I have a widow’s peak which has become more prominent in recent years. Most people don’t even realize that I have one until I point it out. However, I tend to part my hair on the side, as do many women who have widow’s peaks, so in general, they are much less noticeable on women than they are on men. Though the expression “widow’s peak” has a negative connotation which refers to the belief that it was a sign of early widowhood, I like the notion which has circulated in more recent decades that it is a sign of beauty. Another thing I like about my widow’s peak is that it comes from my Japanese grandfather, who had a prominent widow’s peak.
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Published on MensPhysique.com on Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Shaving is the cheapest hair removal method, especially for morerazor hirsute individuals who want to don the stage with a minimal amount of body hair. Keep in mind, though, that this method can result in uncomfortable itchiness as the hair grows back. If this is something you feel you can handle, then let’s discuss the best approach to this method.
A good way to prep for a massive assault on body hair is to clip the hair either with a small pair of scissors or an electric clipper. Some men will often abandon shaving after completing this step, but others will carry through with removing the remainder with a razor. Once this is done, it is always best to hop in the shower and allow the water and steam to soften the hair and open up the hair follicles for easiest shaving.
Make sure to use a blade that is fresh and sharp, and shave with the direction of hair growth. If you are NOT prone to ingrown hairs you MAY wish to shave against the grain after shaving with the grain. Use a glycerin or aloe based shaving gel to allow the razor to glide more easily along the surface of the skin.
If you happen to get any irritation from the razor you may use hydrocortisone cream to soothe the afflicted area.
It is normal to lose some hair each day since hair loss is part of the normal growth cycle. A normal rate of loss is 50 to 100 strands each day, so a loss of more than this range could signal health issues which must be investigated by a physician. Common causes of hair loss include surgery, medications, illness or trauma and are often temporary.
However, I know that many people don’t suffer from excessive hair loss but simply lament the fact that they have thin, limp, lifeless hair. For these people I always advise them to practice proper nutrition which supplies all the vitamins and minerals they may be lacking in. I also advise them to avoid overstyling hair and to use hair treatments which replenish dry, brittle, and overprocessed hair. But the number one most important recommendation I have is to EAT MORE PROTEIN!
When you consume insufficient amounts of protein, your body shifts hair growth into the resting phase which halts growth. Basically, low protein intake equals starving your hair (not to mention your entire body). I have had patients approach me for advice on what to do about their thin hair and I always tell them to crank up their protein intake. Every patient who has heeded my advice has returned to me two to four months later ecstatic because they have noticed that their hair is growing faster, has become thicker and appears healthier.
Though I have always been blessed with a mane of thick, straight hair I also experienced a surge in hair growth right after I began competing four years ago. In August of 2009 I went from ingesting about 70 grams of protein a day to a range of 120 to 170 grams per day. Then in January of 2010 I did a stupid thing and shaved off too much hair from my neckline, leaving a one inch arc of shorn hair around the nape of my neck. I figured I had to wait forever for it to grow out. By July of 2010 the area I had mistakenly shaven had grown EIGHT INCHES. That’s more than one inch per month, while a human’s average monthly hair growth is one-half inch. It was amazing to me and proof of protein’s effects on cell growth. Of course I did sort of feel like a freak of nature over this insanely rapid rate of hair growth!
My hair growth has stabilized somewhat since then and now grows at about an inch per month with a daily protein intake of 120 to 140 grams of protein per day. My hair is thicker, shinier, and has become even more of a pain to deal with than ever before (and I have always had long hair). The color has even deepened (with the exception of those evil gray hairs that lurk on the crown of my head) and I have developed more of a natural wave.
In summary, I attribute the health of my hair to the following:
- High Protein Intake
- Balanced diet
- Biotin supplementation
- Fish oil and flaxseed oil
- Minimal heat styling (I always let my hair air-dry and only style it for photo shoots and competitions)
- Regular conditioning treatments
- Regular trims (now I have no choice but to get regular trims because my stylist layered my hair, which I LOVE)
Boost your protein intake and you will soon reap the rewards of thick, luscious hair!