Going bald is a part of life for some. You start to see your hairline recede, and as you notice your forehead becoming more prominent, you may wonder if you’re going to lose all your hair and go bald.
The truth is that you can absolutely look good with a bald head. You can even enhance your style by adding a beard for a distinguished new look.
There’s no shame in having a bald head. In fact, if you’re like me, you may even feel liberated. Keep reading to find your best look.
Table of Contents
- How to Look Good Bald
- Is the Bald Look for Me?
- What’s Your Head Shape?
- Health Issue Causing You to Lose Hair?
- What About Hair Restoration Treatments?
How to Look Good Bald
Losing your hair isn’t the end of the world. Male pattern baldness is an unfortunate aspect of life according to the American Hair Loss Association, which estimates that two-thirds of men see their hair thinning by the age of 35. About 80 percent of men experience more thinning around the age of 50.
However, baldness also affects women. Female pattern baldness starts around age 40, and as their hair thins, roughly half of all women have bald patches and thinning hair by the age of 50.
So what can you do? These are the tips that hair stylists and barbers recommend to those who are going bald and want to shave it all off.
1. Grow Your Beard Out
Many men can change their head shape slightly by playing with a trick of the eye and growing their beard hair a certain way. This typically includes a full beard along the jawline, like John Travolta’s style AKA bald with beard look.
However, Jason Statham keeps his hair closely shaven while not exactly going fully bald. His beard is slightly longer than the rest of his hair.
Try the Stubble Look
2. Get Physically Fit
This is no secret, but bald looks don’t always work well if you’re out-of-shape. In fact, being overweight and unhealthy actually contributes to hair loss. If you’re worried about attracting a mate after going bald, being physically fit also helps you there.
Staying in shape and having a muscular physique takes the pressure off perfecting the bald look. If you look at Jeff Bezos before and after (above), then you can see how being fit and taking care of your body contributes to looking good with a bald head.
If you’re growing depressed over the loss of your hair, you can sit back and blame your mom’s genes, or you can do something about it. Plenty of men start hitting the gym to get fit after realizing they have very little control over their hair loss.
While you don’t need to get as fit as the Rock, it’s a good idea to take pride in your body and keep yourself trim.
3. Improve your Fashion
Your fashion sense and style will contribute a lot more to your overall look once your hair is gone. Finding the right style to fit your height, physique and skin tone will go a long way to improve your confidence level.
Are you going bald and want to avoid people always looking at your dome? You still have control over how you accessorize and style yourself. With the right hat, you can create a new look for yourself. Oh, and BTW forget that old myth that a hat causes baldness!
From the flat cap to the fedora to the baseball hat, there are plenty of ways to rock a hat. Here are 130 celebrity hat looks to check out if you want to cover up in style.
Do you wear glasses? These also contribute to your overall head shape. Bold frames attract the eye to the center of your face and your eyes. This glasses for face shapes guide can help you pick out the right style for your face.
Check out our Bald Men with Glasses Guide
4. Darken Your Skin Tone
Are you pasty white and going bald? The number of celebrities who are bald and tan is astounding. The Rock has made his look popular by bulking up, maintaining his golden tan, and keeping a clean-shaven head.
While there are some who can pull off a bald head with a naturally alabaster skin tone, such as Mr. Clean, there’s more of a chance that you’ll look and feel better with glowing darker skin.
In addition, many black men keep their hair clean-cut and short or even shave their heads because of hair trends. However, this is going away as more black men look into fade haircuts (AKA bald fades). Also, see our Beard Styles Guide for Black Men.
5. Stay Well Groomed
It should go without saying but bears repeating. You must stay carefully groomed at all times. Your overall appearance should always be in check.
Grooming Facial Hair
As recommended previously, a beard, goatee or mustache can really help your look. The facial hair creates balance and symmetry that reconstructs the shape of your head, making your baldness look downright sexy.
Nothing is worse than having a lot of hair on your chin that’s unruly while having a completely clean scalp. So, if you’re going to sport the bald look, it’s imperative you keep your beard hair trim and groomed at all times finishing off with a good beard oil.
6. Practice the Bald Look
From shower caps to actual bald caps, you can practice going bald just to see your head shape and how it would look. You shouldn’t take this too seriously, as a bald cap isn’t going to look anything like your scalp. However, this can give you a better idea of what you will like when the top of your head starts shedding.
7. Find Inspiration or a Bald Mentor
Is there someone in your social circle who rocks a bald look? There are many links online to “rocking a bald look” including the ones posted in this article to several celebrity men who’ve rocked a bald head.
However, you may know someone who’s gone bald close to you. If you find a bald mentor, you can get some personal advice on how to deal with the transition.
Is the Bald Look for Me?
One thing to remember is that bald men are sexy, too. For example, there are bald head shapes that are considered more handsome than others, but everyone from the Rock to Jeff Bezos to Bruce Willis have all sworn off their hair and looked better for doing so.
In addition, both women and men can suffer from pattern hair loss. Anyone can redefine themselves as a handsome bald man. For many, it’s all in the attitude. However, if you still wonder “what would I look like bald,” then take a gander at these factors as you consider your hair’s fate.
What’s Your Head Shape?
There are common face and head shapes that everyone falls into. These are defined by your jawline, forehead, ears, nose placement, and cheekbones. The most common head shapes include:
- Oblong: Long face with squared jaw
- Rectangle: Longer face with defined jaw and chin
- Round: Shorter jaw line with rounded cheek bones
- Perfectly Square: Shorter than rectangle with squared jaw
- Inverted Triangle: Long face but with a pointed chin
- Heart Shape: Pointed jaw with a heart-shaped hairline
- Diamond Shape: Very angular with a pointed jaw and high cheek bones
- Triangle Shape: Wide jaw and smaller forehead
- Oval: Very symmetrical and rounded jawline
The one thing that many bald men want to avoid is the “egg-head” shape. This can happen with an oval shape or oblong shape.
There are many articles and videos related to celebrity male head shapes and shaving their heads or going bald. This Men’s Health article about celebrity shaved heads goes through some popular bald actors and what their head shape looks like once shaven.
No One’s Head is Perfectly Symmetrical
You don’t have to worry if your head isn’t proportionate. However, it may be difficult if you have large ears or a very prominent nose. You may have to learn to rock your features if you want to go bald.
Do You Have Skull Spots or Other Abnormalities?
Your head may have dips, dents, valleys, inclines, spots, and moles. Everyone does! When you decide to go bald, however, these will be on display everywhere you go. These aren’t really noticeable unless extremely exaggerated, however.
Health Issue Causing You to Lose Hair?
Did you know that you may have a thyroid disorder causing hair loss? Sometimes, hair loss is a sign of another health issue. Perhaps your hormones are out of whack. As Dr. Marc Glashofer explains, going bald isn’t always because of male pattern hair loss.
In many cases, your thinning hair may be because of a skin disease, thyroid disorder, or autoimmune disease. Experts recommend seeing a doctor as soon as you notice you’re thinning and inquiring about treatment. A dermatologist may be able to spot a dry scalp that’s causing your follicles to fall out due to scratching and irritation.
However, doctors also state that once androgenetic alopecia or male-pattern baldness sets in, there’s no stopping the inevitable. Over the years, you may lose more hair in certain areas. It’s up to you to decide when to shave it or style it differently.
What About Hair Restoration Treatments?
From laser hair treatment to hair plugs to scalp micropigmentation, hair loss doctors and dermatologists offer a variety of hair restoration treatments to get your hair back on track. While you may see that Rogaine helps with some cases of hair loss, it can cause other problems. Some treatments cause erectile dysfunction, too.
Hair Transplant Option
Successful treatment option is hair transplantation. While the thought of hair plugs may be scary, it’s actually a very common procedure.
In addition, many women get hair transplants along their hairline to change their facial shape as well. It’s rumored that actresses like Jennifer Aniston and Selma Blair had it done.
If you want to get a hair transplant, then your hair follicles will need to be harvested and re-planted to your hairline and scalp. You receive anesthesia during the entire process, and you typically do not have to worry about ever going bald again. Hair transplants look completely natural and grow just like normal hair.
One famous example of a hair transplant makeover is Elon Musk.
Should You Shave Your Balding Head?
The only way to truly know what you’ll look like bald is to take the plunge and shave your head. So, as your hair thins, it may frustrate you daily when looking in the mirror, especially after showering.
When your hair is wet, it naturally isn’t as full as when it’s fully styled. You may not have to shave your head just from thinning hair, but if you notice significant bald patches after your hair has dried, then you may feel more confident by embracing the bald look.
Many men can rock the bald look, and there are several examples of men who looked worse with hair, such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jeff Bezos. Both now famous celebs once dealt with thinning hair and a receding hairline, but they completely changed their looks by shaving bald.
Good Head Shave Regimen
Finally, if you’re going bald, there’s no time like the present to make a change and take charge of your appearance. Since most men deal with losing their hair, how you deal with it’s up to you.
Use a quality balding shaver to get the best shave and eliminate ingrown hairs and razor burn.
See our guide on Bald Head Care for the best steps to a great shaved head.