Your hair looks atrocious.
It's greasy, it's full of dandruff, it smells.
You need to get it under control.
That's what I'm here to teach you today, gents.
We're going over how to wash your hair the RIGHT way.
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- Shopping for shampoo
- Water temperature
- How much shampoo?
- How to scrub
- Applying conditioner
How To Wash Your Hair Step 1. Find The Right Shampoo
It's time to go shopping. Why not spend a few measly bucks at the dollar store and call it a day?
Believe it or not, there are tangible differences in quality that go beyond the brand name.
Cheap shampoos perform a base function – acting as detergent for your hair. They remove excess oils and dirt, but that's it. Most also use sulfates – chemicals that make your hair follicles brittle.
Premium shampoos bring with them a host of elements that not only clean but improve your hair.
Here are some ingredients to look for:
- White tea leaf extract: Contains the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate, which promotes hair growth while stopping premature hair loss.
- Aloe vera: Contains proteolytic enzymes, which repair and soothe the scalp. It also doubles as an effective conditioner.
- Patchouli oil: Acts as an antiseptic, fungicide, and astringent. This makes patchouli oil a great defense against most scalp conditions.
- Kakadu Plum Fruit Extract: Can reinvigorate dry hair and help regulate oil production.
It may be worth the investment if you want to revolutionize your hair care routine.
How To Wash Your Hair Tip 2. Set Your Water Temperature
The best temperature to shower in falls somewhere between frigid and burning.
When it comes to proper showering, I'm willing to bet you default to hot water… really, really hot water.
However, most medical experts agree that anything below 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 degrees Celsius) is ideal. This amounts to water being lukewarm.
Why should you avoid boiling water? Despite its therapeutic appeal, hot water strips your skin of essential oils. This goes for your hair, too – it'll dry out.
For you longer-haired gents, this can result in frizz. The dryer your hair, the rougher the cuticle. Couple that with humidity, and the hair follicles swell to look frizzy.
You can also get Dry Scalp from this – overly dry skin that can cause flaking, itchiness, and inflammation.
Moderation is key, even in the shower.
How To Wash Your Hair Tip 3. How Much Shampoo?
Using a slimeball's worth of shampoo can produce a host of issues; Dandruff and limpness being common. It's also a waste of product.
How To Wash Your Hair 4. How To Scrub
The key to washing your hair is to get straight to the foundation.
Don't bother trying to wash the tips of your hair, the scalp is where you should focus your efforts. The key here is to massage every inch of your head.
Use your fingers, not your nails. Hundreds upon thousands of bacterial species reside under the nails, and scratching your scalp transfers them over.
Continue this process until your head is thoroughly lathered. Then, it's on to the rinse!
How To Wash Your Hair 5. Use The Right Conditioner
Conditioner For Your Hair Type
Let's address the elephant in the room: Choice. Just what conditioner do you go with?
It depends on your hair, of course.
If you have a mane of fine hair, then you should opt for hair thickening conditioner that repair and strengthen brittle hair follicles.
Dry hair benefits from nutrient-rich and natural moisturizing conditioners. These can help revitalize and moisturize hair before it's too late.
Men with oily hair are guilty of overwashing, tricking the scalp into overproducing oil. The key is to use an oil control conditioner with tea tree oil. This can deal with excess without fully drying the scalp.
What about a thick, unruly mane? Hydration is the name of the game. Fortifying conditioners can help keep those locks strong.
You can't treat conditioner like you do shampoo. Lathering the scalp actually clogs pores and encourages excess buildup.
Conditioner is meant for the hair itself. Start to apply it just above the scalp and work it into the mane. Avoid touching the scalp. Once in, leave it for about three minutes before rinsing.
How To Wash Your Hair 6. Frequency
If you wash your hair on a daily basis, you could be causing massive damage.
We're talking breakage, dryness, and frizz.
Most experts agree that men should only wash their hair every 2-3 days. In fact, certain hair experts claim you should forgo shampoo entirely. We're not THAT extreme.
Why should you wait? It allows for natural oils on your scalp to settle in and nourish the skin. Going too often will rob you of those benefits.
Don't make the mistake of washing your hair every day.
Should your hair be dry in the meantime? No. In fact, you SHOULD rinse your hair every day. Doing so removes dirt and bacteria without necessarily stripping the oils from the scalp.
Make sense? Good.
Summary – How To Wash Your Hair
Your hair makes a strong first impression, why not give it the treatment it deserves? With this step-by-step guide, you can take your luscious locks to the next level.
All without breaking the bank.