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Daily Hair Care Tips for Men

Whether you're more of the "Classic" type or into the latest and trendiest hairstyles, a thorough yet simple hair care routine is critical to keeping your manly locks looking great.

  • Wash: Aim for clean, healthy hair. It's the foundation for any hair style. The frequency with which you wash your hair depends on your lifestyle. If you're more active than most, then you'll need to consider washing your hair more often to reduce the build-up that sweat can produce on your scalp. Whichever schedule you chose, ensure that it's a regular part of your routine.
  • Tone: Gently massage your scalp. This is an often skipped part of everyone's hair care routine. It's too bad because toning for a few minutes -- after you wash but before you condition -- not only feels great but helps release natural oils from your sebaceous glands (that's a good thing). There's no special way to massage, although you'll want to avoid going in circles to avoid tangling your hair.
  • Condition: Moisturize your hair. Conditioner is an essential hair product if your hair is dry. A herbal rinse is better for those with oily hair. You can make both products yourself but they can be purchased for a few dollars at any popular pharmacy or salon supply store.
  • Groom: Get the right tools. You'll likely need the following:
    brush (natural bristles are best)
    comb (wide-toothed if you have curly hair)
    hair dryer (if it's less than 1000 watts, you're wasting your time)
  • Style: Find a comfortable style that you can easily maintain on your own daily in less than five minutes. The better you know hair products, the faster you'll get your hair done. Make sure to read up on the differences between gels, mousses, sprays and pomades. Bed head, be gone!