No matter how little or how much hair you have, you need to take care of it. Even though your hair is dead, your scalp is alive and needs to be well. The hair that gives you a good or bad hair day is actually the hair shaft. The hair follicle is at the root of the shaft and the follicle is the living part of your hair. So, good scalp health is essential to healthy hair.
Keeping a healthy blood flow to the scalp stimulates hair growth. Keeping your hair (scalp) clean will increase the circulation which will increase the growth of thicker, healthier hair. Many shampoos leave residues that clog the pores of the scalp or irritate the scalp. Look for a shampoo that does not leave a residue. Another clogging culprit is DHT or dyhydotestosterone. DHT is the genetic culprit of male pattern baldness. This substance restricts blood flow to the hair follicle and the restricted blood flow causes hair to fall out. Finding a shampoo that can remove dyhydotestosterone can reduce or slow down hair loss. Some of the ingredients that can break down DHT are azeleic acid, saw palmetto, and zinc sulfate.
Shampoos are often the subject of controversy because of the ingredients. It is interesting to study ingredients to see exactly what each is meant to do. For example, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are surfactants found in many shampoos. Surfactants are what make the shampoo lather and clean. When highly concentrated, though, surfactants are very drying and irritating and may cause allergic reactions. Surfactants are now produced from petroleum, not from coconut oil as they once were. Another substance of controversy is methylisothlazoline (MIT). This ingredient is found in many popular brand-name shampoos and may cause neurological damage. So, you might want to go with a more “natural” or holistic alternative shampoo but you will probably pay more.
There are shampoos formulated to control dandruff. Dandruff is the annoying result of the shedding of skin cells on the scalp. Most people encounter some variance of dandruff to some degree at some point in their lives. Causes can be ill health, hormonal i mbalance, bad hygiene, lack of sleep, allergic reaction, eating too much sugar and starch, heredity predisposition, i mbalanced nutrition, stress, anxiety, to name a few. Ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, coal tar, selenium-sulfide, and ketoconazole may be in dandruff shampoos. If over the counter shampoos don’t work, then you may need prescription strength.
Most product lines for men carry shampoos. Joe's Grooming, Anthony Logistics, Sharps, Baxter of California, Zirh, and California North are a handful of companies specializing in shampoo for men.
After shampooing, many men need to condition their hair. Conditioners can hydrate and detangle hair.