Time was when a bit of thinning on the crown prompted a run to the toupee shop and a bulk purchase of hair-growth potion. Thankfully those days are over, and the bald look is embraced by celebrities, movie stars and just regular Joes too.
The secret is to accept what’s coming, make the most of what you’ve got while you’ve got it, and then really OWN your look. And with that comes lots of extra opportunity for dapper style, from super-sharp tailoring to a world of cool new beardiness.
THICKENING YOUR THIN
If you’re just starting to thin, and not ready to accept the full dome approach, there are ways to deal with it, from thickening shampoos and hair products to sharper haircuts. What you absolutely must not do is attempt a combover, a comb-forward or a ponytail. These will not be your friends.
A sharper haircut will tell the world you’re in control, and help prevent any wispiness. You could also try a semi-permanent hair-thickening treatment such as Head & Shoulders Extra Thickening Treatment, from the Thick & Strong range, which contains caffeine and vitamins to nourish the scalp and thicken each hair strand from root to tip.
CROPPING FOR COOL
There are lots of different ways you might lose your hair, whether it’s back from the temples, thinning all over, or a bald patch at the crown. Ultimately you may make the decision to go for a crop – a choice made by plenty of movie stars who regularly appear in the ‘Sexiest Male’ lists!
A number two or three crop looks honest, confident and attractive, showing you’ve nothing to hide or be embarrassed about – unlike a comb-forward which can look pretty shifty.
It’s probably best to go to a barber at first, to make sure the shape looks good, then as you get more confident with the look you can take to the clippers yourself.
SMOOTHEST OF THE SMOOTH
The moment has come: time to cut your losses and go for bald. And honestly, there’s nothing to be afraid of – these days it’s a positive choice whether you’re losing your hair or not, and can make you look properly powerful.
If going the whole hog all at once is too much of a statement for you, just do it gradually, getting a bit shorter every couple of weeks. Once you’re there, you’ll want a really smooth, easy shave, whether you’re going for a manual or electric razor – just the same as when you’re shaving your face, in fact. So go for something with plenty of flex, and multiple blades, to make sure you get every hair.
The Braun Series 9 Wet/Dry Foil Shaver can be used in or out of the shower, making it less of a mess when you have to clean away the bristles. Meanwhile, the Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Razor uses FlexBall technology to make sure you reach all those contours.
If you’re finding your new super-smooth silhouette disconcerting, consider how you dress: you can go for something a bit smarter and more tailored to instantly pep up your look. Collars will frame your head better than T-shirts, and chuck on a pair of Aviators for some Hollywood cool.
You could also consider a beard to balance out and define your face. A three-to-four-day scruff is a good option to start with, although you might want to go for a really impressive beard to fully own the look.
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