People have been begging me for a post dedicated to male hair care, so here goes.
African-American men have a variety of hair textures, but some truths are universal. Some common issues for men of any background and hair texture is dry scalp and dandruff, clogging of pores, and hair loss.
First, let’s tackle dry scalp. Many of my male friends complain about and suffer from this. Most are surprised to hear that they may be washing their hair too much. Washing your hair every day in the shower is not necessary. You should probably be washing it every three days or once a week. If you have dandruff, begin using a shampoo to treat it.
Head & Shoulders Classic Clean or Clinical Strength will both help with a dandruff problem. Use the Clinical Strength formula if you have severe, recurring dandruff.
Also to try is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree special shampoo. The minty scent is mild and the tingling sensation you will get from this entire line lets you know it is working. I know men that swear by the Paul Mitchell tea tree products, so why not give them a try?
Also in the Paul Mitchell tea tree line to try are the grooming pomade and the hair and scalp treatment. The pomade is especially good for wavy and curly hair, making it an excellent option for African Americans.
Now for styling. It is vital for men to think light, which is often hard with all of the greases and heavier products marketed toward them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there are not times when Ultra Sheen conditioner should not be used. I’m simply saying there are other options nowadays. I am liking American Crew grooming cream. Ingredients include aloe vera gel, lanolin, coconut oil, and beeswax. American Crew products can be found in many salons and are now also sold in select Wal-Mart and Target stores as well.
For the man on a budget, try Suave styling pomade.
Next is the question of balding. Personally, I believe that if you are balding or your hair-line is drastically receding, you should just cut it off and rock the bald head or cut it short and rock the Caesar (if the hair-line is receding along the front of the face) or a fade if you are losing hair in the middle or back of your head.