While the clothes may make the man, your hair can certainly be tied to your self confidence. Whether you feel like you're losing hair or simply have finer, thin hair to begin with, it can sometimes be tricky to work with. And while male pattern baldness is something of a genetic time bomb, there are plenty of things you can do to lengthen the fuse. If things are felling a bit limp on top, here are four insider tips for a confidence-boosting lift.
This strand strengthening supplement is a mainstay for models and actors who've told us that the twice-daily pills are what keeps their hair thick and healthy despite the constant tugging and styling. Viviscal's new men's formula (with a proprietary marine complex combined with zinc, Vitamin C and flax seed) not only nourishes thinning hair, but promotes existing hair growth from within.
Avoid heavier products like gels, waxes and non-water-based pomades, as they weigh down and separate hair. Editorial and celebrity hairstylists love the soft, semi-matte hold of this Japanese styling paste, which adds texture without adding grease. It's made of soybeans, not silicone, so it's moisturizing and doesn't build up. But remember, don't simply slap product onto your hair. Put a dab on your palm and rub your hands together, then apply from the back to the front.
Contrary to the usual advice to shampoo less frequently, those with fine or thinning hair should maintain a clean scalp, according to stylist Garrett Bryant. The shampooing also keeps the scalp stimulated. Jack Black's True Volume Thickening Shampoo is a favorite and not only increases the thickness of each strand, but moisturizes and fights flakes too.
When talking to your barber, make sure to use words like "choppy" and "textured," which means the hairs are all cut at different lengths, resulting in a thicker appearance. A haircut that is short and tapered on the sides will give the illusion of fuller hair on top.