It happens to most men at some point. You notice that the little wad of hair clogging up the drain in the shower is getting bigger and bigger. Reality begins to set in. You are starting to go bald. By the age of 35, about two-thirds of men will experience noticeable hair loss. And by age 65, 85% of men are significantly thinning. And frankly, we take it seriously. Somehow, we feel less attractive, less confident.
Just because you are becoming challenged in the follicular department doesn’t mean that you have to be sartorially challenged as well. Think of it as an opportunity to freshen up your image. Studies show that most men only change their hairstyle three times during their lifetime. Jude Law is the patron saint of the receding hairline having continuously maintained a hip hairstyle as his hairline successively recedes.
This article is intended to share some information about why we lose our hair, what we can do about it and how to fashionably style your hair once your hairline begins to make it’s retreat.
Find Out Why
For most men it is simply a matter of genetics. The old wives tales about whether it’s on your mother or your father’s side or whether or not you wear a ball cap are simply that, old wives tales. Unfortunately if you have any bald eagles in your family tree, odds are your hairline is headed north.
Beyond genetics, DHT is the most common culprit of hair loss. DHT is a by-product of testosterone and too much it of assaults the dermal papillae that regulates how much of this nasty stuff gets into the hair shaft and shuts down the follicle. You may be a man’s man and chances are you’re going to wind up bald.
Diet and stress play a major role in how much hair stays on your head. If your diet is lacking sufficient Omega-3 Fatty Acids, is Anemic or is Vitamin B deficient this can lead to hair loss.
Lastly, calcium deposits, coatings from cheap shampoos and a lack of scalp exfoliation can also clog the hair shaft.
Pay attention to your diet and eat more fish rich in Omega-3’s and iron rich foods such as tofu and pumpkin seeds .
Take a hair growth supplement that inhibits the production of DHT and provides vitamins and herbal remedies to support hair growth.
Chill out and get regular massage. Managing your stress level will do a lot more that simply keep hair on your head. It’s so easy for us to forget and not pay attention to our stress levels.
Read the labels of any prescription medication you are taking and don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor. There are often alternate remedies available.
Shampoo with an exfoliating scalp treatment and use better hair products that won’t coat your scalp and clog up your pores.
In order of increasing costs and severity you do have some options:
- Use a scalp stimulating treatment and volumizing shampoo such as Numinox and Volume by Mediceuticals or Invati Scalp
- Revitalizer, Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, and Invati Thickening Conditioner by Aveda.
- Consider using hair fibers such as XFusion or Topix. These won’t make a werewolf out of a bald man but they will blend naturally with hair concealing the scalp and thereby masking a receding hairline and thinning hair.
- Wearable hair is the new term for toupees and they have really come a long way. Using latex foundations these hair pieces are virtually indistinguishable from human hair. They are also expensive costing several hundred dollars to replace at each haircut.
- Lastly hair transplants continue to be a viable option for receding hairlines and thinning hair. Also expensive, hair transplantation technology has come a long way. They now use micro follicular units comprising up to three hairs at a time to create a full natural hairline.
- We believe that the best thing to do is simply to embrace a receding hairline as part of the aging process. Resorting to snake oils and ripping up your scalp like a sod farmer on crack is expensive and in the end futile. If you don’t make a big deal out of how much hair is on your head no one else will either.
Hairstyles for Receding Hairlines
Now that you’ve decided to make the most of what you’ve got, here are some general rules:
- First, keep it shorter. The more your hair recedes and thins, the shorter you’ll want to go. Follow Jude Law’s lead and change up your hair style from textured and spiked to messy layers to a Caesar.
- Never do a comb-over. We don’t care how much money Donald Trump has, he looks ridiculous.
- Never grow a ponytail and look like your hair just slid back on your head
- And please, never ever sport a nasty accentuated widows peak like Steven Seagal.
From most natural and longest to clean shaven here are our suggestions:
1. Au Natural
Think Sean Connery and Woody Harrelson. Basically just keep it short on the sides and leave it as it is. Sean Connery got tired of wearing toupees and went natural. Woody Harrelson just went bald and did so naturally. Both added facial hair to divert attention from their receding hairline to their facial features.
2. Power Donut
Totally clean on top and longer on the sides, the power donut boasts a ring of unshaved hair clinging to a shaved and polished dome. Ed Harris and Jason Alexander opted for this look like and Jim Cramer sports this look that says “I’m not bald, I’m just taller than my hair.”
3. The Silver Fox
Also known as The Roger Sterling from Mad Men. This is great for men that still have hair on the top. Trim it short on the top but long enough to part and comb some portion over to the side. We suggest a classic taper on the sides and back and make certain to blend perfectly with the top.
4. Textured and Spiked
Again keep the sides short, maybe even an aggressive high fade and more length on top as a distracting element. Think Sting and Bradley Cooper here. Daniel Day-Lewis totally uses this style to draw attention away from his receding hair line.
5. Layered Shag
If you are just beginning to thin and notice your hairline starting to push back and are not yet ready to go super short, consider some light, textured layers. Think Keith Urban, Bon Jovi and Johnny Depp. It’s a tosseled style that will lend an intentionally disheveled look.
Sides are kept a little longer with a structured mid-length look and the front is point cut with a horizontal fringe and styled forward. Inspired by the Roman Emperor and made fashionable by George Clooney.
7. Buzz Cut
You’re not ready to shave it but the hairline is in full recession and there isn’t much left on top either, the buzz cut offers a clean, no-fuss edgy look that makes no apologies. Adam Levine, Jason Statham and John Travolta pull off this power look well.
8. Clean shaven
This is the best option when the top of your head looks like a strip mining field in a rain forest. It certainly creates a statement and is a very commanding look. Yul Brenner and Telly Savalas pulled it off in the sixties and today few guys look better than Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel or Chris Daughtry.