Ask yourself: does you hair look dry?
If your hair feels rough and has a dull, matt finish then chances are you're suffering with dry hair.
No big deal right? After all, who wants greasy hair anyway? Isn't moist hair a bad thing?
Not necessarily. While excess grease isn't great, your hair shouldn't be bone dry. The fact is, if dry hair is left untreated, it can ultimately lead to dandruff and hair loss... two things no guy wants in his life.
Today, we're breaking out the causes of dry hair and how you can easily treat it before it's too late.
What is the cause of dry hair?
There could be lots of different reasons your hair feels and looks dry.
The main reason is that old luck-o’-the-draw cause - genetics. You may have descended from a long line of men with dry scalps, which means less oil/sebum being produced by the sebaceous glands, which means dry hair.
Curly hair is also more prone to dryness since it’s harder for the oil to travel down the curly shaft.
Hair gets drier as we age as well, since sebum production slows the older you get, resulting in drier, more brittle hair.
Of course, environmental factors can play into having problematic dry hair. Too much sun or wind, living in a hot, dry climate, and going swimming in the sea or a chlorinated pool can all fry your locks (but it sounds like a great holiday!).
And if you haven’t figured out by now: overuse of hair dryers can make your hair drier, so be careful.
Your habits can also affect your hair - washing too often with shampoos or other products containing harsh chemicals and frequently dyeing or bleaching your hair can turn your hair into straw.
Once in a while, dry hair is a sign of a lack of certain nutrients in your diet or a symptom of an underlying health condition, like problems with the thyroid or parathyroid or malnutrition. If you think that might be the case, let your doctor know at your next physical.
How do you fix dry hair in men?
If you’re looking for treatment for men’s dry hair, take a look back at our last section and see if the cause of yours is something obvious.
Try protecting your hair from the sun and wind, and maybe wear a bathing cap if you’re submerging your handsome head in salty or chlorinated water on the regs.
And cool it on the hot hair dryers, curling irons, straightening tools, and anything else that is literally toasting your tresses.
Make sure you’re getting all your vitamins and minerals and hydrating.
Also, cut back on the frequency of shampooing and make sure your shampoo and conditioner aren’t chock full of harsh chemicals.
Instead, opt for something natural - like our moisturizing shampoo made with all-natural vegan ingredients which hydrate and strengthen your hair, cleaning it without stripping it of its natural protective oils.
Can you soften your hair naturally?
It is possible to soften your hair naturally without harsh chemicals.
Hair masks and hot oil treatments are ways to get your hair feeling more soft. These treatments are best done on a weekly basis.
Some types of hair that tend drier will be well served by using natural plant-based oils on the hair and scalp on a regular basis. Which oils, you ask? Let’s look!
What natural ingredients are best for dry hair?
Some of the best oils to put on your hair and scalp are coconut oil and argan oil.
Coconut oil is amazing at repairing dry and damaged skin, your scalp included.
Argan oil is lauded for its moisturizing properties as well. Both oils are very commonly used in hair care and skincare products today, but you can also apply coconut oil directly to your hair and scalp as a weekly treatment.
If you find slathering it from roots to tips creates too much grease, try concentrating on just the ends of your hair, as that is the driest part of the strand, and work your way up.
What products are best for men’s dry hair?
There are heaps of products out there that directly target the problem of dry hair. Look for a moisturizing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner for sure, made with gentle natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals.
One product we haven’t discussed yet is leave-in conditioners. The right leave-in conditioner can not only help to repair dry, damaged hair, but it can also help prevent it by strengthening the cuticle by providing all-day nourishment.
Vitaman’s leave-in conditioner contains the best Australian botanical extracts like cinnamon leaf oil, and it’s a breeze to use. Just towel dry your hair after your shower and spritz it a few times, concentrating on the ends.
VITAMAN has made it super easy to get started treating your problematically-dry hair with our dry hair and scalp treatment kit.
Containing our moisturizing shampoo and moisturizing conditioner plus our dry scalp treatment, this kit works to infuse your hair and scalp with hydration by repairing damage to the dried-out scalp and locking in moisture at the cuticle level.
Our conditioner is made with both coconut oil and argan oil, which we mentioned before, but also other natural fragrant and restorative oils like sweet almond oil, patchouli oil, and cedarwood bark oil.
And the aloe vera in our shampoo helps control the frizz that usually comes with hair that trends dry.
Results can be seen in two to four weeks, so order our dry hair and scalp treatment kit soon if you want your hair shiny and luscious for your uncle’s wedding next month - oh no, time to buy a gift!