It is in our nature to take care of things we want to withstand the test of time. Just like you take care of your clothes or your favorite pair of shoes because you want them to last a long time, you should also take care of your hair. Furthermore, imagine an aging leather couch or your first car’s bucket seats for a moment, and you will likely do your best to start protecting your scalp as well.
We’ve all heard the joke. You know, the one saying that women have to put in hours of hard work into their good looks and all men have to do is wash their hair with a three-in-one shower gel.
As amusing as this joke might be, some men indulge in this practice. We get it, it’s fast, it’s easy, and it works to an extent. The truth is however, it’s not entirely healthy for your hair.
Men’s hair care mistakes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are easy to fix. So today, we’d like to show you what you should avoid when it comes to your hair. Whether it’s washing your hair too often, not using the right styling products, or waiting too long in between haircuts, the following five things are important to keep in mind if you want to keep your hair looking its best. Just like most good things in life, if you invest enough time and effort into your hair care, it will pay off!
1. Stop Playing With Your Hair
There are plenty of reasons why people play with their hair. Maybe it’s boredom, maybe it’s anxiety, but something just keeps on pushing you to comb your hand through your hair. This is a big no-no. Even though you might not see it, there’s dirt and natural oil on your fingers. Constantly touching your hair transfers the oil from your hands onto it. This is one reason why your hair may get oily and dirty more often, which may also lead to another issue which is over-washing. Washing your hair too often causes dryness in your scalp as you strip it from its natural oils, which debilitates the hair follicles and may lead to thinning hair and hair loss.
Another aspect of this problem is that if you keep putting your hands through your hair, you will also gather your hair’s natural oils on your fingers. This way you also contribute to making your hair drier and easier to break.
For many people, the action of playing with their hair has become something they do involuntarily. The best way you can get rid of this bad habit other than by wearing a hat is by constantly keeping yourself in check and paying attention to your hands.
Another common reason for touching your hair is when styling it. You might have to constantly rearrange your hair because it doesn’t look the way you want it to. The solution to this problem is changing the products you’re using.
2. Choose Better Hair Products
This is a topic we had to talk about. The first thing you must understand is that sometimes the most cost-effective thing you can do is research.
You don’t have to buy the most expensive products out there and end up paying thousands of dollars to look good. Will more expensive products offer better results than cheaper ones? Probably yes. Can you also find good-quality hair products at a decent price? Absolutely.
This is where you have to put in some time and do your research. Reading reviews and watching videos will help you narrow down your best options. But if you don’t have the patience to do it yourself, step into our salon and our stylists will not only help you find the best product for your hair but will also teach you how to replicate your favorite hairstyle at home, so you can enjoy the perks of professional hairstyling in between salon visits.
However, if you’d like to experiment yourself, here are a few pointers to help guide your decision-making. First, you have to decide what level of hold you want from your product. If you have longer curls maybe you should consider a product with a lower hold. This way your hair will still have that natural look after applying the product.
If you’re looking for spikier hair, you should choose a product with a stronger hold to keep your hair looking sharp from morning to evening. A matte product will make your hair look more natural while holding its style. Products that say Pomade or “wet look” will give your hair extra shine!
Whatever option you pick, make sure you choose the product with a low percentage of alcohol in it and try to avoid those products loaded with harsh chemicals. Alcohol in styling products dries your hair and makes it weaker and harsh chemicals can further damage your hair. Sulfate is one ingredient worth watching out for as its cleaning properties are so effective that they strip your hair of its natural oils, weakening it in the process.
3. Wash Your Hair Regularly
The keyword here is regularly. This doesn’t necessarily mean once a day or every other day. That depends a lot on your hair, its natural oils, and the environment you live in. Specialists recommend washing your hair with shampoo every two to three days, but additional factors come into play here. Unfortunately, washing your hair too often can also cause it to get dirtier even faster as your scalp overcompensates the dryness created from excessive shampooing by producing more natural oils. So even if you have an oily scalp, you should avoid washing it more than three or four times per week. On the other hand, don’t take too long in between washes, as it can cause major problems with your scalp. If you leave your hair unwashed for too many days, the sebum produced by your scalp starts to build up, causing blockage of the hair follicles and preventing healthy hair growth. If you do find yourself in this situation, use a strong shampoo or schedule a scalp treatment with one of our specialists who will get rid of excess sebum and help revitalize your scalp and hair.
Another important factor might very well be the product you use for styling. You don’t want to go to bed with your hair full of gel. This is a certain way to damage it. If you apply heavy products to your hair, you should clean it before going to bed. Washing it with water should suffice. Make sure you take some breaks from using product in your hair so it can breathe from time to time.
Don’t be afraid of using conditioners. Especially if you’re trying to grow your hair out, incorporating conditioner into your shower routine will make a big difference. The longer your hair, the dryer your ends, and conditioner helps smooth down the cuticle layers of your hair, smoothing it out and helping to detangle it while it’s wet and more prone to breakage.
Be gentle with your scalp when using shampoo. Your skin and hair follicles will get irritated if you’re too aggressive when washing. Make sure you’re also careful when drying your hair. The secret here is to press and dry, not to rub. If you towel dry your hair too vigorously, it creates friction which roughens up the cuticle causing frizz, breakage and can pull your hair from the roots. So, it’s important to try and be gentle when towel drying, and if possible, try to use a towel that helps decrease friction, such as a microfiber towel. Also, avoid combing your hair when wet, as that’s when it’s most prone to breakage. We recommend waiting until your hair is almost dry, and then using a wide-tooth comb to untangle it.
4. High Heat Damages Your Hair
Drying and ironing your hair will not do it any good.
Let’s start with drying your hair. Don’t think about using a hairdryer until you pat your hair dry with a towel. Your hair should be 65% dry before you start blow-drying it. This way you’ll reduce the time your hair spends in contact with high heat. Extreme or high heat causes damage to your hair follicles which weakens your hair, making it prone to hair loss.
Air drying might be a good idea for some men, but others need to put in some work. For those of you who think about using an iron on your hair on a daily basis, our advice is to avoid doing so. The iron’s high heat will burn all the natural oils from your hair and damage it. If you do style your hair with heat on a regular basis, then it’s very important to use heat protectant products that will protect your hair from the effects of high temperatures. Also, make sure to invest in high-quality styling tools that allow you to use less heat to achieve the look you are looking for.
5. Don’t Wait Too Long in Between Haircuts
One of the biggest hair care mistakes men make is avoiding regular trims and not seeking professional advice from their stylists or barbers. At 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in San Diego, our expert stylists are here to help you get the best men’s haircut and provide you with advice specific to your hair type, hairstyle and hair goals.
For starters, getting a haircut at least every four weeks will make you look more stylish and well-groomed. Or, if you’d prefer to grow your hair out some more, you can opt-in for a clean-up two weeks after your cut to help maintain a sharp look. During this service, your stylist will clean-up around your neck and ears to keep you groomed until your next haircut. Lastly, some haircuts last longer than others, often depending on the shape of your head. This is the reason our hand-crafted haircuts look so good! Our stylists will listen to what you want, make sure your new hair style matches your head shape, and fade or cut it in a way that keeps it looking good longer, as it grows out between haircuts.
We’re also aware that more often than not, once you get home and you have to style your freshly cut hair, you won’t manage to achieve the same results as your barber. It is not your fault; our stylists are all professionally trained, certified and have years of experience. So, at the end of your visit, your stylists and/or barber will walk you through styling your hair, giving you tips and recommending tried-and-tested hair products that will help you achieve the exact look you are looking for.
Taking care and investing time in your hair and scalp pays off. With a little research and patience, you can avoid a lot of damage that your hair would suffer otherwise and take better care of it for less money than you probably think.
By focusing on daily actions that you take consistently, you can create new habits. Healthy habits are what will end up making a difference for your hair care routine. From keeping your hands away from your hair and using quality products, to washing and cutting it regularly while avoiding extensive high heat, you have a great roadmap for keeping a healthy head of hair.
It’s also important to know who to trust when asking for advice. A professional’s opinion should help you avoid these 5 mistakes along with others just like it. The men’s hairstylists at 18|8 San Diego are ready to give you the best advice you need. Book your appointment online or give us a call to schedule your visit!