The Grooming Manual
Every guy wants lush, thick hair. But genetically, it’s just not in the cards for everyone. Even so, there are smart ways that you can get thicker hair. It’s all about treating your hair right and seeing this personal goal as part of a holistic approach to health and grooming.
What if your hair has already started thinning? Maybe you’ve noticed hair loss or a receding hair line. Don’t worry - you can still use these tips to take better care of the hair you still have. Keeping it thick and healthy will improve your appearance despite any hair loss you are facing.
1 - Use a Mild Shampoo
The harsh detergents in most shampoos are tough on your hair. They dry out the strands, leaving them weak and dull. They also irritate your scalp and discourage hair growth. So your first step is to get those harsh products out of your grooming regimen.
A mild shampoo for men that uses natural thickening ingredients is ideal. This will keep your hair clean and healthy while also promoting hair growth and improving volume. Here’s why the pros at GQ recommend our Daily Strengthening Shampoo:
“You really shouldn’t shampoo daily—unless you're using a shampoo specifically designed for it. Brickell’s is one such gentle product, since it’s packed with aloe, tea tree oil, vitamins E and B5, and peppermint. The last ingredient stimulates circulation in the scalp, too, so it encourages hair growth. It'll leave your hair looking fuller, not dried out like your standard-fare washes.”
Whichever shampoo you choose, check the ingredients and make sure it’s free of sulfates and other harsh detergents. That way you can be confident you’re treating your hair right.
2 - Use Lightweight Styling Products
Just like the wrong shampoo can dry out and irritate your scalp, low quality styling products can weigh your hair down. Avoid pomades, gels, and waxes that are heavy or greasy. These lead to hair separation that makes thinning hair look worse.
What’s the right choice? A natural, lightweight pomade for men. Our Flexible Hold Wax Pomade is made with beeswax, vitamin E, shea butter, castor oil, and neem seed oil. These gentle ingredients give your hair a natural look and shine. They also encourage hair growth and condition your hair.
Above all, avoid products that contain alcohol. This ingredient dries out your hair and scalp. It’s found commonly in many men’s hair styling products. So check your labels to be sure it’s not having a detrimental effect on your hair.
3 - Eat Right
You can’t have thick, healthy hair if you’re not eating right. Your hair and skin look their best when your diet supplies them with plenty of essential nutrients. Want to make a positive change in this area? Here are a few ways to get started:
Baby Steps. Don’t bite off more than you can chew with a new diet. Instead, make small changes that are sustainable. That will prevent the natural tendency to yo-yo back into poor eating habits.
Reduce Sugar. Sugars are all around bad for you. Don’t be confused by their sweet flavor - sugars promote inflammation and a host of health problems. Start small by drinking fewer sugary drinks each day, reducing desserts each week, or switching out sweet snacks for healthier choices.
Cut Out Processed Foods. Fresh foods are always best. They contain more nutrients, taste great, and help you get away from added sugars, added sodium, and excess carbs. Switch from processed snacks to fresh fruits and vegetables as a way to start.
Enjoy Antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are responsible for skin damage, hair issues, and countless other health issues. Fortunately, there are lots of delicious ways to add antioxidants to your diet - green tea, coffee, dark chocolate, blueberries, and red wine are just a few examples.