Having all bald men in my family, I realized I didn't have much of a chance. However at a young age I'm already seeing the thinning of my hair. I doubt I will be able to get to 30 before baldness is apparent. So I was wondering whether once I go bald should I just shave my head, or try to maintain the few scraps I have, like a great many people do. What would you guys do?
I HAVE started going bald, at the ripe old age of 22, and I haven't shaved my head. Part of this is because my fiancee (and other women who have spoken their opinion on the matter) has told me not to. She would rather me go bald naturally if I'm going to go bald at all, and since she's the one that has to wake up with me every morning, I'll respect her wishes.
But I don't think I'd shave my head anyway. I'm not a fan of the idea.
Go with a really short hair cut but don't shave it yet until it gets really bad. A few of my friends have bald patches but short hair and it's not super noticeable. One thing to consider though is possibly changing the color of your hair. If you have really dark hair the bald patches really stick out due to the contrast, light brown to blonde hair seems to make bald patches blend in.
I've got a good skull on my neckbone, went bald after I got tired of looking like a pre-haircut Devin Townsend rocking a sweet skullet for years, and I don't regret it. People look and go "that's a great bald head", not "wtf is up with that head", I'm thankful for having a good head. I miss my 3ft long hair but I don't miss how it would get in the way of everything.
" Go with a really short hair cut but don't shave it yet until it gets really bad. A few of my friends have bald patches but short hair and it's not super noticeable. One thing to consider though is possibly changing the color of your hair. If you have really dark hair the bald patches really stick out due to the contrast, light brown to blonde hair seems to make bald patches blend in. "This, totally.
@arab_prince: Funny, this just came up in the last few months with my husband. He's got a bald spot that is completely noticeable now. I had finally asked him, "what are you going to do when it gets worse?" We weren't sure about the whole shaving bald thing. So we decided that while he had a break from work, we would crop his hair really short. I think I used a #3 on the clippers, and had done the whole head with the #3. I wanted to go to a #2 on the sides and back, but we didn't get to it. Mostly, we wanted to see if his head was going to look ok completely shaved, by at least going really really short. I don't know... everyone says he has the head for it. I just can't imagine it. But we're going to have to. He's not going to dig it when that bald spot gets bigger :( But he does also rock a goatee so maybe it'll look fine. I dunno.
I also plan on dying his hair lighter when he lets me get around to doing it.
If you go bald on top, having a sick beard is a must. Luckily most men who go bald are manly enough to grow an ace beard to compensate. I'm never going to go bald, but if it were to happen, my really cool neopolitan colored facial hair would be more than enough to compensate. Being fat or large boned helps too.
" If you go bald on top, having a sick beard is a must. Luckily most men who go bald are manly enough to grow an ace beard to compensate. I'm never going to go bald, but if it were to happen, my really cool neopolitan colored facial hair would be more than enough to compensate. Being fat or large boned helps too. "Thankfully I wont need to shave my head now, so I have a few years to master my beard. Thank you for your input.
At the age of 18 years old I am already forced to seriously consider this question. I can hide it at the moment and still have better looking hair than practically everyone that I know, but in a few years time my head will never be the same...
So yes, I think I would shave my head, to either very short, stubble like hair or completely bald. I would however only do this before going on holiday so that I could get a tanned bonce before it was seen by friends.
The way male pattern baldness works, your hair starts coming in thinner and less frequently, so that you get less dense sections and shorter hair. Having a generally shorter cut will definitely mask the contrast. I would definitely think about getting a low cut or buzz cut before going completely clean shaven.
Another thing, I think people, for the most part, realize that baldness is not something men can control, so they won't look at you like you're a bad person. The thing you can control is how you handle it. Comb overs and long tails with baldness always show desperation in trying to hold onto your previous look. A bald spot with an average length cut will make you look older (perhaps more mature or distinguished), while the short cut route will make you look younger.
Don't stress about it too much though.
I'm destined for baldness, or atleast a receding hairline early on...dad and uncle had receding hairlines early on both grandads (fairly young) are bald and my other uncle is balding too
but I have a double crown so yeah
I would shave...you don't wanna be Alan Shearer...he seems soooo intent on keeping that tiny bit of fucking bum fluff on the front of his head...
I'd make it work long as I can, and when it becomes too difficult to style my balding head, I'll shave it.
My dad's (and his dad) got a hole the size of texas on his poor head, I hope that isn't me. Though I'm fairly certain it will be. My hair line is already starting to recede.
Hair is pointless, learn to love your baldness my friend.
I find people clinging to their last few little hairs pathetic, Im 27 and Ive been shaving my head for a few years now cause like you I saw this coming. Im really happy with the way I look and not having to take care of the hair in my head is fucking awesome.