CAN YOU AC­TU­ALLY PRE­DICT IF YOU’LL GO BALD?

Men's Health (Singapore) - - MEN’S HEALTH -

TThat’s an un­for­tu­nate no. Sure, your an­ces­tors play a big role—male-pat­tern bald­ness may be up to 80 per­cent ge­netic. But it’s also highly in­di­vid­ual and hard to pre­dict. The old “look at your mother’s fa­ther’s hair” idea is bunk, says Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D., a der­ma­tol­o­gist and clin­i­cal in­struc­tor at Mount Si­nai’s Ic­ahn School of Medicine in New York City. Here’s the real red flag: rapidly thin­ning hair in your 20s or 30s, he says. Men in this cat­e­gory can lose half their hair within two or three years. Try this: Take a few self­ies of your scalp and com­pare them to new shots three months later, sug­gests Dr. Bhanusali. See a dif­fer­ence? Check with a der­ma­tol­o­gist to rule out med­i­cal con­di­tions such as thy­roid ab­nor­mal­i­ties, alope­cia areata (an au­toim­mune disor­der), and tel­o­gen ef­flu­vium (usu­ally tem­po­rary hair loss trig­gered by stress). Also check your vi­ta­min D and iron lev­els—if you’re low, a sup­ple­ment may help stave off fur­ther loss. Once you rule those out, your op­tions are pre­ven­tive top­i­cals mi­nox­i­dil (Ro­gaine) or oral fi­nas­teride (Prope­cia).

HOW CAN I WIN THAT STRONG­MAN GAME AT THE CAR­NI­VAL?

— MICHAEL

Physics, not brute strength, wins this game, says Kate Sachs, who should know—her fam­ily has been mak­ing the Hi Striker game for 36 years. “It’s all about ki­netic force,” the com­po­nents of which are speed, strength, and aim. Wield the mal­let like an axe, as though you were chop­ping wood. (No rules against tak­ing a prac­tice swing or two.) Keep your feet par­al­lel to the ma­chine, knees slightly bent. New­bies tend to stand too close and miss. Hold the mal­let across your body and use your top hand to lift the head high. Then slide that hand down to your bot­tom hand for the down­swing. You’ll be tempted to aim for the pad’s cen­tre, but don’t, Sachs says—hit the edge clos­est to you. That max­i­mizes the ful­crum ef­fect of the rig, which “en­gages a leaf spring to sling the weight up to hit the bell.” Fi­nally, pick the big­gest damn stuffed an­i­mal you see, hand it to your sweet­heart, and swag­ger out of there.

HOW CAN I LOOK COOL WHEN I WEAR A PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT?

— MARK

So you don’t look like Spring­steen or Steve McQueen? Un­der­stood. But know that only part of the se­cret is at­ti­tude—and part is the shirt it­self. A tee with the right fit, fab­ric, and feel can give you a con­fi­dence boost. Wear it by it­self or un­der a suit, sweater, or bomber jacket. Fit is key: The shoul­der seam should hit where your arm and shoul­der meet, the hem should fall just be­low your waist­band, and the tee should slightly hug your body (not shrink-wrap it).

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