Monday, 12 September 2016

7 Top Hair Care Tips for Men Over 40

Man with receding hair, male hair loss
As we get older, our hair can change in many ways. For most men the most obvious signs of ageing are when they notice hair turning grey and start to experience male hair loss. But there are also other changes which can affect the condition of hair, making it drier and more brittle.

With the growing focus on male grooming, men are increasingly concerned to care for their hair at all ages, and to make sure it looks its best. The London Centre of Trichology has a team of experts in male hair loss treatments. Here we have put together some top tips to help care for your hair as you get older.

1.      Shampoo Regularly – If you have hair loss, it can be tempting to shampoo less often, especially if you are worried about hair falling out when you comb it while wet. However, regular shampooing is important because it avoids clogging hair follicles with dirt. It is also essential to rinse well and avoid excess shampoo building up in the follicles. There are some shampoos which will add volume to hair and also specific shampoos for hair loss and grey hair. An additional factor to bear in mind is that grey hair can be damaged by the sun more easily, so, if you have grey or white hair, it is a good idea to choose shampoos and other hair products with built-in sun protection.
2.      Choose the Right Conditioner – Younger men may be able to get away without conditioning hair on occasion. But as you get older, it is more important to guard hair health and protect the scalp against extremes of temperature and other environmental factors. Some conditioners are available which are specifically designed to boost older hair. Again, it is essential to rinse properly and avoid blocking hair follicles with conditioner.
3.      Get Advice Early over Hair Loss – While some men may just regard thinning hair and male pattern balding as part of ageing, others are upset by losing hair and find it affects their confidence. If you are worried about losing your hair, getting advice as soon as you notice the first signs means there is a higher chance that preventive treatments will be successful. Contacting the trichologists at the London Centre of Trichology means we can diagnose your type of hair loss and ensure the right treatments are started early.
4.      Consider a New Haircut – Often a decision to change your look is made because of hair loss. There are a number of cuts which will look more flattering if your hair is thinning or receding, such as the undercut, which is very much on-trend at the moment. Even if you haven’t experienced hair loss, however, wearing the same style you did many years ago may not achieve the best look. It can often be harder to keep longer hair in good condition as we get older, so again a shorter cut could be the answer.

5.      Be Careful Over Styling – Some strong gels and other styling products can actually make hair look thinner and show up any bald patches. This means, if your hair is already thinning, it is best to avoid these products and choose those which will add volume. Gentler products are kinder to our hair as we grow older, and a hairdresser can advise you on which professional styling products will be most effective for you. It’s also advisable to be cautious over using hair dryers and other heat styling equipment such as straighteners, ensuring you use a protective spray whenever you use these products to guard the condition of your hair.

6.      Caring for Dyed Hair – If you are going grey, a big decision is whether to dye your hair or embrace the look. If you decide on dyeing, having treatments done at a hairdressing salon will help to ensure a more natural look, especially if you have a lot of grey hair. Choosing naturally formulated colouring products and using conditioners specifically formulated for dyed hair can also protect the condition of your hair. Grey roots need topping up frequently to avoid them showing, which is a reason why many men decide not to colour their hair.

7.      Look After Facial Hair Too – When hair starts to thin or turn grey, some men decide to focus on beards. However, if a beard is scraggy and untidy, it won’t help your overall look. So, if you have decided to grow some facial hair, it is important for regular male grooming sessions to include keeping beards and moustaches in trim. Even designer stubble needs regular attention to ensure it keeps that designer look!

Our experts at London Centre of Trichology offer a whole range of male hair loss treatments. We begin with a diagnosis of which type of male alopecia is affecting you, including male pattern baldness, and then recommend a course of treatment specifically tailored to you.

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