Father’s Day is fast approaching, and June 13-19 is Men’s Health Week- so we’re on a male hair care mission, says John Amico. Let’s separate the facts from the fiction when it comes to caring for men’s head and facial hair.

Shaving for thicker regrowth?

We hear this one so many times. But does shaving really make your beard grow back thicker?

The answer is a definite no, says Amico. But why has this myth been around so longt?

It’s most likely because when stubble starts to grow back, it feels thick and spiky when it first emerges from the follicles, thereby giving the impression that there’s more of it. It can also appear darker. As the hair gets longer it feels much softer and lies flat against the skin, so the impression of new luxurious growth disappears.

Does stress make your hair gray?

Have you been getting ‘stress highlights’? It’s commonly  believed that stress and worry can make your hair turn gray – but what’s the actual truth about what causes gray hair?

“Recent scientific studies have shown that stress may contribute to hair going grey, but it’s far more likely to be age and gene related,” explains John Amico. “Generally, you can start going gray at any time from your mid-thirties… and probably at about the same time that your mum or dad did.”

Bear in mind that if hair turns gray at a particularly young age, it could be health-related, so always get checked out. It may be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid disease, vitiligo or a number of other conditions. So see your GP to be on the safe side.

The bald facts

There are any number of myths about what causes hair loss. While women may experience thinning hair, men are far more likely to have age-related ‘male pattern baldness’ beginning with a receding hairline or bald spot on top of the head. This type of hair loss usually runs in the family.

Hair loss myths: true or false?

MYTH: Too much hair washing causes hair loss.

This simply isn’t true. The hairs you see disappearing down the plughole were already loose or in the process of falling out.

Similarly, you can change your shampoo as often as you like – this won’t cause hair loss.

MYTH: Wearing a hat makes your hair fall out.

Not true. Wearing a hat won’t cut off the blood supply to your hair follicles as some people believe, explains John Amico.

MYTH: Hairs with a small, white ‘bulb’ at the end will never grow back.

This is false. You haven’t lost the hair root – the white bulb is just part of the follicle lining which is continuously being replaced.

MYTH: Dandruff causes hair loss.

Not true. But constantly scratching your scalp can weaken the roots so always take steps to get rid of dandruff. We can help with product and treatment advice – do ask we love to help.

MYTH: Too much sun makes your hair fall out.

This is false, says Amico, but the sun can damage hair. Look out for our July blog post when we’ll be taking an in-depth look at holiday hair and how to combat the effects of sun, sea, and chlorine.

MYTH: Lost hair never grows back.

Not always true. Male pattern baldness is a permanent condition, but hair loss caused by factors such as medication, stress, poor diet or illness is reversible.

Don’t forget: always see your GP if you:

  • Have sudden hair loss.
  • Develop bald patches or lose clumps of hair.
  • Have an itchy and burning scalp.

We’ve got Father’s Day sorted

We also have some cool ideas for Father’s Day presents including hair care products, such as John Amico’s Comeback line and gift certificates for Dad. Drop in or call any time to buy your Father’s Day treats and stay tuned to our social media for more Father’s Day inspo.