Maintaining Your Mane

The right haircut says a lot about your personal style. Messy, unkempt or damaged hair may cause people to perceive you as someone who doesn’t pride himself in the way that he looks. Men tend to skip hair care, and those who try often find it challenging. If you would like a simple regimen to keep your mane shiny and soft, continue reading.

If possible, shampoo your hair once or twice weekly to retain the natural oils. Shampooing too often can cause hair to become dry and brittle. Most retail shampoos that men tend to use contain the harsh chemical sulfate, so if you need to freshen things up before that, choose a shampoo that is sulphate-free. Unfortunately, it can also strip the hair of natural oils that protect it, leaving it dried and prone to breakage. Thus the need to moisturise.

Whether you shampooed or not, your hair needs to be oiled daily, to replenish hydration that is lost from day-to-day activities. A simple oil (olive, argon, coconut) can be applied to your hair to make your hair softer and help you avoid flakes and dry scalp. Apply a little to your fingertips and run your hands through your hair to distribute evenly. Apply a little oil each day, especially when your hair feels dry or brittle to the touch.

Replenish Hydration

One of the functions of the hair on your head is to keep it warm and protected. If you are bald or have a very low cut, you should pay more attention to the weather report. On chilly days, cover up and when the sun is out, throw on some sunscreen or a hat.

Moisturising can be tricky for the man that is not used to going the extra mile in maintaining his hair.

Totally Male Club Spa and Salon owner and CEO Sandra Samuels-Reid shared that it is important for men to moisturise their hair for several reasons:

1. After shampooing to replenish the natural oils of the scalp preventing dry scalp.

2. To keep the hair hydrated and soft.

3. To maintain luster and sheen to the hair.

Especially if a man is doing any kind of processing to his hair, that is texturizing, frosting and any kind of chemical treating, it is best kept moisturised.

And with the wide variety of options available, the trick is to experiment with different products to see what works best with your hair texture. Keep in mind, the more natural, the better. Cream of Nature and Motions are common moisturisers. Be on the lookout for products containing shea butter, coconut oil, or olive oil and water.

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