Hair Care Routine For Men: The Essential Steps

The Only Men's Haircare Routine You Need: 4 Simple Steps

Written by: Piers Le Moignan



Time to read 8 min

Men should care for their hair regularly – not just women. But with an abundance of confusing hair care products on supermarket shelves and online, it can be difficult to separate what you need from what you don't.


So, to break it down for you, we're sharing our simple haircare routine for men that includes the essential techniques and products you need.


We've spent years immersed in the men's haircare world, creating, formulating and sharing premium products, so we know exactly what works best for your hair. And we've concluded that the best haircare routine for men is a simple one backed by quality products.


We'll take you through our 4-step routine and recommend our top hair care products along the way. That way, you can easily build a routine that works for your hair type and lifestyle.

Men’s Hair Care Routine in 4 Steps:


Step 1) Determine your hair type

Step 2) Shampoo & condition no more than 3 times a week

Step 3) Air dry or blow dry your hair

Step 4) Style your hair using product


Step 1:Determine Your Hair Type

Hair types
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Determining your hair type is an essential part of a successful men’s hair care routine. Knowing your hair type will enable you to select products and styling methods that cater to your specific needs, resulting in healthier and more attractive locks.


Now, you'll only have to do this once (unless you already know your hair type, in which case, you can swiftly move on to step 2), since once you know your hair type, you can tailor the rest of your routine accordingly.


A simple visual inspection can often reveal the predominant characteristics of your hair, such as texture (fine or coarse) and curl pattern (straight, wavy, curly). 


Men have four main types of hair: straight, wavy, and curly. Each requires different treatments to achieve healthy-looking strands:

Straight Hair – Type 1 a,b and c

Wavy Hair – Type 2 a,b and c

Curly Hair – Type 3 a,b and c

Kinky Hair - Type 4 a,b and c

Your hair pattern plays a big part in the way in which you should look after your hair, as each hair type requires different treatment. 


For example, curly and kinky hair will need extra attention to hydration and techniques to manage the curl pattern. 


Wavy hair may require some extra hydration depending on climate, with products to hold texture and reduce frizz. Straight hair is best treated with lightweight oils or treatments specifically targeting split ends or breakage.


But aside from those additional treatments, there are some core hair care tips that can benefit all types of hair – which we're about to take you through now.

Step 2: Shampooing And Conditioning

Now that you know your hair type, it’s time to move on to the next essential step: shampooing and conditioning.


Shampooing helps remove dirt, product buildup, excess oil, and other contaminants from your scalp and strands, resulting in healthy hair. 


When selecting a shampoo, look for one enriched with moisturising ingredients like panthenol or aloe leaf that will nourish without weighing down thin or fine hair types. Apply a palm-sized amount of shampoo and create a lather between your hands. Then, massage the product into your hair and scalp, ensuring you cover your head evenly. Rinse out thoroughly with water.


After rinsing out the shampoo, apply conditioner. Conditioners provide vital hydration that locks in moisture, resulting in softness and manageability, which contributes to styling success later on in the routine. 


Concentrate on mid-lengths to ends, ensuring all areas receive even coverage. We recommend letting the conditioner sit on your hair for around 2 minutes before rinsing well.

Our Men's Shampoo & Conditioner Recommendations

The products you use make a great deal of difference to your haircare results. We believe that haircare should be simple but powerful. With that in mind, we've formulated an incredible duo of men's shampoo and conditioner that cleanses and enriches hair.


Organic actives, peptides and aminos power our Thickening Shampoo to remove dirt from your hair and scalp while strengthening hair follicles and enhancing your hair's natural volume. It also won’t strip your hair’s natural oils, which can be a common side effect of harsh shampoos.


We created our Thickening Conditioner with the same intention in mind, using ingredients like vitamin B5, wheat protein and caffeine to nourish hair, leaving it soft and manageable.


When used together, this shampoo and conditioner will leave your hair clean, healthy-looking and full of body. They're also incredible at preventing hair loss, thanks to the clinically proven ingredients we've used. This is a must-have duo in any man's haircare routine.

Step 3: Drying Your Hair

Drying is the third stage in men's haircare before brushing and combing. You can either a) let your hair air dry or b) use a blow dryer. You have a bit more styling control when you use a blow dryer, but air drying is still a great option.


To get the best results while protecting your hair, consider these blow dryer and towel-drying tips.

Comb through your wet hair using a wide-tooth comb


Use a low heat setting when blow-drying to avoid scalp and follicle damage – nothing over 180 degrees C.


Keep the dryer at least six inches from your head and adjust it frequently to evenly distribute airflow and prevent overheating.


Use a microfibre towel instead of a cotton one – microfibre helps to prevent frizz and damage.


After towelling off, air dry or blow dry with a cool shot setting for shiny hair and frizz control.

Whenever you use heat on your hair, always make sure you’re using some sort of heat protectant, like a spray or cream – even if you’re using a low heat setting. Heat styling tools without using a protectant can make your hair brittle and dry, leaving it more prone to damage.


We recommend leaving your hair until it’s around 75% dry before you go in with a hair dryer.

Step 4: Styling Your Hair

Once your hair is dried, it's time to move on to the next step of your hair care routine, which is styling.


There are endless ways you can style your hair, whether that’s leaving it natural or adding hair texture. If you don’t tend to do anything to your hair, then you can leave it be after drying. But if you prefer to take some extra time to look good, sea salt sprays and styling compounds are a must.

Our Organic Sea Salt Spray

Our Marine Mist sea salt spray is enriched with unrefined Atlantic sea salt, pro-vitamin B5, and MiruStyle™ MFP PE, all of which work harmoniously to condition, volumise and add texture to your natural hair. 


You should apply this to damp hair before drying. The mist will add grip and texture to your hair, resulting in an effortlessly tousled look, even if you have naturally straight hair.

Professional At-Home Styling Compounds

Men’s hair clay and wax are really popular for styling, and we’ve combined the best of both into our Hyrbid Hair styling compound – the first of its kind. Rather than needing multiple tubs of product, you can use our lightweight hybrid styling compound to creature texture and hold easier than ever.


Apply a small amount to damp hair after your sea salt spray, or run through dry hair from roots to tips. You can apply more product if you wish, but starting with a pea-sized amount will give you more control over your styling.

Conclusion: The Only Men’s Haircare Routine You Need

It is essential for men to have a hair care routine in order to keep their locks looking healthy and stylish – but that doesn’t mean it has to be confusing or complicated.


A stripped-back routine with the essential products works just as well – if not better – than overly complicated regimens.

Using the right products also makes a world of difference. 


Our men’s hair care collection includes premium products that work with every hair type, so there’s no need to stack your shower full of bottle after bottle. 


Shop our full hair care range today and take a look at the rest of our blog for more men’s hair care tips.


Do Men Need a Hair Care Routine?

Yes, men do need a hair care routine. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be overcomplicated. Looking after your hair properly will ensure you maintain your hair health, promote healthy hair growth and keep yourself looking your best. Not only that, but you’ll help your future self keep your locks looking as great as possible for as long as possible.

What are the Key Elements of a Men’s Hair Care Routine?

The key elements of a hair care routine include shampooing, conditioning and styling – that’s really all there is to it. The most important element is the products you use. Poor-quality products can damage your hair and scalp, while high-quality products will help you promote healthy hair growth.

What are the Benefits of a Hair Care Routine?

Some benefits of having a regular hair care routine include: • Healthy hair growth and shine • Reduced frizz and split ends • Protection against environmental pollutants and the sun’s damaging rays • Reduced appearance of dandruff, dry scalp, and scalp buildup • Stronger hair strands • More manageable and easier to style hair

How Often Should Men Wash Their Hair?

There’s no strict rule to follow by here, but you should wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner no more than three times a week. You can give your hair a refresh with a blast of water in between, but you should avoid using shampoo and conditioner every day to promote a healthy scalp.

Your hair produces natural oils that help keep your scalp and hair moisturised, so frequent washing can strip away those natural oils.

Piers Le Moignan

Piers Le Moignan is the founder and CEO of Salt Grooming, an award-winning British luxury men’s haircare and styling brand. 

Founded in 2018, Piers has quickly grown the company into a global brand that has distributed to 43 countries and counting.

Headquartered in London, Piers leads an agile workforce of 10 employees and consultants, including the company’s formulation team which features some of the UK’s leading cosmetic scientists. Piers is responsible for overseeing logistics, supply chain, and performance marketing, and is the driving force behind Salt’s product innovation and brand/creative direction. 

Previous to foundership, Piers spent a decade at some of London’s leading creative agencies, developing global brands and communications for the likes of Adidas, Jaguar Land Rover, British Airways, and more.

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