What do Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and Jason Statham have in common? Other than their incredible acting careers, they’re all bald men – proving that even without hair, you can be seriously successful and regularly come up at the top of ‘sexiest men’ lists. Male pattern baldness is a common problem for guys all over the world, but the good news is that losing your hair doesn’t mean that you have to lose your appeal.
Here’s how to embrace losing your hair, and how to make it work for you.
1. Make the Most of What You’ve Got
There’s nothing quite as cringeworthy as a man who is clearly hanging on to the last bits of his hair for dear life, but that doesn’t mean that as soon as you notice your hair beginning to recede you should start to shave it all off. Perhaps you’re seeing a little more of your scalp than you used to, but you’ve still got quite a bit of hair left. With the help of a good barber, you can come up with a hairstyle that covers up those early signs and rock a hairstyle that suits you without having to resort to an expensive hair transplant.
2. Try Hair Loss Medications
When it comes to hair loss treatment, there are several options that you can use in order to help your hair grow thicker and fuller. Oral medications or topical medication that you can use in the form of shampoo can be very effective in opening the blood vessels and allowing the blood to flow more easily, therefore leading to better hair growth. Minoxidil is a common option and you can usually get shampoos that are enriched with it, or you might want to try finasteride – both of which can be effective at preventing or even reversing pattern baldness. Check out Manual for a range of hair loss treatment options that you might be interested in. Manual also has a really interesting blog with loads of information that you can use to take back control of your hair.
3. Frame Your Face
Going bald can cause some serious changes to the appearance of your face as the hair is no longer there to highlight or hide your features as required. If you’ve found yourself struggling to get the hair on your head to grow and help you frame your face as you like it, growing a beard can help to switch the focus towards your best features and add some more structure to your face.
4. Switch Your Style
When the hair is lacking, your other features, such as your eye colour or the colour of your facial hair will start to become more prominent. So, it’s a good idea to pay some attention to your style and make sure that whatever you are wearing closest to your face and head – whether it’s a shirt collar, scarp or a tie – complements your natural colour and brings out your best features. As a general rule, those with fairer skin tones should wear darker colours close to their face, while those with olive or darker skin have a little bit more freedom with the colours that they can experiment with. And, don’t be afraid to wear a hat – but don’t chuck on any old baseball cap to cover up your head; stylish hats can make a massive difference.
5. Taking the Plunge
At some point, almost every man who suffers from male pattern baldness is going to realize that there’s just no hiding it any longer. When this time comes, it’s usually a sign that it’s time to brave the complete chop. Bear in mind that any treatments available for thinning hair will only slow the process down, so coming to terms with the fact that you are eventually going to lose your hair is important. Enlist the help of a good barber to give you a bald style that you are comfortable with, whether you want to completely take all your hair off and be left with a smooth head, or leave a bit of stubble there. Be sure to apply plenty of shaving cream and oil if you decide to do this yourself, to keep the skin on your head moisturized and flake-free.
6. Focusing on Your Other Features
Your face might be the first thing that most people notice about you, but there’s nothing wrong with accentuating some of your other great features to draw attention away from your head if you want to. Got great abs? Huge biceps? Choose your clothing wisely so that people’s eyes will be quickly drawn away from your head and towards your other stand-out features. If you’re not feeling particularly great about any of your features right now, never underestimate the power of a good diet change and workout routine for both your body and mind.
Male pattern baldness is something that many men around the world deal with, but as celebs like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shows, there’s something quite sexy about a man that can embrace it.