Be Boldly Bald

  • Hereditary balding is true, however in reality, losing hair is determined by a complex host of genes from both parents.
  • Environmental factors, toxins and carcinogens in polluted air can interfere with the protein producing processes within the body which stimulate hair growth.
  • Excessive physical or emotional stress can cause hair loss but it may be more easily controlled if the stress can be managed.

Balding is a sensitive topic. Once hair starts falling, quite a few men feel their attractiveness is lost and feel quite dismayed. With this self-destructing attitude, they search for a replacement, a full head of hair; spending lavishly on hair re-growth procedures or even opting for ludicrous wigs. For years men have turned to Rogaine, hair plugs, and even lock extensions to mask the ever so devastating tragedy that is hair loss.

Whether a person is short, bald, obese or skinny, he or she must accept themselves for who they are, in fact prove that their unconventional physical feature is not a bane but a boon. Writing in his autobiography, the tennis player Andre Agassi described his hair loss as a young man as like losing “little pieces of my identity.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a strong, recognizable look: Big smile, kind eyes, biceps like three biceps stacked atop one another, bald head. The latter signature is nearly as iconic as the photo of the Rock himself, minus about 20 years, but plus a turtleneck, gold chain and a fanny pack. Wherever the Rock is, there goes the gorgeous bowling ball of a noggin. Johnson is not bald by genetic predisposition, he is bald by choice.

According to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Barry University Professor Dr. Frank Muscarella says that bald men, for all their follicular shortcomings, are perceived as more intelligent, dominant and sexy than those with hair. There is a large body of literature that shows that although women like physically attractive men, they are also very attracted to signs of high social dominance.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

His findings are backed by another study from a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, which found bald men often seen as more dominant and successful. “Men with shaved heads will fare better economically in negotiations,” the study said. And another study at the University of Saarland found bald men tend to be seen by women as more intelligent and wiser.

From bald eagles to Bruce Wills, bald spots are a common sight and part of the fabric of our society. It’s often assumed that baldness has a genetic component to it and that’s absolutely true; it does. Approximately 30% of males experience some degree of hair loss (including simple hair thinning or a receding hairline) by the age of 30, 50% by the age of 50, and 80% by the age of 70.

Ninety Five percent of guys with thinning hair can blame it on their DNA. It’s caused by genes you get from your parents. Scientists think the gene may affect how sensitive your hair follicles are to a hormone called DHT, which makes them shrink. As they get smaller, the hair that grows back tends to be finer, thinner, and shorter. Eventually, it takes longer for hair to grow back. Then, the follicles will shrink so that no hair grows at all.  One site even illustrates famous people without a head full of thick, glossy hair.

The crew cut, works as the buzz cut to draw attention away from your widow’s peak and back to your face. This suits those going bald at younger ages. Crew cut is commonly sported by army men and cops as it is advantageous, since short hair requires very less maintenance, dries quickly, easily, it won’t disrupt helmets, keeps heads cooler, by allowing air flow around scalp, and lastly it makes them look sharp and smart.

The modern-day quiff includes plenty of hair at the front of the top of the head, receding into shorter hair at the back with a trimmed back and sides. It seems as if receding hair is almost fashionable. Men’s shaved sides hairstyles are back in style. This versatile cool haircut is a variation of the short on sides, long on top hairstyle, and may be one way to minimize the attention to your receding hairline. Some of the most popular shaved hairstyles include the slicked back, modern comb over, pompadour, and man-bun. You can even shave all around for a buzz or crew cut for extra simplicity.

Michael Jordan.

New data shows that millennials are more stressed than older generations, balding as is believed no longer magically appears in middle age. High stress is the reason for this follicle freakout. 17% of millennials (ages 18-37) lose sleep because of educational costs, about three times as many as their elders. What’s more, 39% of millennials toss and turn over work worries (that’s 10% points higher than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers), and half of millennials lose sleep over relationships, compared to just over one-third of older people.

New research found that people in China in their 20’s are going bald sooner than any generation before them. The data was anecdotal from a self-reported survey of 4,000 students at Tsinghua University in Beijing, but researchers said 60 percent of the young study participants reported they were losing significant amounts of hair.

Stress is responsible for hair loss, but stress and hair loss don’t have to be permanent. If you get your stress under control, your hair might grow back. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is completely normal to lose as many as 50 to 100 hairs every day. After all, you have more than 100,000 hairs on your head, so that isn’t much of a loss.

Baldness is a gift from nature. Once you begin to lose hair, you realize you are aging and that nothing about you is forever. You are not here for admiring yourself in the mirror but for changing this World. Therefore you’ll become wiser and calmer. Balding is a mechanism to ‘force’ men to focus, mature and not waste time on short term ‘pleasures’…like one night stands. Maybe balding is a phase in life to ‘trigger’ certain behavior in humans. Some doors are closed with balding and others are opened…maybe it’s a gift of nature?

Baldness gives some younger men the look of slight temporal recession (and at a younger age), perhaps giving them the mystique of maturity/wisdom/power before they otherwise would, creating a mating advantage. Think a young Chris Hemsworth or DiCaprio: even at a young age and with great boyish skin and complexion, they have the hairline that gives an impression of maturity/ masculinity/power.

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Madhavi Vudayagiri

Writing and reading has always been my hobby. I would never buy a greeting card to wish a family member or a close friend, instead I would compose a poem highlighting their qualities and greet them. Having been in the field of teaching, studying people is what I do best. Creative writing is my forte, in order to hone my creative gene, I acquired a diploma in creative writing. I love to probe people's minds and try and understand their thought process. This website seems to be just what I am looking for!


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