Guys, we know you're too many to take care of your hair. But deep down, we also know you don't want to lose it. You come from the proud (or not so proud) tradition of Samson, and deep down you tie some level of manliness to your hair. Right? Right. So here are the most important things you should know about keeping your hair healthy for many years to come.
- If you use a towel to dry your hair, pat it dry - don't rub it. Some guys just shake their hair off and call it good, but if you're whisking away the water, do it gently. Rubbing your hair while it's wet can damage the hair cuticle and cause split ends, so be gentle with it until it dries.
- Don't take super hot showers. The heat strips your hair (and your skin, for that matter) of essential oils, and it will lead to dryness and dullness. Not attractive.
- Guys, don't bleach or perm your hair all the time. Chemical treatments aren't healthy (and frankly, they just aren't that good-looking when you do it yourself anyway.) If you really want to color or perm your hair, talk to a professional stylist who will know the healthiest way to get you the look you want.
- Use a good shampoo and conditioner. Your hair will be shinier, softer, and less likely to break.
- When your hair is wet, don't yank a brush through it. Use a wide-toothed comb to gently work out the tangles and arrange your hair the way you want it to dry.
- Be healthy. Exercise, drink a lot of water, eat healthy food, sleep, reduce stress, and do whatever else you need to do to stay healthy. Your hair will follow suit and be healthier because of it. Stress can even cause hair loss in certain circumstances, and you know you'd like to keep your hair as long as it will stick around.
- Tight hats and pony tails can cause a condition called "traction alopecia." It can pull the hair out of the scalp and can permanently damage the hair follicles if worn long enough.
- Keep your hair trimmed. We know you want to be Fabio, but cutting off the damaged ends of your hair will stimulate growth and keep your hair looking smooth and healthy. If you want long hair, ask your barber to cut off the damaged portion of your hair every six weeks or so.
You and your hair have always gotten along well with each other. Stay together for many years to come.