Men at risk of going bald due to commonly used products, expert warns | The Sun07/04/2022
MEN are at risk of going bald due to the use of common grooming products, one expert has warned.
Every day most men use something on their hair, whether it's shampoo or styling products.
You might think that they are helping you look your best, but they could actually be detrimental to your hair and scalp health, says hair and skin specialist Sam Cinkir.
He explained that putting your faith in the wrong products with dodgy chemicals could lead to dandruff and hair loss.
Sam, who is the CEO of Este Medical Group said that many products people think are making their hair stronger are having the opposite effect.
"Styling products can contain between 15 and 25 chemicals and some of those ingredients can damage your scalp, promote dandruff and cause hair follicles to fall out.
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"Damaging chemicals such as Isopropyl Alcohol and Propylene Glycol cause drying and breakages and do more damage than good.
"While another common mistake is using too much product and overexposing your hair to chemicals, or being too forceful with the application.
"It’s important to know exactly what you are putting in your hair and how to do it, so try speaking to your barber and ensure your grooming routine helps you look better, not worse," he said,.
Sam added that even in quality products, there are some cheaper substances added.
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These, he said, can strip the hair of natural oils and proteins, leaving you vulnerable to breakage and hair loss.
When buying products you should look out for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Laureth Sulfate, which are common in shampoos to clean oil and dirt from the hair.
Similarly, chemicals such as Isopropyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) can have the same effect.
He explained that where possible, you should try and opt for natural ingredients such as coconut oil.
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Sam also warned that how you apply these products could be damaging.
Opting for a style that puts pressure on the hair follicles every day, such as a pulled-back style, can make strands brittle and prone to falling out, he added.
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