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Going Bald Young? These Guys Tell Us How To Deal With It

What was once blacklisted as an ’embarrassing dilemma’ is now, amongst other grooming woes, the very new normal. Are you starting to go bald early? Welcome to the club.

If you’re sitting on the bald borderline and could do with some guy-to-guy advice, you’re in the right place. Do they ride it out until they have straw-like Danny DeVito hair or do they bite the bullet and shave it off at the first sign of a patch? We chatted with Paddy and Alex to find out how they dealt with going bald young.

 

Paddy Maddison, Freelance Writer, 27 Years Old

When did you first realise you were going bald?

When I was around 18 or 19. It was a real shocker because my hair was a pretty big deal to me. I had lots of different styles and dyed it all kinds of colours. At least I made the most of it while it was there!

Did knowing you were going bald ever knock your confidence?

Yeah, absolutely, especially at such a young age. I think any bald guy who claims not to have had his confidence shot to bits by it, for at least a short while, is probably lying to save face.

Did you try out any alternatives e.g. caffeine shampoos, wearing hats?

No, not really. If any of those shampoos actually worked then you wouldn’t see any blokes without hair! As for the hats – I do wear them from time to time, but I always did, even before I started losing my hair.

When did you take the plunge and first shave your hair?

I first shaved my hair before I really began to lose it, so I was used to myself with a shaved head before it became a necessity. I used to take it all off periodically. Pretty much every summer.

Do you miss having hair?

Kind of, but I’ve definitely made my peace with it now. A patch of fluff on top of your head doesn’t define you. To be honest, I’m glad I lost it early as opposed to at 50 whilst wrestling with a mid-life crisis, too! That must be really rough. I actually like having a shaved head now.

Are there any benefits to being bald?

LOADS. I save 30 – 40 quid a month on haircuts – that’s 8 monthly pints (or 12 for someone outside of London!). I also save a lot of time getting ready in the morning. And, obviously, being bald can make you look badass when done right!

What advice would you give to someone who’s in distress about losing their hair?

I’m not going to say it isn’t frustrating, because it is. The best thing anyone who’s fretting about it can do is to grab a pair of clippers and stop delaying the inevitable. It’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and you can get on with your life. You might even find that you prefer it!

 

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Alex Auld, 27, Digital Designer

When did you first realise you were going bald?

I realised my hair was thinning during my mid-twenties. Over time you notice this kind of thing from photos and probably get the odd sarcastic comment from your brother or dad who is more than happy to point it out to you.

Did knowing you were going bald ever knock your confidence?

Absolutely not! I think there are different ways of going bald, you either have a very harsh, unforgiving hairline or the most common balding which is the thinning ‘Friar Tuck’ on the top of the head. If anything, I felt a definite surge of confidence once I had my hair all cut off.

Did you try out any alternatives e.g caffeine shampoos, wearing hats?

I didn’t try alternative options, really. I was always put off with more extreme options like hair transplants.

When did you take the plunge and first shave your hair?

I chose to do my buzz cut on the day before New Year’s Eve. It wasn’t a planned thing, I just went for my regular hair cut and decided to take the plunge! No one from work (or even my future (now) wife) had any idea what I was going to do. When I returned, I received nothing but positive comments.

Do you miss having hair?

Not one bit! I can honestly say I haven’t missed getting up extra early to style it. Or the greasy feeling of not washing it. You’d be surprised how much time you can save!

Are there any benefits to being bald?

You’re weather-proof, my friend! You can smile happily as you commute in the morning knowing that your hair, which has had zero hours of styling, will still look sharp as you strut to work. You’ll also feel refreshed when you get the odd light rain.

What advice would give to someone who’s in distress about losing their hair?

Take the plunge! I’ve had nothing but compliments since having mine whipped off. If you’re unsure, I’d recommend going for the classic grade 1 all over. Speak with your barber – these people have come across this scenario thousands of times and are able to give you advice and how best to approach this.

 

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