These are tips that could be beneficial for both male and female hair. Listen up fellas it's time we started taking proper care of our hair; here are some quick tips that can help you take care of and manage your natural hair.
Before I get started it is important to know that every hair care product will not work for everyone. It will take trial and error to find hair care products that work well specifically for you. The methods I use are typically universal for everyone, regardless of the product.
Not every male takes care of their hair the proper way, which in the long run will do more harm and damage than one might think. Proper hair care in the male community is often looked down upon, and because of this the notion that men do not have to take care of their hair has been fostered in society. No one wants to run their hands through dusty, crusty, and dandruff filled hair.
So let's get started. First you need to know what your hair type is before you start putting random products into your hair. Understanding your hair type is key because not everyone's hair grows the same and not every product will work on the same type of hair.
Now we understand what your hair type is, let's talk about the products you should use and you should not use.
Stay away from any products that contain sulfate meaning any shampoos or co-washes
Stay away from any shampoo that has sodium lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate. These are not meant to be left on your scalp for too long and can be toxic to your scalp.
Most shampoos will tell you on the label if they contain sulfate or not but always read the back labels to double check because some companies like to lie on the labels
Other ingredients that can stop your hair growth:
Mineral Oil. ...
PEG-Polyethylene Glycol. ...
Propylene Glycol (PG) ...
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) ...
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (Triethanolamine)
FD & C Color Pigments.
These definitely should be stayed away from at all cost.
Use products with natural ingredients such as:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Castor Seed Oil
Sulfate-free shampoo can help revitalizes your hair and give it proper nutrients it needs
My routine, again this is from me trying different products and finding out what's best for me to use. So I have 4A/4B hair which means I have tight coils and my hair also dries out quickly leading it to breaking easily so I need to have it moisturised more than most people would. So when I wake up depending on the day I use a co-wash (conditioner-only washing) the reason I use a co-wash more often is because I have thick hair making it harder for the natural oils created by hair to make it through all the tight coils.
A co-wash makes it easier for the natural oils to help cleanse the scalp and condition the hair. When using a co-wash stay away from any products that contain dimethicone in the ingredients. If I shampoo my hair too often it’ll strip my hair of the natural oils which leads to dry hair that breaks away easily. This does not mean I do not use a shampoo, I shampoo my hair or deep condition my hair at least once every two weeks to help thoroughly get rid of any buildup that could occur.
After the co-wash/deep condition/shampooing I let my hair air dry do not use a towel because it can pull and rip your hair. When I feel it's damp, I put some black castor oil in my hair first with coconut oil and I let that sit before using cantu’s leave in conditioning repair cream, grow strengthening treatment, and a hint of the cantu shea butter for moisturising curl activator cream.
All these products do not cause build up or contain sulfate or silicones. So why do I use black castor oil? Black castor oil has nutrients, vitamins and minerals to help keep your hair healthy. It also contains ricinoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids which helps blood circulation to the scalp that helps increase hair growth.
It also helps with nourishing the scalp and building strong roots. Before I go to sleep, I use a light mixture of black castor oil and coconut oil massage that into my hair then I put a bonnet on and go to sleep. Never sleep without a bonnet or durag on because your pillow case can cause your hair to mat and can pull at your hair when you're tossing in your sleep.
Also when using hair products be careful not to mix up too many different hair products. Using too many hair products on your hair could cause more damage than good.
Let's talk protective hairstyles fellas, such as twist or braids. Yes! Males can use protective hairstyles. I often get two strand twist in my hair every two weeks. It helps me control the dirty build up from working out and other activities I do. Sometimes you just do not feel like doing your hair everyday, so having your hair in twist can help take that extra work away, especially in a busy week. If twists are not for you, then you can get braids but make sure the braids are not too tight. You do not want braids tight to the point your hairline is being pulled back.
So for the ladies, are you having issues with your edges? Worry no more because black castor oil can also help you out. Apply a little amount (as it is a thick oil) of black castor oil on your edges every night but not too much on your scalp. Massage it in and watch your edges slowly start coming back. You can also put it on your eyebrows too.
Fellas, are you having problems growing your beard fully? You can also use black castor oil. Apply a decent amount on the desired area each night and morning and watch your hair grow back!
Do not believe me? Then try it out!
Hopefully this helps you all get a little more understanding of how to start with proper haircare.