I’m balding. Have any hair style advice? I’ve made a conscious decision to not use any products to try to reverse it, and it’s probably far gone enough that they wouldn’t do that much anyway. I’m perfectly happy with it. I generally keep my hair short (if it’s standing up in the morning, it’s time to get a hair cut), and I don’t use any products. Is there something I should be doing, or is my current regimen fine?
As men we don’t show off much. Besides our hands and a bit of our arms (and sometimes our calves, in winter), the only part of ‘us’ that we ever really show to the world is our head. Everything else is covered by clothes almost all of the time, and should compliment the body while drawing attention up towards the face.
Men who are balding – it’s tough, because there are often deep-seated issues surrounding a man’s hair, as though it’s a marker of masculinity or youth. It’s not easy to let that go. But it’s also unwise to fight tooth and nail to hold on to it, when it’s plain to see your hair is disappearing.
Compare this to a short man who has self confidence issues about his height. When people look at him, it’s obvious that he’s short – by standing next to someone we can plainly see if they’re shorter than us, regardless of visual trickery. If he wears 6″ platform shoes that bright his height up, his head will be higher up off the ground – but he’ll still be short. In fact, the fact that he’s trying so hard to fight his height makes him look self-conscious and insincere, which is far worse than if he just accepted his height and used his clothes to confidently show off his body as-is.
Balding is the same. Hair regrowth products do often work – one of my clients uses them religiously – and I’m not in a position (nor am I knowledgeable enough) to tell you not to use them. However, be graceful about it. If you have a deep receding hairline, keep your hair short; don’t assume that adding extra length to the back and sides of your hair will compensate for a lack of hair elsewhere!
Don’t, do not, do never, ever, ever try to cover up bald spots with a combover. When it comes to the point where you’re trying to hide your baldness like that, it’s time to shave it. Don’t need to go down to the skin, but shave it as short as you’re comfortable with.
This way you look more like a man who in comfortable with his hair and has chosen a style that works with it – rather than a man who is clawing on to every last remaining follicle. The former looks quite natural and, honestly, people rarely even notice. The latter sticks out like a sore thumb.
Hope that helps!
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