Hair Care Hair Loss

This week at the Barber School: Hair loss and you

Yeah, a sensitive subject to many; When in fact, it’s really not a big deal. Androgenic Alopecia, or more often called ‘male (or female) pattern baldness’, is something actually much more common than many think. In fact, not only will around one in two men have some type of baldness before the age of 70, around one in three women will also experience it.

Being a Barber School, we hear firsthand from clients and colleagues their experience with pattern baldness, and the first thing we hear, is how it impacts people’s confidence. So, we’ve put together this short list of ways you can give your scalp the best chance to thrive for a long time.

Please note that we are not medical professionals; While this advice is widely accepted and verified, there is no substitute for a visit to the Doctor. If alopecia has been hard on you, consult a medical professional for advice and treatment. Stay healthy.

Losing some hair shouldn’t prevent you from having a happy life; People love you for who you are, not for your hair 😉

Let’s Start Natural

Which we think is the best way to go. There’s a few things you can do to give your hair its best chance of survival. Baldness often comes from inflammation in your hair follicles, which simply prevents them from growing back. Here’s a few things you can start doing today

Stop Smoking

There’s a thousand reasons more why you’d want to quit, but if this has to be the one for you, we’re happy to provide the info. Smoking will grey your hair faster, dry out your skin and can encourage baldness. If you need help quitting; seek out resources, like this one from the Canadian Government: or this one from the US’s Center of Disease Control:

Scalp Massages

Beyond feeling incredible, scalp massages help your hair move around and dislodge impurities. It will give more flexibility to the hair and can lead to thicker growth. You can either do these yourself very easily; or better yet, have your favourite barber do it for you!

Watch what you eat

Don’t worry we’re not here to scold you or tell you to make huge changes in your lifestyle and diet. Unsurprisingly, what you eat has a major effect on your hair, and there are many nutrients that can be found in common foods that are beneficial to hair growth.

  • Iron-rich foods, such as eggs, duck, liver and other animal-based sources; As well as legumes (beans, lentils, chickpea), tempeh, some nuts like almonds and cashews, and many vegetables like kale, broccoli, spinach and green peas for plant-based diets.
  • Foods high in Omega-3, the highest concentrations find themselves in fish while plant-based food seekers will want to turn towards seeds, like chia or flax.
  • High-protein foods. There is a huge list of high protein foods that can easily suit both vegan and non-vegan diets. We recommend you do a little bit of research to find out which can be easily integrated into any lifestyle.

Seeking professional help

As you would expect, there have been incredible advances in treating hair loss. Now, while there are no miracle remedies, the best thing you could do is seek a medical professional as early as possible. If you just let things be, chances are they’re not necessarily going to get better. Here’s a few medical advances that you can ask your doctor about.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

A method that has been around for a few years, it has been recognized as safe and effective in treating male pattern baldness. It’s used to target and reduce inflammation in hair follicles, which is what is preventing regrowth of the hairs.

Prescription and Pharmaceutical

Rogaine anyone? Rogaine, or Minoxidil, is one of the more popular pharmaceutical products out there, but it’s also important to note that it doesn’t work for everyone. While clinical studies have shown success, it has only done so towards a few types of baldness; not all of them.

Hair Transplants

We won’t go into any more detail in regards to hair transplants. These require surgical intervention and are well beyond our scope of expertise. The only thing we can tell you is that they are an existing way of treating baldness. For any more info, seek your physician’s input.

Or best of all; Just own it!

Confidence comes from within; Own your look and be proud of yourself!

This is what we tell our clients and students the most. There’s many things out there that can cause worry, and whether you’ll always have a thick mane or not shouldn’t be high on the list. You’ll look good in any case.

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Hair Care Health

This week at the Barber School: Is your hair healthy?

Invest in your hair, it’s the crown you never take off


Having a healthy head of hair isn’t a herculean task, but it’s hard to understand the basics of what makes hair healthy or not. In fact, you learn in barbering school that tending to the general well-being of your skin and scalp is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Your hair is the brain’s first protector from the dangers associated with UV exposure; And your skin is the first barrier to the entire outside world.

So in the spirit of helping you get a better understanding of your hair, here’s a few things to keep in mind when pondering on your gorgeous mane.


How to Analyze

Analyzing hair is very simple because it simply calls to your senses. With practice, you can define qualities of the hair very quickly. You don’t need some expensive equipment or anything like that; just a few minutes with a mirror in a decently-lit room. Here’s a few pointers:


Using your Eyes

Observation quickly defines your hair’s general health. Is it too oily or maybe too dry? Do you have a large quantity of dandruff accumulating at the base? Simple observation generally isn’t very indicative of much more, but from this you can already identify if you might need some specific type of shampoo or conditioner.


Get your hands in there


This is perhaps the best way to go about analyzing your hair. Running your fingers through your hair will leave a few indicators. Healthy hair usually has the following properties:


  • Not too oily, not too dry. You shouldn’t feel like you have to wipe your hands after running your fingers in.
  • Not too sensitive. Gently tugging your hair shouldn’t be painful. Yes you will feel a slight sting, but it shouldn’t be noticeably discomforting.
  • Doesn’t leave too much residue. You might find a bit of dandruff and a few hair who naturally came off. A gentle tug shouldn’t rip hairs out.


Trust your nose

Hair is naturally odorless. We often end up perfuming it with shampoos, conditioners and other products which can end up masking greater conditions. If after simply rinsing your hair clean, you happen upon noticeable odours coming from your scalp, it might be sign of an underlying condition.


When in doubt, talk it out

And this is the point we couldn’t stress enough. If you think you think something is up with your hair, you can go see your favourite barber and ask them, they might be able to give you pointers and also be able to tell you to see your doctor.


So in short,

Your hair and skin are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and knowing when to seek professional help is very important. There’s treatments and solutions for just about anything out there, but it all has to start with you.

Stay Classy, Stay Informed.

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Hair Care Skin Care

This week at the Barber School: Harmful Chemicals

With the growing popularity of cosmetics, hair products and all the likes, it’s important to know what you’re putting on your skin. After all, as an organ, your skin absorbs what you put on it and spreads it in your system. Unfortunately, even though our society has been growing in consciousness towards healthy products; many brands still continue to use chemicals that are hazardous to our well-being.

We’ve outlined below the most common below, so you’ll feel more informed on your next shopping trip!

Make sure to always read the labels of the products you buy for your hair; Some popular products contain harmful chemicals!


This is the main one you want to be aware of. There is a simple reason why you shouldn’t ever buy a product which indicates “Fragrance” as one of the ingredients: There is nothing regulating what composes fragrances and how they are produced. If your products are made from some type of natural oil, the label will say so. Be very wary of products with the simple mention “Fragrance” as there is no way to tell what that ingredients are and how the fragrance itself was made.


You probably have already seen a Sulfate Free label on some products, and the reason is simple: They are much too strong for your hair and scalp. Sulfates are a little too aggressive for your hair, stripping it of its natural oils in the washing process. This over a long term will result in unhealthy hair, both in look and feel. On a more health-related concern, some studies have found the presence of dioxane in sulfates, dioxane is a known carcinogen and can disrupt proper kidney function. Make sure the products you get are Sulfate-Free.


You’ve more than likely seen the mention Paraben-Free on some products. The problem with parabens is how they interact with your hair and skin: Parabens are a hormone composite that’s very similar to one the human body itself produces; this causes a disruption in your body’s natural hormone production. It is also important to note that, although no direct correlation has been made between the two, parabens’ evidence has been found in certain cancer cells. Best be safe and stay away.


Once again, although there are no directly conclusive studies that prove whether it would be good or bad for us, triclosan is said to have a similar effect to that of parabens, disrupting the endocrine system; the system responsible for the secretion of hormones with the thyroid and adrenal glands, which are essential to a healthy life. It’s also responsible for hormonal secretion in the pancreas and the testicles (or ovaries in women). Best to avoid.

Polyethylene Glycol

Yeah this one is a bit of a mouthful; Thankfully it’s also rather rare nowadays. To put it simply, polyethylene glycol has been declared by the state of California as a “Developmental Toxicant”. This means that it can impact proper growth, especially nefarious for nursing mothers. Its impact on the rest of the human body is similar to those of Parabens and Triclosan.


OK so this one isn’t as a big deal as the others, but should still be observed. Preservatives are meant to prevent the natural ageing of products. They do this by killing any mold or yeast that could possibly form; which can be good, but its “destructive” nature might also be harmful to the healthy life of your hair and skin.

Your hair and skin are important; Give them their best life!

And that’s thankfully not a hard thing to do. Being mindful of keeping harmful chemicals away from your skin and hair is simply a matter of habit. Make sure you read the labels, and find the right products for your needs and tastes!

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