Four male hair myths debunked
Hair experts have exposed four common hair mistakes made by men and have issued simple advice to sort them.
The team behind Hairtrade.com have encouraged men to take greater care of their hair by dispelling some common misconceptions.
It is often assumed that males are less concerned with the look and feel of their hair than females, but there is no reason for this to be true.
Getting over common myths and following the guidance below could make a significant improvement to the quality of any man’s look.
So in no particular order, here are four of the most common male hair myths and what can be done about them.
Male baldness is inevitable
Genes are unfortunately unchangeable, but there are many ways to keep hair looking youthful.
Changing routine or style could shift attention without the need for expensive hair surgery.
Hairtrade.com said: “For thicker looking hair into your 30s and 40s, try using a matte clay or styling paste – this could also distract from any cases of hair receding.
“Avoid tight, rubbing hats that will damage hair roots and consider a regular head massage to boost circulation to the scalp.
“Don’t highlight a thinning top with a ridiculous comb-over like Donald Trump; a cropped cut and short sides, as favoured by Prince William, looks much more dignified.”
All barbers are the same
Going to the barbers should be considered similar to using any other specialised service; they are knowledgeable, skilful and trained hair professionals.
Hairtrade.com said: “You take the doctor’s advice on your health, you take the mechanic’s advice on your car – so listen to your barber’s advice on your hair.
“Though most men are distinctly unsociable when getting a trim, talking to the barber will get you a more suitable cut and great recommendations for styling and products.
“Steer clear of any barbershop that advertises they’re the cheapest locally; remember that you get what you pay for.
“Anywhere that the action isn’t visible through street-facing windows is also best avoided, as the more skilled barbers have nothing to hide.
“And if someone does a particularly good job, don’t be afraid to request the same barber the next time you visit.”
Styling is just for women
Using hair products can seem like a chore for a lot of men but taking just a little additional time with hair styling could subtly enhance any man’s appearance.
Hairtrade.com said: “There is no reason for men to be afraid of using hairspray to add texture and hold to their usual style.
“Learn that less is more with gels, waxes and other male targeted hair-styling products; over-use will lead to an awkward greasy or heavy look.
“Carry a small comb or travel-sized products to carefully touch up your hair throughout the day but remember to part or brush in its natural direction.”
Washing hair is like the rest of the body
Products such as shampoo and conditioner are not ‘female products’ and are specifically targeted at hair with good reason.
Hairtrade.com said: “Washing your hair is unique, so don’t use normal soap or shower gel and avoid cheap or basic shampoos and conditioners.
“Avoid cold showers, as blood will rush away from the scalp, and don’t wash daily if your hair is dry or coarse.
“After washing, don’t dry your hair by roughly rubbing it with a stiff towel; this will cause breaks and damage roots.
“Gently pat your hair with a soft towel or, ideally, allow it to dry naturally; using a blow-dryer is also an advisable option, but remember a low heat is best if your hair is thin.”