Here’s the thing, I have friends who swear by soap and water as part of their hair care regimen and guess what, their hair is perfect. On the other hand, here I am with ten million hair care products, the ideal water temperature, and all that craziness, and my hair doesn’t look like the models in the magazines.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have a hair care routine, because you should, I wrote all about it. A hair care regimen is like most things in life, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, so you have to try and try again until you find what works for you.
Find Your Shampoo & Conditioner Combo
Before you even look at the how often, the how, and e what products you must cover your bases. If you’re a soap for everything type of guy, that’s fine, but there’s a reason for shampoos and conditioners. So, start by finding the right ones for your hair type:
Set Your Routine
Now, let’s move to the nitty-gritty and the reason you clicked on this article in the first place. How to set up a hair care routine. Please don’t take this as a set-in-stone recommendation. Your hair might need different approaches.
When to wash it: you only need two or three washes a week. Daily washing can strip your hair of its protective oils, making it prone to frizz, frays, and damage.
How to keep it: if your hair falls under the oily spectrum, then maintain it with water-only washes in between your shampoo days. This way, you can get rid of any sweat or product buildup without stripping the oils away.
How to wash it: use warm water instead of hot. While hot showers are great at the end of a stressful day, the heat can dry your hair.
How to dry it: you’re probably used to toweling your hair roughly. It’s time to change that bad habit. Spot dry your hair instead to prevent your hair from breaking and let it air dry.
When to trim it: while this depends on your hairstyle, short men’s haircuts should trim every month, medium-lengths styles every 1 to 2 months, and long-styles every 3 to 6 months.
Love Your GR8 Hair
Here’s my word of warning to you — be patient. At first, when you start following a hair care regimen that doesn’t include daily washes, your hair will build up more oil. I promise you; this will go away, stick to it, and resist the urge. After a while, your hair will get acclimated to this new regimen, and its natural oils will start cleansing your scalp by themselves. Now, how awesome is that?