I was 27 years old when I realized that I was losing my hair, so I shaved my head. I didn’t want to become ‘one of those guys’ who lived in denial, styling my hair in evermore creative ways to hide my hair loss. For years I’ve been bragging that I “beat baldness” and secretly laughing at the guys who hang onto the dream too long.
A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend and I were looking at my old Facebook photos. We met each other after I started shaving my head so she always gets a kick out of looking at old pictures of me with hair. We came across one photo in particular (above) that was taken one year before I started shaving my head.
“Whoa!” my girlfriend exclaimed, jumping back from the computer. “Looks like it was time to shave your head, eh?”
“What are you talking about?” I said. “I wasn’t one of those guys!” I leaned closer to the photo. I could feel my girlfriend waiting for me to come to my own conclusion, her stare burning the back of my neck as I inspected the picture. “Shit. I guess you’re right.”
The realization was harsh. I had lived in denial for a full year. And here I was bragging about “beating baldness.” Turns out I had been ‘one of those guys!’
I was shocked. How did I not see it sooner?
But it’s scary being a man and losing your hair. It’s even scarier to let it go and shave your head! We’re scared of what others will think, of being unattractive and feeling old.
I’m here to tell you I get it. I was there. And I want to help you move on. I don’t want you to live in denial like I did.
Here are 10 reasons to let go of your sad excuse for a head of hair and become an awesome bald dude (just like me!).
You will save money.
Hair transplants are the only real alternative to keep your hair, in my opinion. I’ve seen it work first hand. Doctors can do pretty incredible things.
But are you willing to spend $5,000-10,000 on it?
If you’re not willing to spend that kind of money you’ll get a much better ROI (return on investment) by shaving your head.
You’ll also save money on hair gel, mousse, shampoo, conditioner, and whatever other products you use to keep your receding hairline looking…good?
You’re not alone.
According to research, 40% of American men will experience noticeable hair loss before the age of 35; 65% by the age of 60.
What does that mean?
It means there are a lot of men out there who appreciate your situation and can identify with your struggle. Power in numbers, my friend!
You will have no more bad hair days.
Living in a winter climate like Canada, I love having a shaved head when the temperatures drop because I can put on a tuque (aka beanie or wool cap) without worrying about messing up my hair.
Wind is blowing? No problem.
Raining? Not to worry.
The weather, your pillow, or a hat will never affect your hair again!
You will be more productive.
Styling my hair before leaving the house used to take time. I probably spent at least 10 minutes each day styling my hair. Doesn’t sound like much, right?
Ten minutes per day adds up to 60 hours per year.
Imagine what you could do with 60 extra hours?
You’ll look more ‘manly.’
Studies show that men with shaved heads are perceived as more masculine, dominant, and taller.
That’s right. Say hello to Vin Diesel in the mirror and say goodbye to the guy who could be mistaken for a computer geek living in his parent’s basement.
You will be sexier.
Don’t let those Head and Shoulders commercials fool you. Baldness is sexy, too.
Look at guys like Jason Statham, The Rock, and Michael Jordan. You know they look good. They own their shaved heads, and so should you.
Not having to worry about what your hair looks like will be a huge weight off your shoulders. When you lose your worries you’ll create more room for confidence.
And guess what?
Confidence is a lot sexier than a dude hiding under a hat, a toupee, or a shitty comb-over.
You will be easy to spot in a crowd.
Next time you’re in a crowded public place you won’t have to worry about getting separated from the group. That bald melon of yours will stick out like a beacon!
Trust me, your friends and family will thank you.
You will enter into the baldness brotherhood.
When you see other bald men in the subway, in line at the grocery store, or walking down the street, you can share a smile that says, “Hey, man. You look good. Oh, you think I do too? Well thank you, that’s kind. Take it easy.”
Like I’ve said before, human connections make the world go-round. Here’s your chance to make friends with other confident shaved-headed dudes.
You will avoid the harsh side effects of drugs and hormones.
There’s a big temptation to use drugs like Rogaine and Propecia. It’s why I get emails delivered to my Junk Mail about “curing male baldness.” It’s a huge industry and there are a lot of men out there going this route.
But regardless of what I’ve already said to encourage you to shave your head, the side effects of baldness drug cures can be downright scary, namely the ones of a sexual nature.
You can stop living in the past.
When you hold onto whatever meager strands of hair you have left, you’re living in the past. You’re holding onto something that just isn’t there anymore. And guess what? Living in the past sucks.
Once you shave your head you can move on. You’re not the same guy you used to be, and that’s OK. When I shaved my head I left behind my days with hair, just like I moved on from dreaming about becoming an NHL hockey player all those years ago.
Leave the past behind where it belongs; the future is where it’s at!
Are you convinced?
Letting go of your hair is difficult. Like I said, I know what you’re going through.
Sometimes I miss the feeling of running my hand through my hair or the wave of my mullet blowing out the back of my hockey helmet in university.
But ultimately, I love being bald. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to start shaving my head (even if I did wait a year too long!) My best opportunities have come as a bald man.
You don’t need to hide behind a bad hair-do, hat, or toupee any longer. I own my baldness…and so should you!