How Long Does it Take to Go Bald?

That little recession you got on the sides of your forehead, nothing to worry about right? It takes a long time to go from a mane to a bowling ball. Or does it?

Some of you may be thinking, how long does it take to go bald? How long before a luscious Norwood 1 turns into the infamous shiny Norwood 7? Each person is different. And so, each balding experience is different. The most common answer is 15-25 years. That’s a good amount of time. If your head started to become shinier at 22 you can prepare to be slick bald at anywhere between 37 and 47 (yes, I can do math).

How Long Does it Take to Go Bald

Ed O’Neill a.k.a. Jay from Modern Family is balding for 40 years and still has a decent amount of hair.

However, depending on your circumstances, everyone should approach hair loss to best suit their situation. You have a great facial structure? Strong eyebrow ridge, square jaw, nice skull shape? Shave it. That’s right.

You will look damn good. Even more so with a bit of facial hair, or muscle if that’s your thing.

On the other hand, if you don’t own those characteristics, you should consider treatment. Even if you are not a Mr. Perfect Norwood 1, even maintaining Norwood 3-4 with medium length hair can look good, especially in your older years. Think of Ed O’Neil in Modern family. He rocks the receding hairline perfectly. That being said treating your condition will allow you to hang on to those hairs much longer. Nothing is set in stone. Experiment with what looks best on you. I’m getting carried away a little bit here. This could be a whole article on its own. Now, returning to the main dilemma.

jason statham looking good

Jason’s looks are unaffected by baldness.

Right, so 15-25 years to lose it all on average. Now here comes the fun part. Male pattern baldness can be insanely unpredictable. Think that hair loss occurs in a straight and slightly downward line. Nope. You can lose some hair, then possess the same amount for a few years after which all of the sudden BAM! NW2 to NW5 in six months. Some men can also start losing hair relatively late like 35, and go full shiny by 40. Now that’s some aggressive MPB. There were also cases where guys lost all hair in a matter in less than a year. Life is just full of surprises.

It’s hard to determine when you will go fully bald. It just does not work that way. In some scenarios balding can even stop and you will sport NW2 – NW3 for the rest of your life. Which is not bad, not bad at all.

Bottom line. Hair loss is insanely unpredictable. How long does it take to go bald? Anywhere from 6 months to 25 years apparently.  Let it surprise you. It could turn out fun.

Best of luck!


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