The balding style

    The balding style

    post #1 of 33
    Thread Starter 

    Since I am new to this forum, this may have been done before, but I am going to share my experience with the balding process and I hope i can help someone out along the way. I had thick hair that I hated when i was a kid. When i was 14 i got my first job and i hated putting wax and hair spray in my hair to hold it in place. So one day after school, and before i went to work, I stopped into the local barbas. Sitting and waiting for my turn, i watched this guy get his hair clipped off. he had very long dreadlock hair, and within minutes it was gone, and in my opinion looked heaps better short on him. So when it was my turn, i thought stuff it, I said to the barba "shave it all off". he explained to me the different lengths ect, so i went for a #4 to start with. I absolutely loved it. I felt free of the thick hair that i hated so much.

     

    Over the next few months, every time i went to the barba i got him to take it shorter each time. Eventually i got it down to a #0. I didnt care what people thought about my new style, it was the fact that i was over the moon to be free was all i needed. These days i am now 32yo, so all these years I have been clipping my own hair, normally once per week.

     

    So for all you guys out there who are balding. receeding, or even thinking about shaving, just try it. even if you start at a #4 clipper setting and over time work your way down if you like it. There is nothing worse than looking at the old comb over, even the horse shoe look is a bit disturbing to me :D you would be best to just shave it or clip it off.

     

    Also for those who think they would look like an alien with buzzed down hair, a bit of facial hair always compliments the bald look. I actually use the clippers with no gaurd #0, or a 1/2 setting on my face, and just tidy up the neckline with a razor.

     

    believe me when i say the short hair look is the best hair cut in the world for a man. it's easy to maintain, clean, gets rid of bad dandruff, helps to control things like dermatitis, psorisis better. And also you won't be putting nasty chemicals in your hair to hold it down like cement. i always laugh when i see guys with gel or wax holding their hair in place. if only they knew what it was like to have short hair.

     

    Cheers.

    post #2 of 33
    Happen to also like the short hair look.
    post #3 of 33

    me too

    post #4 of 33
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Steppero View Post

    it's easy to maintain, clean, gets rid of bad dandruff, helps to control things like dermatitis, psoriasis better.

    All positives.
    post #5 of 33

    The less you have the shorter it should be.

    post #6 of 33

    I disagree. Hair looks great on men.

     

    And I hate this trend of shaving bald when men start to lose their hair. Shaving bald is the new comb-over! Stop trying to hide it, guys. And start to care for the little you might have left.

    post #7 of 33
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    The less you have the shorter it should be.
    My feelings too.
    post #8 of 33

    Had short hair for years, new girlfriend hated it, now I have it a little longer. Nice, thick, virile hair, it looks better, I have to admit she was right.

    What was a nice surprise, whilst I do sometimes use a little bit of product, most of the week I don't have to, putting it in place after a wash works just fine.

    post #9 of 33

    I think you are partly correct - some men do indeed look quite good with a shaved head. But then again, some don't.

    If the shaved head, or balding gracefully look doesn't suit - there is no reason for most men to go bald if they don't want to. Four visits to a hair transplant doctor over 12 months or so, and the problem is rectified.
    Regards,
    Renato

    post #10 of 33

    A comb over can work very well with a little practice... ;)

     

     

    post #11 of 33

    I have/had very curly, wiry hair.   If I let the little I have left grow to any length I would look ridiculous (well even more ridiculous); like one of the Three Stooges.   I much prefer me with a shaved head.   Would not be able to manage a comb over (not without Superglue) and do not want to end up looking like Wayne Rooney or Frank Sinatra, so a transplant is right out.   Even if I could afford one.   Which I doubt.    

    post #12 of 33
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mick_Trick View Post

    A comb over can work very well with a little practice... wink.gif



    Goodness Gracious!
    post #13 of 33
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Renato View Post

    I think you are partly correct - some men do indeed look quite good with a shaved head. But then again, some don't.
     

     

    Agreed.  As my forehead began to lengthen, I kept cutting my hair shorter and shorter.  Finally, seeing the pattern, I decided to just shave it all off.  It was a bit shocking for friends and family at first, but they grew to like it.  If your hair is thinning, I would at least suggest trying it.  Hair grows back.  If it doesn't look good, you can fix it fairly quick.

    post #14 of 33
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Teach13 View Post

     

    Agreed.  As my forehead began to lengthen, I kept cutting my hair shorter and shorter.  Finally, seeing the pattern, I decided to just shave it all off.  It was a bit shocking for friends and family at first, but they grew to like it.  If your hair is thinning, I would at least suggest trying it.  Hair grows back.  If it doesn't look good, you can fix it fairly quick.

    Alternatively, one can get a transplant just when the thinning starts, before the baldness sets in.
    No one notices the procedure was done.

    Or, one could try your method - see what it's like - if happy, fine. If not happy, grow it back and get the surgery.

    I've always had the feeling (down here at least) that a shaved head is good for a solidly built guy. 100lb weakling types might be better off thinking of alternatives.

    There are quite a few posts relating to head shaving at Badger & Blade. I always think - "There goes a braver man than me".
    Cheers,
    Renato
     

    post #15 of 33

    The problem with short hair is, at least here, that to some extend and some people only of course, it's a bit of a class thing (when it comes to younger, non-balding men only). Short hair is still associated with the working class, etc.

    post #16 of 33
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Russel View Post

    The problem with short hair is, at least here, that to some extend and some people only of course, it's a bit of a class thing (when it comes to younger, non-balding men only). Short hair is still associated with the working class, etc.

     

    Actually, there was a report earlier this year (sorry...can't find it again to provide the link) that said men with shaved heads portray more power, leadership, and wealth.  Men with a full head of hair are still more attractive to women though ;)

     

    Another bonus of a shaved head (for some): It can make you look younger.  I had numerous co-workers say that after I shaved mine.

    post #17 of 33
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Teach13 View Post

     

    Actually, there was a report earlier this year (sorry...can't find it again to provide the link) that said men with shaved heads portray more power, leadership, and wealth.  Men with a full head of hair are still more attractive to women though ;)

     

    Another bonus of a shaved head (for some): It can make you look younger.  I had numerous co-workers say that after I shaved mine.

     

    Short hair could make one look a bit more aggressive, I guess. I think I probably look more approachable now, esp gay men seem to give me more attention since I've grown it, so I've noticed.

    7/6/13 at 5:19pm

    Steppero said:



    Since I am new to this forum, this may have been done before, but I am going to share my experience with the balding process and I hope i can help someone out along the way. I had thick hair that I hated when i was a kid. When i was 14 i got my first job and i hated putting wax and hair spray in my hair to hold it in place. So one day after school, and before i went to work, I stopped into the local barbas. Sitting and waiting for my turn, i watched this guy get his hair clipped off. he had very long dreadlock hair, and within minutes it was gone, and in my opinion looked heaps better short on him. So when it was my turn, i thought stuff it, I said to the barba "shave it all off". he explained to me the different lengths ect, so i went for a #4 to start with. I absolutely loved it. I felt free of the thick hair that i hated so much.

     

    Over the next few months, every time i went to the barba i got him to take it shorter each time. Eventually i got it down to a #0. I didnt care what people thought about my new style, it was the fact that i was over the moon to be free was all i needed. These days i am now 32yo, so all these years I have been clipping my own hair, normally once per week.

     

    So for all you guys out there who are balding. receeding, or even thinking about shaving, just try it. even if you start at a #4 clipper setting and over time work your way down if you like it. There is nothing worse than looking at the old comb over, even the horse shoe look is a bit disturbing to me :D you would be best to just shave it or clip it off.

     

    Also for those who think they would look like an alien with buzzed down hair, a bit of facial hair always compliments the bald look. I actually use the clippers with no gaurd #0, or a 1/2 setting on my face, and just tidy up the neckline with a razor.

     

    believe me when i say the short hair look is the best hair cut in the world for a man. it's easy to maintain, clean, gets rid of bad dandruff, helps to control things like dermatitis, psorisis better. And also you won't be putting nasty chemicals in your hair to hold it down like cement. i always laugh when i see guys with gel or wax holding their hair in place. if only they knew what it was like to have short hair.

     

    Cheers.

    7/7/13 at 7:14am

    hednic said:



    Happen to also like the short hair look.

    7/7/13 at 8:16am

    Tony T said:



    me too

    7/7/13 at 10:34am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Steppero View Post

    it's easy to maintain, clean, gets rid of bad dandruff, helps to control things like dermatitis, psoriasis better.

    All positives.

    7/8/13 at 2:47am

    David Ruskin said:



    The less you have the shorter it should be.

    7/8/13 at 3:02am

    gido said:



    I disagree. Hair looks great on men.

     

    And I hate this trend of shaving bald when men start to lose their hair. Shaving bald is the new comb-over! Stop trying to hide it, guys. And start to care for the little you might have left.

    7/8/13 at 3:45am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    The less you have the shorter it should be.
    My feelings too.

    7/8/13 at 5:01am

    Russel said:



    Had short hair for years, new girlfriend hated it, now I have it a little longer. Nice, thick, virile hair, it looks better, I have to admit she was right.

    What was a nice surprise, whilst I do sometimes use a little bit of product, most of the week I don't have to, putting it in place after a wash works just fine.

    7/8/13 at 8:48am

    Renato said:



    I think you are partly correct - some men do indeed look quite good with a shaved head. But then again, some don't.

    If the shaved head, or balding gracefully look doesn't suit - there is no reason for most men to go bald if they don't want to. Four visits to a hair transplant doctor over 12 months or so, and the problem is rectified.
    Regards,
    Renato

    7/8/13 at 8:56am

    Mick_Trick said:



    A comb over can work very well with a little practice... ;)

     

     

    7/8/13 at 9:17am

    David Ruskin said:



    I have/had very curly, wiry hair.   If I let the little I have left grow to any length I would look ridiculous (well even more ridiculous); like one of the Three Stooges.   I much prefer me with a shaved head.   Would not be able to manage a comb over (not without Superglue) and do not want to end up looking like Wayne Rooney or Frank Sinatra, so a transplant is right out.   Even if I could afford one.   Which I doubt.    

    7/8/13 at 9:20am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mick_Trick View Post

    A comb over can work very well with a little practice... wink.gif



    Goodness Gracious!

    7/9/13 at 9:13pm

    Teach13 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Renato View Post

    I think you are partly correct - some men do indeed look quite good with a shaved head. But then again, some don't.
     

     

    Agreed.  As my forehead began to lengthen, I kept cutting my hair shorter and shorter.  Finally, seeing the pattern, I decided to just shave it all off.  It was a bit shocking for friends and family at first, but they grew to like it.  If your hair is thinning, I would at least suggest trying it.  Hair grows back.  If it doesn't look good, you can fix it fairly quick.

    7/9/13 at 10:14pm

    Renato said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Teach13 View Post

     

    Agreed.  As my forehead began to lengthen, I kept cutting my hair shorter and shorter.  Finally, seeing the pattern, I decided to just shave it all off.  It was a bit shocking for friends and family at first, but they grew to like it.  If your hair is thinning, I would at least suggest trying it.  Hair grows back.  If it doesn't look good, you can fix it fairly quick.

    Alternatively, one can get a transplant just when the thinning starts, before the baldness sets in.
    No one notices the procedure was done.

    Or, one could try your method - see what it's like - if happy, fine. If not happy, grow it back and get the surgery.

    I've always had the feeling (down here at least) that a shaved head is good for a solidly built guy. 100lb weakling types might be better off thinking of alternatives.

    There are quite a few posts relating to head shaving at Badger & Blade. I always think - "There goes a braver man than me".
    Cheers,
    Renato
     

    7/10/13 at 12:27am

    Russel said:



    The problem with short hair is, at least here, that to some extend and some people only of course, it's a bit of a class thing (when it comes to younger, non-balding men only). Short hair is still associated with the working class, etc.

    7/10/13 at 8:02am

    Teach13 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Russel View Post

    The problem with short hair is, at least here, that to some extend and some people only of course, it's a bit of a class thing (when it comes to younger, non-balding men only). Short hair is still associated with the working class, etc.

     

    Actually, there was a report earlier this year (sorry...can't find it again to provide the link) that said men with shaved heads portray more power, leadership, and wealth.  Men with a full head of hair are still more attractive to women though ;)

     

    Another bonus of a shaved head (for some): It can make you look younger.  I had numerous co-workers say that after I shaved mine.

    7/10/13 at 11:40am

    Russel said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Teach13 View Post

     

    Actually, there was a report earlier this year (sorry...can't find it again to provide the link) that said men with shaved heads portray more power, leadership, and wealth.  Men with a full head of hair are still more attractive to women though ;)

     

    Another bonus of a shaved head (for some): It can make you look younger.  I had numerous co-workers say that after I shaved mine.

     

    Short hair could make one look a bit more aggressive, I guess. I think I probably look more approachable now, esp gay men seem to give me more attention since I've grown it, so I've noticed.