Do's And Don'ts For Healthy Hair And Better Hair Styling
We spent time with Ann Shim, Grooming Lounge's Director of Education and one of the best men's hairstylists/barbers in the country, to find out what gents should and shouldn't be doing to achieve their best possible hair. Here's what she had to say.
- FIND THE RIGHT CUTTER: Find a superstar to cut your hair regularly. Someone who cuts and styles with your lifestyle, maintenance capabilities and overall look in mind.
- USE QUALITY PRODUCTS: Of course you’ll pay a bit more, but higher-end products will help achieve a better look and leave hair healthier in the long term.
- YES… YOU NEED CONDITIONER: Conditioners will lock in the moisture hair needs and keep strands looking better long term.
- BALD IS BETTER THAN BALDING: If you’re really thinning, take it short or take it all off. Comb-overs look much worse than nothing.
- WASH HAIR DAILY: If you use a good product to cleanse hair, there won’t be any stripping or drying. What there will be is elimination of all the junk you don’t want in there.
- IF YOU GO WITH COLOR – GO WITH A PRO: If you ever decide to get some hair color or even just want to cover grey, let a pro do it. The at-home route will leave more than just your hair jacked up.
- USE YOUR FINGERS AS A COMB: Using your fingers is less stressful to the hair than using a comb – and if you’re using a conditioner (as suggested) – tangles shouldn’t be an issue.
- OVERUSE PRODUCT: Less is more with styling products and too much will stay in the hair much longer than you’d like. A finger dab is all that’s usually required.
- USE BAR SOAPS ON HAIR: They’re too harsh for your precious strands and will leave your lid dry and full of residue.
- TURN UP THE HEAT: If you have to use a dryer to get hair dry in the morning, take it easy with the heat settings. Too much heat will leave hair dry and brittle.
- WAIT TOO LONG BETWEEN HAIRCUTS: Even if you’re growing hair out, it’s important to get a cut to clean up split ends, damaged hair and other nonsense.
- SMOKE: Cigs will dry hair out, make it stink and increases the chances of breakage.
- EAT JUNK: Just like your body, your hair needs good stuff to look and feel good. Try stuff with anti-oxidants, nutrient-rich veggies and fatty fish.
- SWIM TOO MUCH WITHOUT CLEANSING: If you’re a Phelps-type, you need to clean your hair with a shampoo that can remove lots of chlorine and balance things out.