Could your hair care routine use a boost? We’re sharing our favorite simple hair care tips and tricks for men. Here’s how to make sure your hair looks its best without the fuss.
Ever wish your hair came with a user manual? There’s tons of hair care info online, but it’s hard to sift through it to find simple tips you can actually use. That’s why we created this checklist. Healthy, strong hair that looks good is the goal - why complicate it?
There are really only 5 things you need to do as part of your new, simplified hair care routine. We’ll walk you through each one. Check out these simple hair care tips for men who want to keep things straightforward and easy. Take these five steps to get healthier hair that is more manageable.
Let’s get started!
Hair Care Tips for Men: 5 Steps to Better Hair
Shampooing cleanses the scalp and removes the natural oils that build upon the hair in between washes. But, how often are you shampooing? If you’re like most men, you’re probably shampooing your hair every day. But, that’s not necessary! Shampooing too often can actually harm your hair and scalp by stripping away the oils produced to keep hair supple and soft.
One of the easiest ways to improve your hair care routine is to adopt a better shampoo schedule. You don’t need to shampoo every day. In fact, you should aim to cleanse your hair every 2 or 3 days. This allows the natural oils from your scalp to benefit your hair without letting it get too dirty in the meantime. It's equally as important to find the right shampoo's on the market, the Iles Formula Haute Performance Shampoo works for all hair types it is free of silicons sulfate and parabens and is perfectly pH balanced for a healthy scalp. In addition, these factors are important when selecting a shampoo as they ensure your not only nurtured hair but a healthy scalp too. Did you know, our award-winning shampoo has been used on men's beards too and they swear by the softness it brings to their facial hair.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. If your hair is curly or super coarse, you can go even longer between shampoos. If you have fine hair that gets oily fast, you might require a daily cleanse. And if you’re breaking a sweat, working out each day, you’ll need to shampoo each day you exercise.
1. Adopt a Better Shampoo Routine
Shampooing cleanses the scalp and removes the natural oils that build upon the hair in between washes.
One of the easiest ways to improve your hair care routine is to adopt a better shampoo schedule. You don’t need to shampoo every day. In fact, you should aim to wash your hair every 2 or 3 days. That allows the natural oils from your scalp to benefit your hair without letting it get too dirty in the meantime.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. If your hair is curly or super coarse, you can go even longer between washes. If you have fine hair that gets oily fast, you might require a daily wash. And if you’re breaking a sweat working out each day, you’ll need to shampoo each day you exercise.
2. Commit to Regular Trims
Your hair can’t look its best without regular trims. Whether you’re getting them at home or your go-to barbershop is your business, but you can’t skip trims. Trims serve several purposes for men's hair:
- Keeps haircuts and styles looking fresh
- Removes split and damaged ends
- Makes hair look healthier
- Reduces frizz, tangling, and matting
- Makes hair feel softer
- Naturally thickens the appearance of hair
If your hair suddenly seems harder to style, more tangled, frizzy, or feels damaged, it’s probably just in dire need of a trim. You don’t have to take much off - even a ⅛” trim is beneficial. If you’re getting regular trims, your hair will look and feel better. In summary, we recommend getting a trim every 2-7 weeks, depending on how short your hair is. Staying consistent with trims ensures your hair never looks scraggly or overgrown. Thus, you’ll keep a well-maintained and nicely groomed look that improves the appearance of your hair overall.
3. Less (Product) is More
Many of us rely on hair products to make our hair easier to style and manage. But using too much of any hair product is a recipe for hair that looks dull, limp, or downright crispy (thanks, gel).
That’s why less is more when it comes to men’s hair products. Most men use way too much product on their hair. Unless you have super thick or long hair, you probably only need a dime-sized amount of most hair care products. Try using less of your gel, cream, pomade, or mousse for better results. You’ll save money, too!
For example, fine hair needs lightweight products like mousse or better yet, the Iles Formula Finishing Serum that delivers a lighter silky effect, excellent if blow-dried into thin, fine hair as it will make the hair feel and look thicker.
However, medium hair can handle a product that’s a bit heavier, like the Iles Formula Curl Revive Serum which is ideal for all curly, wavy, and textured hair, also for thick, coarse Indian, Asian hair.
Both of these styling products perform phenomenally for ALL genders and never weighs hair down. What's more? both these Iles Formula serums are styling products with built-in protection against UV + heated tools and humidity.
Not sure what hair type you have? Here’s a quick overview.
- Texture (fine, medium, or coarse): Compare your strand thickness to a cotton or silk thread.
- If it’s thinner, you have fine hair.
- If it’s about the same, you have medium hair.
- If it’s thicker, you have coarse hair.
- Type (1, 2, 3, or 4): Next, determine the overall shape of your hair strands. Type 1 is straight, 2 is wavy, 3 is curly, and 4 is coily.
4. Get Better Tools for Better Hair
Next up, more suitable tools... No, we’re not talking about a new Craftsman set but you could consider getting better hair care tools. Don’t worry; there’s not a laundry list of things you need. Here’s the simple list of tools you need in your hair care arsenal:
- A quality hairbrush that suits your hair type
- A wide-tooth comb for easy detangling without damage
- Quality clippers (if you cut or trim your hair at home)
And that’s it. Improve the basics, and you’re well on your way to better-looking, healthier hair. Moreover, opting for a boar bristle brush is a safe bet for most hair types - just make sure you’re getting one that is 100% natural boar bristles.
For a good wide tooth comb, look for a sturdy option with a handle that’s comfortable to hold. Wide teeth ensure your hair doesn’t get pulled and snapped if you brush while it’s wet or damp. What's also great to have for super thick or curly hair, is the Iles Formula Conditioner Distribution Comb, which helps with better product application and because of the wide-spaced teeth, delivers a gorgeous texture mark in the finished style.
Undoubtedly, determining where your hair needs a little extra help goes a long way in making sure you’ve got the right cleansing approach, products, and tools to keep it healthy and manageable.
5. Address Hair Needs
For damaged hair, look for products with the word repair in the product. As moisturizing damaged hair can make it feel better to the touch, only products that repair hair from the inside out will actually address the damage and make hair stronger. Explore the Iles Formula Spa Pack which features not only the award-winning shampoo but also an award-winning conditioner and vitamin-infused hair mask, so pile that gorgeous cocktail on the scalp as well as hair strands.
Don't forget to use the hair mask between the shampoo and conditioner. That glorious styling comb we just spoke about is also in the pack.
If your hair is oily, it needs balance. For instance, natural sebum is a good thing, but it makes hair look greasy when it gets out of control. Lightweight products are the key to managing oily hair. In addition, avoid using hot water and do a final rinse with cool water to keep the sebaceous glands responsible for the sebum flow closed.
Create a Simplified Hair Care Routine
What will your new simplified hair care routine look like? There is no need to overthink it or add too many products to the mix. If you pick products that address any issues your hair has - like dryness, excess oil, or frizz – you’ll find that you need less to make your hair look better. Not to mention, the award-winning Iles Formula Signature Collection addresses all these issues as it actively avoids any addition of sulfates and parabens. For more advice, hair care tips, and product suggestions, visit the Iles Formula Journal page.
To conclude, we hope our simple guide has given you useful insights on the best Hair Care Tips for Men with the simple 5 Steps to Better Hair! It’s not complicated - all you need to do is make sure you shampoo every other day or so, get a trim every few weeks. Of course, using the right hair products for your hair type, working with the right tools, and identifying what your hair’s unique needs are (moisture, balance, repair, strength, etc.) are also important.
Article by guest writer: Andrew Helling