Men love their hair. Going bald is scary and very stressful to men. The fear and anxiety of losing their hair can lead to depression among men.
Here are some interesting statistics from a leading hair loss clinic:
- 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35, 65% by age 60, and 80% by age 80.
- 60% of hair loss sufferers would rather have more hair than money or friends.
- Almost half (47%) of hair loss sufferers would spend their life savings to regain a full head of hair.
- Roughly a third (30%) of hair loss sufferers would give up sex if it meant they would get their hair back.
So, would men with full head of hair shave their head for a hairstyle? The answer is highly unlikely.
Norwood-Hamilton Scale of Male Pattern Baldness
Male Pattern Baldness
The male pattern baldness accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.
Contrary to popular belief, baldness is not inherited from the mother's side of the family. Studies show that there must be several genes causing male pattern baldness. So, stop blaming dad for marrying mom. Your baldness could have come from your father's side of the family, or from both sides.
An article published in ScienceDaily in 2008, suggests that about a third of all men are affected by male pattern baldness by age 45. So guys if you are over 45, and you still have a full head of hair, chances are good that you won't go bald.
That was the good news. Now for the bad news. On the same news report it says that researchers at McGill University, King's College London and GlaxoSmithKline Inc. have identified two genetic variants in Caucasians that together produce an astounding sevenfold increase the risk of male pattern baldness. Seven times!
What about the non-caucasian men? Although no studies have been done on non-caucasian men, the researchers claim that they would presume male pattern baldness is caused by the same genetic variation in non-caucasians.
Oh by the way, the study also indicates that one in seven men have both of those risk variants. That means 14% of the total male population are at risk of going bald.
Ok, now you can cry.
Embrace Your Baldness
In the past, baldness was considered unfortunate and undesirable. In ancient times, baldness was viewed, not only as a disfigurement, but also a loss of virility. For thousands of years, men struggled to hide their balding or thinning hair with wigs and ugly comb-overs, wasted millions of dollars on hair growth products that don't work, and those who could afford it had undergone all types of surgical and non-surgical hair transplants.
Well, that was then. Now, bald is not only beautiful, bald is sexy. Thanks to celebrities like Yul Brynner, Telly Savalas, Michael Jordan, and Bruce Willis, who embraced their baldness and wore it with pride.
Yul Brynner was noted for his distinctive voice, indefinable accent, and his shaven head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it for his Academy Award winning role as Mongcut, king of Siam, in the 1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I.
Yul Brynner was first to prove that a man didn't need no stinkin' hair to be a powerful charismatic leading man.
Telly Savalas is best known for his role as Detective Theo Kojak in the 70s television series Kojak. Kojak was a tough-talking New York police detective known for his shiny bald head, his love of lollipops, his taunting grin, and signature line, "Who loves ya', baby?"
Telly Savalas single-handedly brought bald into a new level. Telly Savalas not only wore his baldness with pride, he wore his baldness oozing with sex appeal.
Balding men finally realized what women had been saying all along. Bald is sexy.
Michael Jordan is acclaimed as the greatest basketball player of all time. His gazillion accomplishments include:
- Six-time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98);
- NBA MVP (1988, '91, '92, '96, '98);
- 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98);
- All-NBA Second Team (1985);
- Defensive Player of the Year (1988);
- Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98);
- Rookie of the Year (1985);
- 14-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1988, '96, '98);
- One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996);
- Two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, '92).
Not bad for a guy who was cut from the varsity basketball team at his high school in Wilmington, North Carolina when he was a scrawny twelve year old. Not bad at all.
When Michael Jordan completely shaved off his thinning hair in the early 90s, it was a slam-dunk in hair style fashion. You wanna be like Michael, go bold. Go bald.
Michael Jordan made bald a hair style. A very cool hair style for men.
2013 Hairstyles for Men with Balding Thinning Hair
Of course, not everyone is ready for the bold bald look. If your hair is just starting to thin out, here are some hairstyles you could try.
Jude Law is a great example of the typical pattern of male baldness, which begins at the hairline. His hairline has been gradually receding and forming an "M" shape.
Here are the 2013 Hairstyles for Men with receding hairline.
Jude Law - The suave hair style
Jude Law - The trendy messy hairstyle
Jude Law - The short bold look
When hair starts thinning on top but you're not ready for the close shave, you can either go for
- Au Naturel - let nature take its course, or
- Buzz Cut - very short hair like buzz cut is not only cool, but it will also take away the focus on your thinning hair.
From an "M" shape, the male pattern baldness eventually becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped (or horseshoe) pattern of hair around the sides of the head.
Some men just embrace what nature had given them, like Jason Alexander, Ron Howard, and Sir Sean Connery. They are happy the way they are. Well, good for them.
Jason Alexander - Au Naturel
Ron Howard - Au Naturel
Woody Harrelson - Au Naturel
Sir Sean Connery - Au Naturel
Buzz cut is a simple hairstyle that is very cool for men of all ages. This hairstyle is so popular that it is now an acceptable hair style from athletes to office executives.
Buzz cut is a great hair style for men with balding or thinning hair. Why call attention to your bald spot or receding hairline, go for buzz cut. This haircut takes away the focus from your thinning hair.
Celebrities like John Travolta, Jason Stathan, and Eddie Murphy opted for buzz cut for their balding thinning hair.
Buzz cut forever!
John Travolta - Buzz Cut
Adam Levine - Buzz Cut
Jason Stathan - Buzz Cut
Eddie Murphy - Buzz Cut
Be Bold - Be Bald
While Yul Brynner proved that an actor didn't need no stinkin' hair to be a powerful leading man in the 50s, Telly Savalas made bald sexy, and Michael Jordan made bald a cool hair style, Bruce Willis has proven once and for all that being bald ain't bad. It is actually badass.
Celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, LL Cool J, Howie Mandel, and rocker Chris Daughtry embraced their baldness by shaving it all off and still be uber cool.
Be bold. Be bald.
Bruce Willis - Be Bold. Be Bald
Vin Diesel - Be Bold. Be Bald
LL Cool J - Be Bold. Be Bald
Howie Mandel - Be Bold. Be Bald
Chris Daughtry - Be Bold. Be Bald
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Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 23, 2013:
Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Sorry for the late reply as I only check in once in a while. My late husband was the same.. he started losing his very fine blonde hair in his 20's, and loved his bald head with his goatee. Actually, he looked really cool. That's funny that your husband shaves his head completely bald for special occasions, and he doesn't know it annoys you. Tell him! lol
Thank you for dropping by... Cheers!
Jennifer Suchey on June 07, 2013:
Very cool hub. It caught my attention because my sexy husband is bald. He started going bald before I even met him at age 21. It worked in his favor as a young businessman. Many assumed he was older and more experienced. ;) Like many these days, he shaves his head (what he has left!). I prefer it when it's super short, like a buzz, I guess ... maybe a quarter inch long. But he prefers it completely bald. It grows so fast, we both get what we want and in the winter he tends to keep it a little longer for warmth . . . and we're in beautiful Southern California. ;) Funny how whenever there was a special occasion with photo ops, he'd shave his head completely bald, which always annoyed me. Yet it was during one of these occasions that I discovered he prefers it that way and shaves it specifically "for" the special occasion. Whatever! ;)
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on May 18, 2013:
Hiya iguidenetwork, thank you for dropping by and leaving me a lovely comment. I'm glad you found my 'bald is sexy' hub interesting and useful. My late husband started losing his hair at an early age and was au natural until tennis champ Andre Agassi shaved off his head. He looked a lot better and with a goatee, he looked so cool. So, go for it! Cheers!
Have a nice day,
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on May 17, 2013:
Thanks for your informative article. I'm about to go bald right now and I'm worrying about it. However, seeing these men makes me think that if they still look great going bald, then I should too. Up and useful, interesting.
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 13, 2013:
@cam8510 - I'm glad you enjoyed reading my 'Be Bold, Be Bald' hub. I'm glad to hear that you are perfectly happy the way you are wearing your hair (wha' hair?) now. Just kiddin'. My late husband was Bold & Bald, and wore a goatee like that of John Travolta. I loved it! Cheers!
@That Grrl - Sorry for the late reply. Most young men do freak out when their hair starts thinning. My son wears buzz cut because he's aware that he might start losing his hair like his dad. I'm glad that girl in school whose hair turned gray so early in life, had a cool attitude. Thank you so much for leaving me a comment, and again, my apologies for the late reply. Cheers!
@Richycholmes - I'm so sorry for the late reply. Most men are not comfortable (to say the least) about their thinning hair. Maybe you could start wearing your hair shorter, not exactly buzz cut, but like the last picture of Jude Law I featured. I wish you the best. Take care. Cheers!
Have a nice day y'all!
Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on February 12, 2013:
Hi Rosie, Great article. I scanned all your hubs and of course settled on this one. I hop back and forth between buzz cut and bald. I would give up no money nor anything else you've mentioned if it meant getting my hair back. I'm perfectly happy with it the way I wear it now. Thanks for an enjoyable article and photos of some great celebrities.
Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on May 24, 2012:
I worked with a young man who was losing his hair at 20. He was pretty freaked out about it. Didn't want to go with the buzz cut so he always wore hats.
But, a girl I went to school with started going grey (salt and pepper) before high school, or about grade nine. She didn't worry about it. Maybe it was something in her family and she just accepted it. I never really asked her much about it.
Richycholmes from Moseley, Birmingham, England on May 10, 2012:
If it looks good and you can get away with it then I guess that is fine. I personally think Vin and Jason it looks good on.
If you cannot get away with it like myself then you just look completely aweful and totally saps your self asteam and confidence. Although I am a 2 on the scale I know it is getting to a stage where people will remark and I am probably going to be subjected to jokes and critisism.
Personally hoping that the guys looking into stem cell research come up with something because I like to look good and feel good.
On a flip side it wont stop me from being the person that I am but I do feel it as limited me some what.
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on May 01, 2012:
LV, I was surprised why Adam Levine cut his hair really short. Was it just a style or his hair is thinning? Anyway, he looks cool.
Yeah me too, I like this new format on Fashion.. now anyway. When it was first introduced a few weeks back, we were horrified (ok it was probably only me) because the related hubs showing to the right of the page were not our own related hubs. Thank goodness HP listened and made adjustments.
Have a nice day,
Leone Vidoni from Portland, Oregon on April 30, 2012:
Hey Rosie. No, I'm rocking more of an Adam Levine cut, with slightly less hair of course. I agree, when it really starts going, shaving it is the only way. The au naturel can look pretty slovenly.
Thanks for the answer. Yeah I like this style!
Rosie Rose (author) from Toronto, Canada on April 30, 2012:
Hiya LVidoni5, thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub on hairstyles for men with thinning balding hair. I hope so too, but just to be doubly sure, don't go for au naturel, go bold when the time comes. Go for sexy, go bold and bald... or go for buzz cut. Is that what you have now? Buzz cut is uber cool.
My late husband started losing his fine hair in his early twenties and one day when we were watching bald tennis star Andre Agassi, he asked me if he should shave off his hair. I said sure, and I shaved off his head. He had a mustache and a goatee, and he never looked better.
Hubpages has been changing its layout, and Fashion and Beauty category was the first to change. Right now, HP is testing a new layout in Technology. Check it out.
All the best,
Leone Vidoni from Portland, Oregon on April 30, 2012:
Love this hub. Yes, I'm suffering from type one baldness, but type two is creeping in. I just hope when it's all gone, I'll look more like Bruce Willis than Jason Alexander.- How did you get your hub into this modern looking layout? I really like it.