No one’s expecting you to book in for a twice-weekly blow-dry (get your mind out of the gutter – it’s when a hairdresser dries your hair for you), but a few easy haircare hacks can go a long way.
Can I use shower gel instead of shampoo?
Once or twice as an emergency in the gym is fine, but a body wash isn’t formulated to get rid of products such as gels or waxes in your hair, and regular use can lead to product build-up.
Do I need to use a conditioner?
Yes. Sorry, guys, we know it’s a whole extra 30 seconds in the shower, but a conditioner can improve all hair types and leave your hair smelling nice. If your hair is fine or *whispers* thinning, a thickening conditioner can help strengthen it. Thick or unmanageable hair can become easier to control with a nourishing conditioner, and dry hair will show an improvement after just one wash with a vitamin-enriched product. Even oily hair can benefit – just avoid massaging conditioners into the roots and don’t choose ones containing tea tree oil or menthol.
How often should I wash my hair?
Unless your hair is very oily or you exercise intensely every day, daily washing isn’t necessary. Every other day is fine.
What about styling?
Shelves of styling products can be intimidating. What do they all do? This glossary explains what does what and the looks they can achieve.
This men’s hairstyling classic can be used to define sections of longer hair – just rub between your fingers and pull it through sections (hint: a little goes a long way) – or apply all over short styles. Use on dry hair.
Not just for days when you skip the shampoo, this can be sprayed into roots to give your hair more bulk, and it’s the perfect foundation for a messy quiff.
A creamy-textured product that gives you hold and shine. It’s good for an old-school-inspired slicked-down look. Apply to damp hair, and style with your fingers.
Forget the 90s spikes and slicked-down curtains – today’s gels are lightweight and natural. Use on damp hair for a look you want to last all day.
These rubbery products come in tubs and can be used on dry hair to add a messy, lived-in look. Warm between your fingers before use.