Has a woman ever said to you, "Hey handsome,
that's some sexy dandruff you have there?" Of course not. That's
because dandruff is generally gnarly. Unwanted flakes can be
caused by anything from hormonal and seasonal changes to a
build-up of styling products.
Here' s how to ward them off:
- Use a specialized dandruff treatment
- Make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting hats
- Calm down! Stress and anxiety can cause
- Be aware that dandruff is most common
during the dry winter months
Hair Today... Gone Tomorrow
The Truth About Thinning Hair
Are you shedding more hair than a Cocker
Spaniel in July?
Does your shower drain feature more follicles
than a ZZ Top beard?
If you answered yes to these questions,
you're in good company. More than 80% of the U.S. male population
has concerns about hair loss. And while there may not be a
guaranteed method for restoring your dome to its glory days, there
are ways to gracefully hold onto the loyal strands of hair that
have stuck around.
CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
Hair loss is thought to be a result of
several things, with these three schools of thought at the front
of the pack:
• Blame It On Mom: Hair loss is hereditary
and passed from maternal chromosomes. Many believe hair patterns
reflect those of a man's maternal grandfather.
• Illness /Medication: Sickness or
high-powered medications can temporarily alter the hair
growth pattern, often resulting in sudden hair loss.
• DHT: Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a scalp
buildup that blocks the flow of blood to your scalp, damaging
existing hair follicles and giving new ones less room to grow.
HAIR LOSS SOLUTIONS
Whatever the reason for your hair loss – and
it could be a combination of several above factors – here are some
helpful avenues to explore:
• Scalp Cleansers/DHT Blockers: With little
or no downside (unwanted side effects) and lots
of upside, scalp cleansers/DHT blockers are a great way to
go. In essence, these products concentrate on the “root” of hair
loss – the scalp. With little effort on your part, they go to work
on making your scalp a clean and comfortable place for new hair to
grow – while also reversing the effects of DHT and other scalp
conditions. Most of these products are topical treatments and can
also double as your daily shampoo and conditioner.
• Pharmaceuticals: Products like Propecia
and Minoxidil have proven effective at curbing
hair loss. Many of these these products require a
physician's prescription and sometimes carry
a few undesirable side effects. If you choose this route,
make sure to ask your physician about
any and all potential risks.
Commons Sense/Old Wives' Tales:
Why not give these methods a chance?
• Don't wear extremely tight-fitting
• Chill out! Stress often leads to hair loss
• When shampooing, gently massage your scalp
to increase circulation
• Be gentle when towel drying your hair
• Change your pillow case weekly
Choosing A Styling Product
You know how your hair looks right after
leaving the barbershop or salon? It probably looks perfectly
styled, with each strand in just the right place. Problem is, most
guys have a hard time recreating that style at home in the
Well, that’s where the right styling product
can help. By choosing and using a product perfectly suited to your
hair type and style, your lid can get that “just left the barber”
look (minus the hair in your shirt). Following is a list of
different styles and the corresponding styling products that can
help you achieve each look.
The “Bed Head” Look: For these casual, hip
styles, try a fiber-based product (no shine) a taffy-like forming
cream (low shine) or pomade (high shine). These types of products
are pliable, meaning you can re-style your hair throughout the day
without applying additional product.
The Classic or Corporate Look: This is the
type of style sported by most lawyers, politicians and the like –
you know, neat and clean and often parted on the side. To create
and hold this type of look, try a medium hold gel. This type of
product will keep your hair in place and leave it looking natural
(not slicked or frozen).
The Long Hair Look: If you and your hair look
like you just stepped out of a Prada ad, we’re talking about you.
To keep flowing locks in place, try a hair cream or a light hold
gel. They’ll let your hair move around, but not get too far away
The Slicked Back Look: Think basketball coach
Pat Riley or Michael Douglas in Wall Street. To achieve this “my
hair wouldn’t move even in a tornado” look, use a firm hold gel.
As with all things in life, make sure to use
your styling product in moderation. Start with a dime-sized amount
of product and work up to a quarter if needed. Too much hair gunk
will defeat its purpose, making your style, well… very unstylish.
Choosing a Barber/Stylist
There are a million places to get your hair
cut, but only a select few barbers/stylists that can deliver a
great cut. Here are some tips for finding the right “cutter:”
Referrals: If you have a friend with a great
cut, ask him where he got it. Your pal will appreciate the
compliment and you’ll get a solid recommendation.
Education: Ask any potential barber/stylist
how often he or she attends classes. A true professional will be a
frequent student, continually brushing up on the latest
Listening: Any first-rate barber/stylist will
have a consultation with you prior to the cut to determine what
you’re looking for -- and to advise you on what style will fit
Service: If they chew gum, take phone calls
or have side conversations while you’re in the chair -- it’s time
to try someone new.