Baldness – a word feared by many and embraced only by few. After reaching adulthood you are at the height of your masculine attractiveness. That horrible acne is replaced by facial hair and you are ready to face the world. But just as you begin your march out of your shell, you pass the bathroom mirror and see something is missing. Upon closer examination you see that hair does not want to be a part of your journey. You are balding.
Hair loss is nature’s cruel joke on men. As much as 70% of all men will experience some degree of hair loss at some point of their life and approximately 25% before they even reach the age of 30. The lack of hair can be devastating, even more so if experienced at a younger age and is often accompanied by denial, anger and depression before acceptance. Male pattern baldness is responsible for more that 95% of hair loss in men.
This dreaded situation can be approached from two angles. You can either ACCEPT IT or FIGHT IT. Both actions have their own advantages and disadvantages. But you best choose a side, for it is not wise to alternate between the two. This post will help you determine what look is best for you. You can also do BOTH and shave your head and still try to preserve hair for the stubble on top of your scalp. For many it is better to embrace it, but it just so happens that the bald look is not for everyone.
Two and a half ways how to deal with hair loss
Notice how some men still look good when bald. They have the right facial structure and head shape to pull it off. If you look anything like Bruce Willis here:
For the love of god shave or buzz that head and let the ladies drool all over your rugged sexy manly scalp. A nice defined jawline, strong chin and even strategically placed facial hair, like a goatee, full beard, or even some stubble can help draw the attention away from your bald head, leaving you with a fantastic masculine look. Not to mention that wearing any kind of a beard style is manly and should be sported by all men. If you fall into this category, save yourself the hassle and just embrace the clippers and trim yourself a nice beard.
or… Fight it.
On the other hand, this case may not be the same for all men. Some guys just don’t rock the bald head as well as others. Nothing to be ashamed of. You can’t choose the cards nature has given you. But you can do something to change its course. Baldness is best caught and treated in the early stages, as it is hard to regrow lost hair. Maintenance on the other hand, is more than possible. If you lack the right features to rock the baldness, you could consider preventing it. But before you choke yourself with drugs like Propecia, try a topical solution like minoxidil (also known as Rogaine or Regaine in Europe), as finasteride (Propecia) might leave you with some nasty side effects.
Minoxidil works best when combined with a some form of DHT blocker to prevent further hair loss. Male pattern baldness is caused by hair follicles being sensitive to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). DHT shrinks the hair follicle, resulting in thinner and weaker hair. Lipogaine contains active ingredients like saw palmetto, which is an alternative DHT blocker to Propecia. It’s a topical solution applied directly to the scalp, so you will miss out on the side effects. Products like Rogaine or even something generic like Kirkland Minoxidil comes cheaper and can work just as fine, however they will not stop the cause of your hair loss and are best combined with Finasteride.
Products containing minoxidil are quite effective at regrowing hair as well as maintaining it. Know that it will take 3 to 6 months to see results (personally, it took 4 months), so stick to the commitment. In the first few months you may experience shedding. This means the product is working, the hair lost during the shedding phase will be replaced by thicker and fuller hair.
The third most effective solution (first being finasteride, with minoxidil being a close second) is Nizoral. Nizoral 2% is a ketoconazole shampoo with anti-fungal properties and also helps fight hair loss. It is not exactly known how Nizoral works, but it supposedly blocks the androgen receptors and reduces scalp inflammation.
If all else fail you could try Finasteride, but be wary of the side effects. It can have a negative affect on libido, sexual performance, watery semen and even cause brain fog.
But as you are reading this you may be already too far gone. If your hairline already resembles a horseshoe you might just as well shave it all off. It’s a too little too late. Whatever you do, don’t try comb-overs. Just embrace the razor or clippers. Good clippers can last you a lifetime and will save you from the hassle of fighting hair loss.
Even if you haven’t got the right features to rock a bald head. It can’t look that bad. As said if you still have a little hair left, you could still treat your hair loss for the stubble. Also try getting a tan. Trust me, it looks better with a tan.
The sheer freedom of shaving one’s head and not have to worry about balding is liberating, but goodbyes are never easy. And there you have it, how to deal with hair loss.