Taking extra special care of your hair can be difficult when you’re on the go or in a rush, but promoting healthy locks is essential. Below are 20 grooming tips for men that’ll help you get beautiful, luscious hair in no time!

1. Avoid Shampoo Overdose

While shampoo is essential to rid your scalp of impurities (such as excess oil and product), most guys don’t need more than two washes per week. If your hair begins to feel dry after extended use, switch out shampoo for an all-in-one cleanser like Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo bar with Aloe Vera.

2. Rinse Hair With Cold Water

Coldwater will close your hair’s cuticle down, creating a smooth surface that’ll reflect light and look shinier. On the other hand, hot water will open your hair’s cuticle up and cause it to absorb more oil from the air.

3. Condition One Day a Week

While shampooing every day is not recommended, conditioning once a week can help restore natural oils in your hair and re-moisturize dry strands without making them too soft or weighed down. When using conditioner, don’t skimp out by rinsing it away after only five minutes as most guys do—the longer you leave it in (ideally ten to fifteen minutes), the better chance you’ll have at achieving smooth, healthy hair.

4. Use a Vented Brush to Dry Your Hair

A vented brush is a must-have if you want to avoid breakage during blow drying because it creates constant airflow that won’t snag or pull at your strands while styling. The best type of vented brush is one with rubber nubs on the back of the bristles to increase airflow and a hook for easy hanging.

5. Choose a Heat Protectant Product

To prevent split ends from occurring, reach for a heat protectant spray, lotion, or cream before applying any type of heated tool (blow dryer, curling iron) to your hair—especially if it’s thin and weak! One example of a great heat protectant product is John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum.

6. Go for a Deep Conditioning Treatment Once a Month

If you want your hair to be soft and shiny on the reg, try giving it a deep conditioning treatment once a month—and use one with ingredients that’ll strengthen your hair’s natural shine! There are many homemade recipes you can try at home (like this avocado mask from NaturallyCurly.com ).

7. Cut Hair Every Six Weeks or So

To ensure that new growth isn’t overwhelmed by long locks, get regular trims every six weeks to keep ends healthy and split-free. Additionally, cutting it dry will encourage all your waves to fall into place if you have curly hair.

8. Get a Haircut from an Experienced Stylist

If you’re looking for the perfect haircut, be sure to visit a stylist with experience cutting hair like yours! Not only do they have the tools and knowledge to make it happen, but they’ll also be able to recommend hairstyles that suit your face shape and personality best.

9. Consider a Pompadour or Quiff Hairstyle

A pompadour or quiff hairstyle is a popular choice among modern men because of its versatility—you can even sweep your locks back if you want it slicked up in something sleeker. Additionally, both styles are excellent if you have a receding hairline because they’ll make the area appear fuller.

To pull off this look with ease, our friends at GQ recommend applying a nickel-sized amount of hair product to your locks and using a comb or brush to sculpt them into place once they’re dry.

10. Use Dry Shampoo Between Washes

When it comes to saving time during your daily routine, dry shampoo is an absolute must-have! By absorbing oil from your scalp, even the most stubborn hairs will become easy to style and go on fresher than ever before (hello, reasonable morning confidence). This will allow you to get away with washing your hair just once a week and will also help hide new growth until it’s long enough to look presentable.

11. Visit Your Local Barbershop Once in a While

I know that finding an experienced hairstylist is super essential, but don’t forget about your local barber! Not only will they be able to give you a traditional haircut that’s perfect for your face shape and hair type, but a cut from a professional barber is also a great way to keep the skin around your nape clean-shaven throughout the year.

12. Ask Your Barber for the Perfect Neckline

The neckline of your haircut can make or break your hairstyle, so be sure to visit your barber beforehand and ask them exactly where on your nape they plan to do the first round of clippers. To ensure it’s even all around, ask them to show you their work in a hand mirror before they snip away—and if you’re not satisfied with what you see, don’t be afraid to speak up!

13. Invest in Quality Hair Products

Don’t worry about breaking the bank when shopping for hair products because it’ll be worth every cent in the long run (especially since most top-of-the-line items come with a warranty). For example, if you need a shampoo and conditioner, try Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner because it works for all hair types.

14. Watch Out for Oily Hair Products

You loved the idea of avoiding fine lines with your face when choosing a facial moisturizer, so be sure to do the same when shopping for your hair! Although shea butter is beneficial for your locks in small quantities, it’s one of the leading causes of greasy hair.

15. Opt for Formulas that Keep Hair Shiny

To keep your hair looking lustrous throughout the day & night, look out for products with ingredients like Vitamin C Esters, Argan Oil, Macadamia Seed oil—all of which will keep your strands smooth and shiny. This way, you won’t have to worry about flat-looking hair come evening time.

16. Use a Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner for Curly Hair

Curly-haired men, listen up! To help you maintain those beautiful spirals you’re working with, opt for shampoo and conditioners that contain hydrating properties like glycerin or panthenol (a glue-like substance that’s found in hair). Also, remember to use products specifically designed for curly hair, as they tend to be more moisturizing than their straight-hair counterparts because there’s less friction between the strands, to begin with.

This might seem obvious, but using conditioner is the essential step in your daily hair regimen! Be sure to use a generous amount of conditioner from root to tip because that way, every strand will feel moisturized and nourished—not just the bottom half or two-thirds.

17. Limit Your Showers to Once or Twice a Day

Although it can be tough not to take long showers every day (my skin gets dry if I don’t moisturize my entire body after every single one), if you want your hair to stay healthy, you’ll need to get in and out ASAP. If you can, avoid washing your locks two days in a row, so they have time to rejuvenate themselves and always keep them from getting wet while showering. Also, try to wash your hair at night, so it has plenty of time to air dry before your alarm goes off in the morning.

18. Use a Hydrating Hair Mask at Least Once a Month

Washing your hair with hydrating shampoo is essential for keeping it clean & conditioned. Still, this step alone isn’t enough of a deep-cleaning process—which is why investing in a hydrating mask is just what the doctor ordered! A weekly will help remove dirt and oil from the root, plus provide a pliable surface for your hair to grow from.

19. Always Follow a Shampoo with a Conditioner

I know it may sound counter-productive because conditioners are intended to be used after you apply shampoo. Still, there’s a method behind this madness—all you have to do is make sure that you apply your conditioner before your shampoo! This way, you’ll achieve maximum moisture, as well as cleaner locks (which always make styling easier).

20. Style Your Hair Before You Head Out of the Door

Even though I tell my clients that they shouldn’t style their hair until it’s scorched, if you’re going out of your apartment and don’t have time to wait, you should at least do it before you leave your bedroom. That way, if anything goes wrong or it’s not perfectly coiffed, there’s still time for a bit of touch-up!

Bottom line

In conclusion, keeping your hair clean and hydrated is the key to a healthy head of hair. But if you want it to look its best, honestly, you need to make sure you’re using the right products for your hair type.

Cut down on showers, but incorporate a hydrating hair mask at least once a month. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for curly or dry hair types. Always apply conditioner before shampooing all over the scalp and work from root to tip, especially if your locks are long—and never forget how important it is to style your hair while it’s still wet & damp!

With these tips for hair care routine in mind, you’ll have no problem achieving outstanding results every day.

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