A healthy looking head of hair starts with a great looking haircut, but that's just the beginning. Everything needs maintenance—and that includes your hair. But people often forget to maintain hair if it's short enough. If you're male, female, somewhere in between, or far outside the binary, your short hair will still need maintenance.
It's hard to believe, but even towel drying can cause damage to your hair. When it's short, that's because the hair can get caught in the fibers of the towel itself. This, in turn, pulls and bends the strand of hair in ways that damage its cuticle, (aka. outer layer.) Because of this, it's typically best to air dry your hair, and with short hair that's a fairly quick and easy process. If you need your hair dry in a hurry, you can use a blowdryer. Just try to avoid using one too often, and use it with a heat protectant like Oribe's Run-Through Detangling Primer, which detangles your hair and seals the cuticles for easy drying.
Similarly, although nothing feels better than a piping hot shower, it could be wreaking havoc on your hair and scalp. Extremely hot water removes necessary oils from your hair, leaving it excessively dry.
Don't use a brush on wet hair, when the hair is most vulnerable. When combing through wet hair, use a wide-toothed comb or hairbrush and gently work out any tangles. For a luxe one that will last a long time, look through Maison Pearson's offerings for a comb that will fit your hair type. Avoid tight hats, for fear of traction alopecia, where excessively pulled hair rubs off the scalp.
Another thing that can damage hair and strip it of its oils is chemical processing. Repeatedly coloring or perming hair can leave it damaged, dry, and dull, to the point that it could even begin to break. Avoiding at-home chemical products is one of the best things you can do for your hair, point blank—seek a good stylist for such services. A stylist will know how to properly prepare your hair and choose the best products for your hair type. Results from a trained professional will almost always look more natural than those which can be produced at home.
The same goes for hair trimming, which should be done roughly every six weeks to keep hair as healthy looking as can be—damaged hair can't be repaired, only sheared off.
Low moisture and protein in the hair will make it frizz. To minimize this problem, use a moisturizing or "repair" conditioner. A smoothing serum, or hair oil like Playa's, can be applied to add shine and give the hair a smoother appearance. Remember, your hair will never be lustrous if you don't take care of yourself. Your hair will grow faster and look shinier, and you'll feel better. It's a win-win. Since hair is such a big part of your appearance, keeping it well maintained will make you look and feel better about yourself.