A generation of men have grown up on ordinary and the not-so-ordinary , occasional mousse, gel and wax and have taken their thinning hair in their stride.  While Britain’s 7.4 million bald and balding men grapple with a loss in their crowning glory and subsequently in their self-esteem, quite a fewmen baldness among them are bold enough to be comfortable in their skin without their hair bearing testimony to their handsomeness! In fact, what was just a decade ago scorned at, the bald and completely shaven look is now hailed as a turn or and extremely attractive to women who feel that loss of locks does not necessarily translate into a downslide in virility. On the contrary, it’s the new symbol of the New Age macho man who realizes that it surely adds to their cool quotient; doesn’t take away from it. In fact, there’s more good news for those who do not have much of a mane – 30 year olds are more likely to attract women than those blessed with an abundant crop; as older women find it sexually attractive!

 However, despite this rosy picture many men especially the younger ones cannot come to terms with hairfall or baldness and continue like in the past to battle it out with caps, brushing their fringe slightly more to the front, growing sidelocks or beard to distract, donning a wig, or having a crew cut.  This could be because over the years cultures have favoured hair growth as a sign of vitality and good health; while shunning those who cower in the shadows due to alopecia.  AS hair loss tends to make the person look older, men attribute their waning or receding hairline as a sign of reduced desirability.  Tell us, do you believe in this equation:

 Hair loss or baldness = looking old = being a social outcast

 If yes, how will you take action to rectify your situation and better it? Will you recommend a close friend to take medical help from established and well-known surgeons, like the ones who head A K Clinics?

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Internationally acclaimed surgeons Dr Aman and Dr Kapil Dua conducted a hands-on FUE workshop at their Delhi centre, in collaboration with IPCA Laboratories to impart much-needed awareness and knowledge about hair transplants and various procedures. Their focus was on FUE through a series of an extraction, implantation and a lecture besides an observation case. Besides the ten doctors who attended the day-long event on Sat 7th Dec 2013; also present were Mr. Ashish Gupta, Vice president of Ipca Laboratories and Pankaj Pandey, Regional Manager alongwith Ms. Gopi – DGM Marketing.

Dr Aman and Dr Kapil Dua have acquired their expertise and honed their skills by staying updated with the latest global trends in their field. This has helped them to set benchmarks of quality and also share their acumen at seminars and workshops by demonstrating LIVE, and not just through impressive slides and hyped powerpoint presentations. It is through this dedicated approach that they have been able to carve a niche for A K Clinics as the best; with unbeatable qualitative solutions in haircare and skincare and in the process bringing India into the limelight for aesthetics and cosmetology. DSC09575 DSC09647 Ipca_Logo_AI

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So you can start wearing those fancy scarves again. Or wear that baseball cap to the cricket match or for a sports meet. But did you believe that just running your fingers through your hair could cause hair loss? We’ve been conditioned to think that the more we mess with our hair, more the cause for a problem to develop. But gentle brushing or twisting your hair does not cause severe or permanent hair fall or hair loss.

Nor does styling or eating certain foodstuff.

But several studies have shown a definite relationship between smoking and baldness. Quit smoking and you will do your skin, your hair, your entire body a world of good. Instead nourish your hair with healthy food, a balanced diet with right amounts of sleep and exercise that help you to easily bounce back from a sickness and boost your immunity to combat stress.

 Stress is also a major cause in hair fall and developing a hobby and meditation can be good ways to cope with it. These are the facts that you should stick to just like a healthy lifestyle. Not myths like standing on one’s head will stimulate circulation and therefore better hair growth! In that case, all of us would have regular sessions of standing upside-down just like going to the gym is the norm for staying fit. It is easy to sift such yarn from what actually makes sense. Consult well-known doctors who provide you with advice after thoroughly investigating your medical history. At A K Clinics, we have extensive research to back our claims just as we can proudly declare 100% transparency. In fact our surgeons, Dr Aman and Dr Kapil Dua are known for their global expertise and how they have brought it to India – changing the lives of thousands through their emphasis on sterling quality. Visit akclinics.com and see the difference for yourself.

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“Don’t keep twisting the end of your plait, your hair will wither away,” my grandma would reprimand. To my six year old mind, it didn’t make sense, it still doesn’t! My granny would continue to admonish, she would tell my mom, “Don’t tie her hair so tight with so many clips, you’ll yank her hair off.” My mom would hastily loosen my braid and look wistfully to yet another flower that she wanted to add to my mane, but wouldn’t, for being given another verbal whiplash from the older woman!

Have you come across such myths about hair ?

Even stroking your hair, people in olden days would caution, would mean the end of a plentiful crown.  Dandruff and cosmetic products like hair colour, shampoos were also touted as major culprits augmenting hair loss, slowly but surely. Wear a baseball hat and surely the stroking would make hair disappear, they would reason with their authority for being seniors in the family! The only positive one was that hair loss occurs among intellectuals and is meant to denote prosperity or that a balding man should consider himself lucky because he is bound to marry a pretty wife. There are many other half-truths such as brush your hair vigorously a 100 times at bedtime and you will acquire lustrous locks. Overnight, huh? What about years of abuse by not providing enough nourishment through a healthy diet? At AK Clinics we do not just give expert advice about whether you are a candidate for hair transplant or grafting. First and foremost, our consultation will provide you basics, help you discern the real stuff from the hype. It is only after studying your case will we guide you towards what action would be right; maybe only medication. It is this kind of dedication and commitment that have helped us grow and spread our wings; to be able to maintain international standards of hygiene that few can boast of. And yes, don’t smoke – this isn’t grandma’s advice, but medically proven.

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Will soya enriched shampoo really work wonders for your hair from “root to tip” as the conditioner ad proclaims? Have you tried every tip in the book, TV commercial, blogs like this one and are still left fuming and frustrated with bushels of hair yanked out by your high-quality imported brush? Can any oil or changes in your diet become that ultimate miracle cure for falling hair and its consequent larger nightmare, baldness?

 And when is hair fall a cause for serious concern, especially since losing almost 40-50 strands of hair daily is considered normal? Understand the cycle of hair growth to differentiate whether suffering from hair fall at a particular time or season is okay or needs treatment on a war footing. For instance, genetically if you are not blessed with thick hair, but thin hair, it should not be cause for worry. But if your hair has begun to become sparse or due to hormonal changes, stress or other factors like environmental pollution, residue from hair sprays and gels, you have begun to experience hair fall or thinning hair, then you need to identify the cause and appropriate form of rectifying this.

While everyone clamours for Rapunzel-like hair and what with radio jingles and contests promising the moon, it is natural for people to think that despite having a far-from-desirable crown, it is possible to swish one’stresses like the gorgeous Ashwarya Rai endorsing a hair colour. The truth is doing a reality check.  Baldness can be treated, so can various other hair problems under the guidance of experts like the world renowned surgeons at A K Clinics with their centres in Ludhiana, Delhi, Mumbai.  However, it is necessary to be able to discern whether your condition warrants such a high level of expertise and specialized, medical care. If yes, research extensively before signing up for any technique, check testimonials thoroughly and only then take a decision about which option will give optimum results, in terms of downtime, cost and a whole lot of factors that need to be examined with a fine-toothed comb. Your checklist should contain a yes answer for minimum three of the following:

1)       Is the cure being prescribed, a permanent one?

2)       Is the treatment, the best possible alternative or a compromise due to lack of technological development?

3)       Will the treatment enhance my relationship or career prospects?

4)       Is the procedure being followed tried and tested and conducted by certified professionals?

5)       Am I certain there will be no side-effects and prepared to deal with drawbacks should the procedure go wrong?

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