Balding seems to be a fairly normal and common part of the aging process for American men. But what if you could overcome this telltale sign of aging and maintain a thick head of hair throughout your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond?
Hair Loss in Men
If you’re facing balding or thinning hair, you aren’t alone. Here’s a look at some of the rather depressing statistics and data points among American men:
- By the age of 35, two in three men will experience some degree of hair loss.
- By age 50, 85 percent of men will have significantly thinning hair.
- One in four men who suffer from hair loss begin the process before reaching 21
- Androgenetic alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness MPB) accounts for 95 percent of hair loss in men.
Hair loss can impact self-esteem. By addressing it early on, you can slow (and even reverse) hair loss and restore your confidence.
4 Tips for Dealing With Hair Loss
Hair loss in men isn’t anything to be alarmed about, but it’s certainly not something most men are comfortable with. Thankfully, there are ways to address it. Here are a few of our top suggestions:
- Take Care of Yourself
Start by taking care of yourself. Hair loss is often tied to other health issues, such as poor nutrition and improper hair care. If you can improve basic lifestyle choices, you might be able to slow down hair loss. (If nothing else, it’ll make you feel better and put you in a better position to try a hair loss treatment or technique and get the results you desire.)
- Try Easy Home Treatments
There are a variety of home treatment options for stopping hair loss and regrowing hair. A dermaroller for hair loss is one of the easiest and most cost-effective options. This plastic tool is designed to be rolled over the affected area. It makes tiny pricks in your skin, which penetrates the dermal layer of the skin and boosts circulation in the area. This is intended to create new cells and encourage regrowth. (Don’t worry – it’s painless.)
- Get a New Hairstyle
A new hairstyle can do wonders for your look. Depending on where you’re balding, how much hair you have left, and how bold you’re willing to go, you can choose from a number of options.
“If you’re just starting to thin, but aren’t ready to go super short, compromise with some light, shaggy layers,” stylists Brett and Kate McKay suggest. “Ask your barber to cut the top of your hair in uneven layers. When you’re styling it, just kind of tussle your hair around. It will give you a sort of endearing disheveled look that hides your thinning hair.”
If you have some serious hair loss, you might be better off buzzing your hair. It’s one step short of being clean shaven, but allows you to embrace the hair you have left (without looking like you’re trying to overcompensate).
Whatever you do, avoid the “combover” and “cul-de-sac” looks. If you reach this point, you need to find a way to regrow hair quickly or fully embrace a new era of baldness.
- Use the Right Hair Care Products
The right hair care products can help your hair look more vibrant (and your scalp a bit fuller). Avoid using gel or pomade, which can actually separate your hair and cause it to streak or clump (drawing more attention to thinning hair). Instead, go for a cream, paste, or clay.
Are You Willing to Embrace Hair Loss?
Hair loss doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Some men find that it’s much easier to embrace hair loss than to fight it. If that’s you, more power to you!
If you do choose to embrace baldness, you may find it helpful to grow out your facial hair. This restores some color to your face and gives you a healthier and more vibrant appearance. It’s also helpful to lift weights and tone your body. A muscular bald guy is always going to look better than a skinny bald guy – just the facts!
Whatever you choose to do, don’t let hair loss hold you back from living your best life. Do what’s best for you and enjoy what you’ve got!