Maintaining Men’s Long Hair For Beginners.
Long hair has weaved in and out of men’s poplar cuts for decades. At Caliber we are completely for long hair … if it’s properly maintained. Here’s the thing gentlemen, it is shameful to be blessed with a gorgeous head of hair and not take care of it. We’ve seen plenty of manes with a good base of potential, but are ridden with damage, grime and knots. Gentlemen, if you want to grow and maintain a healthy head of Jon Snow hair, there’s a little bit of work involved.
- salt and sulfates from lower-grade shampoos,
- exposure to elements (sun damage, cold winds, snow)
- environmental damage, and pollutants (free-radicals).
To properly care for long hair, the idea is to replace moisture, restore protein balance and protect your strands from the elements.
Know Your Hair Type.
There are four different types of hair* and knowing your hair type will help you select the right products and maintenance routine:
- Type 1 — Straight
- Type 2 — Wavy
- Type 3 — Curly
- Type 4 — Coily/Kinky
It’s also helpful to knowing your hair is thick or thin*
Do you know your hair’s porosity? You should. Low porosity means the hair is protein sensitive, which causes hair products to build up on the hair and make it brittle. People with Medium porosity have it easy. Like having “normal” skin, most products are fine for this type of hair. High porosity absorbs moisture easily, but there’s a catch: it has a hard time holding in moisture. To determine porosity, run your thumb and forefinger up a single strand of hair. Is it bumpy? Then it’s likely high porosity. Is it smooth? It’s likely low porosity.
Selecting Cleansers (Shampoo & Conditioners)
This is where knowing your hair type will come in handy. Whether you’ve got curly, low porosity hair, a thinning mane or a brittle nest, here are a few of our top picks for shampoos and conditioners.
Luxury In A Bottle: For sulfate free, vitamin-enriched professional products, Check Out Go24.7 hair products. Caliber uses this entire line for men’s hair care.
For Brittle Hair: Replenish your hair by using GO24.7 Shampoo and Conditioner to gently cleanse and balance the hair fabric.
The Straightforward Shampoo: Kiehl’s Amino Acid Mild Shampoo is the basic option with no extra steps.
For Thinning Hair: If your mane is thinning, opt for a thickening shampoo like this one.
Growing It Out.
I know it might sound counterproductive, but you NEED to get regular trims (every 6-8 weeks) when you are growing out your hair. Regular trims do away with dead ends and allow the hair to retain its health. When growing your hair out, it also helps to get a straight cut, to lessen the awkwardness of asymmetrical messes as it gets longer.
Using Oils (Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil Coconut Oil)
Adding a little bit of organic, virgin coconut oil to your hair is a helpful moisturizing tactic for most types of hair. If your hair is protein sensitive, refrain from using coconut oil, it will seal your hair proteins and further damage the hair. For a professional grade oil, use U-Oil Argan Oil by Unite.
If oils aren’t your thing (or your hair is low porosity), try a leave-in conditioner. Simply apply a dime-sized dollop to your damp hair and leave in for the day. A little goes along way, so depending on the length of your hair you might want less to avoid that crunchy texture.
Need some professional hair care help? Call Caliber today for your Custom Consultation.