Like it or not, hair is one of the first things that people notice about us men. That’s why it’s important to know how to take care of it properly. First things first: You should already have some sort of men’s haircare routine set up. If not, start using a daily shampoo and a men’s styling product like hair styling gel or hair styling pomade. Now that you have those items checked off your list, it’s time to clear up some common misconceptions about men’s hair care.
Myth #1: Wearing tight caps can promote thinning hair.
My dad always told me that this was the cause of his baldness – he loved wearing sports caps all the time. It turns out that my old man was wrong. Although consistently wearing tight caps may damage your hair, doing so won’t make it fall off. Just remember to shampoo regularly to minimize the amount of damage done to your hair.
Myth #2: Diet has no effect on your hair’s health.
A lack of certain nutrients in your diet can contribute to thinning hair by weakening hair shafts. Make sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet with omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, which are linked to hair health. Chicken, fish and leafy vegetables are all good choices for increasing your omega-3 and vitamin intake. Not a fan? Try MenScience Daily Men’s Multivitamin to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.
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Myth #3: We can train our hair to grow a certain way.
You can train your pet, but you sure can’t train your hair. Your hair follicles dictate how your hair grows. Men’s haircare products like hair styling gel and hair styling pomade can help temporarily change hair growth patterns, but those changes stop as soon as use of the products stop.
Myth #4: Stress can cause gray hairs.
There is at least some truth to this common misconception. While stress won’t directly turn your hair gray, there is some evidence that it can accelerate the graying process. Instead of going gray in your 40s and 50s, you could be going gray in your 30s because of excessive stress. Not only does stress affect your hair, but it also affects your skin. Stress has been linked to acne breakouts, so relax and make sure you have an acne treatment system for pimple protection.