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Best Hair Care Tips for Black Men

Posted by Michael James on

You want to take care of your hair. But you also want to avoid the long trip down the men's grooming aisle or endless clicking on Google in search of the right hair care and styling products for dry, curly hair.  Look no further! 

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So we're here to help!

In this blog post, we'll share four of our favorite hair care tips (with examples) to make your decision and morning routine a lot easier.

Tip #1: Shampoo less frequently!

Maybe you've heard it before but you still shampoo everyday to get the gunk and grease out of your hair from that styling product (more on that later). Or maybe you've never heard the recommendation and are wondering why.

Well, here's the simple answer: it's all about one nasty chemical.

Most shampoos that you can grab off the shelf contain SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate. It's a detergent that cleans the hair but unfortunately it tends to strip away the natural oils that your scalp produces to protect your hair.

That means overexposure to SLS (i.e. shampooing day in and day out) will leave your hair dry and brittle—and no one wants that Brillo-pad feel.

Solution: Cut down to shampooing only twice a week, preferably with a product that doesn't contain SLS. Our invigorating shampoo is sulfate-free and blended with natural oils and other ingredients to keep moisture in while it cleans. 

Tip #2: Moisturize everyday!

You hair has a tendency to dry out across the day. Whether from dry air in the fall, indoor heating in the winter, or even hats in the summer or spring, every day is a battle to keep those locks smooth. But you have to get to the root!

Hydrating at the scalp helps keeps the hair that grows from it soft and (most importantly) easy to style.

Solution: Even when you don't shampoo (but especially after you do) use a rinse-out conditioner to replenish moisture to your scalp and hair.

You can also use a hydrating creme like our award-winning Daily Hydrator or any number of oils or oil blends (including sweet almond oil or coconut oil) and apply it directly to the scalp.

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Be sure to distribute evenly throughout the scalp and hair for best results.

A little everyday can go a long way!

Tip #3: Choose a low-maintenance style!

Sometimes it can feel like your only options are a low caesar or the baldy. But taking care of your hair the right way means that you'll have a lot more range to wear waves, short curls or even longer styles based on your hair type.


Solution: Find something that works for you or ask a trusted groomer for their expert opinion. You can always go back to the low cut but you'll never know if you'll find a better look—something that really makes an impression—unless you do a bit of (controlled) experimentation.

Just make sure it doesn't make you late to work!

Tip #4: Choose the right styling product!

Remember we said we'd get back to this? Well here's the hard truth: most of what we have access to at the local drug store is either (1) not formulated for our hair type or (2) full of grease to force things to lay flat. In each case, you're not doing your hair any favors.


Solution: Make sure you're in the ethnic section, which should usually be more curly-hair friendly, and do your best to avoid options that contain alcohol, mineral oil or petrolatum--good to hold things in place but dries out the hair and gives off that crazy shine.

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Opt for a natural solution like our Sleek Water™ pomade, infused with grapefruit seed oil to moisturize hair and give medium hold—without the greasy residue. Consult your barber for their recommendations as well since more and more shops are carrying trusted products.

 

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Comments

  • When taking a shower everyday, do I wash my hair with a conditioner or with my bathing soap?
    And how bad of a habit is it to use your bathing soap to wash your hair?
    And if I shouldn’t wash my hair everyday, what should I do when I’m showering on the days I do not wash my hair?

    Herbert on
  • Nice post

    Tarmeen on
  • Do you have a sweet almond oil recommendation? (Black Male)

    JS on
  • Hi I’ve been growing my hair out for about eight months now and after using different products and oils, however, some days my hair feels like dry leaves. I wanted to try to grow put my hair as well as have healthy hair and I tried everything I can with the appropriate ingredients to help my hair become softer and healthier but the only results as of now is that when my hair is completely saturated with water, it is softer, but this does not last very long. My question is what routine do you recommend I should implement to achieve my goal?

    Ryan on
  • I read the hair tips you mentioned in your blog. You have shared some amazing tips on how to take care of hair. Thank you for this!
    Hrelate

    Hrelate on
  • Men with black colored hair are rare to find. However, styling them in a proper way is really important. I liked your idea of avoiding overuse of shampoo to maintain hair texture.
    chrisharrison on
  • Raizo, moisturize DAILY. I can relate but when I started to moisturize it daily, it makes all the difference

    Anthony on
  • Really thanks for sharing this useful post !! I have got very good information about hair care tips for black men.

    Laboratorie on
  • Hi I’ve been growing my hair out for the last two months so far. About a two werks ago i just cut down to only shampooing and conditioning only 3 times a week. I use the old spice head and shoulders 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. I also bought a new brush a conair velvet touch brush to detangle hair. Any advice or tips to growing my hair and having it stay healthy?

    Ty on
  • Hi I’ve been growing my hair out for the last two months so far. About a two werks ago i just cut down to only shampooing and conditioning only 3 times a week. I use the old spice head and shoulders 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner. I also bought a new brush a conair velvet touch brush to detangle hair. Any advice or tips to growing my hair and having it stay healthy?

    Ty on

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