Jan 03, 2012
The key to great looking hair is proper scalp care. Most men not only ignore their hair but do not take required measures for the upkeep of a healthy scalp. It does not take much time and effort to care for your scalp.
Most men shampoo everyday and if you’re one of them make sure that you use a mild shampoo meant for daily use. Also, the choice of your shampoo depends on how dry or oily your scalp is. While bathing remember to massage the shampoo gently on your scalp and not on the body of your hair unless you wear them long. Short to medium length hair get cleaned as you wash the shampoo off.
If you find conditioners fussy and unnecessary you don’t have to adopt them as a daily routine. You can use a leave in conditioner once a week but remember to use it on the body of the hair and not the scalp.
Most men tend to dry off their hair by rubbing a coarse towel vigourously on their heads. It’s a quick method but one that causes damage to your hair and scalp. Wet hair are most vulnerable and break easily. Also you are likely to cause rashes on your scalp that might lead to dryness or fungal infections. Let a towel soak the excess hair and proceed to rub gently or let it dry naturally. Blowdryers are not a good option for frequent use as the hot air does more damage to both your scalp and hair. If you must use a blowdryer keep the setting on cool air.
If you also find oiling your hair troublesome you can do it before the shower once a week. If you use warm oil it will absorb in your scalp better and will not leave your hair greasy after the wash. Coconut oil is the lightest while almond oil is the most beneficial owing to its Vitamin A and D content. It is always best to massage with your fingertips gently in circular motions to enhance blood flow in your scalp.
A healthy balanced diet leads to a healthy scalp and hair. Make sure you get enough protein and other vital nutrients.
Steer clear of chemical based products. Most men are partial towards gels and they can cause various scalp problems like rashes, boils, itching, flaky skin and even dandruff. Natural moulding wax is best for short to medium length hair. Glycerine and mineral oil based hair creams are another safer option. If your hair is visibly dry you can use a serum to give it a glossy appearance.
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