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Men, This is The Worst Thing You Can Do About Your Thinning Hair

We consult Svenson trichologist Teresa Cruz
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Ms. Cruz, can you share any embarrassing hair loss stories in your time as a trichologist?

For most men, hair loss automatically makes them look older. When a guy in his late teens or early 20s starts to experience hair loss, it can be pretty traumatic. His friends will find it a topic of endless fun, and he can often find himself getting shy and withdrawn around girls. When a stranger is referring to a group of men, it’s often the tall one or the short one. Who wants to be the bald one?

When [men] see strands being lost whenever they wash their hair, they stop washing it often. This is the worst thing they can do.

What measures can a man take to prevent hair loss?

Keep the hair and, even more important, the scalp clean and healthy. But also remember that, in many cases, hair loss for men is not simply a question of did they or didn’t they take care of their hair and scalp. Genetic factors play a huge part, too.

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Some men actually make the problem worse. When they see strands being lost whenever they wash their hair, they stop washing it often. This is the worst thing they can do. Washing once a day is an absolute minimum, especially in a climate like ours.

What’s the difference between hair loss prevention treatments and hair restoration treatments?

Restoration is physically giving a person back the hair that they’ve lost. Despite some advertising claims, you cannot grow back hair on a bald head. Therefore, if a person wants more hair, it has to be added by a system like hair weaving. This adds natural human hair matched with the client’s hair. It is then cut, styled, and blended to his hair. The client will need to visit the center on a regular basis because as his own hair grows, it loosens the hair system. It just means he’ll substitute visits to the barber with visits with us.

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At the very first signs of hair loss, we could definitely slow down the rate of loss and save a higher percentage of hair.

When should men really consider doing something about hair loss?

We often compare our role to dentists. Fifty years ago, many people only went to the dentist when it was too late. Now, we practice preventive dentistry to avoid problems. At the very first signs of hair loss, we could definitely slow down the rate of loss and save a higher percentage of hair.

svenson.com.ph

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