Whether it’s said aloud or not, men care about their hair just as much as women do. Traditionally, a full head of hair is associated with youth and virility so hair thinning, receding hairlines, and male pattern baldness are very real fears. Unfortunately, if it’s happening to the men in your family, there’s a higher chance of it happening to you.
While you can’t exactly fight genetics, there are some hair care habits that might not be doing you any favors. To keep premature baldness at bay, below are five common rituals you should definitely rethink:
1) Vigorously drying your hair with a towel
Growing up, you probably learned that rubbing a towel over your head until it’s no longer wet is the only way to go. But just like your towel, hair is considered a fiber, and fiber-to-fiber friction can cause irreversible damage. If you want to dry your hair without causing undue harm, scrunch or squeeze your hair in sections to get the moisture out instead.
2) Brushing your hair while it’s wet
Moisture actually stretches your hair, which makes it more prone to breakage. When you brush it right after you get out of the shower, you’re stressing out the strands. Try using a wide tooth comb instead when detangling your hair.
3) Shampooing every day
Since the tropical climate of the Philippines means there’s a higher chance of getting sweaty and stinky, showering daily is a must. However, you should really only be lathering up with shampoo two to three times a week to avoid stripping your hair of its natural, protective oils.
4) Following an unhealthy lifestyle
Your hair isn’t a separate entity from the rest of your body. Poor food intake, lack of sleep and exercise, and other environmental stressors can all have an impact on your hair. You end up growing much weaker hair fibers. A healthy mane can be achieved just by taking care of your mental and emotional health.
5) Not using hair-friendly products
Ironically, not all haircare and hairstyling products are good for your hair. Some of them leave behind residue or unintentionally weaken the follicles, leading to damage in the long run. Make sure to only use products that take care of your hair on top of doing their jobs.
A hair product like Stylex Styling Gel is a good choice since it lets you style your hair without leaving flakes and sticky residue while locking in the moisture. You can bring out the swag without compromising the health of your crowning glory.
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