7 Grooming Tips for a Better Hair Care Routine
By Camila Mersashi
Everyone dreams of having lustrous tresses, but achieving this is never easy. Although dry and dehydrated hair may require special care, all hair types demand lots of attention to stay healthy and lustrous. And men with short hair aren’t off the hook, either: this applies to anyone growing a beard since facial hair is prone to dandruff, itching, flaking and acne. Although it’s always good to pick the right hair products, there are other hair hacks available to maximize your mane’s health between appointments with your stylist.
Read on to learn more.
Grooming Tips for Healthier Hair
1. Regular brushing
Brushing stimulates the scalp, thus encouraging excellent blood flow to the hair follicles. However, it’s always best to brush before washing to slacken sebum flakes and dead skin. This way, it becomes easier to clean your scalp when shampooing thoroughly. Avoid combing too much or excessive brushing, as this can damage your hair. Moreover, use combs and brushes with natural bristles and wide-toothed combs to prevent breakage. Our favorite is the O&M Classic Hair Brush.
2. Washing and cleansing
Simple things like washing and cleansing keep your scalp free from dirt and grime. Use high-quality shampoo and conditioner and choose your products depending on your hair type.
A couple things to keep in mind when it comes to washing:
- Use products from the same brand since they are more effective when used together. For instance, if you pick O&M Fine Intellect Shampoo, use it along with the Conditioner.
- Pick mild shampoos free from sulfates and other aggressive chemicals and make sure to rinse the hair thoroughly.
- Avoid excessive shampooing—it causes dry hair and can strip locks of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, nitrogen and phosphorous.
- Use a mask or leave-in conditioner for colored, damaged or chemically treated hair. For excellent results, apply the mask or conditioner for a few minutes once every week. Try O&M The Power Base Protein Treatment that restores and repairs chemically damaged locks.
We all know it’s a must to minimize heat on hair. Heat styling can adversely hurt your scalp and strip your hair of essential moisture. Air drying when you can is best. You can squeeze out excess water with a towel. If you must use a blow dryer, keep it at the lowest temperature possible!
4. Tie back before sleep
Your skin needs a proper routine to stay healthy and the hair is no exception. Tying your hair back before going to bed helps limit tangling as you sleep (and keeps oils off of your face to prevent breakouts). A loosened ponytail in a silk or corkscrew scrunchie works best and prevents breakage and loss of moisture.
5. Proper trimming
Trimming your hair keeps it healthy by keeping split ends at bay and maintaining the hair’s integrity. It is also a must for men’s grooming.
Always shave after showering using a quality razor like Oway Linea Razor and ensure that the style suits the shape of your face.
A shave brush and quality shaving cream can make all the difference. Apply a non-alcohol based balm for a glossier finish. For beards with lots of length, have them trimmed by a professional barber. Oway has a top-notch Men’s grooming set complete with products like Oway Repairing Aftershave Balm and Oway Softening Shave Cream for healthy and happy facial grooming.
6. Stay healthy
There are various healthy hair tips, but a balanced diet consisting of power-packed foods like fish, carrots and spinach works wonders. Your hair reflects your health status—for instance, if it’s dull, dry and flaky, this may be an indication that something is wrong. But, if it’s radiant, you are presumably at the peak of your health.
7. Follow a fitness regimen
Working out is a hair care secret many people don’t know about. It’s an excellent solution to hair loss and other hair related problems. And why should it be part of your hair routine? Exercising promotes blood circulation, which is indispensable for nourishing the roots. Proper blood circulation also spurs hair growth.
There are tons of hair care ideas out there to help keep your hair shiny and healthy. Although shampooing, brushing and trimming are all essential, make sure to stay healthy, exercise regularly and choose the right products.