Going Bald or Have a Receding Hairline? You Need to Buzz it Off!

September 6, 2007

Here is the deal…losing your hair sucks! It is MUCH better to have a full head of hair if you are a guy. Women do prefer a full head of hair the majority of the time. There is no getting around it!

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So what do you do if you are losing your hair? I got three words for you:


Ljunberg Calvin Klein

Frederick Ljunberg…Soccer Player for Team Sweden and Calvin Klein Model

See…Frederick Ljunberg has the right idea. His hair is receding and he went for the buzz cut. He is a case of someone who actually looks better with the buzz cut. He kind of looks like a freak with a full head of hair.

Avoid the George Costanza Look!

Remember George Costanza from Seinfeld? He was completely bald on top and had hair just on the side and back of his head. If you are over 50 and don’t really care about your appearance, then this can work for you. If you are younger then you really don’t want to shoot for this look at all!

But Don’t Women Prefer Guys With Hair?

Yes…their preference is for guys with thick heads of hair! Their second preference as far as hair goes is bald or buzzed. The look they dislike the most is the “partially bald look” or bad hair plugs. If you have long hair in some places and huge bald spots…you need to reconsider your hair style!

Quite a Few Women Do Find Many Bald Guys Attractive

Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, David Beckham, Andre Agassi, Bruce Willis, and Kelly Slater have all buzzed or shaved their heads at some point in their careers. Some of these guys aren’t going bald, but still looked great with shaved heads.

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater is an Example of a Guy Who is Going All The Way Bald

He is the perfect role model for you guys who are seriously losing your hair. You either need to buzz it extremely close or shave it with a razor. Kelly is also proof that women can find bald guys attractive…he is consistently voted as the sexiest male in professional surfing. Do you think he would be as attractive with the George Costanza look? Of course not.

How Short Should You Buzz Your Hair?

How short you go, depends upon how much hair you have lost. If you just have a bit of a receding hairline, go with a “number 2” on the clippers. If you have some serious thinning hair, but no massive bald spots go with a “number one” on the clippers (that would give you hair about the length of Frederick Ljunberg in the photo above). If you have serious bald areas on your head use the clippers “straight up” with no attachments (that would give you hair as short as Kelly Slater in the picture above).

Don’t Do “The Fade” or “Flat Top” if You are Going Bald!

When you buzz your hair off, make sure you keep it all the same length all over your head. You don’t want to do a military-style fade, where the sides and back are super buzzed and it gets thicker on top. You really want to buzz your hair like the male models and the celebrities do…buzz it evenly all over…”the fade” went out of style in the early 90’s.

Are You Nervous to Take the Plunge and “Buzz it Off”?

You should be! It is kind of a weird deal buzzing your hair off. It will take you a little while to get used to the way you look. You WILL look drastically different. In fact you will begin to feel a bit different too…in a good way! I’m actually much more confident now that I’m bald. What I’ve found is that LESS older women find me attractive, but MORE younger women dig my look…I’d say that is a great trade!

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Do You Have the “Guts” to Do It?

Again…if you aren’t balding, you should flaunt your awesome head of hair (consider yourself lucky, thank your parents, etc.)! If you are balding you should seriously consider buzzing all of it off. It is a big step, but one that will most likely make you more attractive to women.

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Devon September 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I’m 20 and I’m thinning bad so today I took the plunge and shaved my head with a number 1. It looks alright but I think I look stupid.. But hey what can I do

Alex October 5, 2012 at 4:21 am

I’m 20 years old and I’ve noticed my hairline has suddenly stepped back. I 100% agree it’s all about confidence but it’s that loss of confidence due to hair loss that’s the real problem. So I ended up here looking for a boost. I won’t lie to you, this gave me a boost even if a little. Father’s bald but his started a lot later than mine. If you’re losing it or not, sometimes it can just be a thinning, you should accept it. I know this, you know it too. The more you can do to accept yourself the better, irrespective of hair loss.

I contest the idea that women prefer loads of hair. I argue it’s all in your confidence, they want a REAL MAN. A guy called Neil ‘Style’ Strauss, was for a long time considered the best pick up artist in the world…and he’s bald. It’s not the hair, it’s the confidence. Enjoy the time with hair because we’re actually worrying about something that hasn’t happened, might not even. If it already has acceptance/ confidence still applies.

I have a Jude law type hair line. He has always had a receding hair line, for like 20 years. He has done shaven, and some other horrendous hairstyles. Start accepting.

If you want a real confidence boost download ‘Style Life Challenge’ from the book ‘Rules of the Game’ By Neil Strauss. A proven confidence booster.


Pete Habel October 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

I’m 28 and buzzed it off. I have more dates than ever!

george kline October 18, 2012 at 10:15 am

It is def easier said than done, but getting a tattoo that looks like a buzzed look really helps frame the face and makes being bald that much sexier!

Pete October 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Hey guys!

Firstly, i would like to say what a great support this website has been for me. As a young guy losing my hair (18 y) i felt very alone, depressed and obsessed with this problem. The great support and overall positiveness on this site made me realise there actually is a life after premature hairloss. I want to thank all of you for your encouraging words. Especially you, Rusty. The article really states what it comes down to I think : It sucks but it isnt the end of the world, and we have to cope.

Anyway, i’ve browsed the web numerous times for this issue, and i found something that seems really great. Especially for guys like us, who have already embraced shaving of our hair. It is called ‘His Hair clinic’. They tattoo ur head with little dots, so that it seems like u just cropped ur hair really short. Sounds crazy right? That’s what i thought, but I dont anymore. I advice everyone who is interested in ‘getting back’ their hairline to visit the HIS hairclinic site, and especially the videos on youtube (just search HIS Hair on youtube). You will find testimonies from guys just like us, who seems very happy with the procedure.

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up about this! I am in no way affiliated with HIS Hair and haven’t even had the procedure myself (my hairloss is nowhere near pronounced enough for it yet). Just something to look into maybe, it sure as hell gave me hope for when my hairloss gets much worse (which it most likely will).

That’s it, thanks for the encouragement when i needed it the most, and i hope i can return the favour by spreading the word on this procedure 🙂

kyle t December 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

thanks for the info man mine has been receding for 3 years im 16 now(thats crazy huh i never gave it much thought)im a big procrastinator but for my new years resolution im giving up my hair and going bald plus ive already got a mustache and a chin spike(really want a beard) any way thanks alot

B January 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hey everyone, I have had a buzzed (grade 0 with clippers) head for almost a year now. This article is 100% correct; if you are noticeably thinning, then the best thing to do is ‘man up’ and get the clippers out. If you have read this article then the chances are you have at least given it a little thought. I read it over a year ago. I was physically shaking when I started to cut my hair, but almost instantly, a huge wave of relief passed over me. I now feel more confident, self assured, and can still get the women. It’s all about the confidence..!

M April 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm


I am 27 and have been noticing my hair thinning on top for around 4 years. For the first year it was only noticeable when it was wet and I was able to style it so that only I knew it was an issue.

Then about 3 years ago a few friends started to notice. This is when my obsessiion with it really began. I tried 1 shampoo I can’t even remember the name of, it was useless and after a while just made my hair look greasy. Then about 2 years ago I went to the doctor. I decided against propecia given the potential side effects and was advised of the Regaine products – I started using the spray twice a day and after a few months it was definitely helping. Looking back on photos around that time my hair looks pretty good. Then they stopped stocking the spray in my pharmacy and I had to get the new “foam” version which was apparently better. I hated it using it and when at the barbers one day I decided to go for a 3 buzz cut. Bad decision so after a few weeks of embarrassment, I re-grew to its normal length. Around 6 months later (1 year ago), the comments / jokes were starting to become a lot more frequent and friends would regularly tease me about looking like my dad (who is bald). I had enough and went for a number 1 buzz cut. My wife liked it and more importantly I loved it! For the first couple of days. See I hadn’t given any thought to the fact that it would re-grow and how bad it would look once the affected area (top of my head down to just above my fringe) started to fill out! It took around 6 weeks for my hair to start looking normal again, I kept getting the back and sides shaved to allow it to grow in on top (I was getting married in the summer and decided that I should at least have some hair in the photos).

Now we are 1 year further down the line and my hair is continuing to thin, I really feel the urge to shave it and keep doing so. I am using alpecin shampoo which I’m really not convinced about. I wash my hair every morning, towel dry it and wait around 30-40 minutes for it to fully dry out. Then I take my comb and try to style it in as best a way I can. I’m obsessed with looking at my hair in mirrors / reflections and my self confidence is really low. I am totally blessed that I have a beautiful wife who doesn’t care and a kid on the way. Given my issues and the fact I can’t bear to be outside in wind / rain in case it affects my hair, coupled with the fact my life is going to change when we have our baby I really feel like taking the plunge and just shaving my head. I know my family won’t like it (mom / dad / grandparents etc) and I don’t like the idea of people constantly pointing out I’ve had a haircut. But it seems like the right thing to do.

Has anyone else been through something similar? Sorry for the long story but it has helped getting everything off my chest. There are more important things in my life than hair, but I can’t seem to shake my obsession with it.


Joey May 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

Confidence is everything, live with your looks don’t let your looks live you.

JJ August 17, 2013 at 3:01 am

@M- If you loved the #1 buzz cut just do that but keep it that length by buzzing every 5-7 days.

Even a NO guard buzz may be your answer but again you have buzz every few days to keep the fresh look. This is something you can do at home & on your own in 10 mins.

Zero maintenance IF you are happy with that look.

Andrew H October 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Really wish I had buzzed my hair off earlier!! I had been thinking about it for 10 years and my hair (or lack of it!) was on my mind 24 hours a day! I have done/cut it a couple of months ago and the moment I did it it was like cutting a stretched elastic band, the stressed tension has gone and I don’t even think about my hair anymore!!!! And it has given me so much confidence back!!

nj December 1, 2014 at 5:36 am

I’ve just turned 25, been losing my hair for a couple years but have tried to hide it with a kind of comb over thinking it looked okay, I went out for my birthday and seeing the photos of myself and how stupid my hair actually looked I took the plunge today and buzzed it number 0 all over, get a huge sense of freedom whilst you’re shaving but be prepared for a shock afterwards, it’s extremely different, I’m nervous as hell about showing the world especially family and friends but I’ve just got to accept it! Good luck if you go for the clippers! It’s worth it just for the relief

dru March 16, 2015 at 9:20 pm

I have the Scandinavian reseeding hairline.
For many years I wore hats to hide it.
Finally about year plus I BUZZED it all off!
It was so thinning & fine hairs.
Now it looks much better. Sometimes I shave
With panasonic face electric shaver for different
Look & feel. I maintain with EvenCut circler hair
Cutter by conair. Just swirl around head ,without
a guard on,for close cropped look,& SO EASY.
Hope this helps you guys on the fence , take the
Plunge & GO FOR IT, you won’t be disappointed !!!

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