Most alpha males are content to reach for a generic bottle of a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner when they head for the shower. Not wise, scolds hairstylist Shaun O'Connor of Giuliano Day Spa. "Cleaning and conditioning are completely opposite," he explains. "I don't understand how you can put them in one product."
Not only should men use a separate shampoo and conditioner, they should also use products specifically prescribed for their hair type —oily or dry, thin or course, for example. And just how does your average Joe figure that out? Shaun offers the following advice:
Have your girlfriend run her fingers through your hair and extract a single strand. Examine it closely. Is it fine, thick, kinky, curly or straight? Pick your products accordingly.
Pay attention to what happens to your hair when you don't wash it for a day or two. If it quickly gets shiny and flat, you've got oily hair. If it's flyaway, it's probably dry. Shaun recommends deep cleansing shampoo for oily hair. For the dry guy, he prefers a lightly cleansing shampoo because it won't strip out the natural oils needed to tame your mane.
Select a styling cream to help manage your hair after showering. Run the grooming potion through towel-dried hair and finger the hair into place. This provides hold but the hair dries soft, not stiff.