As style savvy gents, I’m sure you’re all aware of how crucial grooming – and more specifically, your hair style – is to your overall look. A way of expressing your individuality or conform to a trend, your hair is one of the first things people notice about you, so with this in mind it’s no wonder hair loss is so widely feared by men around the world.
It’s estimated that two-thirds of all men will be affected by hair loss at some point in their lives – this can mean anything from thinning around the crown or temples right up to the full scale loss of one of your most important assets. Looking at my head of curls you wouldn’t think I would have any problems with thinning hair, but with a history of male pattern baldness in my family, hair loss is a real worry me, like I suspect it is for many FashionBeans readers. With fashion icons like Jude Law getting stick for his receding hair line, no wonder us ‘mere mortals’ are so concerned.
What causes hair loss?
There are a number of factors that influence male hair loss including poor health, a poor diet and stress, but by far the biggest cause of hair loss is male pattern baldness. A hereditary condition, male pattern baldness is caused excess levels of dihydrotestosterone (known to me and you more simply as DHT), a male hormone that causes hair follicles to weaken and in some cases eventually stop working altogether.
If you’re looking for someone to blame for the perils of hair loss then you don’t have to look very far, as research heavily suggests that male pattern baldness runs in the family. If your grandfather, father or brothers starting balding early, the chances are that you will have to be on red alert. The experts also believe that the strongest influence is on the mother’s side of the family, so if your maternal grandfather went bald then that could be the strongest indicator that you better reach for the razor and get rid.
What can be done?
Now the science bit is out of the way, we can take a look at the things that we can all do to help ease the effects hair loss has on our look and our confidence. While there is no known ‘cure’ for male pattern baldness, there are a wide range of grooming products that can help soften the blow. Let’s take a look at the preventative products…
Tips and Tricks:
As well as the ‘anti hair loss’ products there are a few small changes you can make to your routine and your diet to boost your chances of keeping a full head of thatch.
- Choose a shampoo and a styling product that makes your hair look thicker and fuller. The new Kerastase Homme range has a couple of products specifically designed to thicken your thin and lifeless barnet, plus styling products like the American Crew Fiber give your hair tonnes of definition and stop it looking limp and lifeless.
- Avoid the ‘comb over’ like the plague. Short hair minimises the contrast between balding and non-balding areas so opt for a style that flatters your receding hair line rather than emphasises it.
- Treat your remaining hair with tender-loving-care. If your hair is on the way out it’s essential that you take care of what you’ve got. It’s better to use a comb, rather than a brush, and avoid wearing a hat every waking hour. It’s also worth noting that your hair is more fragile when it’s wet, so handle it with care straight from the shower.
- Order the steak. Ok, so maybe not the steak, but for healthy hair that will put up a fight against hair loss you need a diet that’s packed with protein, especially if you’re vegan or vegetarian (hair loss can sometimes be triggered when people give up meat). Meat, fish and eggs all help fight the fight while iron-rich foods like liver and green vegetables stand you in good stead.
If you’re worried about hair loss then over the coming weeks take a good look at your family tree, and a long look at your grooming routine because these two defining factors could be the difference between a full head and slap head.