Male pattern baldness! Do you have hereditary baldness? Will you get it?
These are a couple questions that every man considers in their life. Some of us may not even have a chance to ponder it as it can sneak up on us as early as our 20s. And about 80% of men will have MPB (aka hereditary pattern baldness) by the time we’re 80. The telltale signs of MPB are the receding hairline, thinning hair follicles, and a balding crown. Can we simply look at our fathers and assume we will inherit the same balding pattern? Or is the old wives’ tale true and it’s from your mother’s side of things?
Genetics is definitely in play here as androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss. The hair loss is rooted in a male hormone called androgens. Despite it being a manly hormone, having too much of it results in thinning, shorter hair. It also prevents new hair from forming. So does that come from mom or dad? Both! MPB is actually a result of these factors: genetics, hormone levels, and the age group you’re in.
The most common culprit for balding in the AR gene that is found in the X chromosome. Having both “X” and “Y” chromosomes is what makes us male and we inherit the “X” from our mothers. This is why we commonly associate MPB to our mother’s side. But there have been 63 genes found so far that we also attribute to hereditary balding and only 6 of these are found in the X chromosome. So look at everyone in your family, it’s a numbers game, so if most of the dudes in your family are balding, you will most likely bald as well regardless of which side they’re born on.
If you are concerned about slowing down the process, always consider the lifestyle you lead and if it’s a healthy one as diet and maintaining stress levels play a huge factor. Maybe transplants and laser therapies are not an option nor attractive to you. Have you considered being bold and bald? The stigma of balding men has changed immensely over the decades. Back then, balding was associated to ageing and thus considered an old person’s trait. Now it is a choice that you can make and it can make you look more intelligent and dominant and altogether sexier.
Go on, get to shaving. You’ll feel and look better. The wisps on your head won’t miss you and you get to flex your decision making skills. A full line of shaving products can be found in our simple MOTO Starter Pack. It’s a full introduction to our way of shaving: innovative and convenient. Become HeadBlader and don’t look back!
It’s that time of year again: sun’s out, buns out! More like “Sun’s out, BURNS out!” The scorching heat and the bright clear skies may tempt you to visit the beach. Here’s some information to consider before you break out those boardshorts.
We’re familiar with the term UV rays, but what are they, really?
Ultraviolet radiation is natural energy that comes from our sun and we cannot see it with our naked eye. Although the short wavelengths don’t reach our eyes, we can feel them. It is broken down into two main types:
UVA and UVB.
Some of the key differences between between A & B:
UVA radiation is everywhere all the time! This is the energy that makes up 95% of the sun’s radiation that hits our Earth. However, it is less intense than UVB rays. As the A rays are used in tanning beds to kiss the top layer of your skin, B rays penetrate deep into your skin and cause damage. Both cause sun damage over long periods of exposure. Even sitting in your car or next to a window will invite UVA rays onto your skin.
At least glass can be treated to filter out the UVB rays. Don’t be fooled when the seasons turn to grey, both rays are ever present and will do long term damage if not addressed.
For the longest time, sunscreen manufacturers only considered the UVB rays in their SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Fortunately, continuous research led to the realization that UVA rays are just as dangerous and speeds up the process of ageing the skin. This led to modern manufacturers to create the Broad Spectrum sunscreens that we now depend on!
Being bald or going bald puts you at risk of burning your dome; or even worse, skin cancer. The scalp is the highest point on our bodies and totally vulnerable to the sun, unlike the rest of our clothed bodies. Thankfully, our HeadLube is formulated to cover both UVA and UVB rays in a non-greasy, matte lotion. This broad spectrum cream comes in SPF50 for added protection as well as a thicker consistency to better coat your head. Slap it on before you leave the house and reapply every couple hours. Go to the beach and swim without a care for up to 80 minutes! Now you don’t need to be the guy in a hat all summer.
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As you may know, Headblade.ca recently closed and we are working on the best possible ways to deliver HeadBlade products to our great customers in Canada. With that in mind, we expect to have Amazon.ca up and running within the next 3 weeks.
In the meantime, you can order from us directly at HeadBlade.com, but with the following:
- The orders will be shipping from San Diego, CA USA, and shipping costs will be reflected accordingly.
- For orders under $40 CAD, your order would NOT be subject to HST (local/federal sales taxes) and duties.
- For orders between $40 and $150 CAD, your orders should only be subject to applicable HST, but not duties.
- And for orders over $150, your order may incur both duties and HST taxes depending on the item and location you are in.
To minimize shipping costs, and to provide the best delivery service, we recommend using FedEx International Shipping.
Please note, you will be shopping in USD on HeadBlade.com.
HeadBlade Canadian Amazon Store is also live and you can shop here:
Todd Greene, inventor and founder of HeadBlade, launched the original HeadBlade in 1999 – forever changing the way folks engage in head-care. Todd promoted his ideals of functional creations, encouraging people to own their bodies and not let antiquated ways dictate their value.
We are excited to announce our new S4, GreeneBlade, in honor and in memory of Todd Greene. The S4 GreeneBlade is very close to our hearts, and we’ve woven the fingerprints of our founder throughout this new model. We used a British Racing Green, in honor of Todd’s love of motor sports, and worked in subtle ribbons of yellow and blue, Todd’s personal favorite colors. No two GreeneBlades are the same, as each one is laboriously finished and polished by hand.
Pre-Orders for the S4 GreeneBlade are now available through our website, and, for a limited time, we are offering the GreeneBlade at a special pre-order discounted price.
One more thing…we will also be releasing an “LE MOTO Greene” version of this product, keeping alive Todd’s tradition of releasing a new LE model for the current HeadBlade. The “LE MOTO Greene” will be available for purchase on December 3rd, 2020.
As a final gift to Todd, we are also donating a portion of the sales of this product to The American Cancer Society.
Thank you all for your unparalleled support of HeadBlade throughout the years. Without you, none of this would be possible.
To Our HeadBlade Family:
A great big thank you to all those who have written to me about our Founder, Todd. He certainly was an inspiration and friend to so many.
I personally have lots of fond memories of sitting with Todd and observing him design many of HeadBlade’s products. He’d make little tweaks here ’n there, and then all would just be as he envisioned. He was an amazing designer and a dedicated leader — I continually miss him.
Thank you, again, for all your kind words about Todd. They meant a lot to us here at HeadBlade headquarters and his family.
To Our HeadBlade Family:
Our founder and my dear friend, Todd Greene, passed away on February 26th. For the last few years, Todd had been battling cancer and finally, lost his battle. At the end, he was lovingly surrounded by family and friends. He is very missed by us all.
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mark Chatinsky and I’m the trustee of Todd’s estate and the Acting President of HeadBlade. I would like to thank you all for your continuing support. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
All of us at HeadBlade want you to know that we are continuing HeadBlade’ s operations just the way Todd did and preferred. During the Covid-19 lock down, all the staff have been working from home to keep orders shipping and products in stock.
Todd was an inspiration to all who worked with him. He was a loving and caring man who created and believed in the best design and best made products that we all enjoy using.
All of us at HeadBlade want to thank you for your continuing support. Again, as said, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Hoping you all are safe, healthy and strong.
As a result of COVID-19 virus and requirements of the State of California and the County of Los Angeles, HeadBlade (Including HeadBlade.com) is not open for business for the time being. At present we are scheduled to reopen on April 20.
HeadBlade is dedicated to its employees and intends to pay them throughout the shutdown.
In the meantime we have plenty of inventory available at Amazon, so please purchase your HeadBlade products there. HeadBlade and its employees appreciate your patronage. We wish you all good health throughout this crisis.
The HeadBlade Team
Shaving is the most global, popular, and customary way of removing hair. Most people use the shaving method in order to get rid of unwanted hair quickly and efficiently. Although productive, shaving can have quite an effect on our skin. Our skin and hair are all different because of our varying genetics. Hair growth on the head, face, and body are all determined by individual and varying hormones.
Depending on your hair growth, skin, and aesthetics shaving is done in different degrees. Some men might shave every day, while others might do so sparingly. Using the right razor, shave cream and skincare products can profoundly affect your skin and its’ reaction to shaving.
What Happens To Your Skin After You Shave
When the most important part of your skin- the outermost layer (Stratum Crorneum) is denied moisturize, the result is dry and peeling skin. Shaving can strip away this layer. In order to prevent skin irritation and dryness, you must invest in your skincare products.
In a poll conducted by the International Dermal Institute, 79 percent of respondents said they had at least one skin problem associated with shaving. Ingrown hairs and razor burns are the most common of these skin problems. When you cut your hair off the top layer of skin the result is a sharp edge. As your hair grows back, these sharp edges can become embedded within the skin. This results in bumps, redness, and sometimes ingrown hairs.
Razor bumps and skin irritation can result in a vicious cycle of skin problems. If your skin is affected and you continue to shave over the problematic areas, your outer layer of skin can be perpetually damaged. To help prevent and alleviate these skin problems use products that combat these irritations. HeadBlade’s ClearHead Bump treatment helps prevent ingrown hairs and eradicates the ones you do have. ClearHead features Green Tea Extract and Zinc PCA which naturally inhibits oiliness. It helps keep your skin smooth and clear.
You can supplement your shave by removing the dead skin cells on your head and face. The exfoliating nature of both shaving and scrubbing can eliminate dirt and other particles that can cause acne. However, if you are a daily or regular shaver, you must be cognizant of excessive exfoliation. Don’t strip away the natural oils that your body provides. Using a balanced exfoliating product such as HeadShed Scrub, you can take off dead skin and preps for a great shave.
Let’s make sure you get your HeadBlade stuff in time for the holidays! Remember these cut off dates for ordering:
- Wednesday December 18th, use FedEx Express Saver
- Thursday December 19th, use USPS Priority
- Friday December 20th, use FedEx 2Day
- Monday December 23rd, use FedEx Overnight.
Although it might feel good and precise to shave against the grain (hair is cut off very close to the skin shaving this way), it is not the ideal way to remove hair with a razor. Shaving against the grain increases your risk of razor burn, bumps, and other skin irritations.
Why is shaving against the grain harmful?
When you shave against the grain, you pull your hair away from the skin before you slice through it. Because hair grows naturally in all directions (especially around the neck) when you cut against its natural direction you ultimately pull hair back on itself. This might make it a closer shave, but it can cause major irritation such as swelling and redness. It can also damage hair follicles and cause ingrown hairs.
Tips to go with the grain
It is still possible to get a close, clean shave when you go WITH the grain. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get there.
- Investigate: Do as the barbers do and investigate your hair and how it’s growing. Simply rubbing your hand across stubble can easily identify hair growth direction. Using a magnifying mirror can help with this. Once you establish your hair growth patterns, you can come up with the best technique for your shave.
- Prep: Before you shave wash your face and prep the skin. Warm water opens up the pores. Using a scrub such as HeadShed can help exfoliate soften the facial hair. Lubricated shaving cream is essential to help the razor slide smoothly across your skin. The Special lubricants in HeadSlick Shaving Cream allow blades to glide effortlessly along the skin. HeadSlick is water-soluble, so blades rinse easily.
- Technique: Use gentle and short strokes when shaving with little pressure. This prevents you from going against the grain accidentally.
- Razor: Using a high-quality razor can help significantly. Use a razor that is specially designed for a close shave. HeadBlade’s MOTO or ATX razors’ unique designs allow the razor blade to pivot up and down (following the contours of your face and head). Headblade utilizes new multi-blade technology that has a flow-through design.
- Post Shave: Shaving (regardless of your technique or products) can be irritating to the skin. Taking care of your skin AFTER you shave is just as important. Using an aftershave can add moisture back into the skin. Suppress irritation and redness before it starts. ClearHead helps prevent ingrown hairs and eradicates the ones you do have. ClearHead features Green Tea Extract and Zinc PCA which naturally inhibits oiliness.