CAN YOU ACTUALLY PREDICT IF YOU’LL GO BALD?
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?
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?
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).