7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (2022)

You’re stuck between a rock and a bald place. That hair on your head, once so full, is thinning in front of your very eyes. Your bathroom mirror doesn’t lie, and when you feel the top of your head, you feel skin. Oh! The horror!

Your hairline, meanwhile, is a tide rolling away from the beach, never to return.

At this point you have options. If your hair still has good vitals, you can let it ride for awhile.

Maybe you’ll opt for a hair loss treatment. Maybe you’ll try some trickery, like an old-fashioned combover (please don’t; suddenly combing your hair sideways is a tactic that’s, well, we all know someone who’s done it and done it badly).

Or, maybe you’ll shave your head. Not just shave it, mind you, but shave it clean. Lots of men do it and, truthfully, the results are positive. Pair your clean-shaven head with a great-looking beard and now you’ve got something.

But the big question is – when? When – or if – should I shave my head? Let’s start at the beginning.

1. I’m Losing My Hair, Should I Shave My Head?

2. The 7 Pros of Shaving Your Head

3. How Do I Know If Shaving My Head Is Right For Me?

4. Pairing Your Shaved Head With Facial Hair

5. OK, I’m In. How Do I Shave My Head? (A simple, illustrated guide)

6. I’m Not Ready Yet. What about hair loss treatments?

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7. Why am I losing my hair in the first place?

Conclusion

1. I’m Losing My Hair, Should I Shave My Head?

Step one, don’t panic. Yes, hair loss is nature’s cruel joke on men, but you’re certainly not alone given that seven out of 10 men will experience some hair loss in their lives.

You can work with what you have for some time, but you very well could be heading to a point where shaving your head is the best option for everyone involved – you, your beard (remember, it’s about the overall look), and your significant other.

That said, let the Norwood Scale be your guide.

What is the Norwood Scale?

Officially known as the Norwood Hamilton Scale, it’s a way to measure the extent of male pattern baldness – yes, men measure their level of baldness, it’s a thing. It The scale originated with Dr. James Hamilton in the 1950s, and was later updated by Dr. O’Tar Norwood.

It’s considered to be the gold standard when describing overall hair loss. It works something like this:

The higher the number, the bigger the issue

The Norwood Scale assigns a numerical rating to stages of baldness. For example, Norwood Hair Loss Type 2 describes a small amount of loss, and you may never face the decision of whether to shave your head or not.

If you’re at level 1, then – congratulations – that’s a nice head of hair there, my friend, and any hair loss you experience is more than likely just the natural aging process.

A Norwood 3 is small to moderate hair loss, and you can still look good with hair, but some parts of it definitely look better than others. It’s not a bad idea, at this point, to see a doctor determine if your hair loss is actually male pattern baldness.

But once you get beyond Norwood 3 … then it’s serious business. At level 5, even hair loss treatments become a bit pointless. Shaving your head may, and perhaps even should, loom in your future.

2. The 7 Pros of Shaving Your Head

7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (1)It’s not fun losing your hair. Nope. The ravages of it are there for all eyes to see, and depending on your ego; it can take a slow, steady toll on your psyche.

But here’s the deal: as men, we’re lucky to live in an era when being bald can be a good thing. A very good thing, at that. Think of some famous bald men – Bruce Willis, Patrick Stewart, Michael Jordan, Vin Diesel.

Society embraces their baldness. In fact, look at pictures of Bruce Willis with hair. Your reaction might be something like, “Wait. What? He looked like that?!”

The bottom line is that for many men the bald look is really the only way to go. It’s a look that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it can make you look sexier, manlier, and even more powerful – if you know just how to pull it off.

There are many positive reasons for shaving your head, although they don’t necessarily apply to one man as they might for another. The pros of it, however, are many and include:

1. Hides Male Pattern Baldness

More on male pattern baldness later, but suffice to say, it’s the biggest reason behind your hair loss. Shaving your head eliminates the need to over-compensate for your MPB – including the dreaded combover or hair loss treatments.

2. No More Primping

All that time you’ve spent in front of your bathroom mirror, trying to make the best of what you have left. Forget about it. Shaving your head eliminates one time-sucking part of your morning routine.

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3. It Makes You Look Younger

A lot of men, especially older men, suddenly look younger once they’ve shaved their head. A head of hair that’s hanging on for dear life, on the other hand, can definitely make you look your age, and beyond.

4. Goodbye Bad Hair Days

We’ve all had our share of bad haircuts and days when our hair seems to have a practical-joking mind of its own. Shave your head and say sayonara to those types of nuisances.

5. It’s Comfortable

If you’re active or live in warmer climates, a clean dome is probably going to feel better than a full head of hair. Even if you don’t live in a warmer climate, it’s going to feel better in the summer. And if it’s cold, you can always rock a great-looking hat. Plus hats look better on shaved heads, and you don’t have to worry about messing up your hair with your headwear.

6. No More Washing & Styling

This ties into item #2 above – if you don’t have it, there’s no need to worry about its daily upkeep.

Shampooing, combing, brushing, and styling your hair has been a part of your daily existence since, well, forever. Washing and drying a shaved scalp, on the other hand, is exponentially easier.

You’ll probably be surprised at how much time and money you save on hair care and products once you’ve shaved your head.

7. You’ll Appear More Confident

There’s a certain amount of insecurity that comes with losing your hair. You may feel like your youthful manliness and virility are being challenged.

On the other hand, when you accept your hair loss for what it is without going into a dark place mentally for weeks or months, shaving your head can be very liberating. And it exudes confidence.

It demonstrates that you’re self-assured and embraced what nature gave you. It’s the same with facial hair – it’s to be worn with confidence.

3. How Do I Know If Shaving My Head Is Right For Me?

Chances are, you’ll like your look after you gone clean on top. But nature does like to mess with us, and you may have a head that’s a bit lumpier, or misshapen, than others.

Check with your barber and ask them what they think. They know the shape of your head and hopefully can give you some helpful guidance. Otherwise, you might just have to shave it down and see.

4. Pairing Your Shaved Head With Facial Hair

OK, let’s assume you’ve taken the plunge and shaved your head clean. It’s not a bad look at all, even a damn good look, and hopefully better than the rapidly-receding look that was causing you so much angst.

By itself, a bald head can be a bit on the bland side, however. So add some character and grow some facial hair, if you already haven’t.

Of course, there are many options when it comes to pairing facial hair with baldness: there’s the mustache, the goatee, the stubble, and the full beard.

You can’t go wrong with any of them, but it’s hard to argue that a full beard isn’t the perfect complement to a bald head.

It works with any face, any head, etc. You don’t even need to shave your head, to be honest. Even a receding hairline or Norwood Danger Zone hair pops with a beard as its partner in crime. Moreover, a great-looking beard will draw attention away from your balding head.

However, it’s not a must you pair your shaved heads with beards. I mean, celebrities like Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel rocked shaved heads with clean shiny faces, and no one bats an eyelid, because they still look good!

5. OK, I’m In. How Do I Shave My Head? (A simple, illustrated guide)

You basically have three options when it comes to shaving your head: by using a razor, using an electric shaver, or by using clippers.

Getting Ready

7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (2)The best time to shave your head is after a hot shower when your hair is softer. If it’s your first time, towel-dry your hair until it’s damp, and then use a pair of clippers to trim it down until it’s stubble. Your best bet is to use the No. 1 or 2 settings on your clippers.

Next, apply shave cream or shave oil to the area and let it set a few minutes to further soften hair follicles. A caution: menthol-based gels will dry out skin and close pores.

Gentlemen, Start Your Razors

7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (3)Use a clean, sharp razor with at least three blades – or better yet, the HeadBlade. Be sure to rinse it often during the process.

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Begin by shaving with the grain of your hair, but be gentle and use slow, even strokes.

You may get a closer shave by going against the grain, but you also risk irritation and in-grown hairs. Save the thicker, coarser areas of your head for last so that your shave cream has additional time to soften it.

The back of your head is one of those areas, so tilt your head in a way so the skin back there is taut when it’s time to shave there.

If you miss some hairs on the back of your head by shaving with the grain, try shaving from side to side.

Now That You’re Done

7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (4)When you’re finished shaving, splash cool water on your head to close the pores, then pat your head dry with a towel. Apply some aftershave balm – alcohol-free if you have sensitive skin – and moisturize your skin daily.

Using Clippers

7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (5)

Using clippers instead of a razor has its advantages, including avoiding irritation and in-grown hairs altogether. It’s also faster (no need to prep with shave cream and gels), and it leaves a stubble that’s attractive in its own right. Plus, you’re less likely to nick yourself while shaving.

A pair of balding clippers is made to order for this task because of the way the cut close to the scalp. It is worth noting that balding clippers can have much sharper blades than an ordinary pair of clippers, so don’t be an animal when it comes to shaving your head.

When you’re finished, run your hand all over your scalp to check for missed spots.

6. I’m Not Ready Yet. What about hair loss treatments?

The market is flooded with hair loss treatments, some of them a bit on the snake oil side, while many are legit. If you’re still in the early stages of hair loss, then hair loss treatments and hair loss prevention shampoos are worth considering.

But most experts suggest that the sooner you start treatments as you creep up the Norwood Scale, the more effective they’ll be.

Just keep in mind that there is no “cure” for hair loss. Let’s take a brief look at what are considered the best hair loss treatments available:

Finasteride

Most commonly known as Propecia, finasteride suppresses dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that shrinks hair follicles (more on DHT later). It can slow down and halt hair loss, and even grow some of your hair back.

Just a quick note: Propecia has the blazingly bad reputation of causing male organ issues such as erectile dysfunction, but they’re issues that have affected a very small percentage of men. If you are one of those affected by it, there are ways to alleviate adverse effects.

Minoxidil

7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (6)You’ve heard of this one by its other name – Rogaine – and like Propecia, it’s an FDA-approved hair loss treatment.

Minoxidil started out as a drug used to treat high blood pressure, but one of its side effects was hair growth on the head and body. Hence, a hair loss treatment was born.

Minoxidil’s secret sauce is that it stimulates hair follicles to grow by widening blood vessels and allowing more oxygen, nutrients and blood to reach the follicles. Unlike finasteride, it doesn’t prevent DHT from shrinking hair follicles.

Nizoral

Nizoral is an antifungal shampoo that was originally marketed as an anti-dandruff, anti-fungal shampoo.

Over time, studies showed that Nizoral’s active ingredient, ketoconazole, can slow and even halt hair loss in men. It’s not considered to be as powerful as finasteride or minoxidil, however.

It’s important to remember that there are no guarantees no matter what hair loss treatment you select, and there can be side effects. Minoxidil is considered by some to be a temporary fix because it doesn’t deal directly with the hormonal aspect of hair loss.

We’ve already talked about finasteride, and it’s possible – albeit slim – chance of causing erectile dysfunction.

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7. Why am I losing my hair in the first place?

7 Things About Shaving Your Head (And When It's Time) (7)Let’s go back to the drawing board for a second. We’ve already touched on the idea that all men experience some sort of hair loss, and that hair loss can be measured (Norwood Scale).

But the actual “why” of hair loss isn’t a cut-and-dried answer that simply comes down to, “I’m getting old; therefore it’s falling out.”

Here’s a look at some of the factors that determine why your hair is receding at a faster rate than the next guy.

Male Pattern Baldness

All serious hair loss can typically be filed under the category known as male pattern baldness. MPB’s scientific name is androgenetic alopecia, and it’s serious business. The general consensus is that MPB comes down to the following factors:

Genes

Many doctors argue that MPB is all about genetics. In other words, if your father lost his hair, then there’s a good chance you will, too. The hair follicles on your scalp have a DNA blueprint from your parents, and there’s really nothing much you can do about that.

Hormones

Men who have thinning hair inherit hair follicles that are over-sensitive to dihydrotestosterone. When testosterone is converted to DHT, it shrinks hair follicles. Hair then becomes thinner and finer until it stops growing altogether.

Age

As we get older, our hair growth slows down. Nothing too complicated here.

Conclusion

No matter why you’re losing your hair, and whatever treatment you select to slow or improve the process, your best bet may be just to shave your head. If your head has a nice shape, why wait?

Bald is beautiful. Bald is bold. Like a beard, your baldness may even change your life in ways you never expected.

How do you feel about shaving your head?

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FAQs

What are good things about shaving your head? ›

Advantages of Shaving Your Head
  • No hassle. When you shave your head you no longer have to worry about combing or styling your hair. ...
  • No more spending money are barbers. ...
  • Shaved heads are complimentary. ...
  • Washing is easy. ...
  • You look younger. ...
  • Awareness of head shape. ...
  • Sunburn. ...
  • Requires Routine.

What does shaving your head say about you? ›

Since then – a shaved head has become a symbol of aggression and toughness. It takes a man of confidence to display a shorn head. According to the research explained below – guys with shaved heads are also seen as 13% stronger, taller and having greater leadership potential than guys with a full head or thinning hair.

How do you know when it's time to shave your head? ›

"Check for bumps, divots, ridges, and flatness. Face shape is not that important; any man can shave his head if he wants." If you don't have a perfectly round head, you can still go fully bald; you just have to get comfortable with your head's natural shape.

Is shaving your head good for your hair? ›

When I asked them to explain the logistics, they broke it down like this: Shaving your head will help remove damaged hair that has been affected by heat styling or coloring. However, "[a shaved head] will not affect the hair shaft or growth cycle," Sadick says. In fact, hair grows from within.

What happens spiritually when you shave your head? ›

Conceptually, the ceremony is about rebirth into a new, stronger spiritual self and the head-shaving is part of the symbolic birth. The traditional process of this ritual means one cannot look at themselves in a mirror for [three] months.

What does a shaved head symbolize? ›

More commonly, shaven heads have been associated with trauma, brutality and the loss of individuality or strength. In biblical legend, Samson was deprived of his incredible power and killed when his hair was cut off while he was asleep. In ancient Greece shaved heads were a mark of the slave.

How long does it take to grow hair from shaved head? ›

After shaving

Shaving facial hair with a razor is a common practice to get rid of unwanted hair. It removes the hair just above the roots and preserves its ability to grow back. It usually takes two weeks to get your hair back after shaving. After then they grow at the pace of half an inch per month.

Does hair grow thicker after shaving head? ›

Does Shaving your Head Make your Hair Grow Thicker? - TheSalonGuy

How do you rock bald? ›

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Does shaving increase hair growth? ›

No — shaving hair doesn't change its thickness, color or rate of growth. Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip.

Will my hair grow back curly if I shave it? ›

Many people think that shaving their heads will make their hair straighter or smoother. In reality, if you have curly hair, it will still be curly after shaving. There are many reasons why people choose to shave their heads.

Why does hair grow back faster after shaving? ›

Shaving Does Not Affect the Thickness or Rate of Hair Growth. Despite common belief, shaving your hair does not make it grow back thicker or at a faster rate. In fact, this misconception was debunked by clinical studies in 1928. Still, the myth lives on, even almost 100 years later.

What does the Bible say about a woman cutting her hair? ›

In the Bible, God does not forbid a woman from cutting her hair to a feminine length. A woman cutting her hair to a feminine, long length is covering herself in a way that glorifies her and her Creator.

Does shaving head reduce stress? ›

“We've done extensive research through Yahoo Answers and concluded that shaving students' hair off will make their heads much lighter, allowing them to have clearer thoughts and reduce the tension in their skulls.”

Are shaved heads in Style 2021? ›

It's officially buzz cut summer. The women's buzz cut has had a rocky recent past. There's arguably no more drastic and irreversible hair choice than shaving your head and it's almost always viewed as more than just a haircut.

Do bald people's heads get cold? ›

Small amounts of hair (up to one cm) have very little effect on the overall temperature of the skin after twelve minutes in cold temperatures, but once hair reaches a thickness of two cm, the head becomes significantly insulated and skin temperatures are much higher.

What type of hair grows faster? ›

A 2005 study in the journal International Journal of Dermatology also found a difference among races in the rate of hair growth. For example, Asian hair grows the fastest, while African hair grows the slowest.

What foods make hair grow quicker? ›

The 13 Best Foods for Hair Growth
  • Eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein and biotin, two nutrients that are essential for hair growth. ...
  • Berries. Berries are loaded with beneficial compounds and vitamins that may support hair growth. ...
  • Spinach. ...
  • Fatty fish. ...
  • Sweet potatoes. ...
  • Avocados. ...
  • Nuts. ...
  • Seeds.

Can fallen hair grow back? ›

It depends. “If a follicle has closed, disappeared, scarred, or not generated a new hair in years, then a new hair wouldn't be able to grow,” Fusco says. But if the follicle is still intact, yes, it is possible to regrow the hair—or to improve the health of the existing thinner hairs.

Does coconut oil thicken hair? ›

Yes, indeed it does. "Coconut oil will definitely help your hair grow healthier, thicker, and longer," Brown confirms. "The vitamins and fatty acids in coconut oil help nourish your scalp and penetrates the cuticle of the hair.

How can I thicken my hair? ›

10 Easy Ways To Get Thicker Hair At Home:
  1. Use a volumizing shampoo or thickening shampoo. philipb. ...
  2. Reach for thickening hair products. philipb. ...
  3. Eat a hair-thickening diet. ...
  4. Exfoliate your scalp. ...
  5. Stay away from hot tools as much as possible. ...
  6. Wash hair in the morning. ...
  7. Use a cool air dryer. ...
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Why does hair turn black after you shave it? ›

The Mayo Clinic states that shaving hair won't change its color. Again, the regrowth phase can often create the illusion of hair that is growing in thicker—and therefore darker—since it has a blunt tip once shaved.

How can a bald head look smart? ›

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Do bald people use shampoo? ›

Don't ditch the shampoo and conditioner

Oils and dirt can build up on a bald scalp, so be sure to use a dab of shampoo when you shower and follow up with a moisturizing conditioner to keep that head flake-free. And while soap or body wash may seem like an easy option, they can have a drying effect.

Who has no hair? ›

Bald describes a person as having no or little hair on their head. Bald also means to lose one's hair and describes something as being out in the open or not hidden. Bald has several other senses as an adjective and one as a noun.

What can I put on my shaved head for hair growth? ›

Alternative hair regrowth options
  1. Massage. Massaging the scalp, which can be used in conjunction with hair oils and masks, stimulates the scalp and may improve hair thickness . ...
  2. Aloe vera. Aloe vera has long been used for treating hair loss. ...
  3. Coconut oil. ...
  4. Viviscal. ...
  5. Fish oil. ...
  6. Ginseng. ...
  7. Onion juice. ...
  8. Rosemary oil.

Why does my hair grow so fast? ›

If you have fast-growing hair, the main reason is your DNA and hair thickness. Several other things, like environmental factors, age, stress, and medications may have an impact, but your DNA mostly calls the shots in this department.

Does drinking water affect hair? ›

Believe it or not, but water makes up almost 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair. Drinking at least two liters of water a day will help the strength of your hair, increasing growth. Dehydration immediately halts hair growth. As previously stated, our hair needs moisture (preferably soft water for your hair).

What does cold water do to your hair? ›

Cold water for hair ensures your scalp remains cleaner for longer as it closes the pores, making it less vulnerable to grease, oil and dirt. Cold water controls breakage, frizz and pesky flyaways, which is important for those with curly or thin hair. Cold water improves blood circulation.

How can I prevent hair fall? ›

Ways to stop hair loss
  1. Eat extra protein. You may not be getting enough protein each day and that can affect your hair growth. ...
  2. Take vitamins. ...
  3. Follow the Mediterranean diet. ...
  4. Use over-the-counter hair loss medication. ...
  5. Try low-level laser light therapy. ...
  6. Maintain good hair and scalp care. ...
  7. Can hair loss be reversed?
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What is peach fuzz? ›

Vellus hair (peach fuzz) is fine, short hair that grows all over your body, including your face, stomach, arms and legs. Vellus hair helps regulate your body temperature and protects your skin. Excess vellus hair growth can be a sign of some health conditions, such as Cushing's syndrome.

Does hair grow back after falling out from roots? ›

Pulling out hair by your root may damage your follicle temporarily, but a new bulb will eventually form, and new hair will grow again through that follicle. According to the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, it may take a few months or more than a year in some cases.

Does pubic hair grow faster than head hair? ›

“People who trim or shave their pubic hair often think it grows faster than the rest of their hair, specifically the hair on their head, but this is not the case,” she says. “We simply notice hair growth most, and the speed of that growth, the shorter the hair.”

Should a girl shave her head? ›

While a lot of women might think that having a shaved head will leave them feeling self-conscious or ugly, I know from experience that it can actually boost your confidence. It's all about the attitude and how you present yourself, and having a shaved head might just give you that edge you've been needing.

Does shaving stop hair loss? ›

Shaving has no effect on hairloss or its treatment. You have not been councelled properly. You may be suffering from androgenic alopecia which is also called as pattern baldness. The hairs start reducing in density at the crown (top) and also the hairline starts refeeding from the front.

Does shaving head cause hair loss? ›

There are many rumors that shaving your head can cause hair to eventually fall out as well as that it will grow in thicker each time it is shaved. Both of these rumors are false. Hair grows from the follicle outward, and the follicle is located many millimeters below the surface of the skin, the epidermis.

Does shaving head make you look younger? ›

Every man wants to look younger, right? Well, shaving your head is the closest thing you can get to looking ten years younger. It may sound superficial, but it's true. At first, it may seem like an extremely frightening thing to do, especially if you're just starting out with losing your hair.

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