Hairstyles For Balding Men
More and more men are witnessing their own hair getting thinner. Balding in men accelerates in the forties and lasts until the fifties. The human scalp sheds about 50 to 100 hairs per day but balding is so subtle and gradual that most men do not notice themselves balding until almost 50% of their hair is gone. Hair fall among women is more obvious and detectable among women so women are alarmed earlier of any large change in the volume of hair loss.
Types of Balding
Before choosing a hairstyle for balding men, it is helpful to know which type of balding men have. The following balding patterns follow 7 stages, in which the 7th stage ends with hair left around the nape.
- Vertex Pattern
Balding starts from the crown.
- Typical Pattern
Balding starts from the sides and is accompanied with balding of the crown starting from stage 4.
- Anterior Pattern
The entire hairline starting from the forehead recedes until it reaches the crown.
Hairstyles for Balding Men
- Buzz Cut
Buzz cut lessens the emphasis of bald spots and thinning hair. While it suits any type of balding, this style is suitable for balding at the crown.
- Finger Length Cut
Variation 1: The entire hair would be 1 inch long and the hair on the sides would be shorter.
Variation 2: The entire hair w
- Crew Cut
This low-maintenance and super short haircut suits balding that has progressed to the middle part of the head. Growing a beard works to frame the face.
- Shaggy crew cut
From a crew cut, allow hair to grow a little longer then create a side part.
Facts about Baldness among Men
Baldness bothers both men and women, but it is more prevalent among men. Men’s hair will start to thin at age 35. To know your chances of going bald, consider your age. Men in their twenties have 20% chances of going bald and men in their thirties have 30% chances of going bald. Male pattern baldness is also inheritable through either parent and not just through your father’s genes. However genes are not the only reason for balding. Stress, medications and overuse of hair products such as hair gels and hair sculpting wax also contribute to balding, even shampoo and conditioners can clog the hair follicles and who knows exactly what chemicals are going into these products.
Modern Remedies and Solutions for Balding
While there are many hairstyles for balding men, some still prefer lush locks. Balding men who want to maintain a short buzz cut will benefit from scalp pigmentation. This technology is registered as Scalp Micro-Pigmentation or SMP and basically provides a realistic tint to the scalp that imitates the appearance of hair. What you get is hundreds or thousands of dots of varying darkness tattooed to the scalp to lessen the brightness of the scalp shining through the thin hair patch.
Hair transplantation also a choice as a remedy for baldness in any area of the body. It is not a new procedure; hair transplantation started in the 1930’s.
There is only one reliable and safe technique for hair transplant and the more modern Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE, invented by Australian Dr Ray Woods http://www.woodstechnique.com.au/ We do not recommend traditional ‘Strip’ transplant methods due to the damage these outdated methods do to the back of the scalp, you are effectively taking a 1-2 inch high strip of skin 4 inches wide from the back of the scalp in order for the Doctor or technicians to cut out all the individual hair units (follicular units) more quickly and easily. The downside for FUE hair transplant is the higher cost than the strip method, but the procedure has minimal downtime of 1-2 days and you aren’t left with a big strip of skin removed from the back of your head. After the transplant the hair goes through its usual shedding rest and growth phases and new hairs start to appears from the transplanted follicle units from 3 months – 1 year later.
The entire scalp can take about 10,000 grafts of Follicular Units each containing between 1-3 hairs. The number of units that can be grafted is limited by the number of healthy donor hair Follicular Units left to be extracted from the back of the head, an area that has usually been left immune from balding.