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Hereditary Baldness

Hereditary Baldness

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.MOTO_Starter_2018_600x600

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!

 

Sun Damage

Sun Damage

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.

HeadLube SPF50 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.

 

 

How Shaving Affects Your Skin

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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.

Holiday Shipping Schedule

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Minoxidil Topical: Uses & Side Effects

Minoxidil

Minoxidil is an FDA approved solution (or foam) that is used in products to stimulate hair growth. Men usually use minoxidil in order to treat male pattern hair loss, whereas females use it to promote growth with thinning hair. Minoxidil is the dominant chemical found in the product Rogaine.

Minoxidil is categorized under the class of drugs called vasodilators. Although on the market for decades, it is still unknown how minoxidil causes hair growth. And although it works for some, it should not be used for patchy hair loss, genetic hair loss, or hair loss caused by giving birth.

How it Works

As a topical solution, minoxidil has to be used over a long period of time, In order to see results, treatment needs to be consistent. Minoxidil only lasts as long as the medicine is used. If minoxidil is not applied routinely, hair loss will continue.

Minoxidil Side Effects

If you are following the directions and applying the right amount of minoxidil side effects are rare. However, applying more of the solution will not make it work better nor faster. It is important to be wary of your scalp’s condition before applying minoxidil. Because the product contains alcohol, it can irritate or dry out the scalp. It can also change the color and texture of your hair while simultaneously encourage facial hair growth.

If minoxidil is absorbed into the bloodstream, it can have serious side effects. Some of the physical systems include chest pain, rapid heartbeat, swelling of the extremities, headache, dizziness, or flushing.

But, Does it Work?

Minoxidil (Rogaine) does work for some and doesn’t for others. The success is limited to men with specific types of baldness. As stated before, you also must be dedicated to the routine application. If it does work, not all hair will come back.

Embrace Your Hairloss!

Embrace your hair loss. Instead of using chemicals that might work, embrace your genetics. Just shaving your hair off can be one of the greatest things. Shaved-head men are perceived as sexier, more intelligent, and more dominant.

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Why do Buddhist monks shave their heads?

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The practice of cutting your hair or shaving your head for religious purposes is also known as tonsure. Tonsure has been around since the medieval Catholic times but was then abandoned in 1972 by the papal order. In modern times, tonsure refers to cutting or shaving hair by monks or religious devotees. Ridding of your hair serves as a symbol of renunciation of worldly ego and fashion.

In Buddhism, shaving your head (and face) is part of Pabbajja. Pabbajja is when a person leaves their home and “goes forth” to live the life of a Buddhist renunciate among ordained monks. It is a paramount step to becoming a monk. A Buddhist monk’s tonsure is practiced routinely in order to keep their head cleanly shaven.

Historical Background

The sacred text called Vinaya-pitaka was made by the Buddha. In the section titled Khandhaka, there are some rules listed for his ordained followers. Some of the guidelines for monastics that the Khandhaka lists are:

  • One must use a razor to remove hair
  • One does not cut hair with scissors (unless medically necessary)
  • No plucking or dyeing gray hair
  • No grooming of hair (brushing, etc.)

Modern Times

The guidelines set in the Khandhaka are used to discourage vanity. Most Buddhist monks and nuns follow these rules today. There is variation between schools, but the monastic ordination of Buddhism always includes a head shave.

Why Worry About Hair?

Going bald makes life a lot easier. Not only do you have to worry about grooming — you can throw away societal expectations! Without hair, you spend less money on shampoos, hair products, and haircuts. In addition, no more harsh chemicals or medical shampoos that damage your scalp. The monks had it right, go bald for a happier and healthier head!

Benefits of Shaving Your Head

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It is true, “The less hair, the healthier head!” For thousands of years, men have shaved their heads for many different reasons. From religion to aesthetics, to health – the shaved head is a choice that has numerous benefits.

No more pattern baldness, receding hairlines, or patchiness

The best solution to embrace your hair loss (in whatever form it may come in) is to shave your head. There are other methods that can offer temporary relief, but they are usually expensive, highly chemical, or simply don’t work. Shaving your head is one of the best and easiest solutions.

Makes you look better

Shaving your head makes you look more masculine and younger. Thousands of men have reported that their shaved head makes them look up to 10 years younger. Both men and women tend to associate a shaved head with virility and toughness.

Save Money

No more expensive haircuts! Taking control of your own grooming process saves money. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about a bad haircut ever again! With a shaved head, you rid yourself of the long processes of shampooing, combing, and drying– you no longer have to spend the time styling your hair. If you take care of your own barbering, it is ultimately more cost-effective and saves you time.

Invest in Your Grooming

Utilizing the best head shaving razor to achieve your perfectly shaved head is paramount. Choose a brand that you trust. HeadBlade has an award-winning shaving system that has helped and is approved by thousands of men. Headblade’s multi-blade technology eliminates the learning curve for anyone who previously used a conventional razor. The award-winning axle and wheel design (Watch HeadBlade videos) give an easier, faster, and more efficient shave than any other razor.

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Why are shaved heads ‘hot’?

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Shaved heads have a striking and distinctive look. Culturally, shaved heads are associated with the military and athletes: symbolizing strength, vitality, and vigor. In addition, men who shave their head are regarded as more agreeable and more dominant. Dominance is a key factor in sexual attraction and authority in the workplace. Embracing your baldness can help you embrace your true self, raise your self-esteem, and influence the way you carry yourself in the world. With self-confidence, people will be drawn to you and find you more attractive.

It’s in the Science

A research study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania found that men with shaved heads ranked higher for “masculinity, strength, dominance and leadership potential.” The study was published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science and gave significant evidence that the shaved look is more attractive than visibly balding. Thus, men with patterned baldness or receding hairlines should just go ahead and embrace their baldness.

Proper Maintenance

A shaved head looks best when it is properly maintained. The good thing about a shaved head is that the grooming process is less painstaking. Shaving your head eliminates frequent visits to the barber, purchasing shampoos, and maintaining hairstyles. When you commit to a shaved head, investing in a good razor like HeadBlade MOTO razor and adding some lube such as HeadLube Glossy could be the only steps in your grooming process.

Make sure you have the best head shave experience. HeadBlade’s award-winning razors have a track-proven record. The patented suspension design incorporates a ball design that allows for dual-active suspension allowing for closer and easier shave.

Shaving Foam, Shaving Gel, or Shaving Cream?

shave creamShaving Foam

When we think of average shaving cream or gel, we think of standard can packaging and the white foam substance that comes from it. What makes this type of shaving foam so fluffy and easy to lather is the copious amounts of air that lives in the container. This air is actually detrimental to your shave. Air makes the hairs on your head flaccid. If the hair is flattened on your head, the razor is more likely to drag across your skin and cause razor burn. Shaving cream also tends to have fragrance, which can cause irritation.

Shaving Gel

Shaving gel, although not packed with air, contains a lot of alcohol. The high alcohol content can dry out the skin easily. This can be extremely painful on sensitive skin.

Both shaving foam and gel don’t do a suitable job lubricating the skin. Both have a thicker consistency compared to shaving creams. This thicker consistency can clog up razors quickly, increasing strokes and doubling your shaving time.

Shaving Cream

When it comes to picking a shaving cream, pick one that lifts the hair up from your face and also contains lubricants. HeadSlick Shave Cream is a water-soluble and mentholated product. This formula allows blades to glide effortlessly along the skin without clogging– giving you the smoothest shave possible.  HeadSlick Shave Cream is packed with a punch and lasts a long time.

Investing in high-quality shaving cream will not only help your shaving routine but will keep your skin healthy and hydrated and hairs soften and ready to be taken off!