The author of this article is Lyndon Seitz

Bald Hair Care For Men

Bald Hair Care For Men

Did you know that approximately 85% of men experience severe hair thinning by the time they are 50?

Even more surprising is that some men will start to experience thinning hair before they turn 21.

There are lots of myths surrounding why people go bald,  such as wearing a baseball cap or running your fingers through your hair; however, none of these things actually do cause hair thinning, neither will brushing, combing, twisting, or styling your hair on a regular basis.

In the following article, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons why men start balding and exactly how you can take care of your hair and scalp as you age.

At What Age Do Men Start Losing Hair?

It’s a fact that all men will experience hair loss in their lifetime.

However, when, why and to what extent it will go depends on various factors.

The condition is usually referred to as male pattern baldness, and it may start at different ages and progress at different rates.

It takes approximately 15 to 25 years for a man to go bald.

However, this process can begin at any age, and men as young as 21 can expect to see thinning hair or experience some degree of hair loss.

So there is no particular or specific age to expect to see a loss. However, you can expect it at some point, and that is guaranteed.

However, one of the ways that you can determine or get some type of an idea on when you’re likely to start going bald is to take note of hair loss when it begins.

What you need to know is that each strand of hair sticks around for approximately four years before the follicle dies, and a new strand starts growing within six months.

However, when you have male pattern baldness, the hair follicles fall out, but do not grow again. Hair loss usually begins at the temple, which is where you’ll see the bald spot.

To make matters worse, the hair everywhere else will continue to grow at a normal rate. However, the speed at which you go bald is largely hereditary.

In some men, the process from start to finish until they reach complete baldness is, more or less five years.

Is There A Way To Prevent It?

Male Looking At Mirror

Male baldness is something that most, if not all, men will experience at some point. There is no miracle cure for it, and also no one-size-fits-all cure that exists.

Baldness is not something that you choose, but it is inevitable at some point. If you are okay with that, then you don’t need to take action.

However, some men do suffer emotionally and mentally when they start balding, and if you one of those, then there are a few options that you can try.

So let’s take a closer look at some of these options.

Vitamins

Vitamin A is good for your overall health. It encourages the production of sebum and vitamin E to assists the hair follicles to remain productive. Vitamin B also helps to maintain the natural color of hair.

Regular Washing

By ensuring that you wash your hair regularly and keep your scalp clean, you can decrease the loss of hair.

This is because it lowers the risks if dandruff and infections that can contribute to hair loss.  Furthermore, dirty hair looks flat and lifeless, while fresh hair looks voluminous.

Protein

Eating foods such as fish, soy, and other protein promotes good hair health.

Don’t Brush Wet Hair

Wet hair is weak hair. So under no circumstances should you brush your hair while it is wet. However, if you need to comb it, use a wide-toothed comb.

Also, excessive brushing can injure hair follicles and lead to hair loss.  It’s recommended to use our fingers to get rid of tangles and not but hair while it is wet.

Hydration

Senior Man Drinking Water

An interesting fact is that your hair shaft is made up of one-quarter water. So you need to drink at least 4 to 8 cups of water a day to stay hydrated and enhance the healthy growth of hair.

Quit Smoking

Okay, so this may sound like quite the cliché, but smoking cigarettes reduces blood flow to the scalp, and one of the consequences of this is a reduction in the growth of hair.

Stop Consuming Alcohol

Lessening your alcohol intake ay lead to a reduction of hair loss, and while this is not scientifically proven, alcoholic beverages have been linked to hair loss and thinning.

Destress

One of the ways that you can destress is by using meditation or yoga. However, it is recommended that you use whatever activity you feel helps you feel relaxed.

When you eliminate stress, you help to restore the normal hormonal balance on your body, and this enhances hair growth.

Look After Your Health

This is something that you heard a million times before, but health problems are a significant contributor to hair loss.

Chronic illnesses, infections, and high fevers should be dealt with urgently and appropriately in order to ensure that your body and hair are healthy.

Bald Haircuts Are Not Just For People With Hair Loss

Guy Pearce

The common misconception is that men who experience thinning hair and male pattern baldness rush off to shave their heads or get a bald haircut.

However, this is not completely true. In fact, lots of men who are not experiencing any type of hair loss opt for a bald haircut for many reasons.

In fact, baldheaded men are considered some of the sexiest men in the world. And the reality is you don’t necessarily need hair on top of your head to look good.

So you are some other reasons why a bald haircut may just be what you need:

A bald haircut will help you make the best of what you have.

If you do notice that your hair is thinning and you are starting to see more scalp than usual, you may need to sit down with your barber and consult with a medical professional to determine exactly what can be done to slow down the process.

Opting for the bald haircut is not a bad idea. Alternatively, if you notice that the hair in the front of your head is thicker than the crown area, simply grow it out and push it over the bald spot.

If you don’t particularly enjoy bad hair days, and let’s be honest does, shave your head. Alternatively, if styling your hair in the morning before work is taking up too much of your time, then a bald head may not be a bad thing.

If you find it hard to keep your scalps sweat-free in the summer then the baldhead is yet again a solution to this problem.

The Popularity Of Beards Plus Bald Head

Bald Man With Long Beard

For lots of men, losing their hair can feel like the end.

The question you ask yourself is, what can be done about it? Can you possibly salvage some of the hairs on your head?

Or should you just give up the ghost and focus on your other positive attributes.

A growing number of men face male pattern baldness. The good news, however, is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s called going bald with a beard.

If you’ve never had a bald head, then this may seem like quite a significant change. However, some of the advantages are no more bad hair days and no more extra grooming time.

Growing a beard is one of the more exciting trends in men’s fashion and grooming today. So let’s find out why.

For starters, it draws attention away from the bald head. So think of it more like a feature.

A beard and a bald head brings about a new kind of masculinity, not to mention providing an opportunity to try out different beard styles.

It would be a nice change to start focusing on your beard and not your head hairs, so why not have fun taking control over that.

Ultimately, the baldhead with a beard look is not a one-size-fits-all kind of style. This is because every man has a different set of features, a different goal in mind, and a different personality.

So each men’s grooming is different. There are, however, lots of beard styles to choose from, and that is the bonus.

Here are a few more bonuses to having a beard with a bald head:

It Makes You Look Attractive

Vin Diesel

Let’s face it; this is what matters the most. Being bald with a beard is a big draw for the ladies. All you need to do is look at celebrities like Vin Diesel and Tom Hardy to figure that out.

It makes you looked distinguish and, above all, macho and cultivated. Women love the roughness and the toughness, and it also helps to boost your confidence.

Gives You More Confidence

Perhaps one of the things that women look for the most in men, even more than the roughness and toughness, is confidence. Confident men seem more competent and more in control of their life.

And women love men who own their own. Inevitably, it gives you a sense of freedom when communicating with others.

Another bonus to having a beard on a bald head is that it singles you out and tends to make you stand out from the crowd.

Standing Out From The Crowd

So as we mentioned just now, it does make you stand out. It also makes you seem more interesting, more memorable, and appear to be more in control of your destiny.

It Shapes Your Face

It shapes your face. Men who have thinning hair find it a challenge to achieve certain kinds of looks.

So by shaving your head and growing your beard out, you take back control. You can use your beard to accentuate your best features.

It Makes You Appear More Masculine

There’s absolutely nothing more masculine than a man with a shaved head and beard.

Health Issues A Bald Head Will Experience

Bald Men Wiping Nose

Allergens

While sporting a bald head is trending right now, it is not without its concerns. This is because once your skin is exposed, it is prone to the same challenges as the rest of the skin on your body.

This is the case with allergens. While sniffling and sneezing are well-known allergy afflictions, the skin and scalp can also suffer from irritation.

Conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis causes inflammation of the skin. It can lead to flaking, itching, and redness on the scalp.

So proper scalp care is imperative to keep the skin on your head protected as much as possible.

Dandruff

So you’ve got a bald haircut for quite some time, but are still noticing dandruff on your scalp.

Is that even possible?

Well, the answer is yes, dandruff is quite a common issue even in men with bald heads.

And this is because,  when you shave, you are actually deeply exfoliating your skin, stripping away the dead skin along with some essential oils.

So your scalp ends up dry, and it eventually leads to dandruff.

One of the best things that you do to combat the dryness is to keep your scalp clean, moisturized, and wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 whenever you go outdoors. 

Breakouts

Scalp Acne

While pimples are more common in other areas of the body than on the head, some men do experience pimples on the scalp, also known as scalp acne.

It is suggested that you use a medicated shampoo or acne treatment to resolve this. 

However, some other ingredients such as tea tree oil, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, ketoconazole, benzoyl peroxide can be very effective in remedying the problem.

Razor Burn

While razor burn is quite common in men who shave their faces, it’s also quite common in men who shave their head. Ultimately, it is about is caused by shaving.

It will also leave the skin on the scalp tender, inflamed, and in some cases, you’ll notice a fine rash. The good news is that it will clear in a couple of days without treatment. 

So what you can do is apply a cooling cream or moisturizer to keep the scalp as supple as possible while it is healing.

Going To The Barber Vs Maintaining At Home

Choosing to shave your head is a decision that comes with many benefits.

However, there are challenges, as well. And aside from that, you are also faced with the decision to go to the barbershop or do it yourself.

Because shaving your head is not a complicated task, you can attempt to do it yourself provided you are comfortable doing so, and you have the time.

Alternatively, the barbershop is always a trip away. One of the advantages of doing it yourself, though, is saving money.

So you can use the same money to invest in better grooming products and tools.

Preparing Your Head For The Shave

Head Shaving

You can choose to shave your head on your terms.

While some men prefer to have a full wash before shaving, others would prefer to wash their hair afterward. Just make sure you have the necessary tools on hand to shave.

Shaving Properly To Avoid Razor Burn And Breakouts

To avoid razor burn, you always need to shave in the direction of the hair growth as opposed to against it.

Shaving against the grain will cause razor burn. To prevent breakouts, keep the scalp clean, moisturized, and protected from the sun.

Post Shave Care

After shaving, apply alcohol-free aftershave and moisturize your skin to hydrate it. Also, give the skin a rest, so it can recuperate.

What Type Of Shampoo Should I Use?

Even if you have a bald head, you still need shampoo and conditioner because your scalp never stops needing TLC.

So while you can use soap, it is just going to dry out your skin and lead to dandruff.

So continue using a moisturizing shampoo and condition and keep skin hydrated and protected from the elements.

Should I Use A Moisturizer?

Applying Moisturizer On Bald Head

Yes, definitely.

You should still keep your scalp moisturized, irrespective of whether it is summer or winter.

Try using a face moisturizer on your skin to keep it hydrated and drink plenty of water.

Conclusion

If you have thinning or balding hair, there’s no need to worry.

In fact, it is an opportunity to have a bald haircut and grow your beard the way you’ve always wanted to.

However, remember to have a skin and beard care regime to keep you looking sharp at all times.

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