Dos and don’ts will project your confidence about the future of your ‘do for years to come.
DO DRY YOUR HAIR GENTLY
Beating up your hair with a rough towel and vigorous rubbing can cause serious damage. Physical force breaks off finer hairs, and newly emerging ones don’t even get a chance to survive. Use a super soft cloth and pat rather than rub the hair to rid it of excess moisture after bathing.
DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY
Most men don’t need to wash their hair every day. Too much shampoo or conditioner on a daily basis breaks down the natural structure of your hair. This doesn’t mean you skip showers, though. Wet and soak your hair in your daily shower, but don’t use product every time.
DO KEEP YOUR HAIR SHORT
It’s time to say goodbye to those luscious locks you’ve been holding on to since high school. Age is setting in, and things are thinning upstairs. Longer hairstyles only serve to accentuate what’s already gone, but a closer crop will maximize coverage, leaving no one the wiser. And if the situation is dire, go for the gusto (Hair for men is optional).
DON’T COMB AND BRUSH UNTIL YOUR HAIR LOOKS PERFECT
Using a comb or brush too much stresses out your hair. Use your hands and fingertips to shape your shorter hairstyle and groom it with the natural growth pattern on your scalp. If this means pushing it forward and getting a new cut, then so be it. You’ll look better and feel more confident.
DO TRY TO REDUCE STRESS
Forget about why your genetics are causing you to lose hair. It is what it is and you have to deal with it no matter what the reason may be. Doing so will only add more emotional stress, and failing to reduce stress in your daily life will have a lasting effect on your hair.
DON’T OVERDO IT WITH STYLING PRODUCTS
Go easy on the products. Gels, pastes and putties serve a purpose: They help smooth hair and hold it in place. But nothing is worse for drawing unwanted attention to a scarce scalp than glopping on goo. Strands of hair end up clumping together only to bare all for the world to see. Lay it on light to keep things covered up.
DO BE CAUTIOUS OF BALDNESS CURES
Most treatments for hair loss leave much to be desired. But sometimes the most obvious and effective choices for treatment get roped in with the fast fixes that don’t work.
DON’T PANIC OR DO NOTHING
Shedding strands here and there is no reason to sweat. In fact, it’s 100% normal to lose as many as 100 hairs every day. If you’re really shedding your coat, chances are it’s happening so slowly you may not notice until the process is well underway. Once balding has begun, don’t deny it. Seek treatment – personal or professional – and then move on to life’s more important problems.
DO ADOPT A HEALTHIER DIET
Good on you. Getting in early. The health of your hair is often the first indicator that you may have a poor diet. A balanced diet with meats, fruits and vegetables will help strengthen your hair and the rest of you. Most people past the age of 20 need a little extra help with vitamins, and a lack of iron and vitamin B are thought to be contributing factors in hair loss.
DON’T WEAR A HAT TO COVER UP YOUR HAIR LOSS
Hats and caps of all kinds come into direct contact with your hair and, like the overuse of a towel or hair dryer, a hat can increase the stress your hair experiences. Pushing your hair back or holding your hair back from your face in braids, with a bandanna or in a ponytail, will only put more stress on your hair and lead to further hair loss.