do men think about more than sex?
Interview with stylist to the stars - Ben Skervin
research reveals that over 1 in 10 men think about hair falling
out more than they think about sex and football!
New research released by head & shoulders reveals that over 1 in
10 European men say they think about hair falling out more often
than they think about football and almost as many in the UK say
they think about it even more than sex or their current partner!
It seems that blokes are pretty concerned about a certain aspect
of their appearance, as seven in 10 (70%) of British men say their
hair is important to their overall appearance. The research shows
that many men have a fear of going bald and thinning hair is their
biggest hair concern. Over half (56%) even say problems with their
hair negatively effects how they are perceived by women.
What men really want
A full head of hair would appear to give men that boost they need
with almost half 47% saying luscious locks makes them feel confident.
It is surprising then, that over half (55%) won't spend money on
steps to make their hair look thicker, and that 44% of British men
reveal a real lazy streak saying that they would do nothing if they
had hair or scalp concerns!
Despite, the fact that many men are concerned about how their hair
looks, only a third wash their hair every day and only one in four
men see their hair stylist every 1-2 months. With all this knowledge
you would think that more men would actually do something about
their hair concerns, as one in four men say men with poor hair are
less attractive and the same proportion of women agree. However,
almost six in ten (58%) of Brits spend less than 5 minutes a day
on grooming which is one of the lowest figures in the world.
INTERNATIONAL HAIR STYLIST BEN SKERVIN'S TIPS:
Get a haircut!
Many men grow their hair in the hoping it will look
However, keeping it long will only exaggerate how thin it is. A great
short hair cut, on the other hand, is the perfect way to hide thinning
Keep it clean
Grease, grime and product build-up can all weigh hair down, making it
look thinner in the process, so it's crucial to keep it clean. This is
especially important if, like many men, you're prone to greasy hair in
the first place.
Grow a goatee
Many men with thinning hair grow some facial hair and with good reason
- it can give people another point of focus, drawing the eye away from
your receding hairline and down towards the face.
Ukhairdressers.com put some questions to Ben recently and here are
Q: "Tell us a bit more about the global hair report and its findings?"
A: "Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance did a global
survey of 10,000 men, with 42% of men saying that a full head of hair
gives them more confidence. Also they found that 1 in 10 men think about
hair loss more than they do about footie or sex!"
Q: "Why are men so worried about their hair?"
A: "Lots of men believe that thinning hair affects
the way women see them."
Q: "Why are many men lax about grooming in the UK?"
A: "Brit men are also the laziest when it comes
to grooming; I think this has a lot to do with them thinking it's not
manly to worry about your hair. Also that there is not much you can do,
which is not true!"
Q: "What are your top styling tips?"
A: "For a good and easy hair cut - keep sides
short and top a little longer. Also, an easy way to look after your
hair is with Head & Shoulders hair endurance, which helps keep your
scalp and hair healthy, which can reduce scalp damaged related hair
Q: "How did you get started as a stylist? Who were your hair mentors?"
A: "I trained at Vidal Sassoon. I started
at age 15. Vidal was a big influence on me. I was also very inspired
by fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar."
Q: "What is the strangest request you've received during your years
in the hair industry?"
A: "I once made Naomi Campbell into Marie Antoinette
with Black, Grey and different coloured wigs, which was very different
for her - and she was painted blue!!!"
Q: "Tell us a bit about your celebrity client list?"
A: "One of my main celebs is Keira Knightly. I
have been working with her for about 6 years on her press shoots for
films. I have also worked with Madonna, Britney Spears, and Rachel Weisz
- to name a few."
"Whose hair would you like to get your hands on and why?"
A: "Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie, because
I think they are beautiful women and have great hair I believe I
could really work with."
from a pair of scissors, what hairdressing tool or product would you never
Q: "There have been many changes in hairdressing over the years.
What in your opinion is the best innovation and the worst?"
A: "The worst were mullets, and the best
are ceramic straightening irons and steam rollers."
Q: "What do you consider to be the finest scissors to use for
A: "There are many types of scissors out
there, but I have been using a Japanese brand for years which
I find are best."
A: "My favourite product I could not live without
is thickening lotion. It helps to give the base the texture I need for
most of my key hairstyles."
Q: "For our many web visitors who want to become hairdressers, could you
give them a couple of special tips to help them on their road to success?"
A: "Find the best training there is in your area.
Try and get work in the best salon around your area, to really see whether
this is the right job for you. If you do want to do some session work
(photo shoots with celebs) like myself, then assisting a top session stylist
is the best way to break into this particular area of the industry."
"And finally... we'd love to know what your favourite female hairstyle
of all time is?"
A: "My favourite hairstyles of all time were the 50's Liz Taylor
and Marilyn Monroe types - that soft set look."