No matter how brave you are, or how strong you think you are, no one can stand the sight of a white pillow covered with loose hair, or the feeling that your forehead is growing day by day, or that the sight of your hair thinning from the sides.
For all men, seeing themselves lose hair by the bunch is pretty much a slap in the face. Not only is that a sign of them losing their prime, but it also brings forth the worst nightmares men have about themselves.
We genuinely believe that we may end up looking like Gollum from 'Lord of The Rings', and this fear is even more profound and devastating if we go through this ordeal while we are in our early 20s.
The truth is, a little hair fall is totally normal, according to a number of dermatologists. But still, there are ways using which you can prevent hair fall, or at the very least try to stifle the thinning of your hair:
1. Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Don't we all love taking a cold shower at the end of a hot and sweaty day? Well, your hair does not. Neither does it like water that's too hot. Be it summer or winter, whenever you bathe, use lukewarm water or water that is at somewhat of normal temperature. That way, you will damage neither your scalp nor your hair.
2. Go Easy On The Products
Thank God for beer shampoos, coconut-based conditioners, hair gels that keep the hair at a certain angle throughout the day and hairsprays that take care of every loose strand. See the problem yet? As much as they are a godsend, go easy on the hair products. Often, people mix and match variants that clash with each other and ultimately damage the hair.
3. Use Camphor In The Good Ol' Champi
There's nothing in the world of trichology (that's what the study of hair is called, BTW) that a good hair massage cannot take care of. And do we need to remind you exactly how relaxing and rejuvenating the experience often is? To make your experience a little more wholesome, use natural oils, after eating them up a little. That helps the skin in absorbing them.
4. Using A Hairbrush
Although combs are great for giving your hair a certain style, they do tend to damage them. It is better to use a hairbrush with sparsely spaced teeth over a comb for a number of reasons. First, the little beads at the end of the bristle gently massage the scalp and stimulate blood flow. Secondly, because they are widely spread out as compared to comb, hair does not tend to get entangled in the bristles and break.
5. Pat Dry Instead
The scalp is at its weakest when it is dripping wet. That's one of the main reasons why you shouldn't style your wet hair as that causes more breakage. The same reasoning applies as to why you should pat dry your hair after a shower, instead of just rubbing the towel vigorously on your head. Also, use a soft towel whenever you can.
6. Change Shampoos
Many dermatologists believe that you should change your shampoo every seven or eight months, as that allows your scalp to develop in a balanced way, by absorbing all the right nutrients, that various formulations provide. That does not, however, mean that you pick just about anything from the shelf. Pick something that suits your skin and scalp's condition, something that is conducive for good hair growth.