Bald and Braving It: How To Navigate Male Hair Loss

A crash course on everything you need to know about male hair loss.

Men, take note: Balding can occur at any place, any time. Once that first tiny bald spot pops up, it can feel like it’s growing wider by the minute. Those thinning hair strands and patchy spots can seem like they’re taking on a life of their own on your head, and the added stress of dealing with going bald can make things go even faster than they should.

Although you can’t necessarily halt balding completely, there are ways to slow it down, cover it up or to just rock the bald look proudly. Tons of celebrities and models have proven time and time again that the bald look is more than just wearable; it’s a cool and minimal-effort look that just about every man can work with. But if the bald look just isn’t your style, or if you just want to learn more about going bald, we listed the main causes of hair loss and picked out some styles for you to give a try:

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Take a closer look at the causes of balding. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

The Causes of Balding

Unfortunately, there are a lot of factors that can lead to balding. While a few of the causes, such as diet and your overall haircare regimen, are fixable, one of the most common and uncontrollable is your genetics.

To get into further detail, your hair’s natural cycle is divided into four stages: it begins with the growth (Anagen) phase before moving into the transition (Catagen), resting (Telogen) and finally shedding (Exogen) phase.

“Due to age or genetics, the number of hairs in the Telogen stage can increase whilst the number of hairs in the Anagen stage can decrease which leads to perceptibly thinner hair. As more follicles move out of the growth phase, the person will experience increasing baldness,” says Unilever’s Peter Bailey, Global Technical Manager, Hair Care.

Unfortunately, since balding has a lot to do with your age and genetics, it’s not really preventable. “Once all of the follicles switch out of the growing stage and into the resting and shedding stages, no more new hairs are growing,” Bailey explained. “At this point, the person will be bald.” This switch can take place at any time in your life, which is why some men experience balding at a younger age than others.

While stopping the process of balding is nearly impossible, there are treatments that can help prevent or slow it down. You can check out some over-the-counter hair loss products, or you can meet with your doctor to see what options are best for you.

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Keep your eyes on these signs before it’s too late.

The First Signs of Going Bald

First off, shedding and going bald are two different things. If you’re losing a few strands of hair a day, don’t fret. Daily shedding happens to everyone, and it doesn’t mean that all of your hair is falling out. So, there’s no need to worry if a few hairs end up in your comb or on your shirt throughout the day.

But, if you notice your hairline is receding, then you may have to face the music. A receding hairline at the top and sides of your head is one of the most common signs of balding. Another sign to keep an eye on are significant patches of missing hair or bald spots at the crown of your head.

If you noticed any signs of balding, have no fear because we’re here to help. Just because you’re losing your hair doesn’t mean you’re losing your style, check out these fresh styles for you to give a try:

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Cover up any small bald spots with this textured look.

1. Tousled Combover

If you’re in the early stages of balding, this combover look is always a stylish choice for covering up any small bald spots. Give your hair a textured look by using AXE Urban Messy Look: Flexible Paste when styling.

bald faded pompadour
If your signs of balding are starting to become a major issue, this style is the perfect cure.

2. Faded Pompadour

If your bald patches are starting to become more prominent, but you’re not ready for the big bald shave just yet, then try out this faded pompadour. Just fade the sides of your head, then groom the top with AXE Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade and you have a flawless look.

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Nothing beats this classic bald look.

3. Classic Bald

Why should you deal with bald spots and thinning hair when you can just shave it off? This is the easiest fix to your hair loss, and it looks perfectly sophisticated and styled. But, just because you’re going for the bald look doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of your scalp in the shower. Make sure you’re still washing your scalp with Dove Men+Care Complete Care Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner to keep it clean and properly hydrated.