If there’s one part of the body that most men are quite conscious of, it’s none other than their hair. Women may obsess about makeup, clothes, shoes and bags but for men, it’s all about their hair. The good news is that there are plenty of hair care products out there which are specifically formulated for men. Whether you have a long Jared Leto hairstyle, a buzz cut or even a Mohawk, there should be a hair care product out there that will let you take good care of your short or long locks.
Which Hair Care Products are a Must-Have for Men?
The key to finding the perfect hair care product is to base it on your current hairstyle. The product should also be no-fuss and easy-to-use so that you can slap it onto your hair in the morning, look your best and go out to face the day. Here are some of the must-have hair care products for men:
- Basic Shampoos
Even if you have a buzz cut or a really short haircut, you cannot get away with not using even the most basic cleansing shampoo. The good news is that if you still have a full head of hair, any basic shampoo – whether it’s formulated for men or women – will do. As long as the goal is to cleanse your hair of the dirt from the environment and you like its smell as well as the way that your hair feels after it dries, then that should be the perfect shampoo brand for you.
- Dandruff Shampoos
After running a comb through your hair, do you usually see white flakes falling off from your scalp? If yes, you need a good dandruff shampoo. Dandruff occurs when there is an overreaction to the normal yeast level found on the scalp, which results to flaking. There are plenty of dandruff shampoos out there that you can use with active ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Zinc, Ketoconazole or Selenium Sulfide. If, after using the same dandruff shampoo for one month and you fail to see results, switch to another brand with a different active ingredient. Better yet, get a prescription from a general physician or a dermatologist.
- Hair Conditioner
If you have medium to long hair, you definitely need to soften and condition your locks with the help of a hair conditioner. You may want to try shampoo-conditioner combos, or use a separate product if you have curly or very long hair.
- SPF Products for the Scalp
Bald spots and thinning hair is one of the biggest problems that men face. If you do have bald spots or thinning hair, it is very important to use an SPF lotion that will protect your head from the harsh rays of the sun. If you don’t want to use lotion, simply look for spray sunscreen or a styling gel which has built-in SPF. Look for SPF 30 or higher to better shield your scalp from UV light.
- Medication for Thinning Hair
Minoxidil is the best solution for thinning hair and it is available over the counter. If you would like to see better results, consult a thinning hair expert so that you can be given a prescription medication that will work specifically for your case. If a thinning patch of hair is what you’re worried about, use styling gel on the spot to make it look a bit thicker.
- Hair Styling Gel
Finally, you can use styling gels, spray gels, pomades, hair waxes, pastes or hair creams to style your hair. No matter which of these forms you choose, remember that a little product goes a long way.
Men may have less hair to deal with than women but it does not mean that they should not take care of their locks. Using products which are specifically formulated for men, you can face the world knowing that your hair looks good.