How To Look Good Bald (And Feel Confident In Your Decision)

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Rewind a few years or perhaps even a decade, and going bald was probably not in the playbook…

…and that’s completely ok!

It wasn’t for me either.

While I talked extensively in the past about going bald and the struggles I had when coming to the harsh realization, I find today that shaving my head was one of the best grooming decisions of my life.

But here’s the deal:

Going bald isn’t simply just taking razor to head and calling it a day.

While I wish that were the case, it just simply isn’t the fact.

Secondly, while it might seem like all the steps to look good when going bald might seem a bit too much, it’s not.

In fact, still shaving my head not only put a lot of money back into my pocket with skipped barbershop visits, but also all the required hair products as well.

And as one environmentally conscious reader told me, the reduced reliance on hair products also lessens the impact on the environment – go Captain Planet!

So today I wanted to share a few insights that I have learned along the way in order to look a little bit better when going bald.

Now full disclosure, I don’t think I look like Fabio (him and his stupid long flowing hair), nor am I that full of myself (my mom still loves me – if you are reading this, Hi mom!), but these are just general tips for more consistent results and better looking skin.

Let’s get started:

get in shape to look great bald

Weight Loss Or A Tone Body Can Help Exude That Dominate Trait People Think Of Bald Men

Let’s face it:

Women may prefer a man with luscious locks, but there are also plenty of ladies out there that love bald men too!

In fact, the biggest reason why they like men who are bald is because they exude that alpha-male trait from the onset (even if you are a nerdy kid like myself).

Secondly, not only do you look a bit more badass with a bald head, but also women think you are going to look a bit more organized and put together…

…and this makes complete sense.

Just looking at pop culture you will see bald men gracing the covers of magazines that demonstrate these traits such as Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, Jeff Bezos, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart, Dwayne Johnson (AKA The Rock), etc.

While no one is expecting you to shed those few extra pounds from the holidays and look like Jason Statham, simply chopping a bit of weight or toning your body through some resistance training can make a world of difference in order to look good while going bald.

So instead of getting that 5 Guys for lunch or chocolate sweets at the checkout counter, try to trade it out for a juice (a real one with real veggies and fruits, not the sugar loaded crap) instead.

Not only will you (and your waistline) look better with time, but you will also feel a world better too!

It truly is a win-win situation for you no matter how you look at it!

grow a beard while bald

Is A Beard An Option For You?

For most men who are follicly derived up top, it likely is going to be a bit easier for you to grow a beard due to increased testosterone in your body.

While this may not be 100% of the case for all men, for the large majority of those who can grow a beard, do it.

Like Starsky & Hutch – ‘Do it’!

But why?

A beard will help to balance out your overall appearance.

Whenever I shaved both my face and head, I understandably looked and felt like an egg.

It’s just WAY too much skin exposed above the shoulders that I am not fully comfortable with for some reason.

Now I am not saying you need to grow some god-like beard or something that garners 100,000 likes on Instagram (go #beardgang), but even just a little bit of a stubble can add a whole other dimension to your look.

But here’s the kicker:

Don’t just grow a beard and do nothing to maintain it!

Even just a light application of a beard oil (or face cream if you are in the light stubble phase), can really help to not only soften the beard follicles, but will ensure that you don’t have an itchy or dry looking beard (which, let’s be honest, looks bad).

If your budget can’t afford a $20 bottle of beard oil, no problem, go with a beard balm (usually ringing up around $10 a tin) or even straight jojoba oil – it’s a natural moisturizer and compliments your skins natural oil (don’t worry, it doesn’t cause acne).

shave your head regularly

Keep Your Head Kempt – You Look Younger And Better

One of the biggest problems I have with my hair line, is that when I don’t shave my head for a few days, I have the SAME EXACT pattern as my grandpa – minus about 50 years of course.

It sucks.

I instantly look way older than I actually am.

Unless I am getting prepped for a Halloween costume, those patches on the side and back really need to go.

So, if went all in on going bald, make sure that you keep it shaved off regularly.

Now, since razors can pretty much cost an arm and a leg, either sign up for the Gillette On-Demand service or one of the other popular razor subscription services to try and control this expense a bit.

In fact, we recently reviewed both Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club in-depth.

Lastly, I find that since I have shaved my head now for so many years, I will do an initial pass after I have been in the shower for a few minutes (helps to soften the hairs) and then do a secondary pass immediately once I get out.

This has helped cut down on both prep time and cleaning time than if I were to use a set of clippers + shaving.

When Shaving Regularly, You Need TO Moisturize – Bald Dandruff Is Real

Seriously, there is nothing more embarrassing when being a bald man and having dandruff.

This is just the opposite of looking good while bald, it looks downright bad.

The reason for this is that a lot of men are shaving their head way too often (assuming you aren’t dealing with a medical condition),.

Keep this in mind:

When you shave your head, you are dragging multiple razor blades across your skin with every single stroke.

That’s a lot of stress on your skin!

And if you make several passes, that stress is even more pronounced!

To counteract this, and to repair your skins moisture barrier, you need to moisturize daily.

This helps keep that delicate skin on your head intact and makes you look great.

Pro Tip: If you really don’t want to have a shiny head at all, make sure that you pick up a moisturizer that is oil free.  This will produce the mattifying effect that you are looking for.

Don’t Forget – The Sun Shines Year Round

Alright, the last note I want to touch on is sun exposure to the scalp.

If you are going bald, you need to make sure that you lather on some SPF protection daily.

While that might be tough for some men to get into the habit (I’ll be honest, I miss some days myself), attempting to do this on a regular basis will be better than nothing.

Put it in a place where you can’t miss it.

Whether it’s right by the car keys so you can slather it on before you run out the door, or even perhaps on a dresser sitting next to your watch or phone.

And it bears repeating, just because it could be winter time, doesn’t mean the sun goes completely away.

Sure, the UV index might be a bit lower, but your dome is still being exposed…

…and what if you completely ignore this step?

Sun damage.

Expect with time to see sun spots or freckles appear on the top of your head.

Too much exposure may result in some form of severe skin aliments as well (melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, etc.).

We would recommend going with a sunscreen rated at least SPF 15 as this will still block out most of the harmful rays from your skin.

Now one ‘hack’ for lack of a better term we found works pretty well is that when you moisturize, use a cream that has SPF baked in.

You will see these a lot in face creams for men (specifically the No. 7 and Lab Series brands) – this way you can get a product that does double duty for you (moisturize + sun protection).

Confidence Is The Biggest Key To Looking Good Bald

When you feel great about yourself it shows.

Carry yourself well.

Embrace who you are.

Become a people magnet by having a great personality and the rest will follow.

In order to look good bald, believe in yourself and continue to be awesome!

About Shawn Burns

Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn's expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.

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