Different seasons call for different hair care routines for men. The elements can take quite a toll on the hair and scalp. In the summer months, heat, chlorine, sea water, wind and humidity can all take their toll on scalp and hair, causing dryness and frizz. In winter, hair under the heaters, rain and in the cold can leave your hair feeling dull and drab. Seasonal changes can damage your hair and leaving it looking lackluster if your usual routine isn’t adjusted to protect your locks. A lot of people will take steps to better care for their skin but many men forget about their scalp and hair. Sun protection and moisturiser is important for hair as well! So how should you go about protecting your head all year round?
Let’s start with the winter months…
Tips for protecting your hair in winter
The cooler months can be harsh on your hair and skin. Most men will find that when temperatures drop, their hair starts to suffer. You might find that your hair is thirstier than usual, dry, frizzy and feels less shiny or hydrated than it usually would. There are some important steps prepared by our MAX3 Shampoo team you should follow to protect your hair from the cold weather.
Don’t turn the heat up too high
Cranking up the heater will leave your scalp feeling irritated and itchy. Whilst it’s tempting to turn up the heat inside your house or apartment when temperature drops outside, try not to turn things up to high. Temperature shock can be bad for your skin and hair. Keep your house at a warm or steady temperature, rather than overly toasty.
Turn down the hot water
It natural to want to turn on the heat in the shower after a cold day, but turning the hot tap on to the point that the shower is steaming hot isn’t good for your scalp. Water that is too hot isn’t good for either your skin or your hair. Hot water can burn your scalp and dehydrate your skin and hair. Pulling out all the moisture from your skin will leave you feeling dry and shriveled.
The best thing for your hair is to have a luke warm shower, or to keep your water temperature the same all year round.
Don’t over-wash your hair
Shampooing your hair will remove the natural oils from your scalp, which can dry out your hair. Moisture is a must during the colder months, so if you’re shampooing your hair every day or so, then you might be finding your hair is feeling a bit thirsty. Reducing the frequency at which you shampoo your hair will help to keep your hair better hydrated and prevent you from drying it out.
Replace the oil in your hair
Washing and shampooing your hair can strip out the oils from your hair, so put them back during the winter months to keep hair feeling shiny, soft and healthy. Drier scalps can cause dandruff and irritation, which can cause hair fall and breakage. A good quality hair oil can keep hair feeling soft and will keep it moving comfortably.
A simple and cheap solution is to add olive or coconut oil to the scalp, allowing it to sit for twenty minutes or so before rinsing it out and washing with shampoo and conditioner. This will help to nourish your hair.
Use plenty of conditioner
Conditioner during the winter months is absolutely essential. Keeping hair hydrated is important for protecting your hair from damage and keeping it feeling healthy. Shampoo ruffles up hair follicles in order to clean and clarify the hair and scalp, conditioner smoothens out the follicle, making hair appear soft and shiny again. Without conditioner your hair will feel dry and brittle. During the winter months consider using a leave in conditioner and a deep conditioning product for extra moisture.
Take care when drying your hair
Treat your hair with proper care when trying to dry it out after washing or rinsing your hair. Whilst heat styling tools like blow dryers can help to style your hair, heat styling tools can damage your hair especially when used frequently and without heat styling tools. Too much heat can dry out your hair and scalp; cause itching, irritation and even dandruff. Using a heat protectant or a low heat setting can help to protect your hair from heat damage and should be an essential part of your winter routine.
Air drying is best
Allowing your hair to dry out naturally Is the best method for protecting your hair in the winter months. Limiting your use of heat styling tools will help to keep your hair healthy and frizz-free. If you have the time available, allow wet hair to dry after patting it gently with a towel. A smoothing serum can help to prevent any unwanted frizz or fly-away hair. If you live in an extremely cold region, then be aware that freezing temperatures and wet hair can spell disaster. Avoid hair breakage and damage by ensuring that your hair is completely dry before stepping outside.
Trim your hair on a regular basis
Men with shorter hair can sometimes let their hair grow out for too long without trimming it. A regular trim is important for keeping hair healthy, especially in winter when hair tends to get dry and brittle. Trimming the hair reduces split ends and breakage, and it’s important even for short hair.
Cover up with a hat or beanie
The cold air, wind and rain can be harsh on your hair and scalp. Men rarely have long locks to keep warm under so it’s well worth it to cover up with a hat or a beanie. It might not be ideal for every occasion, but it you’re going to be spending time outside than covering up your hairdo will keep your head protected. The right hat or beanie can elevate your look if you find a hat or beanie that fits your style and face shape.
Eat healthy and keep hydrated
What you choose to put into your body is equally as important to your hair as what you put onto it, so make sure you follow a healthy, balanced diet during the winter months. The right vitamins and proteins will help to nourish your hair and scalp and will keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Keeping hydrated is also essential for healthy, hydrated hair as well. If your body is dehydrated it will begin to conserve resources, diverting liquids away from your hair and scalp. Drinking plenty of water is important for keeping your scalp and hair healthy.
Tips for the summer months
In the same way that the winter months can take a toll on your hair, so can the summer months. Extreme temperatures don’t agree with your scalp and hair and the conditions of summer can leave hair feeling damaged and dry. Whilst the summer months are good fun, the sun can do serious damage to your skin and scalp. Sunburn, sea salt, time spent swimming in the pool and hot days can all leave your hair feeling damaged and unruly.
If you’ve noticed that hot summer days leave your hair feeling less than healthy then you might be wondering why.
A lot of the weather conditions during summer can contribute to your hair feeling straw-like and unhealthy. Sweat and dust on summer day can cause clogged pores, dandruff and split ends. This can impact on the nutrient delivery to your hair which can cause hair loss, thinning hair and breakage. Your scalp can also burn in the sun. Many men forget to protect their scalp from the suns harsh rays. You should protect your scalp with sunscreen or hair products with an SPF component. Sunburn on the scalp will eventually lead to dry hair and scalp damage – so how do you protect your scalp and hair from the sunshine and summer days?
Protecting your hair from sun damage
To protect your hair from the summer heat, you should start summer with a brand new haircut. A fresh haircut will help to protect short hair from split ends and breakage. Sun damage will dry out hair, a fresh cut will help to keep it fresh and healthy. Regular trims throughout the summer months will keep your hair in good condition.
Caring for your hair colour
If you have colour-treated hair, than summer can be harsh on your hair. The sun and regular time spent in the swimming pool or at the beach will quickly leach the colour from your hair, leaving you with an unwanted washed out look. Nobody wants the faded look or hair dryness. During summer you should find hair products designed to protect colour and hydrate the hair – this will help to increase your time between hairdresser visits and keep your hair looking vibrant and shiny.
If you plan to colour your hair during the hotter months, try to do it before the sun hits hard. If you do have to colour your hair, then try to avoid exposing your hair to direct sunlight which can bleach and fade your hair. Wear a hat when out in the sun, as this can keep your colour looking bright and fresh.
Don’t skip conditioner
Just like in winter, hot days can dry out your hair and leave it feeling brittle. Restoring moisture in summer is just as important in summer as it is in winter. Find a high quality nourishing conditioner to help protect hair in summer. If you plan to go swimming in summer it’s a good idea to apply some conditioner to your hair to prevent it from drying out or getting damaged.
Be careful when shampooing
Sweaty summer days can leave your hair feeling greasy or sweaty so you’ll likely find yourself needing to cleanse your hair and scalp on a more regular basis. If your feels greasy or heavy then try a gentle, cleansing shampoo. Try rinsing your hair with cold or lukewarm water to better protect your scalp from drying out.
Don’t overdo heat styling tools
In summer your hair is already exposed to plenty of heat and sunshine, so don’t add to it by using heat tools like straightening irons or blow dryers. As often as possible you should try to let your hair air dry. If you must use heat styling tools, use the cold setting and heat protectant.
Dry shampoo is your friend
The hotter weather and humidity can leave hair feeling greasy, frizzy and in need of a shampoo quite often. Keeps it feeling clean for longer with a dry shampoo. Dry shampoo tends to soak up more oil and can reduce the frequency at which you must wash your hair.
Try overnight hair treatments
A regular leave-in hair conditioner, or overnight treatment smoothed from roots to end and left overnight will help to lock in some of the hydration lost during hot days.
To help protect your scalp and hair from the sun you should use leave-in conditioners that contain SPF and wear a hate to keep your scalp covered and protected from the sun.
Use a wide tooth comb
Switch up your regular comb or brush for a wide tooth comb, and be gentle when detangling with conditioner, as this will help to protect vulnerable locks from damage after a day spent in the sun or at the beach.