At first your client loses a little thickness and then he has you style his hair differently...eventually you consider cutting it lower so it doesn't seems so bad. But what changed? Why did hair that once grew back within a week stop growing back altogether?
Many clients of mine have sat in my chair and faced this dilemma without knowing the right questions to ask. Some feel uncomfortable broaching the subject while others make a joke about it the moment they meet me. At the end of the day it's an unfair cosmetic issue to deal with but it's not uncommon.
Androgenetic alopecia or common Male Pattern Baldness affects about 95% amount of men in America and by the age of 35 most men will have experienced some thinning or balding. So what am I promising in this article? The Holy Grail of reasons why your client is balding? How to stop it from happening? No, neither of those quite honestly. But I can point you in a few directions that will hopefully help slow it down or explain why your client may be having this problem.
1. Identify The Reason.
Most men just shrug and chalk up their loss of hair to bad genes. This is the biggest factor usually but I always stress to my clients the importance of having a doctor take a look from the inside as well. I am not a licensed medical professional and I cannot guarantee reasons why you are losing hair. With that being said a great way to identify cause of balding is looking at the hair pattern. If the thinning spreads across your scalp and is not only near the crown or temples then you may have an underlying health issue like hormonal or nutritional deficiencies such as thyroid problems or low iron. Like I said - go see a doctor even if you're unsure of this.
2. Switch Shampoos!
My ladies of the chair, I have ONE question for you. Do your clients drive you up the wall when they tell you they will wash their hair with just about anything? Ok, good, me too. I love my guys, I really do because they're so open and honest about what they do or don't do for their daily grooming. A lot of men don't know the effects of terrible shampoo, heck, a lot of women don't either. Well this is the gospel: IT IS TERRIBLE FOR YOU. It doesn't always rinse out totally and may cause more build up than the actual product used like gel or pomade.
There's only one ingredient that has proven to thicken hair by reducing production of testosterone called ketoconazole. You can try Nizoral A-D which is the only nonprescription shampoo that contains it but be careful. Lather up with a quarter-sized dollop two or three times a week; any more could dry out your hair and cause breakage. Use non-irritating baby shampoo in between.
3. Eat Better.
As I mentioned above, ketoconazole reduces testosterone which can sometimes be the cause of Male Pattern Baldness. When a man eats fried foods it most likely contains a ridiculous amount of sugar which is just waiting to trigger testosterone. Enjoy your chips while watching the game but don't go overboard.
4. Don't Go Nuts Over It.
Guys who are balding tend to react a few different ways: They focus on something predictable like fashion or fitness, avoid their reflection or just accept it. Acceptance takes the stress out of hair loss while the other strategies increase it, a German study found. So don't stress it, think of it as an opportunity to have a hot towel shave that's super relaxing.
I hope this is helpful to anyone seeking answers regarding men who are balding! As I mentioned, I am not a licensed professional in the medical field and I always tell my clients to go see a doctor if they are genuinely concerned so they can discuss their options. Of course aside from some of the options I have offered in this article there are multiple surgeries, scalp treatments and specialty products such as helmets and personal light devices to stimulate growth. Good luck!
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