Investing In Your Hair
For many guys, the prospect of losing their hair and making a choice to shave it all off is intimidating. First off – don’t despair – for many men, the bald head serves them better than their previous head of hair. Not to mention there are plenty of people looking for a partner with a nice, clean shaved dome. But, if you’re still rocking your gorgeous head of hair, whether you’ve grown your hair out and wear it down, still rock the “man bun,” or have a clean fade, there are things you can do to invest in your hair and keep it looking it’s best at all times. Let’s take a look at how to do that.
Start A New Relationship
No, we’re not talking about swiping left or right and wasting time getting to know people you’re not even that interested in. You have to be not only interested in but invested in your relationship with your hairstylist or barber. Taking the time to find a barber that does the following things is critical. First, they need to listen to your hair goals. Are you just trying to clean up and maintain what you’ve already got, or are you looking to grow out healthily? Do you like your hair with a crisp, clean fade and haven’t found someone that cuts it the way you need them to? Do you have curly hair and need help with directions on how to keep it frizz-free and manageable? All of these questions are not only answerable when you find the right barber or stylist, and your visions are attainable. So, invest in finding a good one, and they will invest with you. If you know you need to break up with your current stylist, it’s okay to cut the cord and move onto someone that’s going to treat you and your luscious locks the way they deserve to be!
Tools Of The Trade
Just like with all things in life, it’s easiest when you have the right tools on hand. This means knowing what type of hair you have and how to manage it. Maybe you’ve got thick, wavy, or curly hair. Instead of washing it every day, try co-washing (washing with shampoo only) and washing it only once or twice a week. When you feel like you need a refresher, go with a mist spray bottle, scrunch and move on with your day. Say your hair is straighter and fine. If you find it looking flat in the morning, spritz some dry shampoo in and agitate – boom! Instant volume. Maybe you’re into keeping it extra short; finding the correct cream or pomade is a game-changer. You should also invest in a pair of quality clippers, or a sharp razor can keep your neckline looking fresh between appointments too.
It would help if you started spending time on your hair care routine. It would be best if you considered using a deep conditioning mask at least once a week to keep things conditioned and frizz-free. Hair masks also help keep split ends at bay which is essential whether you’re growing your hair out or maintaining the current length. The bonus about hair masks and conditioning treatments – they need to stay on for at least around five minutes – gives you plenty of time to clean that shower and bathtub you’ve been neglecting for longer than you should have. By the time you’re ready to rinse out, your shower will be sparkly clean and smelling fresh – which, let’s face it, no one wants their date coming over when their bathroom is filthy.
The Pay Off
The big payoff of investing in your hair is that it gives you so much in return. Firstly, self-confidence. No matter your gender, the condition of our hair, much like our teeth, plays a significant role in how we feel about ourselves. When we’re correctly grooming ourselves, we can’t help to have a spring in our step and that confidence we’re all chasing. Also, good habits lead to other good practices, so starting your hair care journey today will open the gate to choosing other healthy lifestyle habits, whether that’s exercise, meditation, or being a better friend. So, make today the day that you realize that as men, it’s in your best interest to invest in your hair and stay looking sharp.