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7 Reasons You’ll Love Shaving Your Head Completely Bald For the First Time

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I am a guy that was not given a ton of hair.  Genetics wasn’t nice to me.

It stinks!

Or so I thought…

You see, I started losing my hair before I could actually drink.  Yeah it was that bad.  So you could say I am an authority on the manner of being a guy with very little follicle growth up top – and the fact that I have been shaving my head bald for some time!

However, that’s not to say, when I was losing my hair for the first time I was asking myself the tough questions like: should I shave my head at 20?  or better yet – should i buy rogaine extra strength?

This was such a blow to the ego as a kid.  But now over 10 years later, I like to think I am a little bit wiser and a whole lot more confident in my hair style.

Now I realize all off benefits of shaving all your hair off (or at least 7 really good ones below).

But thats not to say that my ego wasn’t torn to shreds at the time.

Especially when you were in the middle of going to college and felt like the oldest young guy in the classroom.

After all my options were limited:

I could either sport a toupee, pay for hair transplant surgery (I was in college so this wasn’t even an option), maybe try to let my hair go a bit longer and help hide the bald spot in the back just a bit more, shave down my hair a little bit (size 3 on the clippers), or lastly, completely shave it all of.

Honestly I was scared, self-conscious and couldn’t make up my mind.

I took the plunge and tried Rogaine.

Even though it definitely worked and grew a bit of hair back in its place – I knew to myself that this wasn’t going to be a long term option.

Does any of this sound familiar at all?

Here are the reasons why shaving my head was by and far one of the best decisions I ever made in my life:

1.  Shaving My Head Myself Saved Over $400 dollars a Year!

Visiting the Barber Shop

When I would go to the barbershop here in the city.  I would spend about $16 bucks including tip every couple of weeks.

Roughly $416 a year on cutting what little hair I had.

I mean come on!

I would sit down in the chair, they would break out the clippers and I would be opening up my wallet within 10 minutes.

The barbershop was so quick, I could pop over on a half hour lunch and still have plenty of time to get back to work and actually enjoy my lunch!

Its not to say that they didn’t do a good job, but I figured if I were paying my hard earned cash on a haircut for when I didn’t even have hair, then why not just do it myself?

You see, normally I reserve my dislike for companies that make safety cartridge razors.

The markup that they apply to those blades are insane.

Here’s the kicker though:

Even though the markup is so high on cartridge blades like Gillette or Schick – they are still cheaper than going to the barbershop and having them cut your hair.

For a quick comparison, as outlined above, I would spend about $416 a year making visits to the barbershop.  When purchasing my own cartridge blades I spend about $40 annually for 12 blades.  Each blade you can get about 4 really good shaves out of it – this is assuming you shave weekly:

Annual Cost of the Barbershop vs Shaving Your Head Bald

Yes it really is that drastic of a difference.  That is a net savings of $376 dollars!

But that’s not all:

Not only are you now saving a ton of money on skipping the barbershop every couple of weeks, but you now don’t have to worry about using that much shampoo or conditioner.

Even though you are bald, one bottle of all natural shampoo and conditioner should last you pretty much all year. Shampooing and conditioning is critical to making sure your scalp stays well moisturized to prevent dry skin and flaking.

I don’t know about you, but I sure would like to have that money in my pocket instead of just throwing it away every few weeks.

Editors note: Be sure to check out this complete guide to proper bald head care and all the stuff you should invest in to make your dome look its best.

2.  From Hollywood to Pro Sports There Are Plenty of Bald Famous People

Bruce Willis Hair Throughout the Years - Shaving His Head
Which Bruce Willis looks best?

If you say #1, there’s no hope for you 🙂

Ok, #2 isn’t bad by any means.  I mean who is more bad ass than John McClane?  Even as a fictional character in Die Hard he has his own Wikipedia page:


How bad ass is that?!

But you definitely have to go with #3 in the pic above.  I mean he looks just like an awesome guy!

So be it Bruce Willis,  Jason Statham, Woody Harrelson, Andre Agassi, Bryan Cranston, Michael Jordan, Patrick Stewart, Vin Diesel, Samuel Jackson or a multitude of other famous people they all have one thing in common:

You guessed it!

They’re completely bald celebrities – or at least nearly bald!

Sure they might have a full-time makeup crew that follows them around and makes sure they always look their best for the camera, but take away all of that – they are human after all and embrace their hairline.

Of course sitting on a few million dollars always helps too – but that’s not the point!

If you are thinning out up top, you can definitely get away with cutting your hair a bit closer.

Need further affirmation, just check out the pictures below:

Bald Famous People

I get it – celebrities are only one slice of the pie.

Of course they are famous for so many reasons, and being bald isn’t exactly one of them.

Which leads me to the next section…

3.  Do Women Find Bald Men Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Men Attractive

Yes, yes, annnnd yes!

Oh did I say yes!?

Sure there are definitely the skeptics out there where women don’t find bald men attractive.

As the saying goes ‘to each their own’.  Honestly though, after reading the testimonials below, I would almost venture out to say that women find bald men more attractive.

But why?

There are a few reasons for it (oh yeah and we have facts at the end of this to prove it):

1.  Bald men exude a lot more confidence

A guy that can sport going bald proves that they are comfortable with their own body.  Instead of sporting a combover trying to hide the inevitable, they like when a man embraces what they have.

2.  Bald Men Seem More Organized

Bald men appear to be more well put together and neat.  Women would rather be with someone like this:

Patrick Stewart - Bald Famous People

Than someone who kinda looks like this:

Shaving Your Head Bald Sloppy Guy vs Clean Guy

Instead of letting hair grow in patches or unkempt on your head, going completely bald makes you seem on top of your game.

3.  Everything Appears Under Control

Lastly a bald guy looks a lot more mature and in control.  Instead of being all over the place with different hairstyles every couple of months trying to hide what is going on.  Women love men who take control of their own destiny.

So I mentioned there would be some testimonials from women to back this up right?

Here you go:

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?


Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?

Do Women Find Bald Guys Attractive?


4.  Shaving Your Head Bald for the First Time – What Other Guys Thought

Sure we went over what women thought in the previous section, but it would only be fair to also here what guys thought once they saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

Shaving Head Bald Confidence

Shaving Head Bald Confidence

Shaving Head Bald Confidence

Shaving Head Bald Confidence

You have to always remember though:

Even if you are completely bald and decide to shave your head just to test out the waters, it always temporary from where you currently sit today.

So don’t be to shy on jumping off the deep end and giving a shave a whirl!

6.  Shaved Head With Beard = The Ultimate One-Two Punch!!!

Shaved Head with Beard

The single best way to make yourself look even better while sporting a bald head is to grow a beard.


If you are going bald, chances are is that you have higher testosterone levels.


With higher testosterone levels it will allow you to grow out a killer beard.

So while you may have lost all of the hair up top, don’t fret, you can even it out with facial hair.  In my book that’s a net difference of 0 of total hair growth above the neckline!

If this is your first time growing a beard ever (or if its something that you don’t do often), there are definitely some important things you need to know.

First: Understand how to maintain your beard properly.  In fact when you grow a beard, you may experience a bit of beardruff – don’t fret.  You can get rid of that rather quickly when using a beard oil.

We recently wrote a post outlining all of the benefits of beard oil.  So be sure to check it out when you have a minute.

When using beard oil, it can get a bit pricey and could offset the savings we acquired in step 1.  But don’t fret, if you have the time (i.e. about 15 minutes) you can actually make your own beard oil recipe.

Again, this will get you back in the black and fatten that piggy bank a bit more.

Here’s the deal though:

You might be the guy that got the double whammy – no beard and no hair.



You may have tried rogaine (a.k.a minoxidil) in the past and clearly didn’t receive the results you were looking for.

However you can definitely try it out on your beard and see if the results could differ.  Up front you have about a 40% chance of a success rate if everything goes well.

In fact we have an entire writeup about your beard and minoxidil.

Regardless of what others think and whether or not you are sporting a beard, it all comes down to confidence which leads me to my next point:

7.  When Shaving Your Head Confidence Is Key

Confidence in Shaving Head

Credit: AMC/Frank Ockenfels 3

I am not the most confident guy in the world.

From speaking in front of others to making decisions – sometimes I feel like my confidence falters.

When it comes to hair, anytime someone would make a bald joke it seriously upset me.

While I tried my best to hide it, it definitely hurt.

Perhaps I wasn’t the best at taking a joke, but it was just something that I couldn’t help and I honestly didn’t know what to do.

Like I was saying earlier, when I first had started to lose my hair, I had a tough time grappling with the change.  Heck I was only 20 years old after all.

So the night I decided to first take clippers to my head to get my hair close, and secondly run a safety cartridge through it there were several thoughts going through my head.  Most along the lines of – damn this is going to look horrible – I am going to feel like a cue ball – What if I don’t like it? – Am I going to slice my head open from the razor and have to go to the emergency room?

The point is – I was terrified

But when I finished up, dried off my head and put on my glasses, I was honestly amazed!

It was a crazy experience!

I felt awesome!

Plain and simple!  It was definitely one of the better decisions of my life.

If your on the edge thinking about shaving your head, I could be happier to urge you to do so.

It will make you feel awesome as a man, and heck, you have to always think to yourself – ‘it will always grow back’.

I know its not easy to put yourself in that mindset, but trust me on this one, you’ll love it!

About The Author

Shawn Burns

Shawn is the founder and senior editor at Tools of Men, the leading style and grooming source trusted by men in 187 countries. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. He is an expert in all things men's grooming related. His work has been mentioned on countless sites including AskMen, Vice, WikiHow, and the New York Times.

13 thoughts on “7 Reasons You’ll Love Shaving Your Head Completely Bald For the First Time”

  1. Chris Capelli says:

    I agree with him it is not bad. I have been diagnosis with cancer this last august and had to go thru radiation treatments. Lost most of my hair and sideburns. So I went to the salon and got the rest clipped off to the skin. I love the bald look I think I am going to keep it. I was told I look bad ass. I will get a clipper and do it myself. I look younger and I do look bad ass. So you guys out there going bald or going thru cancer or just want to try the shaved head look you will love it. You will look awesome. Believe me I do.

  2. Kari says:

    No way in hell i would shave my head. To me bald is ugly.

    1. Shawn says:

      Everyone’s got their own tastes 🙂 As a bald guy, I love not having to ‘think’ about my hair or feel self conscious any more!

  3. Anonymous says:

    One night I decided to bic the head for good. The only look worst look than being bald is balding. If the hair loss is going on the extreme side, find your clippers and razor.

  4. Joseph says:

    A man I see pretty often at lunch shaved his head and he told me his wife’s sister didn’t know who he was when she saw him at first. She said he looked years younger.

    1. Joseph says:

      Actually I have been shaving my head for years. My wife really prefers my head shaved bald to the scalp too. She says it looks neater and cleaner than stubble. Also my particular pattern of hair loss is quite uneven for stubble.


    Shaved the bolding ponytail – think the guy in the Simpsons who owns the comic book store- off about 6 weeks ago. Should have done it 10 years ago. Everybody loves it. I still have to get used to it and keep patting my shaven head allthe time, and yes the stubble is back about 12 hours later, but overall it is a great improvement. I wear a beard also, I kept that going.
    I get great results from a nifty little device called the headblade, which can be obtained from amazon as well as the eponymous website.
    In short: if you are balding and think of shaving: to it!
    The look is ubiquitous anyway.

  6. Tyron Hardigree says:

    My hair started thinning in my 20s for over three decades I hope for a cure. Looking in the mirror everyday for over 30 years wondering how I would cover my continuously balding area 6 weeks ago slide to shave my head I actually love my bald head I love the way it feels and I like shaving wish I had done it 30 years ago I’m currently 55. Turns out that my hair falling out was probably one of the better things that ever happened to me for if I hadn’t lost my hair and I’m actually shaved my head I wouldn’t have looked at all of my Decades of insecurities and is truly made a difference in my life it causes a or at least it cause me to reprioritize and that has been a good thing. Best of luck and even if you’re not losing your hair not to shave it off just once for like a month it can truly be a life-changing event having said all that I could grow my hair back I’m sure I would but my genetics do not allow for such a thing and I wore air systems for a year-and-a-half they look great they were great I just always felt like a fraud and I like who I am now so if I Like Me Maybe other people like me. Happy shaving

  7. Glen says:

    Have full head of hair, but each Summer get clipped to either crewcut or #2 buzzcut, have decided to go all the way for New Years 2019, get full razor shave at regular barber, think she expects it because I’ve been going shorter and shorter over last few years.

  8. Leigh.F says:

    After reading all the comment’s and post. I would like to thank the Author of this as it has given me confidence to shave my head. I have been receding and thinning for a couple of years and not had the courage to do it. But now i have 2 and a bit weeks off work for Christmas, it will help me get use to it. So i will now do it this weekend and start 2019 a fresh new bald guy.

    Thanks Guys

  9. Leandro Mondelēz says:

    I just turned 50, and still have a full head of hair. But, I just might shave it off. I’m tired of the $25 haircuts every two weeks plus the cost of hair color for the grey, and shampoos. I could probably save over $600 a year! Only thing I’m worried about his coworkers comments. Will definitely be sporting a ball cap.

  10. Joseph says:

    Just wondering if you did the shave? It can be a big step.

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