Men’s Grooming is Heating Up
It’s no secret that the men’s grooming industry is booming. In fact, it’s estimated that the industry will bring in $21 billion in 2016 alone. Men are expressing themselves through their hair in more ways than ever before. Barbers on Instagram like @thenomadbarber and @barbershopconnect are experiencing explosive popularity, providing follicular inspiration for their tens of thousands of followers. And the fashion world has taken notice. At New York Fashion Week, there were countless different cuts and styles on the runway – all embracing individual style and unique hair textures.
But if you have thinning hair, you may be wondering if you have to stand on the sidelines and miss all the fun. Don’t despair! Although you may be suffering from early (or later) signs of men’s hair loss, there are still many hair styling options for you so you can rock what you’ve got!
How to Care for Thinning Hair
Men’s hair loss is common. Actually, one half of men begin to lose by the time they’re 30 and two out of three men experience hair loss by the age of 60. The most important thing is to take care of what you do have, and make the most of it! Follow our tips below to keep your hair healthy and happy.
Skip the heavy conditioner
By all means, continue to condition your hair. And if you don’t, you should start! Keeping your hair moisturized prevents dryness and breakage, which further exacerbates the whole hair loss situation. Make sure you use a lightweight conditioner, to prevent you hair from being weighed down.
Topical creams containing minoxidil and oral medications are approved by the FDA to stop hair loss, and in some cases, even reverse it. However, you have to use these medications, well, forever. As soon as you stop using a minoxidil product or prescription medication, your hair loss will continue. Minoxidil treatments should be used in conjunction with a high quality dandruff shampoo, since dandruff can prevent the treatment from penetrating the scalp and doing its job.
Dandruff Shampoo Pulls Double Duty!
And there’s an added bonus to using dandruff shampoo. According to scientists at the University of British Columbia, Ketoconazole, an anti-fungal found in many dandruff shampoos, may reduce hair loss by lowering the product of baldness-causing hormones in the scalp. Keep your use of dandruff shampoo limited, however. Dandruff shampoo can be drying for the hair, causing breakage and further hair loss. Limit dandruff shampoos to three washes per week, and use a gentle formula shampoo (like baby shampoo) for other washes.
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