In the summer of 2005 I made one of the biggest decision of my relatively young life – I shaved my head. A friend of mine who had shaved his head a few years prior had been encouraging me to do the same for some time as we both suffered from the challenge of thinning hair. I couldn’t find the nerve to do the same until I booked a solo trip to Sicily which gave me an opportunity to live with my new look. So the day before I fly off, my friend brought his clippers over, the hair came off, and my life changed forever.
I was spending much too much time on my thinning hair every morning. Using gel, mouse, hair spray, anything that I could get my hands on that would help me style my hair. The reality is all the product in the world isn’t going to help you out if you don’t have enough hair to use it on.
But us balding or bald men will probably all agree that we go through a state of denial – “No I’m not losing my hair” or “I have always had a hairline that went back behind my ears”. There is a fear of public opinion. A fear that women will look at you in a different, a negative way. All of our thoughts are more or less the opposite of reality.
Before I move on just a quick clarification. When I refer to shaving your head it doesn’t necessarily mean right down to your scalp. Taking your hair down while still leaving some stubble will work just as well.
If you need some motivation to pull the trigger on those clippers here are a few things to consider:
A Sense of Dominance: In a 2013 study, “Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance,” by Albert Mannes found that: “a shaved scalp is associated with dominance”. Shaving your head does take a bit of confidence and I believe that is noticed by other people.
$$$$: Savings. Since that summer in 2005 I have only paid for one haircut and that was while on vacation in Tropea, Italy – I wrote about it in my review for Cella Shave Soap. I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing that I have saved about $3000 over ten years.
Time: I literally went from spending about 10 to 15 mins on my hair to zero. I wake up, I shower (also quicker), get dressed and head off to work.
I’m sure that I can come up with a bunch of reasons as to why to shave your head, like the feeling of the wind across your head when you first shave your hair, but you get the idea. Of course I wouldn’t necessarily suggest someone with a full head of hair to shave your head – you got it keep it. But if you are thinning I don’t see how you can lose really. In the end if you hate it you could always grow back the hair that had.