The worst part about losing your hair is that it happens slowly. Week after week, month after month, you are forced to stand helplessly in front of a mirror watching your hair get thinner and your hairline recede thinking, “How could this happen to me?”
Unfortunately, hair loss is something that can happen to anyone. 25% of men begin to experience hair loss by the time they’re 21 years old. Another 66% will start seeing the signs by the time they turn 35. That’s a whole lot of young men wondering what they can do to slow and/or stop the threat of male pattern baldness.
Hair loss is caused mostly by hereditary and genetic factors. While these factors can be combated by things like diet, vitamin D, and hair loss pills, there are some easier ways for you to there are other things you might be doing that are accidentally contributing to your hair loss problems. Let’s take a look at some standard grooming habits that may be doing your hair more harm than good.
Keeping It Long
Some men think they can overcompensate for their bald spot by growing our the rest of their hair. As if that will somehow distract people from what’s really going on. In reality, the opposite is true. Growing sections of your hair longer will at worst, accentuate your hair loss and at best, make your hair look uneven. It’s best for you to keep your hair short, which will help you hide the thinner areas.
Being Too Precious
Often when men think they’re in danger of losing their hair, they will become overly protective about the hair they have. Similar to not wanting their hair cut, some men will even refuse to wash their hair; thinking that any sort of vigorous interaction will cause more to fall out. This is not actually true, and in fact keeping your hair clean is one of the best things you can do to ensure its health. However, drying your hair with a towel may cause some weaker hairs to fall out. So it may be best to let it air-dry.
Too Much Product
Only ⅓ of men regularly use products in their hair. But those that do can often be found using the wrong ones. If you are using product, make sure you’re avoiding harsh ingredients like polyethylene glycol which can make your hair brittle, and alcohol which can cause your hair to dry out and die. Try using all-natural products, or lighter mouses that will give your hair some life.
This may not be technically a grooming tip, but wearing a hat excessively can indirectly lead to hair loss. Wearing a hat while exercising or playing sports will, over time, cause sweat to build up and soak in to the band of the hat. This can cause irritation to the scalp and eventually lead to hair falling out. Also excessive hat wearing can cause unwanted friction with your scalp which can also cause your weaker hairs to jump ship.
This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.