Bald Gracefully

It can be upsetting if you begin to lose your hair. Rather than seeing going bald as a loss, though, consider it as a time to embrace a new style and phase of your life. By cutting your hair, styling your hair and accenting your new look, you can go bald gracefully.


Cutting Your Hair

  1. Embrace a buzz cut. Use clippers to buzz your hair tightly to your head. This makes areas of baldness less obvious and is a good option if you’re balding near the crown of your head or around your hairline. This is a very wearable style if you’re nervous about shaving your head completely.[1]
    • You can do one short length all over or you can ask your barber to go a little tighter on the sides.
  2. Try a Caesar cut. Follow George Clooney’s lead and embrace the classic Caesar haircut. This style is best for a thinning top and receding hairline, as the short bangs are styled forward. Bring photos to a professional stylish to execute this cut properly.[1]
  3. Shave your head. Use shaving cream and a new razor to shave your head completely using warm water. This will hide any hair loss, by removing your hair completely. It is also is the most low maintenance hairstyle possible.[1]
  4. Try the “Roger Sterling.” Have your barber cut your hair tightly on the sides, but a short to medium length on top. Then, create a part on top to naturally hide some hairline recession. The effect is one of a very deep part, rather than balding. This style is best if you have lots of hair on top, but have a receding hairline.[1]
  5. Avoid long hair, which attracts attention to your baldness. The greater the difference between the longest and shortest hairs on your head, the more noticeable any areas of baldness or thinning will be. Avoid longer hairstyles, instead opting for short styles that deemphasize bald spots.[1]

Styling Your Hair

  1. Volumize thinning hair with texturing spray or volumizing powder. If your hair has just begun to thin, use texturing spray, such as Matrix Texture Builder, or volumizing powder, such as Beyond the Zone Rock On, to give the illusion of thicker strands. These products separate your hair less, helping to hide areas of thinner growth. Texturizing and volumizing products should be applied per the manufacturer’s directions on dry hair.[2]
  2. Swap shampoo for a cleansing conditioner to keep follicles clear. Many regular shampoos can clog your hair follicles if used too frequently. To keep your hair follicles clear in order to allow new growth, switch to a cleansing conditioner, such as Biolage. This will cleanse your hair while keeping healthy, natural scalp oils.[2]
  3. Avoid a comb-over style. Trying to camouflage your bald spot by combing your hair over it simply never works. It draws more attention to your baldness, isn’t convincing, and doesn’t look attractive. Avoid any creative combing to cover thin areas. Ultimately, any hair that is moving in a strange direction will be more attention grabbing than baldness, which is at least natural.[1]

Accenting Your New Look

  1. Grow some facial hair. Attract attention to your face rather than your head by growing some classic facial hair. Stick to timeless styles, such as mustaches and goatees in shorter lengths, for a trim and polished look. Avoid very long facial hair, such as a long beard, as this can emphasize the lack of hair elsewhere.[1]
  2. Embrace accessories to accentuate your appearance. Some accessories simply look better with a bald head. Accentuate your newfound baldness with a bold pair of earrings or a printed scarf. You may find that you can sport more adventurous accessories near your face now that you don’t have to style your hair.[3]
    • Statement necklaces and large, colorful earrings can make a bald head look stylish and chic.
  3. Avoid hats, which can clog your hair follicles and prevent hair growth. Let the sweat glands on your head breathe by foregoing hats. While it’s temping to cover up your baldness, wearing a hat all the time can clog your hair follicles and keep new hair from growing. An occasional winter hat to stay warm is all you need.[2]


  • Discuss any medications with your doctor if your hair loss is very sudden.
  • A benefit of going bald is the money you’ll save on pricey hair-care supplies and services. Use a bit of that cash to treat yourself to a massage, pedicure or shave. You might find there are some indulgent perks to losing your hair after all.

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