Men’s Hair Care in Springtime: How To Prepare Your Hair For Warmer Weather
Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the shorts, and switch to a springtime men’s hair care routine. Here you will find everything you need to look your best in the coming months, and prepare your hair for heat and humidity that is sure to come.
Get Your Buzz on
One of the easiest and best ways to care for your hair in Spring is to buzz it off and start again. A buzz cut requires almost no maintenance, and helps keep you cool. Since much of your body heat escapes through the back of your neck, we recommend a really tight fade on the sides and back. This will allow the breeze to get to your scalp.
Keep the top short enough that you don’t need any styling product, but make sure to leave enough length to give your head a little shade on top. If a buzz cut isn’t your thing, check out Men’s Hairstyles 2021: The Chicago Man’s Top 10 Looks for more short men’s hairstyles to sport in Spring.
Tame the Frizz
As the weather warms; humidity and frizz become an issue. Fortunately, you can tame the frizz with a gel or styling cream that contains polymers and copolymers. These ingredients bind and seal up your hair strands to cut down on the frizz.
Shampoo Every Other Day
You may hear differing opinions regarding how often a man should shampoo his hair. Since over-shampooing your hair can dry it out, most experts recommend shampooing your hair every other day, and using a conditioner after each wash.
That said, warmer weather means you will likely be outside and sweating more often. Your scalp will sweat, which can clog your pores and damage your hair. Therefore, the best advice we can give for shampooing your hair in the springtime is to do it every other day. Unless you sweat a lot, you should shampoo your hair every time you sweat or get dirty.
Air Dry Your Hair
If you’re like most men, you roughly scrub a towel over your head when you get out of the shower to dry your hair. Don’t do that. Your hair is most vulnerable to damage, frizziness and split ends when it’s wet. So you want to avoid simply rubbing the towel all over your scalp to get the water off.
Drying your hair the correct way calls for you to use your hands to shake water from your hair in the direction it naturally grows, then letting it air dry before gently rubbing your hair with a towel. If you don’t have time to let your hair air-dry, then you should blow dry it with the cool setting. For extra credit use texture spray once your hair is totally dry for instant fullness, body and shape.
Bring the Sunscreen
Tight-fitting hats lead to traction alopecia, which is when your hair is literally pulled from your scalp. If it happens often enough, the damage to your hair can be permanent. We don’t typically recommend hats unless, of course, you forgot the sunscreen. Should you accidentally burn your scalp, be nice to it — only brush with a soft bristle brush and avoid anything with alcohol.
Protect Your Hair From Chlorine
If you can’t stay out of the pool this spring, then be sure to saturate your hair with a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner before you get in the pool. The same goes for salt water too. Make sure you shower to remove excess chlorine or salt residue from your hair once you’ve finished your swim. Otherwise the residual chlorine and salt from the water will dry out your hair, leaving it more susceptible to breakage.
Don’t Forget About Beard Care
The hair on your face is just as important and sensitive to the warmer weather as the hair on your head. For insight on springtime beard care, we turn to master barber, Rami Natour of Goodman’s Barber Lounge in Chicago.
“A beard requires maintenance. Shampoo and condition once a week with special beard shampoo/conditioners, as the sulfate ingredient is lower in these vs. hair products. Also apply beard balms or oils daily to keep it moisturized. The longer the hair is, the drier the skin underneath, so these will all help you grow a healthy beard and reduce itchiness and irritation.”
For Perfect Men’s Hair Care, Visit Your Barber
No matter what your springtime looks like, the best thing you can do for the best results for total men’s hair care in the coming months is to visit your barber. They will remove damaged hair, mitigate split ends, and recommend useful products to keep your skin, beard and hair looking their best in the warmer weather.
If you want to look your best no matter the time of year, drop by Goodman’s Barber Lounge in Chicago’s own River North neighborhood for full straight razor shaves, pedicures, manicures, facials, shoe shines and more.