As men we want to keep our locks as thick as possible for as long as possible. But sometimes it's just not possible, and that's ultimately down to our DNA. Don't worry about it, you're not the first and certainly won't be the last to start thinning or begin to lose your hair. Did you know - Sean Connery actually wore a hairpiece in every single James Bond movie as he started to lose his hair at 17 years old. But, aside from the hairpiece or the Wayne Rooney hair transplant, there are plenty of other more natural ways to make your thinning hair less noticeable.
Most of us begin to thin on the top of our head and there's nothing worse for this than keeping length in the sides. If you keep the sides and top long at a similar length it makes it so much easier to see the contrast between the thinning part of the hair. To avoid this keep your sides short, this will draw attention away from the top of the hair and down on to the sides!
Texture added to the hair gives the illusion of more depth and weight. This means that your thinning follicles will not be as visible to the eye. Ask your barber to add some texture to the hair and go for a messier haircut.
Slicked smart hairstyles, like combovers, often do more to show off your thinning hair. So if showing off your thinning hair is not your thing, then it may be time to swap out the side partings for a messier style. By bringing less order and direction to your hair, it makes thinning hair less noticeable.
And number 3, brings us on to our next point - Swap out the pomades and gels, for lighter products like clays and creams, or even pre-stylers like texturising powder. Heavy products will weigh down the hair that you have on your head which is definitely not what you want.
One of the things that men with thinning hair often do is shampoo more with specialist shampoo's, but we forget to condition! Conditioning is vital for keeping the hair moisturised and locking nutrients into the hair. The one thing we don't want when we start to thin, is for the hair we do have that is healthy to become unhealthy so make sure you do the most with the hair you have!
Speaking of making the most of the hair you have, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you don't lose the hair you do have!
1. Pat dry instead of rubbing vigorously - Don't worry this is a common mistake we all make, but rubbing the hair can pull the hair out and cause a lot of damage, so make sure you just pat dry your hair instead!
2. Avoid combing when the hair is wet - As with point number 1, pulling the hair when it's wet is one of the worst things you can do. So pat dry until it's slightly damp and then get onto your combing - don't comb when the hair is soaking wet!
3. Tight hats - Although there's no evidence to suggest that hats actually cause hair loss when worn normally, it has been shown that wearing really tight hats can contribute to this. So keep those hats loose, gents!
4. Eat a balanced diet - Perhaps one of the most underestimated sides of hair growth is our diet. Keeping a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins and protein will help to keep your hair healthy!
A bit of facial fuzz has a similar effect to keeping your sides short, in that it draws attention away from the top of your head down to the beard. So if you pair short sides with a beard you should be onto a winner!
When your hair starts to thin swap out the girlfriend's shampoo or the 2 in 1 body wash for a specialist thickening shampoo. Thickening shampoo's, like the Joe Grooming Thickening Shampoo, are full of protein's to build volume, strengthen the hair shaft and help thin weak hair to become stronger.
And finally don't worry about it! You're not alone and there are plenty of men out there who are thinning. Embrace it! Go for the cuts you want or shave your head, do what you want as long as you're happy!