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Hair Loss - Dandruff control

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 shampoo

- Make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly after conditioning

- Avoid wearing tight-fitting hats

- Calm down! Stress and anxiety can cause dandruff

- 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 baseball caps

•  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 bathroom mirror.

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 from you.

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 techniques.

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 your face.

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.

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