Grooming tips for men with long hair

For a lot of men, growing their hair out might seem like more trouble than it’s worth. It takes a long time to grow out, it’s harder to style, and it’s harder to maintain a good condition – so what’s the appeal? Well, none of these problems need necessarily arise when you grow hair out. It’s entirely possible to have the luxurious locks of Samson and have them feel as natural and easy to maintain as a buzzcut. We won’t tell you that there’s no work involved because otherwise there’d be no need to write this article, but it’s entirely possible to keep long hair well-styled and in good condition without too much trouble at all. It just takes a few simple tricks.

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Wash responsibly

Most people’s natural inclination is that it’s vital to wash your hair all the time if you want it to be in good condition – but this is far from the case. While washing hair is useful, it’s something that should be done sparingly, and with great care. The most important thing is not to shampoo your hair too often. Shampoo removes natural oils from the hair and leaves it dry and brittle – which is why we condition it. Most people don’t need to shampoo their hair any great number of times a week – as such it should only be done a few times. In addition, you don’t want to use water that’s too hot, because it can make your hair much weaker.

Dry carefully

The first thing you want to do when you finish washing your hair is dry it, so you’ll either start vigorously rubbing at it with a towel, or immediately stick the hairdryer to its highest settings and whoosh away. However, this is one of the easiest ways to damage your hair, and most people are never any the wiser. Wet hair is much weaker than dry hair, so rubbing it with a towel in too frenetic a manner can stretch your follicles beyond breaking point, and leave you with frizzy, damaged hair. In addition, subjecting your hair to the heat of a dryer for too long is an easy way to leave it dry and damaged. Obviously, not everyone has the time to let their hair air-dry, so if you have to do something just gently pat your hair with a towel, or use a hairdryer on its lower setting.

Be product wary

If you want to style your hair, it’s likely that you’re going to use a product like gel, wax, clay etc. This is fine, but as with anything else you need to make sure you’re being careful and doing things the right way. One of the most important things is making sure you use the right kind of product. If you’ve got dry hair, for instance, you want to stay away from hairspray because it’s only going to make the follicles more brittle and susceptible to snapping. In addition, you want to make sure you don’t use too much product. Not only will it make your hair feel unpleasant, but it can also compromise the strength of your hair.

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Use the right tools

One of the most important parts of hair care is making sure you’re using the right tools on your hair. Take hairbrushes, for instance – a natural bristle hairbrush will separate your hair much more nicely, and spread your natural oils around better. However, if your hair is particularly voluminous or prone to tangles, you’re going to want a synthetic bristle brush. If you use hair bands, use the ones that are wrapped in cloth, because they aren’t so tough on your hair. Using the right tools is imperative, and can mean the difference between luscious locks and a horrible hairdo.