I am a guy that doesn’t have a ton of hair. Genetics wasn’t nice to me.
Or so I thought.
You see, I started losing my hair before I could drink – yeah, it was that bad.
While in college, I felt like I was the oldest young guy in the classroom.
I lost confidence in myself.
Like any other guy, I was researching topics about toupees, hair systems, hair transplant surgery, finasteride, minoxidil – everything.
Finally, I decided on Rogaine. It was cheap (I was in college), and it was one of the few scientifically-backed hair loss options available.
After giving it a try, I gave up. It didn’t feel natural, nor did I see the desired results – a full head of hair.
So after ignoring my thinning hairline for a while, I managed things up top by simply keeping it nice and short.
But a funny thing happened over the years. Every so often, when I went to the barber, I kept asking for a size lower on the hair clipper. First, a size four (this was a huge first step), then gradually on to a size three a year or two later, and then finally on a size two.
It was a joke. I was in and out of the barbershop in a matter of minutes.
Fast-forward to the end of the story, and enough was enough; I committed one night to completely shaving my head bald.
All the way – with a razor.
To be honest, I was scared. Seriously, staring myself in the face, I wondered how I got to this point.
But after looking into the mirror once finished, it was as if the biggest weight came off my shoulders. I felt like a badass. Like a genuine badass, you see in the movies. It was so empowering.
Mind you, I didn’t go nuts and start doing stunts or anything crazy like that. But the overall feeling was really, pretty cool.
So that’s my story and how I got to where we are today. And if you are wondering, yes, I still shave my head a few times each week.
But over time, I noticed many other benefits to shaving my head – here’s what they are:
1. Shaving your head saves money
If you pay about $15 per haircut (including tips) times 26 weeks, assuming you get a haircut once every two weeks, you save about $390 per year.
Additionally, you no longer need to buy shampoo, conditioner, or any sort of hair styling product.
I would suspect you probably walk away with an extra $500 annually.
Here’s one quick caveat:
Even though the price is high for cartridge blades like Gillette or Schick – they are still cheaper than going to the barbershop and having them cut your hair.
When purchasing a bulk set of cartridge blades, expect to pay $40 for 12 blades. Each blade can get about six to 20 shaves before replacing (largely varies on the razor brand). That is enough razors to last a year.
2. Do women or men think baldness is attractive?
Several studies have indicated that women, in particular, favor men with hair. We found this to be true in our research on men’s body and head hair. Women found 22% of bald men to be attractive. Meanwhile, 46% found bald men unattractive, and 32% had no preference.
Just because 46% of women don’t like baldness doesn’t mean that you should ignore the other 54%.
Many women find that bald men appear to have more confidence, organized, and in control.
To further prove this, here are a few social media posts about bald men regarding attractiveness:
3. Men feel empowered when shaving their head
Attractiveness is only half the equation. Here is what other men felt when shaving their head:
As you can see from above, men found that shaving their head bald is empowering and confidence-boosting.
4. Facial hair pairs well with baldness
If you have facial hair, then consider growing a beard. Facial hair helps to offset a skin-heavy appearance above the shoulders.
Growing a beard can break up the appearance and ultimately avoid the familiar “egg” feeling that some bald men have.
Now you don’t need to grow a long beard; even a short stubble can suffice.
Should you decide to grow a beard, you will want to make sure it is well-conditioned. If a stubble, use beard oil or face cream. If you grow a long beard, then a beard oil or beard balm is more effective at conditioning.
Ultimately, a conditioner will help to prevent your facial hair and skin from feeling dry or crunchy.
5. There are plenty of famous bald people
Here’s a list of some notable bald celebrities: Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Patric Stewart, Jason Statham, Woody Harrelson, Andre Agassi, Bryan Cranston, Michael Jordan, Samuel Jackson, and the list goes on.
While sure they are rich and famous, the fact of the matter is that they are bald. Even with a lot of money, they embraced being bald instead of paying for hair transplant surgery.
The point being here, you can embrace baldness as an extension of your style.
6. Shaving your head develops confidence
Once you shave your head, it is an instant weight off your shoulders.
You no longer need to worry about styling your hair in specific ways to cover balding areas. You can simply go about your day, embracing your body just the way it is.
Additionally, should you not feel comfortable with a bald head, you can always let your hair grow. Ultimately, it’s an option available to you if you are ever looking for an out.
I know it’s not easy to put yourself in that mindset, but trust me on this one; you’ll love shaving your head!
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.