Let’s face it; a man is nothing without his hair. We often take it for granted, until one day we realize it is gone, leaving us to question, “what now?” Between those moments, men must care for their hair. But fear not, I am here to offer a few tips I have learned over the years that I use every day to keep my hair looking fresh and clean.
Shampooing: I’m not going to beat around the bush—I rarely shampoo my hair. I’m a firm believer in the No-Poo lifestyle. Shampoo strips your hair follicles of important oils and minerals thanks to the chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. These products are damaging to hair’s health, however most will just notice irritation of the skin and dryness of the applied areas. No-Poo allows sebum, the natural oils produced by skin to keep skin and hair healthy, to build up and fortify the hair follicles. Instead of using shampoo, I rinse my hair under lukewarm water and massage my scalp with my fingertips. When I’ve massaged for around a minute or two, I take a comb and run it through my hair a few times. It’s that simple. Within a few weeks, you will notice your hair will be thicker and require less product to keep it in place. In the winter when my scalp is a little dry and dandruff is running rampant, I use my Head and Shoulders Anti-Dandruff shampoo just once every two weeks.
Styling: My product line of choice is American Crew. My routine is applying American Crew Forming Cream through my hair, which I just towel dry out of the shower, and letting the product dry. I proceed to use small amounts of the American Crew Pomade to give my hair shine until I’m content. For application, I take my pointer finger to get a dime-sized dollop. I take the little bit and move it on my other finger tips and run it back and forth through my hair. I do this for both the Forming Cream and Pomade. For shorter hair, American Crew Fiber has a nice high hold, opposed to the Pomade and Fiber with a medium hold. My recommendation is to find someone that has similar hair and ask them what product they use. Trust me, they will take it as a compliment, I know I do. If this approach doesn’t suit you, split a container of product with a friend and evaluate which one is better for each person. It took me around two years of experimenting to find the perfect combination that suits my hair, so give it time and experiment with different products; remember everyone’s hair is unique.