When a 59-year-old man last week attempted to drag a seven tonne double-decker bus 21.2 metres with his own hair, you probably thought, “This guy’s lucky he has so much hair at his age”. That is, until you actually saw him complete the task which earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Then, while holding onto your own precious locks thought, “That isn’t fair – how does his hair not fall out?”
Hair loss is a fact of life for most men. In fact by the time they’re 50, nearly two thirds of men will have lost the majority of their hair, so the fact that Manjit Singh has thick, shoulder length hair is in itself enough to make most men envious. And female hair loss can often be the result of wearing tight hairstyles like ponytails and braids, so when they see this man put a clamp to his ponytail and pull a big red bus down the road, it’s got to give them goosebumps too.
Depending on genetics, diet and lifestyle, some people’s hair is going to be stronger than others. Some are born with fine, thin hair, and others are born with thick, course hair. Generally, Indian hair is thicker and more resistant to breakage than Caucasian hair, but there are ways to help make hair stronger.
Hair supplements contain vitamins and nutrients that are essential to strong, healthy hair growth, but you should be able to get most of these from a healthy, balanced diet. Studies have proven iron and protein are beneficial to hair quality and are essentially the building blocks of hair. You can find these in foods such as lean red meat, nuts, eggs, green leafy vegetables and seafood, particularly sardines.
But Mr Singh insists there’s no secret to his super-strong hair and that the experience was painful but worth it.
“I just use shampoo, like the kind you can get in any pound shop up and down the country,” he said. “But the next morning when I wake up…when I comb my hair I can see some coming out.”
Trauma to the hair follicles can lead to hair loss and may require treatment as well as refraining from certain hairstyling practices if the damage is to be reversed. In Mr Singh’s case however, any excess shedding will probably only be temporary as it was a one-off strain. And although male hair loss can occur at any age, at 59 years, it would appear that Mr Singh is in the clear as far as hereditary is concerned.
But if you’re still cringing after seeing this and desperately holding onto the hair you have, there are things you can do to regain, retain and strengthen your hair. Just contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or fill in an online diagnostic form and a hair loss professional will get back to you with the results and recommendations.