Hairstyles for Balding Men

Comb-over. A no-no. (photo credit from http://accidentalmommies.com/)

So you’ve decided to embrace your baldness and revel on it. But how should you style your hair when you have very little left of it?

Here’s how:

The general rule – keep your hair short. It will minimize the appearance of balding and also gives your hair some lift, which makes it look like you have more hair. Don’t hold on to your old hair styles. Look around and see how longer hair at the back and sides simply makes bald spots more conspicuous. Go short.

Be clean shaven. The complete bald look is a great option for men who have very large bald spots that cover a good portion of their heads.

English: Jason Statham
The buzz on Jason Statham (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The clean shaven look has a lot of benefits. You will never have to style your hair again. You won’t need to use separate shampoo for your hair and just use the same bar of soap you use on your body, as you just need to wash you scalp. A clean, shaven head can become your signature, it will make you unforgettable to the people you meet. It makes you stand out in a crowd. Yul Bryner. Vin Diesel. Mr. Clean. All of them brimming with testosterone. Well, except for Mr. Clean.

Shaving you head, too, definitely makes a statement. It shows the world you’re at peace with the person that you are, with or without the hair.

Try the buzz cut. If you feel like that you can’t pull off a completely bald head or if you think that it’s too drastic, try the buzz option. The buzz cut is a good option to go if your hair is starting to thin on your crown or near your hairline. It remains simple and slick. The buzz works well to disguise the thin (or absent) hair on your crown, and it can come in varying lengths, so you can employ it is a gradual cut you can employ throughout the balding process. It is usually done with electric clippers. The top of a buzz cut style may be clipped a uniform short length producing a butch cut, crew cut or even a flat top with the back and sides tapered short, semi-short, or medium. Among the celebrities, Jason Statham has successfully employed the buzz cut to convey a bad boy image.

Short Caesar Cut. Inspired by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar and made famous by George Clooney on the ER series, the Caesar cut is a stylish way to conceal a receding hairline and a thinning top. The haircut is known for the short bangs that it has which sweep the forehead area on a man. The style is usually short about 1-2 inches (2-5 cm) all over the head with the bangs pushed forward at the front.

The shaggy layers. If you’re just starting to thin, but aren’t ready  to go super short, compromise with some light, shaggy layers. Cut the top of y our hair with uneven layers and just tussle your hair around. This sort of unkempt style covers the bald spot cleverly, eluding it somewhat as well as providing a modern day look.

If you can pull off the power donut, then do it. Just like that of Ed Harris and Sean Connery, the power donut is characterized by being bald on top and having the ring of hair around the sides of the head. It has some tinge of masculinity that commands respect.

Or you could grow facial hair. A lot of celebrities with thinning hair grow some sort of facial hair. It diverts attention from your balding head to your face. You can try growing a mustache or a goatee.

A complete no-no. Never under any circumstances should you attempt the comb-over. Long hair or a pony tail in the back will not make people forget that you’re bald on top.

Web References:

http://uk.askmen.com/fashion/trends_500/512b_hairstyles-for-balding-men.html

http://www.esquire.com/style/grooming/bald-haircut-styles-0411#slide-1

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