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!

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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Adam G August 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

JJ- No guard is where its at for our pattern of loss. Might take you a cut or two to really get used to it, but its worth it.

If you go no guard spend some time outside after to tan your head up a bit I find it lessens the look of thinning (not much, but if you have pale skin and dark hair its a good idea)

The shorter my hair is the more peace of mind I seem to have.

Andrew August 22, 2011 at 2:04 am

Hey everybody. I’ve been reading these comments all night and tomorrow I am going to take the plunge in buzzing my head. I’m 21, and my hair isn’t really receding in the front, but I can see some thinning on the top back side of my head. I’m going to try a number 2 buzz at first, but if I need to go lower to a number 1, I will. Just like most of you who’ve commented, I’ve been pretty self conscious about my hair, for instance, wearing a hat in public, worrying about windy/rainy days, driving with the windows down, people touching my hair, etc. I’m just getting sick of worrying about it. Its been tough accepting going bald, I mean, I see my brother who is turning 25 next week and he stuggles immensely with thinning hair. The only problem for him is his head is kind of big and he is out of shape, so i don’t think he could pull off the buzzed look. As for me, I’m in pretty good shape, don’t have really any head fat, and have proportional sized features, such as nose, ears, etc. So I’m just gonna go for it, buzz it off, and thanks to this article and all your comments, its given me the confidence to do so. Thanks

adam August 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

If you’re an attractive guy –> you will still be attractive whether you have a shaved head or a full head of hair. If you’re an average looking guy –> you will still be average looking whether you have a shaved head or a full head of hair…

that’s the reality of it.

I’ve been shaving my head with a razor since i was like 24 years old… and I still get plenty of good looking girls… because I am an attractive guy to begin with……

It makes your facial features really pop out with a shaved head.. and if you have nice features… then well.. there ya go..

Arashi September 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Hi there Rusty and everyone

Am just wondering, has anyone on this site bought that “hair ebook” on this page?
Im very curious!

Bryen September 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

hey guys.
im comin on 18. started with a #3 last year and a couple monnths after that went with a #2. and finally this summer i went with a #1. honestly the buzzcut feels great and there is less maintenance. im currently thinning a bit but can still spike my hair into a fauxhawk way without showing too much balding. i usually buzz it in the summer and keep it a bit longer during the winter. i will be bald one day probably 10-15 years from now and when that happenes i will no guard it.

geoff September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

well i am 15 years old and i already am starting to bald. Yes it sucks and i am super self conscious about it. i have a girlfriend which helps a lot. But i get all paranoid when she stands behind me and plays with my hair. I wish i could have a think head of hair like pretty much everyone else at school. Ive noticed like 3 other kids who also are balding which also makes me feel beter. but i just need to hold on to my hair for the rest of high school and then ill shave it off. My hair is about 2 inches long
but im going to get a hair cut soon.

Sam September 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

hey guys thnx for the post it realy did boost my self esteem , my dad had a full head of hair till his mid 60’s both my brothers are in their 30’s with full heads of hair , i am only 18 and i am afraid that i am the unlucky guy in the family , my hairline is great but my frontal hair is much thinner , i got my self an appoitment with the dermiologist to know whats going on with my hair “wish me luck” šŸ™‚ anyway i just had a buzzcut 3 days ago and the feedback is great i have people all over my collage telling me how great i look a friend of mine ,she is a girl, gave me an earfull of complements
and somehow i kinda like it , i hope that i will keep my hair, but i am thinking about taking up the buzzed look for a while as i think it is realy great , it is worth giving it try bald or not , thnx again

Dave October 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Took the plunge about four weeks ago. Initially a #2 buzz (although I have major no-hair on the crown and receding), I needed to “go slow.” Ten days later, I returned to the barbershop. The barber asked how short, and at first I said “let’s try a 1A.” He tried it, showed me and I said, “Let’s go with #1.” About ten days later, I tried it myself and used a good set of clippers and what was reported to be a 000 length (Oster Fast Feed with the 915-53 blade). I was getting compliments all along the way. Decided to go back to the barbershop this morning to have him clean up the neck line. He remembered me and said “#1?” I told him I want to go shorter. He then said “000.” I was thinking more along a “0” and said so. The barber said,” #1 or 000, that’s the next step down.” I decided since I had a “000” with my home cut, we’ll go with “000.” Not sure I’m believing him that there was nothing in between, but now I’m thinking the barber just decided to help me along. His “000” is much shorter than my home clippers. Definitely the Kelly Slater look. I’m sure that given about another three or four weeks, I’ll go all the way with a razon. I am very satisfied … should have done it long ago. I totally agree with the general opinion … if balding/receding … just buzz it off.

Paddy October 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

I always had a weird hairline, one side going up at a different angle to the other (think David beckham) even before I started losing my hair. Gradually from about 19 this progressed, my first response at 20 was to grow my hair long to counter the receding hairline. It looked ok asthe receded was minor it didnt look like a cover up job. The. At 21 I cut it short and had it spikey/ messy as was the style, at this point it still looked good though I’d purposely pull down either side a bit to counter the recession.

For years on and off I’d go through phases of worry about it, sleepless nights looking up hair treatments. I lost a lot of confidence and looking back it was this loss of confidence that was hurting my luck with the ladies and work, not my hairstyle.

Then in November 2010 the recession came to breaking point, it had to go. I bought some clippers and off it came at a Number 1. It was the most liberating thing I’d ever done, I felt empowered that I had taken control and presented my head for the world to see! I started noticing a LOT MORE woman checking me out, Im not sure this was because of my hair or my confidence but I suspect both. I felt in control and suddenly I met a wonderful woman who I am now engaged too.

Earlier in 2011 I grew back my hair and had it short but in a faux hawk and shorter on the back and sides and while I still have enough hair to get away with it (think Jude Law before he shaved it) I actually preceded my shaved look, so a few weeks ago I went back and I’m more than delighted. People comment I look a lot sharper shaved and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s a lot less fuss than styling. I just asked myself the question ‘would I prefer a whole head of hair’ after reading this article and honestly it’s not something ponder, I suppose i would like to style it how I wanted. Buy it’s just not me anymore, I am Paddy the Shaved.

The biggest thing is confidence, if you have that with Steve McDonald hair you will be just fine. But if your hairloss is causing a loss of confidence as well then you need to embrace it with the best possible hair style, and that is the buzz. It gave my confidence back. Buzz it, walk wih your head held high and start thinking abou other things than your hair.

PS I know hair transplants are getting better, but it is something I wouldn’t consider. Its the rich mans combover wih no guarenteed results, would Jason Stathem or Vin Diesel ever consider a hair transplant? Not a chance. Neither would I consider creams, I know a guy who torments himself with creams and pills for a few extra folicals.

Paddy October 9, 2011 at 8:04 am

Should also mention that I am 27

JJ October 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

Congratulations Dave. Trying to get there myself. It is very difficult to take the plunge to # 1 as I too have loss in crown and front and pattern is uneven.

David October 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I took the plunge yesterday thanks to this page and all the comments. I’m 26 and I started thinning when I was about 18, receding when I was 20. I never left the house without a hat. I avoided formal social events because of my hair. It was a nightmare. Hopefully those days are over. I guess it’s kind of funny, this was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a while. I paced back and forth for a good 30 minutes before I actually started shaving. I was scared I had a mis-shaped head, I had the same hairstyle for most of my life until I decided to grow it long. Anyway I started out with a 2 which I felt was too long, went down to a 1 which was okay but my bald spot was still fairly visible. Tried a 0 today – it’s something I’m going to have to get used to. In any event I already feel more confident. Again, thank you to everyone here.

Dan October 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Started losing my hair around 18.. now 22 and as I have naturally very thick hair, I have managed to grow it long and basically hide the fact I am losing it rapidly.

But I am getting to the stage where there is lots of my long hair on my bed pillow and its starting to depress me, therefore I feel I will take the leap and buzz my hair any day now..

Losing hair is horrible.

kris October 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Hi folks just taken inspiration from this site and decided after much pondering and chasing the hair line i have gone grade 2 with the clippers,whish i would of done it 3 years ago would of saved a fortune on wonder creams ect.
it is really hard to explain to people how much of a big deal it is ,
but my advise is just do it ,i am much happier.

preston October 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

I don’t know if my girlfriend will except me with buzzed hair she says her favorite quality about me is my long hair. What she doesn’t know is i have a receding hairline and at this rate im going to have no hair on the top front half of my hea in about another year….and im only 21 šŸ™ my birthday was four days ago. Sometimes i want to die. I’m so depresed and worried all the time my hair has always been what made me unique…without it i’m honestly not me.

Rick October 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

I’ve been slowly loosing my hair since I was at college (17-18 was when I first noticed it). I’ve always had a recceded hairline going back to when I was a child and looking back at photo’s of me around 11-12 I always had the widows peek. Up untill recently it was thick and curly. it has really started to thin as im now in my 20’s. I’ve been cutting it shorter and shorter for the last few years but now im at the stage where i may shave it off as I may as well embrace it now and get over it than try cling onto it for however long is left.
I’m just hoping i have a good headshape/faceshape for it though, but i do suit very short hair so i think i will be ok.
how was everyone else when they were on the brink of shaving it off? were you worried about perception of others etc?

Edward November 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I actually disagree with this, I believe someone should embrace hairloss in their own way. Feeling like your only option is to shave it off when you don’t want to is not really accepting it as far as I am concerned. Shaving your head is a concealing measure that fools no one, a bit like the dreaded comb over. I think some guys can look good with the shaved look, but if I lost my hair I would not shave it, too boring and conservative for me. I would not necessarily have a ponytail or a skullet either, but I don’t see what is wrong with a bald guy keeping the hair he does have. Look at Sean Connery, Ron Howard, and George Carlin. They look fine.

Edward November 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

It would be a very boring world if all balding men shaved their heads. Embrace hairloss and wear your hair how YOU want to. Don’t compromise for society.

Js November 16, 2011 at 4:06 am

Sean Connery, Ron Howard, and George Carlin look or looked fine because they are wealthy, in or were in lines of work where they basically have no bosses or corporate standards. Connery wears wigs for many roles, Howard a ball cap and Carlin (RIP) was a I don’t care attitude comedien. Very big difference then the normal person dealing with hairloss. Some also bald in a manner that is not greatly unappealing while for others it is impossible to look good during the balding process. It is not a matter of conforming to society but freeing oneself from constant thinking about and struggling to style a balding head.

Edward November 26, 2011 at 2:38 am

@Js I think that you should do what you feel comfortable with, but I will not shave my head when I go bald and I don’t see what is so wrong with that. If someone wants to do that then that is their choice, but I don’t think someone should feel pressured into doing so if they don’t want to.

DC November 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Several years ago I came across this page as I was struggling with hair loss but lacking the courage to take action. Some men immediately start buzzing their hair closer and closer upon realizing they are balding, whereas others resort to using every creative cutting and styling method available until the bitter end. Sadly, I was in the latter camp. It had gotten so bad that I would alter my night and weekend plans depending upon the weather and lighting of the venue where I would be spending time… all drastically restricting social opportunities and the quality of my life in general.

I finally took the plunge and shaved down to a 1 guard (thanks in part to this blog post) before finally going to a zero guard. As Rusty mentions, I can’t say I was immediately in love with the look but it did eliminate many of the social anxieties arising from my hair loss almost overnight. Almost a year and 1/2 later, I can safely say that I am comfortable with the look and can’t imagine having continued to live life as I had. My biggest regret now is that I hadn’t experimented with shaving down 3-4 years earlier when I could’ve gradually adjusted as my thinning pattern progressed.

If there’s any advice or words of encouragement I can give to others (especially those like me who held onto their remaining thinned out strands for too long), it’s to give the look some time after taking the plunge. I think you will realize down the road that it doesn’t necessarily make you any less attractive than you once were. At the end of the day it’s just a look (although one mandated for those of us with unfortunate genetics) and almost everyone goes through some changes due to aging. In addition, you should experiment with facial hair (stubble, no stubble, beard) to find out what works best with your new look. I was always a clean shaven guy but recently realized I look even better with 2-3 days of stubble. And, of course, in the spirit of this site’s overall message – stay fit! I’ve found that to be a much bigger factor in attracting women and maintaining confidence than hair ever was.

Best of luck to those reading this and don’t let hair loss ruin your life. I sacrificed far too many social and dating opportunities as I was struggling with this issue and can’t get those lost years back. Don’t let that happen to you!

Luis December 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I know how you feel. I was struggling with the same tuff, but this week after reading the comments here I decided tu get a buzz, and you know what? I dont regret it! I was terrified at first because I didnt know how i was going to look, but it wasnt that bad, I liked it, I feel more confident now. I was always worrying about my hair! Now I feel kinda free. Just give it a try šŸ™‚

Sean December 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I had a comb over frontal kind of a job for a while and it was such a pain, anything would wreck it, i shaved my head and the relief i felt was unbelievable, it was like a weight off of my shoulders. I either use a MAC 3 or buzz it with a 00000 blade. If you have to hide it with hair its just best to shave it lads!

TK January 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

So I was spending a whole weekend researching how to best comb my hair, style it, etc to hide the thinning that is catching up with me and I stumbled across this page.

I’ve always worried that I would have “a weird shaped alien head” and I would look weird with a shaved head, because when my hair is short without product in it that’s what I see.

I still have a good amount of hair, but I’m almost 30 and it’s heading downhill pretty fast, so the day is coming whether I’m ready for it or not. I figured January in a snow town would be a good time to try this out. If it looks horrible, who cares? Nobody will see me without a hat for weeks, and by then I’ll have hair again.

As it turns out… it’s my hair that gives it that shape! Once I get to a #1 that disappears, it’s the shadows of my hair against my head creating contrast. I look great with a shaved head!

I have enough hair left to style and still look somewhat youthful, my age and no older, that is. I don’t need the shaved head right now, but now I also don’t have to worry about it. I can keep it shaved now, and I think I will as after a few days I really like it, or I can grow my hair back. What’s really important to me is that I don’t have to feel insecure about my hairline. With hair, without hair, I’ll be fine!

Just try it. You won’t know unless you try, and it’s a hell of a load off your mind!

Henry January 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

My crown is starting to get very, very thin and the receding is now getting worse. About 18 months ago I went to a 3 on top and 2 on the sides, never decided if I like it or not(I like it more than my wife) I let it grow and when I get it cut I go with six on the sides and sissors on the top. I have this amazing desire lately to go to zero at the barber(razor when i get home) think I am going to next week. I have just the following concerns… The skin on my head will be lighter that my face and it will be impossible to get sun in the winter and getting use to the cold in the winter. Scared but looking forward to going bald.

Hussain January 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

Dear admin,you seriously lit up my day.Now i believe i have a life to live.It all started when i was seventeen.Now i am nineteen and these previous two years have been the worst of my life.I used to cry every week.My hair started falling.I started using different oils,caps,hoods and these made my life more difficult.Being an extra ordinary student(no boasting),i participated in every thing.Debates,Sports,Speeches,class participation and what not.The extra advantage i had was that i am (or was)good looking.My friend call me cute.Every one call me cute and good looking.But back then i had beutiful hair as well.Even now people call me cute but in the back of my mind i know one day i am going to go bald and life would not be the same.The whole problem is that people expect a lot from me..This thing bites me..What if after going bald i dont live up to their expectations…This went on for 2 years..Changing my hair style taking advantage of my cute face…But now things are outta control….Every activity i try to do,the first thing that come into my mind is ohhh you r going bald..what will people think…Goddamit man…..Its my life and now i wanna change…..I want to start a new life….I can be very good at any thing…Just that i lack self confidence because of this balding process…..Now you should help me….My figure is lean…I am an athlete type person thin and not that muscular but capable of doing mostly every sports..i play tennis,swimming,football,cricket and i am good at sprinting as well.I am currently studying in one of the top university in my country…But all comes down to waste if you have no self confidence…….so admin decide for me….I still have hair on my head…In front my hair can reach nose length….On the sides my hair have thinned but i can still make some kind of hair style but i look bad in it……..i have some kind of horse shoe shape…So please advice me what should i go for…I WANNA START NEW LIFE and prove this world that one incident does not change life!!!!!

Keith January 31, 2012 at 10:56 am

I’ve been getting very thin on top w/ receding hairline this year. Also very thin on the crown, with some fairly noticeable gaps. When I mention that I might buzz it friends and family always say it’s too soon, but when you’re losing close to 200 hairs a day for 6 months i have a very different perspective. Has anyone had anyone ask them why they buzzed/shaved their head? Do you say, “yeah, it was getting thin so I buzzed it.” Or do you lie and say, “I wanted to try something new.”

Marcus Maher February 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Chris Lieto, professional Triathlete is a perfect example of a bald, buzz cut, perfect athlete and has the body, face to get away with it, I’ve been losing my hair for 15 years now and a rather large bald spot is so visible at the back of my head, it’s embarrasing, thinking of just buzzing it, but I’ve started a programme of ‘Rogaine’ I’m going to see where that goes for a year, if there is no improvement then out come the clippers.

Gman February 7, 2012 at 3:55 am

I started going bald in my late teens.

Buzzed it at 28.

Went out with a LOT of umbelivable fit girls in the 5 years after.

Now living with my beautiful girlfriend.

Buzz it off, be sexy.

Joey February 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Here we go. I need advice! I have been receeding since I was 19 years old. I am 23 now and in graduate school. I have very very thick hair so in the early stages covering up the receeding hairline was no problem at all. But as the years have gone on it becomes a more tedious task every day to get my hair ready to go out. I still do a great job of covering it up for the most part but I am so sick of it. My day literally revolves around my hair. I avoid things that will get my hair wet, the wind pisses me off so much, I am constantly acting like im looking at my phone but really checking my hair from the reflection it gives, if I go play soccer or football I wear a headband to cover up my temples like Lebron James does haha. The list goes on an on and on. I used to LOVE roller coasters, and a thought came into my head the other day about how I would never go on one again cause it would mess up my hair. Then I thought, this is ridiculous…I am losing out on so many things in life because I stress about my stupid receeding hairline so much. I just want to wake up in the morning 5 minutes before I have to leave instaid of getting up an hour and a half before I have to leave just to shower and get my hair perfect. Every once in a while I will have a day where my hair is perfect and I feel great, and I act like my normal cocky confident and funny self. But one gust of wind ruins my day and I crawl back into my hole becoming very quiet and literally avoiding girls that know me. Which brings me to my main point…I want to buzz my head so bad! But the one thing that is keeping me from doing it is W-O-M-E-N. I am so scared about it. Why? Because I used to be a model and dated some of the most amazingly attractive girls in the world. Which has made my standards so high. I have definatly seen a drop off in the ladies department already mainly due to my confidence going to shit cause of this receeding hairline. I am just so pissed that I will never be as attractive as I used to be. But I am getting older and want a girl to go after me because of my personality not neccesarily my looks. But everytime I see a sexy woman I think “wow she would like me if my hairline was perfect.” I have considered getting hair implants but I am going against it cause realistically they wont be able to restore my hairline perfectly the way it used to be. Plus it costs alot of money and I could lose more hair causing me to get a second, third, or even 4th procedure. Theres $20,000 down the drain and its a mystery whether it will even look good or not. So I want to buzz it but…I am afraid of my true hairline showing, I am afraid of my pale head, I dont know if I have a good head shape for it or not, and I have a few freckles that I have noticed on my head that I dont think would look good if they were showing. Gosh, I need advice from some good wisdomed people like you guys.

prod February 12, 2012 at 4:28 am

bro, used to be a model??? shave that shit off bro…i did it, can’t imagine the pussy ive gotten since then.

+ hair always grows back no matter how thin you are. test it out…your young..in 10 years theyll be a new supplement thatll grow your hair the way you want. until than be a man and shave that shieeet off son

Money February 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I took the plunge today and buzzed it off. I asked for a 1 but I think the barber did a 0. It’s really short and I’ll definitely have to get used to it. My hairline has been receding since I was 16 plus I’ve been going grey. I’m 28 now so I’ve been fighting it for a long time. I’ve been insecure about my hairline for a long time and it brings down my confidence really bad. I had a gorgeous girlfriend and pushed her away with my insecurities and a lot of it came down to losing my hair. I’ve even gone to Bosley and dropped $500 on hair crap that didn’t really do much. Right now I’m really pale but I think once I get some sun, I think I’ll have that really cocky/Kelly Slater look. I’m not as big as Kelly Slater but I’m in decent shape and fairly lean. I wanna thank Rusty for having this site and everyone on here who has helped me realize that I’m not alone. Life is too short to be insecure! I think this is the most ballsy thing I’ve ever done. Thank you everyone once again!

Jordo March 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I will have to buzz my head soon/someday but I’m not ready yet. I am almost 21 and have been receding since late high school. A receding hairline/balding early runs on my mothers side and I know the unfair fate has been given to me. I still have a good amount of hair so I can hide my hairline with longer bangs but it is fading ever so slowly. I am quite skinny and tall so I don’t know how it will look on me, and it will be quite a shock to my peers since I haven’t had a buzz cut in 12 years. Not many people know I am receding so badly and if I cut it all off I would look ten years older, so I’m obviously quite reluctant to do so. Most of my best friends have enough hair to last them til 90 and will never bald, which is somewhat frustrating. I may take the plunge in the summer so I can get a tan which comes easily thank god. I just hope I have a good shaped head and my friends and family wont hassle me too much, because I know I’ll get a hard time about it from them. and what else scares me is that I’ll have the same buzzed haircut for the rest of my life.

Danny March 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Honestly mate, you already know what the answer is – it’s the only answer; and that’s ‘Just get it done!’ You said yourself you want to do it. You said it is consuming so much of your attention that you have no more left to spare for the other, more important things in life, like enjoying yourself and feeling confident. Think about what you are actually doing – you are hiding yourself. Be boldand courageous like a man should be, and accept your fate with no remorse, don’t let something that’s out of your hands cause your confidence to recoil, though I do know the anguish it causes – I too had a good, thick and dark mane and I saw myself engage in those same petty worrisome behaviours. I knew what was coming. I knew that what I didn’t do, nature would do for me. So I took the plunge and beat the curve. It was weird at first and I worried and it took some getting used to, but people liked it. More importantly, I felt and feel far more masculine. From the other side of this apparent dilemna we all share/have shared on here, giving two f*cks about how your hair looks is strictly womens business. You may well look back at yourself and scoff about your preening ways. Accept it like you chose it. Be prepared for an adjustment period and getting comfortable with your new look and adopt a nonchalant attitude. The confidence is IN you, and your new look can augment it just as well as your former, if not better – but certainly in a different way. You know what needs done…

Danny March 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Keith, when people asked me why I did it I was straight up honest – I said look at my hairline, it’s receding. What are you supposed to do – carry on denying what is in plain view already? Pah! Even though they didnt notice that I actually had a receding hairline, for my own sake I’d rather not carry around a sense of shame by lying. It is what it is. And thats really the bottom line. The only actual hurdle or difficulty to overcome is in how we feel about it. Whether you accept it or not, it’s going to happen so don’t make yourself small, clinging to something that is leaving you regardless – cast it off yourself and say ‘f*ck it – good riddance then’

Steve April 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Im so glad this thread is here for people to read. hopefully it will give people the confidence to do the right thing and ‘Buzz it’ however it looks. I started losing my hair in my early twenties and got to the point where i was really depressed about it. I resorted to hair loss products including Finasteride. These eventually had nasty side effects some of which I am still rectifying a long time after quitting. I STRONGLY urge anyone going through the stress of hair loss NOT to resort to any type of remedies in particular DHT blockers. It is an important hormone and should not be messed with, believe me. I buzzed a grade 2 all over just last week, Im not sure it looks great but I know I will get used to it and so will everyone else in time. I wish i ‘manned-up’ and buzzed it years ago instead of messing with my body. happy shaving guys

Jake McGowan May 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

I am 22 years old, I am 5’8″ only 145 pounds. I have been going bald since 17, I have a bald spot the size of coffee cup lid where my hair is really thinning out. I have thought about shaving or buzzing it off but was very nervous. My predicament was that I have a baby face I get recognized for looking like I am still 15 years old. I hate it never mind that I am going bald looking like im 15 still. So today I just buzzed it off Grade 1 and I do not like how it turned out, I bnoticed my receeding hair line is much larger then i have seen and now I am stuck wearing a hat everyday.

Justin May 22, 2012 at 6:21 am

Really annoying article, in that it constantly mentions what women like etc. As a gay guy, am I not supposed to be reading this? It’s such an old fashioned way of writing and very lazy. Also it’s highly likely that an article like this will attract an above average amount of gay readers. Don’t be sloppy next time, and make your articles more inclusive!!

dayne June 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

That’s because heterosexual men don’t give a damn what gay men like or don’t like. Get a life you PC liberal tard. This is an article about men buzzing thier hair. Who said old fashioned was a bad thing? You? lmao

John July 11, 2012 at 2:41 am

Just wanted to share my story for you guys. I have been receeding since I was about 19 years old. I am 23 now and my hairline is slowly but surely making a bigger shaped M. At first it was not a big deal because no one could notice it. Even now with my hair at a normal length it is hard to notice. But even the slightest recession bothered me and as the years went by I started to literally hate myself, lost all confidence, grew my hair out to hide it, hated the wind and rain, wouldn’t go to the pool or go on rollercoasters, it was terrible. I made myself miserable over something I couldnt control and over something other people couldnt even notice. It was a terrible way to live life. It wasnt until recently that I completly shaved my head in an attempt to reveal myself and become more comfortable in my own skin. It has done wonders for my mental well being. Sure I look so much better with hair but I kept it shaved for 2 months and I am now in the process of growing it back. Shaving my head made me appreciate the hair I do have rather than complaining about the hair I dont have. I’m sure I will be bald one day and shaving my head has helped me accept that. For now I will enjoy the hair I do have and when it gets bad enough I will go back to the shave. I used a no guard clipper so it actually wasnt a clean shave but it was great. I actually enjoyed the look while I had it and to be honest I cant wait to shave it again. It was amazing, low maintenence, no looking in mirrors constantly to fix my hair, looked the same wet or dry, and it felt amazing as well. Being in the medical profession I never used DHT blockers because I was well aware of their nasty side effects. I encourage everyone here to never use any of that stuff. The only cure for baldness as of now is acceptance. I also encourage anyone who hasnt tried the buzz to give it a go, I know more than anyone how big of a step it is, but trust me it will truly make you a better person mentally and bring you back to the person you once were. I was at a point where I needed to learn to love myself again before I could even begin to focus on loving anyone else and this helped tremendously. For those worried about the response from friends, I only got one bad response and it was from a girl that said “we need to get you on the rogaine I didnt realize your hairline was that bad” this girl is overweight by the way, I felt like saying “ya and we need to get you on the treadmill fatty” haha but I’m too nice for that I guess, my real response was “no I dont wanna use that stuff, I’m comfortable the way I am and if you have a problem with the way I look I’m sorry to hear that.” Anyways I hope my story helped anyone on the fence about buzzing it off, it will help you in so many ways. Oh and trust me, there was a week or two after shaving it in which I said everyday “why the hell did I do this” but as I got used to it things got better and better. If anyone needs any further advice let me know I check this blog regularly

Rubo July 18, 2012 at 12:56 am

I did the comb forward for a long time and then finally buzzed it down to a #1!

What I realized is that in my mind (before I buzzed it), I thought that I still had my full head of hair from high school. What I didn’t realize is that for years my hair looked thin and awkward!!!

So, I buzzed and got in great shape and people noticed the weight loss way more than the hair being gone. You can only control certain things and baldness isn’t one of them. Get in shape, get a nice tan and just get rid of that thin, spotty hair because you aren’t fooling anyone.

Momtoteenboy August 1, 2012 at 6:13 am

My 14 year old son has male pattern baldness, and it has become very noticeable since June. Endo is checking all possible endocrine-related issues, but so far it looks like it’s just a case of early MPB. My heart is breaking for him. He got a #2 cut last month, and it’s time for another cut, but he hates the look. To me, being able to see his scalp through his hair looks worst. I just don’t know what to do for him. It doesn’t help that he is overweight and doesn’t really have any close friendships. I’m terrified for September to come and he has to go back to school with this problem. Any suggestions on how to help him through this — any support groups out there? We’re hurting here šŸ™ If it were up to me, I would have it cut down to a 1 so people will start getting used to him with very short hair. But it’s not up to me…I can’t force him to do something for my benefit…

michael August 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I always had a full head of hair until age 48 when I was diagnosed with cancer. Chemo caused me to lose ll my hair and when it grew back it was very thin at the crown. Yesterday I went to Bosley the cost to have a transplant $16,500… Today I took it down to a 1 with clippers. I was not going to be a guy with hair and a bald spot… Tacky! I have a friend who wears a hairpiece and thinks he looks really good but everyone laughs at him for it. I say shave it off and work it out.

adam August 31, 2012 at 6:19 am

This article is bullshit… females don’t give a damn if you have a full head of hair or if you shave it…

The fact of the matter is…. if you’re an attractive guy and you shave your head… you’ll still be an attractive guy…. even moreso to some….

If you’re an avereage looking guy.. you’ll still be average lookin with a shaved head…….

It’s all about the shape of your head really.. if you have a nicely shaped, well propotioned head….good jaw line…. you will look sexy with a shaved head…

ray September 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Joey (like 10 comments above), what did you do finally?
You guys gave me lot of hope, but I’d like to share my story. I’m 24 now, and I started losing hair and thining at 17, maybe less. I never really lost too much hair, but at 18 I was told by a girl that I’m going to go bald someday. That was really tough. I’ve been told that several times eversince, now I’m just “yeah I know, this has been happening for years now..” but inside it still isn’t very ‘pleasant’. I’ve been having a cure with a lotion, that made my hair stronger (I stoped losing hair, or so much hair) and thicker. I regained a lot of confidence. Thing is I am considered by others to be very handsome, I get plenty of nice looking girls and I still can hide the hair loss with some styling and haircuts. I am confident even though I know I’ll go bald someday but, as Joey said, when I have a bad hair day my confidence is under zero, I can’t stand standing under strong lights, hate it when it rains and I have no umbrella with me, fight with the towel every time I come out of the sea, don’t want people to stand above me or tease my hair, shower every time I leave the house to make my hair and in general lose so much things thinking how my hair looks and if my hair loss is visible right now. And I get so frustrated of it. I’m one step before buzzing. I have a nice personality and so many times I find myself hiding like I don’t exist because I don’t feel confident ’cause of my hair. I don’t have any receding hairline or bald spots, just lost a few (or maybe lot, don’t really know) hair all over the top of my head and the rest got thining – although they got a lot thicker with the lotion therapy the last two years.
I’m afraid that buzzing will bring the things to light, now I can still hide it. Therefore it’s like telling people, yep I got hair loss, yep I’m propably going to be bald someday. But I desperately want that freedom but I’m scared. Why the f… am I scared though? I should be a man, accepting it and dealing with like a man. Anyway, thanks for reading.
Question still is Buzz it or Not??

ray September 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

Hey guys, me again.
I just came out of the bathroom after buzzing my head off. And it feels so great! It feels free, I feel free! I even could stand in front of the mirror looking at my wet buzzed head and -not to hide it- admiring it. Before I couldn’t look at myself if I hadn’t dry my hair first. I have to get used to it of course, but I like it already. Thank god my scalp has a nice shape and it fits great with my facial hear. I used #1 clippers and it even doesn’t look like thining! Only from very close. I am so happy about it!! Can’t wait to go outside and show my buzzed head with pride. That’s me, nothing to hide anymore, no more self-consciousness and anxiety, just freedom. That’s who I am, like it or not.
Even I know none of you, I really thank you guys and this blog. You helped me a lot make this decision, which as it seems it’ll be one of the best I ever made. Best regards to all of you.
And from me if someone’s reading who has the same issue, I’ll agree with all the above, buzz it off!

Matt September 21, 2012 at 2:53 am

Hi fellow sufferers

So im a 23 year old guy who has been thinning for about 1Ā½, i lost huge amounts of density during fall last year. Before that it wasn’t noticeably. My hairline is not receded more than 1/2 of an inch worst case, and crown thinning is not more severe than anywhere else.

Anyway buzzed my hair off down a #4 guard start summer, and a #2 on the sides and back. Felt really good, went down to a #2 on top and #1 on sides after a week, felt even better, it takes another mpb guy to spot the thinning(it’s funny how the people commenting on your hair is the ones with problems themselves). Thing is, most people think i am buzzing by “choice”, since i decided so early in the process. Keep asking me why i did it? even though to me thats a pretty rhetorical question. Go figure what they’ll think when i shave it off somewhere in the future, they’d be like “That guy got balls, sticking it to the world with a full head of hair and shaving it off”.

Anyway a few tips. Bulk up, remove any moles you got, train your facial muscles (google is your friend) and youll be all right. Hell i pull as much going out as i used to, my appeal is maybe slightly narrower, but the girl that digs the bad ass look; digs it BAD!


Ryan September 21, 2012 at 7:35 am

Need some advice. I use to have a thick, full head of hair. I underwent chemotherapy 5 years ago and obviously lost all my hair. It has grown back really weird, thick everywhere except in the front where it is extremely thin and I have two weird bald spots. I use to be able to grow it out and the spots would not be noticeable. Now at a medium length, it is extremely evident that I have some major thinning in the front and that I do have two bald patches. I have gone back and forth between shaving and growing, it has just gotten so bad. I buzzed it down to a 3 yesterday and I feel horrible. My hair is extremely blonde and my complexion fairly light. Maybe I need some time to adjust. I have a very good build, very blue eyes and some scruffy facial hair, but still think I look weird and old.(Iā€™m 27)
Not sure if I should keep it, or grow it out. I hate is both ways. My confidence is super low.

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 šŸ™‚

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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