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Friday, January 25, 2008

Hair-Raising Trivia about Men's Hair

The upcoming political elections might not be the only reason men are tearing their hair out.

It seems like since the dawn of time, men have experienced a love-hate relationship with that crop of follicles sprouting from their scalps (and don't be fooled, ladies...we only make it LOOK like we could care less about it). Here's some interesting facts about men and their horrible, wonderful heads of hair throughout history:
  • Ancient Romans often had a slave on staff to act as their personal hairdressers.
  • Japanese samurai would cut hair their hair off as a sign of defeat. Even their wives would shave their heads and sometimes follow a spiritual life when they lost honor or a loved one.
  • Many African tribes used grease, red dirt and sometimes animal feces to style their locks.
  • Long hair and beards was usually the norm for men up until the early 20th century, when lice and flea infestations called for shorter haircuts.
When you're done perusing the trivia, check out our new article, Men's Hair Care, at MenScience and be thankful how far we've come!

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Barbers Tackle Cowlicks...and Health Problems

In this blog, I've often discussed how health and grooming can go hand in hand. But now, according to an article on Fox News, they're more connected than you think. You could soon be getting more than a trim from your barber. In light of the growing numbers of African-American men being diagnosed with high blood pressure, obesity and prostate problems, many barber shops are now offering health screenings to their clientele.

From the article: "...barber shops and beauty parlors are weaving health screenings, information about diseases and advice about diet and exercise into their routine coiffing and cutting."

Barber shops have often been seen as one of the most comfortable settings for men to get together and discuss different things (sometimes issues not even discussed with their doctor). With hospitals and medical agencies providing some attendants outside in vans and inside shops to help answer questions and screen problems, African-American men might be getting a valuable chance to improve their health in a unique way.

Do you think the barber shop could be the next step to better health? Or should problems strictly be discussed and screened in medical offices?

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