Grooming - Hair Care for the Almo Man
Haircare is an important part of grooming and wellness. With the pollution and lack of nourishment, hair problems are common nowadays. Men face many issues related to hair, almost the same as women. We will discuss here some common hair problems of men, how to tackle these and how you can take care of your hair.
Hair-fall and premature baldness
If you notice falling off of more than normal hair stands (more than 50-70 per day), then you are most probably suffering from hair fall. The common causes can be hormonal imbalances, stress, nourishment-poor food, and overuse of cosmetic applications. Hair fall also increases significantly after some illness, especially covid.
Scalp massage activates the growing hair follicles. It also is calming and relaxing. Try to have a hot oil massage once a week.
Shampoos are laden with a lot of chemicals, which damage the hair. Use a mild chemical-free shampoo.
Staying hydrated is essential for healthy hair. Be sure to drink the requisite amount of water.
Exercising helps your entire body to be fit and healthy. Hair health is also impacted positively.
A protein-rich diet is good for hair growth. Include proteins in your everyday food.
Hair gel helps to style your hair. No matter how beneficial a hair gel claims to be, restrict its usage in large amounts.
Consult a dermatologist if you see growing bald spots or hair fall in big bunches.
Oily hair and scalp is another common problem that men face. The likely cause can be hereditary oily hair, hormonal imbalances, improper dietary intake, and over-washing of hair.
Don’t wash your hair more than two or three times a week.
Don’t use hot water to wash your hair. The water temperature should be normal room temperature or slightly warm in winters. Over-washing and use of hot water activate the sebaceous glands that start secreting more oil).
When you shampoo, be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly.
Avoid using too much hair dryer, straightener, or other heating tools.
If you have an oily scalp, avoid using extra oil or moisture adding products.
Rough or dry hair
Some men have overly dry hair. The dryness can be aggravated by hormonal issues, a diet that lacks sufficient proteins, and heavy chemical usage.
Have a protein-rich diet. Add food that is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 to your daily meals.
Avoid going out in too much sun and pollution. Try to cover your hair when you have to move out.
Avoid chemical-based products. These make your hair frizzy and drier than they already are.
Oil your hair with a nourishing and chemical-free oil.
Dandruff is perhaps the most common hair issue that everyone grapples with. The minute white specks and flakes are the subject of many hair products (and their ads!). Dandruff occurs due to excessive sebum secretion, cosmetic sensitivity, dryness of the scalp, or even stress.
If you suffer from dry scalp, use coconut oil, or tea tree oil for relief and softening of your rough and dry hair.
If you have oily wet dandruff, you can apply apple cider vinegar because it curbs microbes and inflammation. Be sure to check with your dermatologist for suitability.
Use a good quality anti-dandruff shampoo to cleanse your hair.
Avoid stress, and consume probiotics and Omega-3 rich foods.
Premature Greying of hair
Early greying of hair is a familiar phenomenon nowadays. The chief cause is the slow production of melanin. It may be due to vitamin deficiency, smoking, poor diet, genetics, and oxidative stress.
You can use essential oils like lavender and amla that regulate the production of melanin.
Have foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
If you use hair colour to hide the greying hair, use harsh chemicals and overuse. You can always choose a natural and mild hair colour.
Damage due to colouring
Too much colouring and bleaching cause significant hair damage. The chemicals in the colour can result in split-ends, thin hair, breakage, dullness, or dryness.
Apply hair masks to keep your hair nourished
Don’t skip conditioning your hair. Colours need hair conditioning from damaging your hair.
Avoid using too many heating tools like a dryer.
Face and Body Hair
Sometimes you can see hair poking out from behind ears or from the nose. It is because men have a lot more hair on their bodies and faces. Some men have to shave almost daily to keep a clean look.
If you are going for a clean look, shave regularly. If you are keeping a beard and moustache, trim them for a neat look.
If you keep short hair, get it cut or cropped every 2-3 weeks.
For long hair, tie them gracefully and keep them well shampooed and combed.
Clip the hairs that are poking out at odd places.
General Hair Care Routine
Follow these tips for a daily healthy routine of hair care.
Wash your hair and scalp well
While you can wash it daily with plain water, don’t shampoo more than 2 or 3 times a week.
Know your hair type. Is it dry, oily, rough, or a mixed combination? Read the label correctly and buy the right hair products made for your hair type specifically.
Eat a balanced diet.
Stay well hydrated.
Oil your hair using tea tree oil or coconut oil for extra dry hair.
Don’t moisturize or oil too much in case of oily hair.
If you use hair colour often, use hair masks.
In case of a severe fungal or bacterial problem or excessive hair fall, consult the dermatologist.
You need to take good care of your hair, whether it is your facial hair or the hair on your head. Even if you have thinning hair, you should take proper care. Well-groomed hair lends a smart and sharp look making a good impression with the people you meet. Follow the tips given above for healthy hair.