Let’s face it, for most of us we aren’t sporting that thick, luxurious mane we once did. However this doesn’t mean the fight is over. Sure, you could go ahead and shave your head. A lot of guys do it, and a lot of them look good doing it. However, if you aren’t ready to pull out the clippers just yet, here are three very underlooked and underappreciated tools you can use to get the most out of your hair.
1. A Shampoo Bar
For the last month or so I’ve been exclusively using the J. R. Liggett’s Jojoba and Peppermint shampoo bar, and have been thrilled with the results. I have to say I was initially thrown off by how the shampoo bar made my hair feel. There was this waxy, almost sticky texture to it, but I had read about that in advance, so I was somewhat prepared. As I understand it, the plethora of chemicals in traditional shampoo not only strips your hair of dirt, but also of the necessary oils and it’s own innate ability to create those necessary oils. Basically, what we do is use shampoo, conditioner and styling products to force hair to do what it would on it’s own, given the opportunity. I still use a little hair product, but at this point, my hair looks fuller, feels better and stays styled more easily.
2. A Brush
When most guys think about a hair brush, they picture of Marsha Brady, sitting in front of her mirror, brushing her hair every night before bed. But the truth of the matter is there are brushes made for women’s hair and brushes made for men’s hair, and brushes work better than combs on short or thinning hair. It didn’t make sense to me at first either, but the more I used my brush, I realized that the bristles were helping to separate each strand. A brush will also lift healthy oils from your scalp to the hair. However, it’s important to be sure you use a brush with soft bristles like this one or this one.
3. A Barber
How many times have you gone to your barber and told him just to trim your hair up or that you want it like the same as last time or even just gave him a guard number for his clippers? Instead, try talking to him. Ask him what you can do with thinner hair. Ask him what kind of cut would work best for you. One of my favorite questions to ask a barber is, “How can I style this at home?” If your barber can’t answer these questions, maybe it’s time to find a new barber.