The clichéd phrase about your hair being your crowning glory is nevertheless true. How you wear your hair affects the way you are perceived by others, and how you care for it is equally important. Hereʼs what you need to pay attention to, when it comes to hair care.
The hair experts at Phyto explain that your hair follicles grow around 20 hairs in a lifetime, and not all of them are actively growing hair at any one time. As you age, the number of active follicles decreases. This is the cause of alopecia, or baldness.
Once a hair follicle stops producing hair, itʼs permanent and nothing can revive it short of a transplant. As a result, hair care products tend to emphasise on preventing hair loss in the first place. Factors that add to hair loss include sebum that clogs up the follicle, male hormones, genetics, skin conditions and even nutrition. Some of these issues can be fixed.
WATCH YOUR DIET
Sodium, greasy and very acidic or alkaline foods can affect the scalp adversely and cause hair to fall. Try to include more nuts in your diet as they contain oils that make hair more elastic. Iron-, magnesium- and vitamin B-rich foods can help increase hair growth. Vitamin D is another important contributor to hair growth. Load up on eggs if you can.
Stress is another major cause of hair loss and one that can be attributed to urban lifestyles. This can be easily remedied. Just stop worrying and cut your losses.
A popular celebrity recipe for hair care is banana. The fruit offers iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium as well as vitamins A,B, C and E. One suggestion is to take a banana with a glass of water first thing in the morning. If nothing else, it’s a healthy start to the day.
KNOW WHAT YOU USE
There is no one perfect hair care product you can use to ensure your hair stays with you till youʼre 80. However, hair care products with mint in them generally help with hair and scalp issues. Mint acts as a stimulant, increasing blood flow to the scalp and it can help with dry scalp and dandruff issues. Its antiseptic properties can also alleviate itchiness in the skin, and has a soothing effect in general. Most hair products use sulphates in their shampoos, as it is a good cleansing agent, but can also cause irritation in sensitive skin. Always rinse your shampoo off thoroughly and conditon at the ends of hair rather than the root. The former stimulates blood flow to the scalp, and the latter nourishes the hair from the tip down, without aggravating the scalp or loosening the hair roots.
This is the science of physical attractiveness in menʼs facial features. While we may bemoan the fact that there is a department in the world that busies itself with defining beauty, its studies indicate a broader forehead, longer jawline, prominent chin and brow and defined cheekbones are what stands as attractive to the general public. While we cannot change the shape and structure of our faces without plastic surgery, we can style our hair to fall into facial dimorphism. Avoid long sideburns at all cost, unless you ʼre the incarnation of Elvis.
OBLON GFACED Keep your hair trimmed at the sides, and longer at the top, combed back loosely.
SQUARE JAWED The Armani cut, a modified crew cut with a longer fringe line and nearly shaved off at the sides, is an ideal style.
OVAL FACED Let your hair grow out and comb it loosely to the side, so it adds some breadth to your face and balances out a sharp chin.
ROUND FACED Leave the fringe line longer to cover the forehead slightly. Keep the sides neat with a quiff on top to visually lengthen your face.
TRIANGULAR FACES If you have a high scalp, grow out your hair to balance out the jawline as much as possible.
ANGULAR CHINS Keep a high quiff or comb a longer fringe across the forehead to emphasise features.