If you’re worried about hair loss - don’t be. By the age of 40 over half of men will have started to deal with male patterned baldness, so you really aren’t alone.
The good news is that hair loss can be reversed if it’s caused by factors like stress and medication, so it’s well worth getting some expert advice which could potentially help to restore your locks to their former glory.
However, for anyone who knows their hair loss is the result of genetics on their mother or father’s side, options are limited and it’s a case of deciding how you want to deal with it.
Do you want to keep your hair short to minimise the appearance of going bald (please note a side over or ponytail is not recommended here), or do you follow the lead of John Travolta who in the last few years seems to have lost most of his hair and succumbed to the shaven look?
As everyone talks about James Nesbitt and his remarkably luscious locks while promoting Cold Feet, here are a few tips to point you in the right direction:
Load up with shampoo
Whatever the stage of your hair loss, the condition of your scalp is vital for the health of your hair, as Toby Cobbledick, brand manager at Nanogen, explains.
“Exfoliation with a shampoo which contains salicylic acid will cleanse deeper and remove the top layer of skin. Not only does this curb dandruff flakes and help cleaning, it also makes the skin as permeable as possible for any treatment serum you add afterwards.
“Several forms of hair loss are caused or made worse by inflammation or infection. Cleansing the scalp regularly helps prevent oil build-up, as these oils can feed growing bacteria which could fuel an infection,” he adds.
Moisturising is key
Once you’ve started to lose your hair it’s important to remember that your scalp can become oily or dry, damaged by UV rays and will also age over time thanks to environmental factors.
So, what’s the solution? The trick is to use natural moisturising factors which will target both oily and dry skin. You can instantly improve scalp moisture by using a hydrating conditioner which will balance the scalp and soothe the texture, so make it a part of your showering regime.
In the summer months also don’t forget to layer up with an oil-free moisturiser containing SPF to stop any sizzling from the sun and always keep a hat nearby if you’re planning on being outside in hot weather.
Other ways to cheat more hair…
We have it on good authority that lots of celebrities who are worried about how their thinning hair will look on TV often boost the thickness by using hair fibres which you dust over your scalp to make any bald patches less visible. While it’s not a permanent fix, it will definitely give anyone worrying about hair loss a temporary confidence boost.
You can also look at specific treatment like Regaine which is designed to help prevent and regrow hair at the same time. It may be about eight weeks before you see any results, but it seems to have a good success rate if you have the cash to invest.
Think about surgery
Another more costly solution is to investigate the option of a hair transplant. The Crown Clinic in Manchester has seen a 25% increase in men under 40 seeking transplants in the last five years, with celebs like Wayne Rooney and Robbie Williams admitting to having the procedure in the past.
But apart from being rather expensive - most hair transplants start at around £4,000 - there’s also a chance you may have to have the procedure done more than once as Callum Best found out recently after having a third hair transplant just before he went into the Celebrity Big Brother house.
Embrace a naked scalp
Whether you’re battling a receding hairline, or fretting about a thinning head of hair, the truth is that it doesn’t really matter. Once you’ve got over the psychological issues which some men go through when their hair starts to get thin, you’ll find that most women will have a certain admiration for a bald scalp, and if it gets the thumbs up from the ladies what are you worried about?
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