Grooming Habits To Help You Keep Your Hair

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.

Hat Wearing

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.

Why Should Mom Have All The Fun?

IMG_4711This has been the tagline of St. Louis Dad since I created this website almost two years ago. What does it even mean; Why should mom have all the fun? I will tell you exactly what it means.

Over time mothers have typically been the primary caregiver for children. They have done an amazing job raising the kids. Children over the existence of mankind have grown up and have done great things thanks to having a positive motherly influence in their life.

There is absolutely no doubt that the majority of mothers know what is best for their children. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “mother knows best”, “choosy mom’s choose Jif”, “kid tested, mother approved”, etc, etc…

Times however are changing and fathers are now becoming more involved than ever in their children’s lives. Even more fathers are now staying at home with the kids while mom does the 9 to 5. It is changing the landscape of parenting and it is time for many to recognize this.

IMG_4580The stereotype used to be that dads are always mucking everything up. There is no way for them to be able to handle all of the same responsibilities as a mother. While this may be true for some dads at home, and most dads on sitcom T.V., the number of dads who do actually have their shit together has increased substantially. I don’t have any data to back up my claims but look around. You will see changing tables in more men’s restrooms, more dads at the park, store, you name it. This is because us dads want to be a part of kids lives and they’re not just babysitting! They are parenting!

Many of us dads spend all day at work stressing over whatever it is we do to help pay the bills. Then we get home and get to hear about all the fun stuff mom and the kids got to do. I know moms do not have it easy being at home all day. It’s a beautiful mess managing kids. But they do get to have some fun. They get to enjoy a good portion of the sunshine. Toys and games and dance parties… And here I am monitoring firewall logs, auditing user accounts, and hard drive usage… important but boring. I’d rather help make a mess at home with some play-doh or slime. Granted a mom’s life isn’t all fun and games. I know all about it from my own wife’s gripe sessions. But ya gotta admit there is some fun to be had!

So why should mom have all the fun? It shouldn’t be an exclusive club. All should be welcomed. Dads are awesome too and many of us are doing what needs to be done to get involved with our kids. If you’re a dad and you’re not having fun with your kids then it’s time to get started. Don’t miss out on getting into your child’s world. It’s a big imaginative play place and you’re totally invited!