When it comes to hairstyling, magazines and television are full of tips for those with locks, be they long or short, but what about grooming for people with balding?
Jeff Sacino, head hairstylist for popular political drama ‘The West Wing’, recently spoke to Men’s Health magazine and shed (excuse the pun) some light on styling for men experiencing hair loss. He said the first thing to do is understand the importance of choosing between a barber and a stylist. While the traditional barber may cost less, a good stylist will give a man a cut that enhances his face and personality.
Depending on how much hair there is to work with, the hair can be styled to help it appear thicker by using a little gel before blow-drying and fluffing with a round brush. However, Sacino admits this is not an option many men will go for. In such cases, hair loss treatments could be the answer for male pattern baldness. Others may prefer to cut it short and just go natural.
Sacino also recommends growing facial hair as a way to divert attention away from thinning hair and onto the facial area. However, he says that beards must follow a strict set of rules or it could end up drawing more attention to the areas the man is self conscious about.
“You want to wear a beard that shows your face. The less you cover a man’s facial expressions, the better he looks,” Sacino explains. “A structured beard with stiff lines does not look good. Use thinning shears to tailor it so there are no hard lines, so it looks natural.” Sacino recommends avoiding a full beard or the much-dreaded goatee.
The comb-over is also a complete no-no if men want to avoid looking like they are trying to hide a balding problem. Sacino suggests instead going for the natural, carefully trimmed look or the shaved head a la Andre Agassi, Bruce Willis, and Vin Diesel. A word of warning though from Sacino: “A shaved head is a tough look. Vin Diesel shaves to look stronger and have a more dominant presence onscreen. Frankly, I don’t think the average guy who wears a suit to work should do it.”
If you feel that the shaven look is not for you, there are other options available such as hair loss treatments. Here at the Belgravia Centre clients can discuss their hair loss and receive friendly and professional advice. Please feel free to call us at the clinic on 020 7730 6666 or email us for further information. If you can’t make it into the centre, fill in the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will contact you shortly with the results and recommendations.