Fact: The people who know how to protect your hair best are the same people who cut it for a living. We reached out to Kurt De Los Santos—owner of the Laguna-based barbershop Barbiere di Gianni—for some tips on how to keep your hair as healthy as possible. Start with these four pointers:
Be more selective in the food that you eat.
Are you showing signs of hair loss? The bad news is there really is no stopping it, but the good news is there are more than a few ways to fight it. Start with your diet: Eating foods rich in biotin—eggs, almonds, cheese, sweet potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms, just to name a few—can help halt the process of hair loss. Working out also helps. “A healthy body is a good basis of healthy hair since blood circulation nourishes our hair shafts,” Kurt adds.
Choose a haircut that suits what you do every day.
People whose jobs require them to spend a great deal of time outdoors need to pay more attention to their hair since it's more prone to wear and tear. Same thing with your haircut: “[Before deciding on a look], we take the time to ask clients what their job is and whether they’re physically active,” Kurt points out. Simply put, your haircut and occupation should go hand in hand.
Talk to your barber about your hair problems.
Believe it or not, it helps to open up to your barber about your hair concerns. There are two things they can do about it: recommend a haircut that will allow you to maintain your hair with ease, and recommend a trusted haircare product that will help strengthen your mane and lessen hair fall, like Dove Men+Care Strengthening Shampoo.
Avoid washing your hair with hot or warm water.
"Washing with hot or warm water is one of the fastest ways to lose your hair," Kurt explains. Hot water tends to open the pores and wash off the scalp oil, making your hair follicles brittle. This, in turn, causes your hair to break and fall. The best way to do it is to wash with lukewarm water and rinse with cold water.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. If you seek more haircare wisdom from professionals (and are in need of a haircut yourself), you're more than welcome to drop by at Summit Media's Man of the House event, happening on June 16 and 17, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. Tag your dad along—the whole thing was curated to provide bespoke experiences on Father's Day. Watch this:
To give you an idea of what to expect, here are photos from Day 1 of the event: