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Wisps of Smoke and Hair

Filed Under: Personal Care at 9:00 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
Patrick Stewart

Despite the bevy of beautiful bald men (Vin Diesel, Taye Diggs, Chris Daughtry, Bruce Willis, Sean Connery etc.), most guys are terrified of losing their hair,  even more so than of losing their sexual prowess. They spend hours inspecting their scalps, convinced that the few strands in the shower are more than the result of natural hair loss. An innocent comment about receding hairlines sends them searching for the Rogaine. Hats, wigs and misguided comb-overs are employed to hide growing patches, and prayer is rediscovered as a last-ditch prevention method. But rather than relying on God and never-going to-work hairstyles, there may be something guys can do to prevent or at least put off their cue-ball future: stop smoking.

A study of 740 Asian men found that smoking significantly sped up the development of moderate to severe hair loss.  Men who had 20 or more cigarettes a day were far more likely to notice a bare head than those who didn’t. And this is particularly disconcerting because Asian men don’t often experience baldness, so when something makes it fall out readily, guys who are prone to baldness (Caucasians) should definitely pay attention. Hair is already in the sink; there is no need to add to it.

Of course, if the amount of hair clogging the drains is already more than that covering your head, prevention doesn’t really matter. You’ll want to re-grow rather than save. There are tons of products available, but be warned: it’s easier to stimulate re-growth if you’re young and not completely bald. Once it’s all gone, there’s really no hope. You might as well accept your shiny scalp. In fact, embrace it. Bald can work for you. Just ask Patrick Stewart.

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