Washing your hair is one of those things you probably don’t give too much thought to: after all, how hard can it be? But the fact is, you need to know how to wash your hair properly. Men who don’t use the right technique for their hair type could not only be doing more harm than good, but also wasting those precious pounds they spend on hair care products.
In this blog post we’re going to take a look at some hair care tips for men and answer questions such as: how often should men wash their hair and what are the right shampoos and conditioners to use for your hair type?
Let’s get started!
How to Wash Your Hair Properly for Men
We hate to break it to you, but if your idea of washing your hair is to squirt a blob of shampoo into your hands, rub it vigorously into your hair then rinse, you’re washing your hair, but you’re not washing it correctly.
Follow these tips and the next time you jump into the shower, you’ll know how to wash your hair properly, guys!
1. Use a shampoo that is formulated to work with your hair type or to address a specific concern (more on this in a bit).
2. Spend a little quality time when washing and take at least one to two minutes to shampoo your hair.
3. Thoroughly massage the shampoo into your hair and head to stimulate the scalp. As well as cleansing the hair more deeply, this also encourages the blood to flow and your hair to grow.
4. Make sure you’re covering every part of your head and hair, from the top, back and sides to your sideburns.
5. Use a conditioner that is matched to your shampoo as the formulas will work in conjunction with one another.
6. Leave the conditioner on for the time stated on the bottle, or at least while you wash your face and body before rinsing.
7. Having said that, if you have coarse, curly or coily hair, you may prefer to use a leave-in conditioner.
How Often Should Men Wash Their Hair?
It can be tempting to think that washing your hair on a daily basis is the right thing to do. But frequency is not always best, and how often men should wash their hair very much depends on the type of hair you have.
Straight and Wavy Hair
As a general rule, men with straight or wavy hair should aim to wash and condition their hair two to three times a week. However if you tend to go heavy on styling products such as gels, pomades, waxes or clays, you will want to wash these out every time you use them.
If you don’t, they will build up and can end up blocking your scalp’s pores and cause spotty breakouts around the hairline. And of course, your hair is not going to look its best if it’s being weighed down by multiple days worth of product.
Thinning or Fine Hair
Knowing how to wash your hair properly for guys with thinning and fine hair is crucial as using the right products can help promote hair growth and stop breakage. We suggest you wash and condition your hair daily as this will help to keep your hair in tip top condition.
If your hair is prone to oiliness, daily washing will also rid it of any oily tendencies and make it look thicker and healthier. Having your hair cut in a style that better suits thinning hair will also help hair look fuller.
Coarse, Curly or Coily Hair
Hair that is curly, coily or coarse tends to be drier than other hair types. For this reason it is best to wash your hair just once or twice a week so that it’s not stripped of its essential oils and retains the moisture it needs to prevent frizziness.
How often guys with curly hair should wash their hair also depends on the tightness of the curl: very tight curls should go for once a week, while slightly loose curls or coils can up it to twice. This applies to both Caucasian and Afro hair types.
How to Choose the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
If you really want to know how to wash your hair properly for men, you need to start by selecting the right shampoo and conditioner. It’s all very well using the correct technique as outlined in our tips above, and knowing how often to wash your hair as a guy, but it’s all pretty irrelevant if you’re not using the right products.
As a starting point, you need to match your shampoo to your hair type and goals. You also need to make sure that you’re maintaining a clean and healthy scalp, as this is the source from which healthy hair grows.
For example, if your aim is to make your thinning or fine hair look instantly fuller, Aveda’s Invati Range of hair care products for men improves the look of thin hair while also strengthening it. The range includes a shampoo and a scalp revitalizing treatment to tackle thinning hair at the root.
If your hair is looking dull and lifeless and is being weighed down by a build-up of product, try a clarifying shampoo to break down styling products and leave hair feeling squeaky clean. We love Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo and its accompanying weightless conditioner.
Meanwhile, if you’re being plagued by complaints such as dandruff or a dry and itchy scalp, you will need to address the issue at its root cause.
Aveda’s Pramāsana™ Purifying Scalp Cleanser comes highly recommended thanks to its exclusive blend of ingredients that helps balance, protect and preserve the scalp’s natural barrier.
Use the cleanser in conjunction with the Pramāsana™ Exfoliating Scalp Brush which helps to loosen build-up and impurities in preparation for deep cleansing for a two-pronged approach to a healthier, cleaner scalp and therefore healthier, cleaner hair.
Better Hair Care at Cutters Yard London
At Cutters Yard, we know how to properly wash men’s hair. And we also know a thing or two about cutting, grooming and styling!
Our friendly professionals offer a full range of services and are always happy to answer any questions you have about how to wash your hair properly and how often you should wash your hair according to your hair type.
Healthy looking hair starts with a great haircut as its foundation, so book your appointment with one of our talented barbers at either our London Bridge or Southwark salons today and we’ll look forward to seeing you very soon!