White House senior advisor Stephen Miller showed up on 'Sunday's Face the Nation' a couple of years ago and took many viewers by surprise. What came as an eye-opener to many was the "spray-on hair" style being rocked by the White House official.
Yes, spray-on hair is a thing! It is something that uses a mix of colours and keratin fibres. Some do say that the effects of spray-on hair are harsh on the scalp and could have some side-effects. Two flaws about it are that the colours are flat and never blend with the actual hair. The keratin fibres have to attach themselves to existing hair strands to give it thickness. Still, if it's sprayed onto an empty scalp, it loses its purpose. Just like Miller adapted to his hair situation, here are some tips on how you should handle hair loss:
Adding texture: Ever heard of the saying "work with what you got "? Well, that sort of fits the picture here. If you've got thinning hair, the best camouflage isn't necessarily adding more stuff. Clay or pomade are products worth using to add texture. Specific salt sprays also help give a good body without weight. Make sure to style your hair to the front and avoid gels because no one likes clumps forming. A medium-length to cut at would be preferable.
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Prevent further loss: Male pattern baldness is widespread and is mostly caused due to genetics. A hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is what causes hair follicles to shrivel and stop growing eventually, hence, causing male pattern baldness. Blocking DHT would prevent such cases, and that can be done by getting prescribed medication for Finasteride (Propecia) or Minoxidil (Rogaine), from a certified dermatologist.
Bring in the heavy artillery: If you've tried the above options and things aren't looking up, there are always the big guns that could be tried out. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment involving extracting platelets from a patient's own blood and re-injecting it into the scalp through micro-needling. This allows platelets to act as fertilizer for the hair follicles, stimulating growth and increasing health in the hair. Doctors surgically graft hair/hair follicles from other parts of the body, into the scalp.
Embrace it: Well, sometimes you gotta accept the inevitable and as per step 1, work with what you got. And if going bald is the only option - wear it with confidence. 'It is not the hair on the man that makes him man, but the man himself. - FYI.
On another note, if spraying your hair is what you opted for, the lesser, the better. Hold the spray far away from your hair and gradually bring it closer if you want more coverage. Focus on areas where you have hair and want to build it up and keep the spray away from your forehead. For what it's worth, whether you're bald or balding, confidence is critical.
Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP