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7 Ways to Take Care of Your Long Hair as a Man

Not too many guys will keep their hair long, but the few who do, no doubt look great, especially if their hair is well taken care of.  Taking care of long hair is not an easy task, either. You might be required to break a sweat while at it. It can be particularly challenging if you are not used to taking care of long strands.

Your hair is the first thing someone will notice the moment they look at you. It is for this reason that your hair must always be on point. For this to happen, you will need to have a good beard grooming kit and give it the best care. Recovering from damaged hair is not as easy as it may be assumed to be. You need to be particular with its care from the beginning. The following tips are what you need to take care of your long hair.

  1. Be prepared

Just like anything else, you need a plan. You need to be prepared before you embark on the long-hair journey. Note that things will have to change. You will be required to direct more resources to your hair’s care, and that includes time and money. Is growing long hair going to align with your lifestyle? If yes, then you are ready to get started.

  1. Get the right hair tools

You cannot afford to ignore this part. You need the right tools to get the job done right. You can start by talking to your hairstylist since he or she is familiar with your hair and is in the position to know what best works for it. Once that is done, head to the store and get yourself the best tools: clippers and combs. Do not be afraid to pick the best quality items, even if it means paying some extra cash from you. They will serve you for a long time and keep your hair in good shape. In this case, a wide-toothed comb would be perfect for the job, as it will minimize on breakage. A brush with natural bristles would also be ideal. The hair ties you use are something that you want to give attention to. Remember that most rubber bands tangle with your hair and cause breakage. If you fancy ponytails, find a band that is coated with cloth. The right hair tools equal fantastic hair.

  1. Shampoo and condition your hair

You need to keep your hair clean and smelling nice. Long hair is more exposed to and more likely to attract dirt than short hair would. While you choose a shampoo at the store, be keen on the stickers. Not all shampoos will be right for your hair type. It is also important that you go back to what your stylist or salon advised. Pick a shampoo that is meant for your hair. Before you shampoo your hair, ensure that it is detangled, as contact with water will make it worse and could even cause breakage. Wet your hair and apply shampoo starting from the roots to the ends. After thoroughly working on your hair, rinse it. Then use a comb to brush it. It is after this that you apply the conditioner. Depending on the manufacturer’s instructions, give the conditioner time to set, then rinse it out.

  1. Use a dry towel to pat your hair dry

Note that hair is weaker when it is wet. So, if you are using a towel to dry it, you need to be gentle. Rubbing the hair will cause breakage. Instead, you should pat it dry. Be as gentle as you can. Avoid subjecting your hair to too much heat. Blow drying is also notorious for hair breakage and thinning.

  1. Let your hair loose

This part is mostly directed to those guys that cannot stay away from the ponytail. A tail tied too tight will cause breakage and cause headaches, too. If you are tying a scarf, you do not need to be too aggressive. Tying your hair loose not only prevents breakage but also makes you comfortable. This applies to hats, too.

  1. Protect your hair from the sun

Did you know that excess UV rays could damage your hair? Well, now you know. And, you need to do something about it. Stay away from direct sunlight for long hours. If you must go to the beach on a sunny day, care to carry an umbrella or a cap/hat. You also have an option of using a leave-in sunscreen conditioner. Too much exposure will also make the color of your hair fade.

  1. Eat well

Your hair is a reflection of what you eat. You might want to revise your pantry and drink a lot of water. Also, avoid too much alcohol and smoking.

If you follow the tips provided, you can be rest-assured that your hair will be turning heads in no time!

 

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