Are you making these grooming goofs?
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Skincare expert and creative director at Men-U, Lloyd Hughes dismantles some misconceptions and sets you straight
We start with a myth about going grey.
“It’s a common belief that hair can turn grey due to increased levels of stress," explains Hughes. "While there is an element of truth to this, it is not quite that simple. Although stress can be a contributing factor to hair turning grey it is by no means the central cause. Most of us can expect our hair to be around 50 per cent grey by the time we turn 50, and this is a natural occurrence, regardless of any additional factors. There is a further misconception that men with dark hair are more likely to go grey than fair-headed men, or that they will turn grey more quickly. This is a myth, men with darker hair may appear to be turning grey faster than light-headed men but this is just because grey hair stands out and more against dark hair.”
“The thickness of a man’s beard is not affected by the regularity with which he shaves. Stubble emerges from the follicle and grows outwards and straight, causing it to feel thick and spikey. But once the hair grows out and lies flat against the skin, the impression of thickness goes and the hair feels much softer.”
“There are aspects of your parent’s hair that you can expect to inherit in later life. Thinning hair among men is extremely common, and can begin anytime from teens through to middle age. However, the age at which your father started to lose his hair is not necessarily a reflection of when or if you will lose yours. Hair loss is a consequence of your entire genetic background, not simply that of your parents – it’s a little more complex than just looking at your dad.”
“There is little or no evidence to support the claim that chocolate causes break-outs. It’s much more accurate to say that an unhealthy diet in general is not good for the skin. Diets high in sugar and fats can increase the body’s sebum production, which can lead to spots. Most chocolate does contain sugar and fats, so could affect skin health if eaten in excessive amounts. Sebum is the body’s natural moisturiser and is essential to prevent skin from drying out. However, it is also responsible for spots, which occur when sebum blocks skin pores, which become inflamed.”
“Clients often worry that rubbing hair dry with a towel damages their hair and makes it thinner. Using a hair dryer is actually far worse than towel drying because the heat can be highly damaging and cause dryness. Rigorous towel drying can also damage hair, but to a lesser extent. Hair that isn’t washed regularly enough can build up grease and oils which, once hardened, can weaken hair and lead to thinning. Towel drying hair can speed up this process.”
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