Craig of That Dapper Chap talks to hairdresser of the year: Jamie Stevens about male pattern baldness and uses Jamie’s new range of products designed to thicken, style and disguise thinning hair.
Time to come clean
Confession. I have thinning hair. There I said it. I’ve been trying to ignore it for the last few years and as it’s on the top of my head at the back I can’t see it, so I can live in ignorant bliss. Having said that, I’m not the tallest bloke in the world and taller guys have been known to point out my follicle challenge “you’re going a bit thin on top Craig” Yes! thanks for highlighting that! You’re a great friend!
|exposing my secret to the world|
Male Pattern Baldness
Fact: Male pattern baldness affects between 50 to 70% of all men over the age of 50. That’s a lot of men!
Basically it comes down to genetics, if men in your immediate family have thinning hair or baldness it’s most likely you will too. Male pattern baldness usually presents itself in a receding hairline at the temples making an M shape at the front and a bald spot at the crown. It can be slight or they can end up meeting giving you that ‘monk’ look.
If you’ve reached that ‘monk’ stage there’s not much out there for you other than a transplant and I’ve seen some very successful ones. A friend of mine had one a couple of months ago and already his new hair is growing and filling that space at the front of his head. He left the UK for his and it cost him around £3,000. In the UK it can cost over £7,000.
|The Norwood Hair Loss Scale. Where are you on the scale?|
MR. By Jamie Stevens
A study completed by Jamie’s team showed that men would rather have a small penis, have their partner cheat on them or have their entire internet history made public rather than lose their hair.
Jamie is truly passionate about combating male hair loss, so after nearly three years of development Jamie launched his range of premium products on October 19th 2015.
To start my treatment my hair was washed and conditioned using MR. Jamie Stevens thickening shampoo and conditioner. After I wash my hair I generally just grab a towel and rub my head like crazy until it’s mostly dry. Back in the barber’s chair Jamie told me “the classic mistake that all guys make is that they get out of the shower and rub their hair. Think how hard the surface of the towel is and think how fragile the hair here is. Don’t rub, pat, then use a hair dryer” That’s one easy change that we can all adopt immediately to reduce the rate of our hair loss.
After the hair cut which I have documented in a previous post HERE, Jamie applied the MR. Jamie Stevens Salt Spray. I LOVE this product! not only does it really thicken the hair, giving a soft matte look, but it smells great too. I now use it every day. Just pump spray it on and dry it in with a hairdryer. Simple.
Next comes the magical MR. Jamie Stevens Hair Fibres, these are microscopic plant extracts that are shredded and then coloured “it’s like a hair transplant in a bottle” says Jamie “it comes in a pot like salt and pepper and you just sprinkle it over the area”
The difference between Jamie’s hair fibres and others out there is that they are dipped in Keratin, which is one of the most natural conditioners that the hair produces, so it’s more softening. “They are actually statically charged, so when you sprinkle them on they stay there” the fibres are patted into place before being fixed with MR. Jamie Stevens fixing spray (hair spray)
|Jamie applying the hair fibres to by balding barnett|
|The fibres and fixing spray|
Jamie told me that the hair fibres can be used on guys who have lost up to 70% of their hair with great results and at just £20 a bottle it’s a great option for balding blokes.
An alternative disguise product is the MR. Jamie Stevens Disguise Spray. Available in brown, dark brown or black this is an instant fix and gives amazing results. If you have a bit more hair loss than me, you can use both the fibres and the disguise products together.
It’s easy to apply but if you’re doing this yourself, same with the fibres, you may need to get a strategically placed mirror so that you can see the back of your bonce while you apply it. After a couple of times applying it yourself you’ll soon get used to where it needs to go and how it feels when you get it right. I can now easily do this at home.
The disguise spray is water resistant. It isn’t waterproof, once you dry it in you can confidently get caught in the rain without it running down your face. Once it’s applied, dried and fixed with the fixing spray, Jamie confidently tells me that “it’s gym, sex, sweat and rain proof”
Jamie is totally honest about all of his products and did say that if you run your hands through your hair you may get some colour on your fingers. In addition, you might find some colour on your pillow case in the morning, so this is something to be aware of, particularly if you spend an impromptu night in someone else’s bed!
Jamie has also been swimming with this product in his hair. It didn’t drop down his face but it did come off on the towel afterwards. So it’s probably a good idea to shower before you get in the pool.
Next comes the styling products. MR. Jamie Stevens offers a gel, a paste, a clay and a wax. Jamie recommended the paste for me due to my hair type and took just a small amount, the size of a fingernail, and rubbed it into his palms until it was almost transparent “start at back work forward in a sweeping shoe shine motion” he said “then go in in little circular motions to distribute it throughout the hair”
|The MR. Jamie Stevens hair paste|
And we’re done. washed, cut, styled and thinning hair covered, using some great products. I can honestly say that I am super impressed with the products and the results that you can achieve. So, try them out for yourself and leave a comment here and let me know how you got on. Alternatively if you have any questions just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help.
|Myself and Jamie at his salon in Kensington|
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