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What’s the deal with hair loss vitamins?

Balding and hair loss is one of the biggest causes of worry for men as we age. In past generations, hair loss has represented the change from sexually viable to unattractive, older and less virile. In recent years there has been a shift in attitudes, yet that doesn’t stop many men from worry about receding hair lines and balding, in general.

As such, hair transplants and other methods such as scalp treatments and massages have all emerged as helpful tools in our effort to beat, or at least slow down, the aging clock and hair loss.

Hair vitamins have also emerged with the promise of offering men help in this area. There are also a multitude of products aimed at women as well. Many of them contain biotin, which has been shown to help produce healthy and vibrant hair, skin, and nails.

I recently came across a product called iRestore, which has products that claim to reduce genetic hair loss by “thinning by inhibiting the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, which triggers the hair miniaturization process.”

Now I can’t vouch for this product as I haven’t used it myself, but it certainly represents an alternative to often expensive surgeries and other treatments that men seek out to combat hair loss. iRestore even has an entire hair loss system and laser (!) that claims to help stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss.

Could it be the missing link for many men’s battles with hair loss? If you’re interested, please visit iRestorelaser.com for more information and to purchase.

Weigh in on the hair loss product market in the comment section below. Have you tried anything out there? What’s worked and what hasn’t?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and I’m sure others would too!

The Dick Van Dyke Show Takes on Balding

I’m a huge fan of classic TV shows and The Dick Van Dyke Show is definitely one of my all time favorites.  I recently re-watched an episode on Netflix where Rob (Van Dyke) fears losing his hair in the Season 3 Episode 31 titled “I’d Rather Be Bald Than Have No Head at All”.

As many guys out there are fearful of balding prematurely, I thought it would be great to share the episode right here with you (courtesy of Hulu.com).  There’s also a little bit of classic hair care information to pick up on AND I’m sure that you’ll get a kick out of the recommended concoction a barber gives to Rob to try.  Many of you naturalistas out there can probably relate VERY well to that mix.

Enjoy!

Going Bald Made Easier with HeadBlade ATX

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If you’re the kind of guy who has been fighting off hair loss or just opted to go bald for style, chances are you’ve heard about the HeadBlade.

The HeadBlade was originally created in back in 1997 by Todd Greene and has largely become the benchmark product for head shaving blades.   Did you know that a prototype of the HeadBlade is actually on display in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City?  If that doesn’t speak innovation, I don’t know what does.

The product’s design is based on these ideals:

  • The user must be able to shave by feel – razor has to sit close to the head and the user had to be able to touch the head with fingers during shaving
  • The razor needed two contact points to create a ‘suspension’ allowing the blade to automatically swivel.
  • Since most users have a blade preference, the razor had to be compatible with current razors sold in retail stores

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Today the newest razor, HeadBlade ATX, helps refine the shaving experience for men and it boasts a modern and masculine look too.  Would you give it a try?

The HeadBlade ATX is available at Headblade.com and at CVS and Duane Reade stores nationwide.

I’m Too Sexy For My…Hair?

Last week TIME magazine published an article, written by Alexandra Sifferlin titled Shave it Off! How Bald Guys Can Look More Manly and Dominant, encouraging balding men to completely shave off their wispy manes.  Balding is a serious concern for many men who understand the social impact of hair loss and perceived attractiveness. Well, now there’s some scientific backing to the claim that a shaven dome makes you seem stronger, and sexier, than if you let the last few wisps linger or opt for the ill-fated comb-over.

Researcher Albert Mannes, of the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a series of studies to determine the perceptions about balding men versus completely shaven men.  It turns out that participants found that men with completely bald domes were perceived as more masculine and dominant than men who opt to bald the natural way. Interesting, huh? Clean shaven men were also perceived as taller and bigger in size than balding men.

But here’s the rub, bald men are still perceived as older and less attractive than men with full heads of hair. Mannes, who is bald himself, apparently stated that balding men may “better improve their well-being by finishing what Mother Nature has started.”

Mannes seems to think that his studies will help more men change their lives for the better by forging ahead with a completely bald head rather than going the natural way.  I appreciate that Mannes is giving balding men like him the chance to be perceived as more dominant and powerful, but I guess my problem is that it reinforces the idea that’s all men should really aim to be.  Has anyone done research on what makes you look more responsible?  What about intelligent? Kind? I’m just saying.

I haven’t been able to read the research itself therefore I can’t speak that strongly to the methodology, but I can say that from what I’ve read from some posts online, some of the sample sizes seem pretty small to me.  I think only time, and replication, will really solidify Mannes’ findings.  While I still have many questions, I  appreciate that Mannes is giving guys with thinning manes some insight into how others may be perceiving them. Who knows, there may be a day when I have to make the decision myself.  To be honest, I don’t know what I would do.  Do you?

For more reactions to this research, check out the following:

Men With Shaved Heads: Stronger, Taller, More Dominant But Older and Less Attractive

Men: Exude confidence, masculinity, authority, and power!

Shaved Heads: Less Attractive But More Powerful

 

 

 

Battling “Chrome Dome”

Now you see it...now you don't!

If you’re a man above the age of 20, chances are you or one of your buddies has a long-held fear of getting the ol’ “chrome dome”.  Male pattern baldness is passed down through genes but don’t rush to blame your father or grandpa for your lack of hair. I recently learned that women also carry the gene and pass it down to their sons (Source).  Weird huh? Continue reading Battling “Chrome Dome”