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5 Little Things You Can Do to Protect Your Hair

The little things add up.

A collective grunt was heard all over the world when Esquire writer Jonathan Evans's article, “Men Now Care More About Their Hair Than Women,” came out. You see, even if Evans's assertion—which was backed by Google search stats—was true, many guys don't want to admit that they spend considerable time making their hair look good.

In fact, there are a number of men who most probably neglect their hair on purpose because they don't want to get judged for being follically obsessed.

Gentlemen, there is no need for these hairy scenarios. By now, we should all know that it really doesn't take a Super Bowl-type production number to make sure your hair looks right. There are little things you can do that make a big impact on how your hair looks. We've listed five of them.

1. Avoid prolonged sun exposure.

When you're outdoors for a few hours, your hair is bound to get dried out by the heat of the sun. Prolonged sun exposure can also lead to the loss of hair protein and discoloration. Ideally, you should stay out in the sun just long enough to get your dose of Vitamin D so your hair doesn't become a frizzy mess.

2. Don't get too attached to your hat.

Hats are great for protecting your hair and scalp from the sun. If you wear hats for hours on end, however, they end up damaging your hair and causing hair breakage. Let your hair breathe.

3. Dab a hanky on your scalp so the sweat doesn't dry up.

Nothing gets stinkier than sweat that dries up on your scalp. It also turns your hair into a semi-sticky mess.

4. Wash out hair products before you go to sleep.

Your favorite hair gel or pomade may keep your hair in place during your waking hours, but you have to say goodbye to them when you get ready for bed. Wash them out of your hair or else a lot of those stiff strands may end up falling off when your head rubs against your pillow.

5. Use the right shampoo.

There are shampoos that have a bad effect on your scalp and end up damaging your hair. That's why you have to be discerning about your shampoo choice. Don't resort to using shampoos that are not formulated for you. A lot of guys use women's shampoos—and that's fine when done in the name of love. However, consider using a specially formulated shampoo for the sake of your hair.

Choose a shampoo that is tough against hair-damaging activities, but gentle enough to use every day. Use a product especially crafted for men, like Dove Men+Care Strengthening Shampoo, and you take one step closer to better hair days. Consistent hair care isn't difficult when you give yourself time to follow these simple tips.

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This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Dove Men+Care.
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