From the best shampoo to prevent balding to styling products that won't damage your hair—here's what every guy needs.
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Pills and potions might be the doctor’s orders, but you can also fight hair loss with a proper grooming arsenal. Here are a few products that will strengthen what you’ve got, or prevent damage otherwise caused by your existing routine.
This serum helps block the enzymes that lead directly to hair loss. After shampooing, direct a few drops down your hair’s part (or someplace you can easily see and touch), then massage it into the scalp with your fingertips. Do this twice every few days to boot the enzymes as they gather.
This conditioning cream is a daily multivitamin for scalp and hair, applied in the morning before any styler. Don’t rinse it out; it absorbs quickly, like lotion on the skin, and keeps your hair fortified as it battles everyday stressors.
Some guys find that it’s easier to style their hair if they shampoo every 2-3 days. Either way, these guys—and you—should condition daily in the shower. It’ll rinse away the oils that make hair greasy, and replace them with nourishing ingredients. Pick one that promises to thicken your hair, like Aveda’s Invati conditioner; it uses ginseng, turmeric, soy protein, and amino acids to defend and protect whatever hair remains.
The easiest way to prevent hair loss is to pick lightweight, nourishing stylers—ones that won’t clog hair follicles and strain thinning hair. This is why sea salt sprays (like VERB’s) are the perfect solution: They’re packed with nourishing ingredients for both hair and scalp, and they give you a lightweight, just-out-of-the-ocean texture.
In the same vein, a hair tonic will add life back to the hair late in the day, once your styler starts to wear. This one from V76 uses juniper and tea tree oils to invigorate the scalp and hair follicles, all while preventing a double dose of any heavy-set stylers.