Going bald can be a rough time for any man. I'm not going to say I know your pain right now. Yet, I'm well aware that based on my current trajectory, there's a good chance I'll be joining the smooth-headed ranks at some point.
It should be comforting to know that contrary to popular belief, you're among a lot of good company. about two-thirds of men go bald or are close to it by the time they're 60. It starts even earlier. By 30, about 25% of men are experiencing hair loss.
I'll work with some men who will do anything to combat their hairless future, while other men take it in stride. I fall somewhere between the two.
Going bald can actually be a blessing for your image. It's not only liberating, but people perceive bald men as more intelligent and dominant than men who have a full head of hair. (Science!).
I'm not going to lie to you, women like a man with a full head of hair. But with those other traits you'll be seen as socially attractive, even if you're not seen as physically attractive.
Bald Men will naturally fall into two categories...
1) The Dweeb look.
He's the oaf in the story who the girl never pay attention to and always seems to be down on his luck. He's the nerd. He doesn't exude a confident presence at all. Don't be this guy.
2)The Masculine look.
Jason Statham. He radiates masculinity. He is self-assured. He accepts the hair loss without trying to disguise it. He welcomes baldness with a calm and cool sensibility that makes men want to take him seriously and women want to take him physically (heh). Be this guy.
I sincerely believe that all bald men can be segmented into one category or the other, even if it's only a slight tip of the scale. I also believe that with simple changes, most bald men can fall into the masculine category.
So how do you make sure you fall into the second category? Here are 5 steps to transform you into a masculine icon...
1. Shave (or Buzz) Your Head And Own it
To be perceived as a confident man, you need have the confidence to let go of the hair you might be hanging on to. If you have a few wisps of hair on top, you'll look much younger and more masculine by shaving your head. This is especially true if you have the horseshoe look going on. Commit to it. It will likely take a week or two to get used to it, but I promise you'll feel and look better afterward. Take a look at Billy Zane here. Same outfit, different grooming...
2. Get A Tan
Part of not looking like character #1 is showing that you go outdoors. You're not alone playing video games in your basement all day. Getting a tan is much more important for men with a buzzed or shaved head. Especially since you don't want your pale dome radiating light. See the difference?
3. Gain Muscle
Since we want to polarize you into the strong, masculine type, you need to show some strength. Look at Jeff Bezos. This guy is the billionaire owner of Amazon. He has the perfect excuse to look like a nerd, but instead, he kills it by packing on the muscle. Going to the gym and gaining muscle will be the biggest determent between looking like character #1 and #2. Please, if you're bald, get to the gym.
4. Take Care of Your Skin
Your face is now the forefront of your image. Before, your hair was your crown and you could wear it in a way that distracted from any facial irregularities. Now, you need to make sure that your skin is looking it's best. At a base level, you need to wash and moisturize both AM and PM. Don't forget to slather some on the top of your head.
5. Dress Rakishly
Confident men dress sexier because they are confident they can pull it off. To create that masculine look, you should dress yourself a bit more...provocatively.
Don't be afraid to show some skin. Wear shirts that are a little tighter. Go for some pants that give off a little ankle. Add in some flash in an accessory or two. Since you don't have hair to style on top, the way you style your clothing becomes much more important than it would be for a guy with a full head of hair.
(Bonus) Think About Getting Some Tattoos
I was on the fence about posting this one, but it should be noted. Tattoos are extreme and they're aggressive. Nothing could be further from the dweebish look than the guy who has some well-thought-out, well-placed tattoos. If your bald and have been wanting to get some ink, I say go with it, only if you're ready.
If you go this route, Limit any piercings or jewelry.
Being bald is not a hindrance to your image or your social life. In fact, it can be the opposite, as long as you look the part.