One of the most common hair problems among men is thinning hair. Recently, many men in their 30s have begun to suffer from this problem. It is easy to give up, saying “It’s genetic” or “My father has thin hair…” However, scalp care can prevent thinning to a certain extent. Here are some tips for proper “scalp care for men.
Why are men more prone to thinning hair?
Of course, this is not to say that women do not have problems, but thinning hair is a common problem among men. Why is this?
The life span of hair follicles is shorter than that of women.
The average lifespan of a woman’s hair follicles is 5-6 years, while men’s is said to be 3-4 years. In addition, hair follicles repeat a growth phase and a resting phase, and men tend to disrupt this cycle.
Male hormones interfere with hair growth.
Male hormones make beards and body hair thicker, but the opposite is true for the scalp. They have a negative effect on the scalp by inhibiting the synthesis of proteins that are the source of hair and by increasing sebum, which clogs pores. Incidentally, women also have male hormones.
Lack of vitamins and minerals
It is difficult to obtain vitamins and minerals essential for healthy hair only through a normal diet. Women take supplements for beauty, but many men do not go that far, so they tend to be deficient in nutrition.
All it takes is a little creative shampooing every day!
Now that we know that there are good reasons why men are prone to thinning hair, what kind of care should we actually take? You don’t have to go to a hair salon to take care of your scalp, you just need to make a few adjustments to your regular shampoo. Here are four points to prevent thinning hair.
Shampoo before 10 p.m.
Have you ever heard the saying, “10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is the golden hour for your skin”? The same is true for the scalp. Since a lot of growth hormones are secreted during this time, it is important to remove dirt and prepare the scalp environment by 10:00 p.m.
- Wash without touching your fingernails
While it is important to thoroughly cleanse the scalp, washing with fingernails can damage the skin and cause inflammation. Use your fingers to wash.
- Massage the hairline and top of the forehead
When shampooing, massage your fingers in a circular motion. The forehead and the top of the head in particular tend to have a hard scalp, so massage them in a circular motion about 20 times each.
- Push the pressure points for thinning hair
After shampooing, press the pressure points that are believed to be effective for thinning hair. It is easier to continue doing this while shampooing. There are two recommended pressure points. One is called “Hyakkai,” which is located at the top of the head where the line connecting the two ears and the extension between the eyebrows meet.
The other is called “zencho” (前頂). It is located two thumbs in front of the Hyakukai. Place your finger vertically where it feels good and press gently for about three seconds.
Proper scalp care will prevent thinning hair!
Thus, daily shampooing can be a great scalp care with a little effort. Let’s prevent thinning hair as much as possible with proper scalp care!