In this video I’m going to show you 10 of the best science-backed hair care tips for men. Follow this advice and you’ll
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Unbeknownst to most people, your hair care routine needs to extend beyond a simple shampoo and conditioner.
And it’s especially important for guys to start incorporating these tips, as part of their everyday grooming regime.
Particularly because men are more susceptible to hair loss than women. Around 66% of men worldwide will start losing their hair by their early thirties’ American Hair Loss Association and the best way to avoid hair loss is to start looking after your hair and scalp before hair loss starts to take place.
There are a variety of ways you can keep your locks looking glossy, thick and full.
So let’s take a closer look at the proven techniques you should make a part of your hair care routine, and the findings that back each method.
This special treatment shouldn’t be restricted to occasional trips to the spa. Bringing massage therapy into your home and concentrating on your scalp has been proven to encourage healthy hair growth. Just four minutes of scalp massage every day for a prolonged period can work wonders for hair thickness
Standardized scalp massage is a way to transmit mechanical stress to human dermal papilla cells in subcutaneous tissue. Hair thickness was shown to increase with standardized scalp massage.”
Scalp massage provides a stimulating treatment that unlocks numerous benefits.
In addition to promoting hair growth, it reduces muscle tension, decreases stress levels, and slows the heart rate for a more zen you.
Frequent and gentle massage of the scalp is also thought to be a natural remedy for troublesome headaches and chronic migraines. Many migraine sufferers use massage to relieve tension and release the mood boosting, happy hormone serotonin to provide a positive boost for body and mind.
We’re going to show you a number of different ways to do scalp massage - all of which help to boost circulation. Healthy blood flow to the scalp means that the scalp receives the nutrients needed for normal, healthy hair growth.
You can perform a scalp massage with wet or dry hair, as long as hair is clean and free from hair products but if you’re working with wet hair, remember to comb through gently to remove any tangles.
Massage your scalp using the "checkmark" method. Spread your fingers, and then place your fingertips on the scalp.
Avoid using using your fingernails as this could scratch your scalp.
Keeping fingertips on the scalp at all times, extend and contract the fingers two to three times; similar to the shape of a checkmark.
You can also massage in simple circular motions,across the entire scalp,alternating fingertips around different areas of the scalp.
I’m doing about one circle per second.
And it’s a good idea to concentrate on areas that you think may be thinning or have unhealthy hair.
Next up is the hot towel method.
Run a small towel under hot water, placing it on the scalp and massaging around the hairline:
Remember to move your fingers around the scalp, covering all areas.
But do also remember to focus on areas experiencing hair loss, such as the scalp and hair line.
Another method to try is placing your palms on the sides of your head and gently massaging up and down, gently and slowly: to the count of ten.
Then move over to the back of the head, massaging up and down - one, three, four five.
Remember to apply gentle but firm pressure.
Then move onto the crown, again one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Then we move to the top of the head, again to the count of ten
Then repeat on your forehead to the count of ten.
Anothervery effective way to stimulate hair growth is the tapping method of massage,
So we’ll start off at the temples. Place your fingertips here and start tapping gently but in a relatively fast rhythm, again to the count of ten.
Then we move on to the back of the head, tapping to the count of ten.
Then on the crown, to the count of ten
And the top of the head, to the count of ten.
And to the forehead, again to the count of ten.
Massage helps to boost circulation at the scalp, encouraging blood flow and helping to bring minerals and vitamins to the scalp. A healthy, nourished scalp is the best environment for healthy, normal hair growth.
Warm up your hands by rubbing them together for ten seconds,
Then interlacing your fingers, place them across the back of your head, and rub across your scalp up and down for ten seconds.
Repeat on the crown for ten seconds.
And then move to the top of your head for ten seconds.
Then again on your forehead,
You’ll really notice the benefits of scalp massages within one month of performing the scalp massage once or twice per day.
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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, essential oils increase circulation and are commonly used to treat the scalps of alopecia patients.
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As well as:
- nourishing the scalp,
- softening the hair cuticle and
- encouraging shinier, softer hair,
essential oils are also extremely useful for hair growth.
This study found that Rosemary oil performedas well as minoxidil, a common hair growth treatment, butwith less scalp itching as a side effect.
Rosemary oil helps to improve both hair thickness and hair growth, as it contains powerful cellular generation properties.
This study found that peppermint oil, when used on mice, increased the number of follicles, follicle depth, and overall hair growth.
Peppermint oil increases circulation to the area it’s applied to - this is demonstrated by the cool, tingling sensation you feel when Peppermint Oil is directly applied to skin or the scalp.
This can help promote hair growth during The Anagen (or growing) phase.
Lavender oil is rich in antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which can improve scalp health.
This study Found that lavender oil can speed up hair growth in mice.
Researchers on this study found that Lavender oil generated faster hair cell growth.
You might like to mix several drops of lavender oil into 3 tablespoons of carrier oil, like olive oil or melted coconut oil, and apply it directly to your scalp in the ways just shown.
Leave it in for at least 10 minutes or you could leave it in overnight.
Dandruff can be a common ailment,
But you can fight it naturally with
Lemongrass oil is an effective dandruff treatment,with a 2015 study finding that it dramatically reduced dandruff after one week.
Our third essential hair care tip, is to:
Pack your diet with the best food, drinks and snacks for healthy hair growth.
We’ve done a whole video on this which we’ve linked to below.
But as a general overview you’re going to want to fill your diet with:Protein
As well as helping to build muscle mass, protein to maintain healthy hair. Hair is made up of a rough protein called Keratin so aim for 35% of your daily meals to be protein-based.
You’re going to want to Fill your diet with Chicken, Eggs, Turkey, Fish ,Chickpeas Tofu,Lentils, Edamame,Dairy
A high-protein diet may not completely prevent hair loss. It will ensure that lost hairs are replaced much faster to make hair loss less obvious.
Wholegrains, seeds, nuts and beans should also be incorporated into meals as these help to inhibit the enzyme 5 Alpha Reductase, which is responsible for speeding up hair loss in guys.
Make sure you’re also eatingFatty Fish
Salmon, tuna, herringand mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-6 fatty acids as well as antioxidants that help to fight hair loss whilst increasing hair density.
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Paying your barber a regular visit is another way to promote stronger and healthier hair.
Whilst it may seem counter-intuitive, trimming your hair regularly really does work - it’s not the trimming itself that promotes hair growth.
The ends of the hair follicle can often split and break. Split ends can work their way up the hair shaft causing breakage to otherwise healthy hair.
Having your hair trimmed gets rid of split ends and helps hair to keep hair in its best possible condition.
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Ingredients in shampoos might not be something that you tend to notice, but it’s important to go for a shampoo and conditioner that’s free of:
All of these can damage and dry out the hair.
Caffeine shampoos also often have warnings on the labeling that they strip the hair of moisture, so do be aware of this.
Using shampoo and conditioner is a vital part of everyone’s hair care routine.
According to the latest research, however, you may want to rethink how often you shampoo.
Overuse of shampoo cause damage - leaving your hair drier and weaker as a result.
Using shampoo too often strips away the oil or sebum that is produced by the glands in your scalp and integral to the maintenance of healthy hair.
The overproduction of sebum has a strong correlation with many scalp issues, including dermatitis and dandruff, but its presence provides vital protection to the hair shaft. The protection that this hydrophobic substance delivers ensures the shiny and healthy looking hair everyone wants to have.
These findings have sparked a ‘no-poo’ craze,...a trend that many celebrities are embracing to guarantee healthy, soft and shiny hair that Many are even saying goodbye to shampooing altogether.
Limiting shampooing to no more than once or twice a week is what we’d recommended.
Conditioner can be used as often as you’d like, with conditioning products proven to repair hair damage and boost strength.
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Hair is three times weaker when wet.
This is because our hair follicles are covered by a layer of protective cuticles which expand when wet. When they expand the cuticles covering the hair are vulnerable to breakage.
If you vigorously towel dry your hair when the cuticles have expanded, this damages them, leaving the hair fibre unprotected, causing it to eventually become brittle and break.
Imagine the damage you could be doing to your hair if you’re drying it roughly every single day.
Instead, let your hair dry naturally, blow dry it or gently pat it dry and style with your fingers to give it more texture.
Wearing your long hair in a bun too often however can cause damage over time, especially if it’s too tight. Whilst contrary to popular belief, man buns don’t promote baldness, skin tight buns will cause breakages.
As we’ve learned, breakages aren’t great for the condition of your hair.
Hair is made thinner, weaker, and more fragile with every broken strand. Avoid the man bun, or opt for a looser style top knot to protect your hair.
The same damage can be caused by brushing your hair too vigorously or wrapping your wet hair in a towel after washing.
As you might already know, DHT is the hormone that begins the process of male or female pattern baldness.
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So just to recap, DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone. It’s ten times more powerful than testosterone and it’s the hormone responsible for giving guys their male characteristics.
The majority of men have a sensitivity to this hormone.
In genetically pre-disposed guys an enzyme called 5-Alpha Reductase combines with testosterone to snythesize DHT.
This hormone Attaches itself to hair follicles and shrinks them.
Chemical hair regrowth products such as Propecia/Finasteride inhibit the production of Dihydrotestosterone.
But the problem with this is that, because DHT is a male sex hormone, it’s required to perfom certain functions.
This is why a percentage of guys taking Propecia experience side effects including:
But the good news is, DHT can be blocked thought eating certain foods (which we discuss in another one of our videos) and you can exfoliate DHT from the scalp.
I’ve just finished up a handy video all about how to remove DHT from the scalp with a home made exfoliating scrub. To check it out please do hit the subscribe button and don’t forget to hit the bell as Youtube often won’t tell you when our next video comes out.
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Ok this next one might be the most unusual hair care tip but bear with us:
I grant you, this isn’t for everyone but an egg hair mask can do wonders for healthy hair growth.
The use of eggs on your hair may sound pretty gruesome, but it harnesses a number of follicle strengthening advantages. Eggs are particularly moisture-rich with a simple egg hair mask treatment providing vital protection for dry or thinning locks.
Both the yolk and the white of the egg can be used to make a great at-home hair mask. The fat in the yolk for instance actively enriches the hair. There’s been very little research into the use of egg yolk for the purposes of hair growth but the specific fat in the yolk (lecithin) is recommended by many health experts as a route to bringing dry and brittle hair back to a healthy, shiny condition.
Don’t discard the egg white just yet.
Egg whites contain complete proteins and essential amino acids that are used in the body to protect, boost and replace tissues. The same benefits can be embraced when using egg whites on your hair. With the medulla, cortex and cuticle of the hair shaft made stronger.
Lastly, we wanted to add in just a few extra pointers about a healthy lifestyle. Many of these haircare tips won’t be as effective unless:
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