It affects around 70% of men in their lifetime. And 25% of men will show the first signs of it by the ripe old age of 30. I’m talking about male-pattern baldness, or hair loss. From thinning around the crown or temples to the fully-blown bald, the statistics show that you’re not alone in being follically-challenged.
Let’s the discuss issue and learn how to work around it in daily life – head on.
Why Hair Loss Happens
Hair loss is caused by both environmental and genetic factors. Poor diet, stress, and not looking after yourself in general, fall into the former category; while the latter is hereditary and therefore, cannot be controlled.
Defined as male-pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, this type of hair loss is caused by excess levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male hormone that causes follicles to weaken and stop working altogether.
As a way of preparing yourself for future baldness, look to your genealogy – in particular, your maternal grandfather. The hair loss gene (like your height) is rumoured to be carried by mother’s side, so look to her father as an indication of how much time you have left.
Whether this true or not, you’re likely to be one of the seven-out-of-ten men to experience some form of hair thinning or loss in your life.
You Need To Accept It
Your hairline has risen an inch in the last 12 months and you’re starting to get paranoid; looking in the mirror incessantly for some sort of sign that it isn’t so. Then, mates make a passing ‘bald’ joke as clumps of hair start blocking the shower drain as you wash your locks. It’s happening. Rather than panic (stress causes hair loss, remember?), get a grip.
Hair doesn’t make the man, it’s just a natural asset, like having broad shoulders or a strong jawline. Draw comfort from the fact that some of the world’s ‘sexiest’ men are bald or balding (heard of Jude Law, Bruce Willis or Jason Statham?). Mourn for 24-hours and move on.
Here are some tips for balding hairstyles on how to face hair-loss and look good doing it.
Styling & Preparation
Styling thinning hair requires a good hair thickening shampoo (Kiehl’s, Swell or Aveda are some examples) to boost each follicle. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb through thickening styling spray, and then follow with a good blow dry (the wind lifts the hair and adds volume).Lastly, apply a matte-based product (nothing oil-based) and mess around the strands for a fuller look.
Tip: Avoid roughly towel-drying your hair or over brushing the hair (especially when wet as the hair is weakest then).
The Smooth Receder
When your hair line starts to recede it’s time to go short. Head to a reputable barber or hair dresser and order the following: A short-back-and-sides cut with one to two inches of length on the top and an inch of length of the side. The trick is to keep the sides and back shorter to create the illusion of ‘thicker’ hair on top. This works well for men with the early onset of baldness, or those who still have the majority of their hair at the crown, back and sides.
Military Buzz Cut
The buzz cut is especially good if your hair is starting to thin on the crown and top of your head, making you look more like a monk than a man. The buzz cut gives you a clean, yet edgy look with the length of the shave dependent on how severe the balding is. Ask for an all-over shave with a number 3 or 2 razor length.
These balding hairstyles looks doesn’t require any styling, making it a foolproof, bad-ass look for the balding man.
A very signature look, the naked shave is one of the balding hairstyles that is great for men who have are very bald with little, to know hair on the majority of their head. Head to the barber once again for this one (don’t do a home job until you seek professional help) where the stylist can perform the sharpest shave to the skin without error.
Now with a bald scalp, make sure you moisturise the head after showering and regularly shave it to keep it fresh and without fluff.
Some men prefer to have a little hair on their head, for fear of looking like a thug completely shaven. An option is to let whatever hair you have left grow out, keeping it trimmed and neat. Heading to the barber every four weeks is essential, keeping the hair groomed and tamed.
This method exudes a confidence in letting nature run its course and working the hair that you’ve got left. Plus, it’s a touch bohemian and artsy – if you’re that way inclined.
No ‘Comb Over’
Avoid the ‘comb-over’ like it never existed. It’s not an option for the stylish gent. There’s no hiding the fact you’re balding on top so keep the sides short to downplay the hair areas against the bald ones. A comb-over screams a lack of confidence and like the toupee, actually accentuates your baldness. People will see right through it.
Become A Facial Hair Hero
A lot of celebrities with thinning hair embrace facial hair. Hair around the chin, jaw and cheeks draws attention from your balding head. Important thing to note: moustaches and goatees work best, as opposed to lumberjack beards. A full-blown beard adds too much weight to the lower part of the head/face, especially when paired with bald head.
And Always Remember…
Hair isn’t everything. Yes, it’s become a huge part of the men’s grooming canon in recent years, but being without hair relieves you of the stress of styling it each morning.
Instead of obsessing over hair loss, focus your time and attention on orchestrating a killer outfit for work or the weekend – leaving colleagues and friends wishing their looked like you – hair, or no hair.