The cold and harsh months of winter should not only influence a man’s choice of clothing, but a man’s choice of hairstyle as well. While clothes may make the man, it is his grooming that speaks volumes about his personality. A man’s hairstyle should make a definitive statement about his personality. Wearing your hair long and shaggy will project an entirely different image than slicking it back with pomade; one is carefree and casual, while the other is refined and calculated. However, a man’s haircare needs will change when winter rolls around, so here is everything you need to know about “winter maintenance” for your hair.
We all know that healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp, so during the winter it is important to pay attention to the scalp as well as the hair. Although we tend to associate winter with snow flakes rather than dandruff flakes, winter is the worst time of year for those who suffer from dry scalp, dandruff, or psoriasis. This can be remedied by switching to a shampoo which contains tea tree oil, eucalyptus, menthol, or peppermint. These ingredients will stimulate the scalp, increasing blood flow and preventing your scalp from flaking.
Conditioning is also important during the winter months, since the scalp secretes less hair-protecting oils. Just be sure not to overdo it with the conditioner, or it may make your hair look greasy and lifeless. Using a moisturizing conditioner three times a week will help replenish the oils which have been lost during the harsh winter months.
When it comes to winter, the best styles are usually longer. Forget about the clipper cut or the faux-hawk, and put down the gel. Men’s styles this winter will be medium length and textured, with a soft matte finish. The hair should not feel hard to the touch or sticky. This can be accomplished by using a grooming cream, rather than a gel or a paste. If textured isn’t your thing, many men will be embracing the well-groomed looks of the 1950s. Thanks to the popularity of television shows such as AMC’s “Mad Men”, fashionable men everywhere are flocking to salons asking for a sophisticated retro look that is more Dean Martin than Demetri Martin.
Winter maintenance need not be expensive or time-consuming. Just remember to mind your scalp, keep your hair conditioned, and abandon your summer frat boy cut for something a little more mature and sophisticated.