Going Bald Guide
The Niven & Joshua Grooming Editor advises on going bald gracefully. Covering thinning hair and the best method for controlling a shiny head - perfect for balding men, and or those suffering with hair loss.
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Q. I’ve recently noticed I’m going a bit thin on top and am really self-conscious about it. Is there anything I can do to make my hair look a bit thicker?
A. Unfortunately, by the age of 35 almost 40% of us will have noticed some degree of hair thinning. That’s the bad news (and one I’m more than familiar with!). The good news, is that there are several things you can do to make what hair you’re still hanging on to look a bit thicker and fuller.
For starters think about getting a haircut. Over the years I’ve asked scores of hairdressers what to do when hair starts thinning and they always say the same thing – go for a shorter, ‘textured’ cut as this will give the illusion of more volume.
Since the last thing you want to do is lose or snap any hairs accidentally, I always recommend patting hair dry rather than rubbing it with a towel and suggest you invest in a good anti-dandruff shampoo if you’re prone to the flakes since studies have shown a link between dandruff and hair breakage (it’s all that scratching).
Finally, think carefully about how you style your hair. To ensure it never looks thin and limp, use products which add volume and texture like Malin+Goetz Firm Hold Gel.
N&J knowledge: In the same way that teeth need health gums, hair needs a healthy scalp so to keep yours healthy eat a diet rich in antioxidant-rich fruit and veg (or take a supplement) avoid getting it burnt by the sun and keep it scrupulously clean.
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Q. I started losing my hair in my early twenties and baldness doesn't bother me. But some moisturisers can leave the scalp very shiny indeed. Any suggestions for one that won’t?
A. Although I’m a few years away from a totally smooth head myself, judging by how much hair I seem to lose each year, baldness is a destiny I definitely have a date with. I also have quite a few bald pals so am well aware of the challenges presented by a smooth scalp.
As you’ve already discovered one of the main problems is shine. Exposed to the elements everyday bald pates often benefit from a little moisturisation but the last thing you want is for your head to look like something more at home on some green baize.
What you need is a mattifying moisturiser. The Recipe for Men Anti-Shine Moisturiser is good and can be used on your scalp as well as your face and it contains an ultra-fine powder that absorbs excess oil and hence reduces shine.
Myego Matfiant in Light, Medium and Bronze
You might also want to consider Myego Matifant for those times when you need an emergency de-shine. A mattifying powder for men you can apply it to your bonce in the same way a woman might ‘powder her nose’ (in the literal sense). It’s a great product to keep tucked away in your desk drawer in case you have an important meeting for example. There are even three colours to match your skin tone.
Anyway, hope this hair loss advice helps and for once I really do hope it takes the shine off your day!
N&J knowledge: Be careful about using harsh, cheap showergels and soaps on your scalp - anything that dries out the skin on your face can have a similar effect on your head and when that happens skin compensates by producing more oil!
If in doubt try cleansing with a product Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser which is formulated with glycerin to prevent skin from becoming dry and tight.
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