Maintaining a healthy head of hair is a challenge for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for active men, engaged in physical activity, exercise & sports. Sweat, chlorine & UV exposure can all take a toll on hair, leaving it dry, brittle and unmanageable.
Don't worry, The Earth Collective is here to help! Here are some men’s hair care tips you can follow to keep your locks looking healthy and stylish, however active you may be!
Wash your hair regularly
One of the most important things you can do for your hair is to wash it regularly. Sweat and dirt can build up on your scalp, leading to dandruff, itching and hair loss. Aim to wash your hair at least every other day, using a mild shampoo or cleanser that's gentle on your scalp. If you have oily hair, you may need to wash it more frequently.
In case you don’t wish to wash your hair everyday, you can alternate your hair washing with co-washing to ensure your hair does not dry out too much due to overwashing.
Use a conditioner
In addition to shampoo, it's important to use a conditioner to keep your hair hydrated and healthy. Look for a conditioner that's formulated for your hair type, whether it's oily, dry, or normal. Apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair, avoiding the roots, and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
At The Earth Collective, our Unisex conditioners are made from powerful natural ingredients & extracts, and are specifically formulated for different hair types & conditions.
Avoid hot water
When you're taking a shower, it can sometimes be tempting to turn up the heat. But hot water can actually damage your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. Instead, use lukewarm water to wash and rinse your hair, and finish with a cool water rinse to seal the hair cuticles and lock in moisture.
Protect your hair from chlorine
If you're a swimmer, you know that chlorine can wreak havoc on your hair. To protect your hair from chlorine damage, wet your hair with fresh water before you get in the pool. This will help prevent your hair from absorbing too much chlorine. You could also opt for a protective spray that can shield your hair from water damage. After your swim, rinse your hair again immediately with fresh water, and use a clarifying shampoo to remove any chlorine buildup.
Use a leave-in conditioner
If you're spending a lot of time outdoors, your hair can become dry and damaged from exposure to the sun and wind. To keep your hair hydrated, use a leave-in conditioner. Apply a small amount to the ends of your hair, avoiding the roots, and style as usual.
Don't over-style your hair
Styling products can be a lifesaver when you're trying to achieve a desired look, but they can also damage your hair if you use them too often. Also avoid using too much heat on your hair, such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons. Instead, try air-drying your hair or using a low-heat setting on your styling tools. Use hair products & styling gels sparingly, and always make sure to wash them out before going to bed.
Trim your hair regularly
Even if you're growing out your hair, it's important to get regular trims to keep your hair healthy and prevent split ends. Aim to get a trim every 6-8 weeks, or whenever your hair starts to feel dry or damaged.
Eat a healthy diet
Don't forget that what you eat has a big impact on the health of your hair. Make sure to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of protein, vitamins and minerals. Foods like eggs, nuts and leafy greens are all great options for promoting healthy hair growth.
Protect your hair from the Sun
UV rays can cause your hair to become dry and brittle. Applying a serum with sPF or wearing a hat can help protect your hair from the sun's harmful effects.
Use a protective hair treatment
Applying a protective hair treatment before working out or playing sports can help create a barrier between your hair and sweat, chlorine, and other environmental stressors. Look for products that contain natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, or argan oil.
In conclusion, maintaining healthy hair as an active man can be a challenge, but it's not impossible. By following these men’s hair care tips and incorporating them into your hair care routine, you can keep your hair looking and feeling great no matter how much you sweat or swim.
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