At hims, we are always looking for new opportunities to reach more people, push the conversation around men’s health issues, and deliver top-notch solutions to everyday problems. That’s why we’ve partnered with Austin’s Birds Barbershop as our first brick-and-mortar retailer.
Birds stylists are highly knowledgeable about hair loss and are willing to have open conversations with their customers. Courtney, a stylist at Birds, says that she’s always honest with her customers with thinning hair. She described how she tries to initiate a dialogue with them, stating, “I think most people appreciate it when I'm just upfront with something like 'So, how long have you noticed the thinning up top? Is it something that bothers you?” Those questions that lead to practical solutions.
In a similar vein to hims, Birds Barbershop encourages men to be more open and transparent about hair loss and provides resources for people who want to make a positive change.
We reached out to Birds stylists for tips. Here are a few of their most helpful recommendations on how to prevent hair loss:
Find A New Hairstyle
Bree, a Birds stylist, said that he recommends customers with thinning hair get “a haircut that will try to give the illusion of fuller hair.” There are plenty of hairstyles that have a lot of flexibility and restore confidence. Instead of hiding thinning hair, there’s a way to subtly elevate your look and make it work for you. We are a highly adaptable species. Hair loss is an issue that affects one’s self-confidence. Why not think of this as an opportunity to experiment and try something bold and new?
Cut Back On The Hats
When you start losing your hair, your first instinct may be to cover up your head in hopes of hiding what’s going on. But frequently wearing hats can make the problem worse by further damaging your hair and increasing split ends. The last thing you want to do is call attention to the problem by suddenly wearing hats all of the time. If you never wore a fedora and now you’re wearing one on a daily basis, people will notice. Birds stylists can help you overcome your fear and embrace your changing look.
Be Gentle When Styling
Though Birds Barbershop stylists are adamant that there are hairstyles for thinning hair, they also stress that men should be extra careful and gentle when styling. Don’t tug or pull on your hair — this will only weaken your follicles and increase thinning. Birds stylists are gurus that are more than happy to teach you their tricks so you don’t have to damage your own hair.
Wash With Tepid Water
Not only should you be extra delicate when styling, you need to wash your hair with tepid water to avoid further damage. Tepid water — not too hot or cold — is the ideal middle ground thinning hair needs.
Use Volume Products
Jolie, a barber at Birds, said that she tells her clients with thinning hair about new products and “why they need it, what it will do for them and how to use it, including the amount they need." Birds Barbershop uses products from Verb — a hair care line that is a paraben, gluten, and cruelty free. Verb Sea Texture Spray adds thickness and consistency. On the other hand, Verb Conditioner can strengthen and moisturize your hair. Birds stylists also recommend Verb Sculpting Clay for shaping and styling thinning hair. With the right products and knowledge, you can style your own hair and give it more texture.
Exfoliate and Massage Scalp
In addition to products, Birds Barbershop recommends that you do practical and easy things to stop hair loss like exfoliating and massaging the scalp. Exfoliating and massaging increases blood flow which can decrease hair loss. On top of that, it’s also a highly relaxing experience that can bring you a moment of zen everyday.
Birds stylists and barbers can now connect clients with hims’ team of online doctors to get more information about deliverable prescriptions that reverse male pattern baldness. hims doctors can prescribe scientifically verified products like Finasteride that stop the thinning process. In addition, the hims store is stocked with hair thickening vitamins and topical solutions. These products are 50% - 80% less than drug store prices and time and time again, have been proven to work. Now with this new partnership, Birds staff have more tools to help men be more honest about a subject that shouldn’t be awkward or touchy.
If you’re in Austin or Houston, schedule an appointment at Birds Barbershop to get an awesome and stylish haircut. Do you think you’re experiencing hair loss? Talk to a hims doctor today. Are you looking for more lifestyle tips? Check out our blog.
Important Safety Information
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Finasteride is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.
Read this Patient Information before you start taking Finasteride and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
It is not known if Finasteride works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).
Finasteride is not for use by women and children.
Who should not take Finasteride?
Do not take Finasteride if you:
- are pregnant or may become pregnant. Finasteride may harm your unborn baby.
- Finasteride tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the medicine during handling, as long as the tablets are not broken or crushed. Females who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not come in contact with broken or crushed Finasteride tablets.
- If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken Finasteride tablets, wash the contact area right away with soap and water. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Finasteride, a healthcare provider should be consulted. If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the medicine in Finasteride, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
are allergic to any of the ingredients in Finasteride. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Finasteride.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Finasteride? Before taking Finasteride, tell your healthcare provider if you:
have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take Finasteride?
- Take Finasteride exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- You may take Finasteride with or without food.
If you forget to take Finasteride, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.
Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
What are the possible side effects of Finasteride?
decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking Finasteride because Finasteride decreases PSA levels. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Finasteride. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking Finasteride as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
There may be an increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking finasteride at 5 times the dose of Finasteride.
The most common side effects of Finasteride include:
- decrease in sex drive
- trouble getting or keeping an erection
a decrease in the amount of semen
The following have been reported in general use with Finasteride:
- breast tenderness and enlargement. Tell your healthcare provider about any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge.
- decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication;
- allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and face;
- problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication;
- testicular pain;
- difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
- male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
in rare cases, male breast cancer.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Finasteride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.
How should I store Finasteride?
- Store Finasteride at room temperature between 59˚F to 86˚F (15˚C to 30˚C).
Keep Finasteride in a closed container and keep Finasteride tablets dry (protect from moisture).
Keep Finasteride and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of Finasteride.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information. Do not use Finasteride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Finasteride to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.