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One way to reduce your risk: destroy dandruff. Your body’s effort to fight flake-causing yeast may also speed hair loss, says Dr Luis Garza, an assistant professor at John Hopkins. Let dandruff shampoos wage that battle. For best results, the key is to rotate three different shampoos; the variety will ensure that the yeast doesn’t develop resistance. Look for these brands and active ingredients: pyrithione zinc (we like: Clear Men Anti-dandruff Shampoo) selenium sulfide (like Selsun Anti-dandruff Shampoo) and coal tar (like Tritar Shampoo).
Start with Rogaine, not Propecia. Rogaine is a topical treatment that has few side effects, while Propecia alters testosterone production and has been linked, in rare cases, to depression, ED and reduced libido. The trick to using Rogaine is diligence. Apply it carefully to your scalp twice a day.
A buzzed haircut can lessen the visual impact of balding. Or you can shave your dome, like HeadBlade razor inventor Todd Greene did. Here’s his take: “I felt self- conscious when I started losing my hair in the 90’s. This was back when baldness still carried a lot of negative stereotypes. I went for it anyway, and people started thinking I was more athletic – they thought I worked out more. There’s something powerful about a shaved head; there’s nothing ‘pretty bod’ about it. And women started to pay more attention – some even had a fetish for it. “I don’t care for the term ‘bald’. It’s passive. Balding is something that happens to you. Shaving is something you take into your own hands. You’re no longer a victim of circumstance.”
Want a preview of how you’ll look postshave? Use HeadBlade’s iPhone app (free on iPhone) to see a predictive photo of your bald head.
The Bald Man’s Essentials
This All-Terrain razor rolls across your scalp with ease, so you can shave the back without using a mirror. R200, headblade.co.za
Clear Men Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Cooling Itch Control
With itch-fighting pyrithione zinc, it treats dryness and zaps flakes. R40, Clicks
Dermalogica Oil-Free Matte SPF 30
This lotion protects your scalp against UV rays and absorbs shine. R565, dermalogica.co.za
Lock Stock & Barrel Argan Blend Shave Oil
Perfect for pre- and post-shave relief, contains vitamin E and reduces redness – shaving oil fit for a king. R270, Barnet Fair