Losing your locks can be a stressful experience. Perhaps you’re worried that your diminishing hairdo will make you look less attractive, or maybe you think it’ll age you. To help you get over your follicle fears, here are three secrets that all balding guys should know.
1. Shaving it all off can be a welcome relief
If you’ve been trying to come up with increasingly elaborate hairstyles to cover up receding or thinning hair, it could be time to rethink your approach. Rather than fighting the change, why not embrace it and take it as an opportunity to revamp your image overall? It may surprise you, but shaving your head can come as a welcome relief. It means less fussing in front of the mirror and it could actually make you look better. To soften your newly shaved look, you could grow your facial stubble or even consider cultivating a full beard.
2. The sooner you start treatment, the more effective it may be
Alternatively, if you’re not ready to accept your hair loss yet, you could take advantage of the treatments available. Forget washing your hair in cold water, standing on your head or massaging your scalp, there are now treatments that are scientifically proven to slow, stop and even reverse the process of male-pattern baldness. The important thing is to act fast. These treatments work best when the balding process is in its early stages. One popular option is to take a prescription medicine containing the active ingredient finasteride. You can get finasteride tablets, or their branded equivalent Propecia, from online pharmacies or by calling into a high street pharmacy. This medicine has been shown to be clinically effective in 90 per cent of the male-pattern baldness sufferers who take it. Bear in mind though, it must be taken continuously and it can be three to six months before you see positive results.
Minoxidil is another treatment option for people with male-pattern baldness. This comes in lotion form and is applied directly to the scalp. Like Finasteride, it can take a number of months to show positive results and it’s important to use the treatment on an ongoing basis.
3. A little styling can go a long way
Some simple styling can go a long way when it comes to making your hair look better. Forget the classic comb-over; a more subtle approach is a must if you want to look your best. If your hairline is receding but you still have relatively thick locks, one option is to part your mop down the middle of one of the receding patches. Alternatively, if your tresses are thinning, consider going for a short cut that sits forward across your forehead.
Hair loss can be worrying, but by making sure you understand your options, you can take the fear factor out of the balding process.