Hair care isn’t just a girl thing. It should be a guy thing too, especially for black men. Brothas also need the right hair care regimen to address common ethnic hair challenges, such as dryness, fragility, style and hair loss. Don’t know where to start? These tips from can help black men get and keep hair healthy, while making a statement about their individual style.

Do less shampooing. Too much cleansing can make men’s short hair dry and brittle and breakage-prone. Why? Because most shampoos are made with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a harsh chemical. SLS can strip hair of its protective natural oils that keep strands supple and strong. Best bet? Only wash hair up to twice a week or check out the local barber shop for a SLS-free shampoo.

Do more moisturizing. That means each and every day, guys. Regardless of how often you shampoo hair, apply a natural moisturizer, such as almond or coconut oil, each day. Just rub some on your fingertips then run hands through hair. The benefit? An added moisture boost makes hair look softer and helps you avoid dry scalp and flakes.

Do some style research. Really consider everything about the hairstyle you choose: what kind of upkeep does it require; how well will it work with your lifestyle? If you need advice, talk to your barber about what looks work for your face and your level of commitment to maintenance.

Do select products wisely. Sorry, but not all hair stuff is equal. In fact, most products are made for Caucasian men. Make sure you choose appropriate products for your hair. What to buy? Alcohol-free stuff that’s moisturizing and oil-rich and has no drying ingredients.

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