Most people have no idea that Tupac suffered from premature baldness.
That’s why he shaved his head. If only Chris Kelly of Kris Kross would do
the same thing. To understand my point, you just have to see the video on
YouTube where he explains all the bald patches in his otherwise braided
head, confirming he has a condition called alopecia. Unlike male pattern
baldness, alopecia causes you to lose patches of hair all over the place.
What IS Baldness?
The most common form of baldness is a progressive hair-thinning condition
called androgenic alopecia or “male pattern baldness” that occurs in adult males.
That’s what Tupac had, along with damn near every other celebrity who’s
shaved their head for “cosmetic reasons.” There’s also the less common
alopecia areata (or “spot baldness”), which involves hair coming off your head
in random, usually round patches. That’s what Chris Kelly has. It’s an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to attack its own hair follicles.There’s also traction alopecia, which is most commonly found in people with ponytails or cornrows that pull on their hair with excessive force (See “That Damn Ponytail”).
Male pattern baldness affects roughly 40 million men in the United States
alone. Approximately 25% of men begin balding by age 30, and most
others start sometime later. However, plenty of teenagers are developing
baldness these days. Females can go bald as well. This can be caused by
pregnancy, chronic illness, crash diets, stress, or genetics (in old age), and
now it’s also occurring in women as young as 15 or 16. Considering how
toxic our environment has become, I’m not surprised.
And baldness IS inherited (and both parents’ genes are involved). Either
way, there is a 4 in 7 chance of getting the baldness gene. What causes
it? The trigger DHT, a sex hormone that turns ON your body and facial hair
growth, but also – for some reason – can also turn OFF.
What are the signs you’re going bald?
It all begins with a receding hairline, which can start setting in as early as your
teenage years. The hairline can then recede ALL the way back (Anterior Male
Pattern Baldness), or another bald patch may develop on top (Vertex Male
Pattern Baldness or as it’s known in the hood, The Moon Roof).
Male pattern baldness is classified on the HamiltonNorwood scale, which you’ll
find here. Besides looking for yourself in the scale, there’s anotherway (based on a recent study)
to tell if you’re losing hair (or even if you’re at risk for it):
You shampoo every day for three days. On the fourth day, before
shampooing, you comb your hair forward over a pillow case for 60
seconds. Then you count the hairs on your pillow case.
Do it three days a month, and track it for six months. Make sure you
use the same comb or brush each time, and make sure it s clean
before you do it.
The number of hairs on your pillow doesn t matter as much as
whether that number remains almost the same each time you do it. Do
it three days a month, and track it for six months.
If the number of hairs on your pillow remains consistent each time,
you re probably not over-shedding. But if there Is an increase, you
might be experiencing balding.
Below are a few natural remedies for baldness that are less expensive and,
some say, more effective than prescription drugs like Rogaine or Propecia:
Saw Palmetto Blocks hormone DHT responsible for baldness.
Ginkgo biloba Improves circulation in scalp to regrow hair.
Scalp massaging Increases blood flow to the hair follicles to
promote hair growth.
Olive oil Lifts dirt and trapped oil from follicles to promote hair
Vitamin B Provides necessary nutrient for hair to grow.
Other natural approaches include honey, yarrow herb, green tea extracts,
apple procyanidins (www.applepoly.com), and caffeine anhydrous powder, all
of which you can find at a health food store and which can be applied to your
scalp.24 There are some people who will try to hide their receding hair using
“spray-on hairlines” (sometimes known as “Beijing” in hood barber shops),
but that will only work for so long. Pretty soon, you’ll look ridiculous.
Instead, if all else fails (in terms of natural methods), just learn to love your
baldness and buy a razor (get a thorough one like the Mach 5) and shave it all
off. Rub in some tea tree oil (or aftershave with alcohol) so your head doesn’t
bump up. Grow some manly facial hair and groom that instead.
If you’re already bald, shape up some extravagant looking facial
hair. If you’re worried about losing your hair, stop damaging it with
tight hair styles, bad barbers, hats and beanies.
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