Hi, I’m Matt.
I started going bald in my early 20s. Like most people, it was a stressful process, but as a guy who is now happily bald, I’m here to help anyone who’s going through the same thing, whatever your age!
Before I was balding I had relatively normal hair, although I’ve had more than one very questionable haircut!
15 years later I’m a happy bald guy with a wife and two amazing kids, but when my hairline started receding I thought it was the end of the world.
25, receding and thinning
Like anyone who goes bald in their 20s, I hated the idea of losing my hair.
Would people laugh at me?
Would women find me attractive if I was bald?
If I shaved what was left of my hair, would people judge me for my appearance? Would people be intimidated? What about when I applied for jobs?
I initially had a lot of anxiety about it. For a while, I tried to ignore it, and pretend it wasn’t happening.
But then photos like this made me realize it was way past time to take the plunge, and shave it off:
For a few years, I rocked a close buzz-cut as I didn’t like the feeling or the look of a fuzzy grade 2 or 3.
Despite my nervousness, lots of people were complimentary about the new look. The line I heard most was ‘you’re one of those lucky people who looks better with a shaved head’.
Whether this was genuine or people were just being supportive, my confidence didn’t take too much of a kicking. Also, I quickly realized that life wasn’t that different with no hair.
I didn’t have to go to the barber every few weeks, which saved me time and money. I also saved a few minutes getting ready each morning without drying and styling my hair, which was a bonus.
The main thing I noticed was that I didn’t regret shaving my head for one minute. In fact, I felt a new kind of confidence from the fact I didn’t have to worry about whether people noticed I was losing my hair.
My big, bald head was out there for the world to see, and it was freeing. I wasn’t trying to hide anything, and it felt great!
I realized I’d been worrying over nothing.
People didn’t laugh. In fact they didn’t really say anything. I figured out that most people are too busy worrying about their own insecurities to care about mine.
I’m sure there were women who wouldn’t have touched me or any bald guy with a ten foot pole. But luckily for me, there was one who seemed to like the bald look 🙂
Finally, I never felt like I was being judged for the way I looked. As a 6-foot bald guy with tattoos, I probably match a certain stereotype.
But if some people really are intimidated by bald people, I’ve certainly never been treated any differently than I was before.
That goes for my personal life and at work. In fact, my career went from strength to strength throughout my 30s. This was in a job where I was dealing with clients in a professional office setting, face-to-face, day-in, day-out.
I can safely say that going bald had no adverse effect on me whatsoever. If you’re wondering whether to shave your balding head, my advice is to stop worrying and start enjoying your life as a baldie!
Braving the shave
A few years later, I decided to try wet-shaving my head for the first time.
The hair on top of my head had gone completely, and I hated the contrast between the stubble at the back and sides of my head against the smooth, hairless dome on top.
I’d be lying if I said I got it right the first time!
But after a few hundred shaving cuts and a lot of trial and error, I’m something of an expert at wet shaving my bald head.
Bald & Happy
Of course, there’s a few things I wish I’d known before I started.
That’s why I started this website – to give people answers to all the same questions I had.
Here’s a few things to know before you shave your head:
- Maintaining a healthy scalp is a must. You’ll need to wash with shampoo, exfoliate and moisturize regularly. Otherwise you can still suffer from dandruff and other conditions.
- There are ways to get a shiny bald head, but you can also achieve a matte finish if you prefer.
- A patchy, discolored scalp isn’t a great look, so make sure you know how to get an even skin tone on your bald head.
There’s more to know about looking and feeling good as a bald guy, from choosing the right clothes, hats and sunglasses to successfully pairing a bald head with a beard.
If there’s anything missing from the site, you can email me at [email protected]