over-wash their hair and in doing so strip essential oils from their scalp. Where possible limit washing to three or four times a week and always condition once or twice.

If you do a lot of sports, then pick a product like UNITE 7 seconds moisturising shampoo and conditioner.  It is gentler and designed for more frequent use.  As an idea, see if occasionally you can make do with just a water rinse or a dry shampoo.

And when you wash, it’s ok to just rinse, wash and repeat. There’s no need to wash a second time – particularly if you have short hair.

When it comes to rinsing lukewarm water is ideal.  This is because cold water can actually block blood capillaries in scalp, and these carry essential nutrients and need to be active for healthy hair.  In contrast, hot water will strip natural oils from scalp so find the perfect balance by turning the temperature to lukewarm.

Easy does it for drying

Gents hair care tips 2Your wet hair will be weaker and more vulnerable to damage. Do avoid rubbing your hair dry with a towel as it will lead to hair strands breaking and your hair thinning.  Where possible switch rubbing to patting your hair dry – it puts your scalp under less stress.

If you like to use a hairdryer or any other heated appliances, try and build in some time in the week where you let your hair dry naturally.  This is because excessive use of heated appliances damage your hair.

When you do use a hair dryer, protect your hair first with a heat protection spray and make sure the dryer is switched to a low cool  setting.  Try and use your fingers or a comb, rather than a brush to style.  Brushes can put additional pressure on hair strands and make them weak or brittle.

Go sparingly with products

Over-use of hair gel, hair wax, hair spray or any other hair product can build up and make your hair look unnatural and heavy. Often when styling your hair you only need a very small amount of product – usually between the size of a pea or a 5p coin.

We thoroughly recommend the Go 24.7 range and stock it in the Salon.  The product range is expertly formulated for men and covers options for every style and hair finish.

Gents hair care tips 3Be careful of tight headgear

If you wear headgear regularly – such as bike helmets, hats or even tight ponytails this can cause rubbing/friction with your hair and at worst ‘traction alopecia’. This hair condition can lead to hair loss and thinning.

Be healthy to give your hair added resilience.

You can strengthen your hair by nourishing it from the inside. Do check you are getting all the right vitamins and minerals.  Eat a balanced diet and where possible, build superfoods such as fish, berries, lentils and seeds into your diet. They’re packed with essential fatty acids for healthy hair and scalps. In particular make sure you are getting enough of vitamins C, E, B3 and B7 in your diet.

Gents hair care tips 4Another thing to check is if you’re hydrated enough.  Drink lots of water to replenish and do keep an eye on your alcohol intake as this can dehydrate you.  On hot days, after exercise, or if you’ve been blasted by air conditioning or central heating, up your intake of water.

Don’t panic when hair thins

Most men will experience hair thinning at some time. It’s important not to panic. Talk to your hairstylist about a haircut that suits the thinning look. Believe us, you’ll have lots of choices and great styles to choose from. Pick a stylist with mastery in precision cutting. They can then make the most of what you have to give you a fantastic look.

Can we help?

If you would like to discuss how to keep your hair healthy or are looking for a new style, why not book in for an initial consultation?

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