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Ruffians Top 3 Tips to Combat Thinning Hair

Thinning hair, receding hairlines, bald spots. The sound of it makes us shudder and the mere thought of having to part ways with our beloved hair is the stuff of nightmares. However,  it is something that two thirds of men will have experienced by the time they’re 35 and when the big 5-0 rolls around, 85 percent of men will see have seen a significant amount of hair loss.

So, we thought we’d put together these tips and tricks to help combat thinning hair and battle that pesky receding hairline.

  • What’s the most important thing to bear in mind when styling thinning hair?

When the hair starts to thin out, use volumising products that swell and thicken the remaining hair-shaft prior to blowdrying. Products like the SachaJuan Ocean Mist salt spray can be a big help, this product coats the hair and gives it the illusion of thickness and helps with controlling finer hair by adding texture. Dry finish styling products are best for fixing, something like the Ruffians Rough Matt Clay works well as it doesn’t weigh the hair down. Oily products tend to separate and clump the hair together, making the scalp more visible whereas matte look products adhere to the hair and fix with little movement.

 

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  • Is there a particular cut and/or style that works well for men receding at the temples? What is it, and why?

This all depends on the levels of recession and how brave the man feels about embracing it. If you are happy to embrace and show it off then a swept back pompadour is a great classic that works with the hairline to create a dramatic and modern style. Alternatively a short rounded crop can look very effective, keep the central peak shorter than the rest with slightly longer hair over the recession to give some camouflage.

  • Is there a particular cut and/or style that works well for men thinning at the sides and crown? What is it, and why?

A great barber will always recommend a style based on the density of your hair, but also face shape. With this in mind approach your consultation with an open mind and be ready for change. The mistake a lot of men make most when the hair starts to thin is try to hold on to the style they’ve had previously, when they had a full head of hair, everyone needs to adapt their hairstyle based on where they are rather than where they were or where they’d like to be. The general rule is to keep the hair short, a buzz or crew cut usually looks best for thinning hair on the crown or at the sides. Another option, if you’re feeling really daring, is to go clean shaven. A lot of men find that when their hair begins to thin on top, their beards gain a new lease of life and start to look fuller and thicker. The completely bald and bearded look could be the way forward!

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Six hair quirks and how to fix them

No one is safe from bad hair days every once in a while. Whether it’s your side part that just won’t stay down or your thinning patch on top, here are some tips and tricks to help combat the most irritating of hair problems.

Cowlick
What is it?

Well, the name comes from the way that cows actually lick their young in circular motions, giving them a sort of spiral pattern in their fur. For humans, cowlicks appear when the growth direction of the hair forms against the spiral pattern, creating an uneven hairline and proving to be a bit of an annoyance.

How do I combat it?

The best way to combat a cowlick is by choosing the right hairstyle which will embrace the natural direction of the hair. This depends on where your cowlick is, so it’s best to visit a qualified barber who will be able to tell you with their trained eye what to look out for.

Thinning hair
What is it?

Up to 70% of men will experience male pattern baldness in their lifetime. Simply put, a hormone in your body called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) affects the size and efficiency of the hair follicles, causing them to close up and prevent the hair from coming through. DHT is made from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT is found in skin, hair follicles, and the prostate and the sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT is what causes hair loss.

 How do I combat it?

Similarly to cowlicks, the best thing to do is find a style that works for you. For thinning hair on the crown of your head, try a slicked back style – short back and sides with length on the top and slicked back with product to cover your crown. Styling products can be a great help in creating the illusion of thicker hair – volume powders and stylings pastes will help to keep your hair in place all day and hide those problem areas.

Temporal recession
What is it?

Widow’s peak mean anything to you? The Dracula style temporal recession is one indicator of male pattern baldness but it can certainly be managed.

How do I combat it?

A buzz or tight crew cut helps to create a softer look as it reduces the level of contrast between your head and hair – the shorter your hair is, the easier it is to create the illusion of an even hairline.

Unruly side-parting
 What is it?

That bit of hair that always sticks out when you’re trying to make it STAY DOWN for a nice smart side-parting.

How do I combat it?

First, make sure you have found your natural parting, and check that the lengths between the sides and the top section are even. If that’s all good, then you will need to use heat to give the sticky-out bit more flexibility. Wet the hair, use a dryer on a high heat and brush in the correct direction to get rid of any kinks

Overgrown crown
What is it?

That annoying bit at the top of your head which always seems to grow a bit quicker than the rest of your hair, making it tricky to sweep your hair back, but also making it look like a flock of seagulls when you push your head forward into a fringe.

How do I combat it?

If you are growing out the front section of your hair, for example, ask the barber to leave it longer there and gradually go down to a shorter length at the crown, so when straight, the silhouette will slope down front to back.

Uneven facial hair
What is it?

Hair high up on the cheeks, low neck hair or high chest hair?! These awkward bits of facial hair can turn a smart and neat look into something too scruffy and unruly.

How do I combat it?

Be aware of the angles of your face and use your bone structure to guide the lines where your facial hair should be. For example, if you have a few stray hairs above your cheek bones, get rid of them, so the face looks more angular. However, if you have a significant amount of hair above the cheekbones, don’t shave it all off, just shape the lines of the hair growth so they are at least running parallel to your cheekbones. This is the same with neck hair vs. jawline.

Ruffians offer a full range of services and expert advice to help you combat those pesky hair problems. You can book online now with one of our expert barbers across any of our five locations

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