Men - lots of them - go bald. You may be one of these men. But who said you have to accept it gracefully? True, bald is badass: no one fucks with Walter White, and Bruce Willis just gets tougher-looking as he gets older. But hair is sexy - you know it, your girl knows it. Don’t take this hair loss thing lying down.
I’m a physicist and chemist by training, but have made my living working in the inner-circles of the hair industry since the ‘70s. I had a wild time. I was there when Jheri Redding walked out of Jhirmack, a multimillion-dollar company all because he was pissed, and once again helped him develop and formulate products for his new company, Nexxus.
While you may not be able to stave off the inevitable, there are some things you can do to keep your hair from skipping town so soon.
Feed Your Head
Hair is just protein but it grows out of your head, so you need to keep your scalp nourished. Start by eating right. Lower your fat consumption: it will keep your blood flowing freely to all your extremities. Eat foods high in biotin such as Swiss chard, carrots, nuts and eggs. If your diet leaves you wanting, then just pop a pill. Biotin is readily available.
Pull Your Hair (But Not All-The-Way Out)
This is the ‘Christopher Walken Method’ of hair retention: Walken attributes his full head of hair to the fact that he gently pulls at his hair every day for 5 minutes. Why does this work? The scalp likes to be massaged, which keeps it healthy and pliable. So massage your scalp for 5 minutes every day, or grab a fistful and tug. Sounds crazy, but have you seen the hair on Walken - even at his age?
Manage Your Chemical Dependence
Avoid hair products with nasty-sounding chemicals. Choose shampoos that are mild to the hair and conditioners that are rich enough to impart luster, moisture and a healthy manageable look. The best product for you depends on your hair type, the amount of hair damage and frequency of use. A safe bet is any product that is meant for damaged or chemically treated hair. These products are both mild enough for daily use and are enriched with revitalizing agents.
Shell Out the Dough
Spend a little more and go after haircare products sold in reputable salons or barbershops. Not only are they richer in ameliorative ingredients, they also represent the latest technologies. All the major companies use salons as a launch pad for their new products and innovations.
Lay Off the Gels and Sprays
Use them sparingly and make sure that they don’t build up on the hair. The build-up will choke the hair and not allow it to breathe. Remember the girl that was painted gold in the James Bond movie Goldfinger? She died because she was covered in gold paint and her skin could not breathe. The same happens to hair. The polymers used in gels and sprays are essentially plastic that coats the hair and keeps it rigid. Slowly but surely, if they are allowed to build up you can say goodbye to your hair.
Philip Sambanidis is a past member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics.