Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Losing Your Hair? Embrace Your Baldness With These Hairstyles and Products

Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson Jean Baptiste Lacroix / Getty Images

Every man after age 30 experiences some form of hair loss. Unless there’s something else going on with your health, more than likely it’s just genetics (go ahead and blame your mother for this one), and male pattern baldness (MPB).

“There’s a lot of emotion attached to hair loss,” says Pall Mall Barbers founder Richard Marshall, “Especially if a guy is still in the dating scene. They think they’ve started losing value. We get guys in the chair who are freaking out, and willing to try anything. There are a lot of products out there that can help with prevention — keeping hair on the head in the first place — but post-hair loss, we’re having a different conversation.” 

“Men need to understand that, like fine wine, they just get better with age.”

Marshall points out that a lot of hair replacement companies play on men’s insecurities and ply them with expensive products. (For some discreet guidance without the hard sell, check out our guide to Best Hair Loss Products for Men.)

“Men need to understand that, like fine wine, they just get better with age,” says Marshall. “When I realized that my own hairline was receding, I decided to own it. It’s a part of me. Sometimes I let my bangs cover it up, but sometimes I slick it back with a texturized product. I engage with the aging process. Like the wrinkles around my eyes, it shows that I’ve got experience and that I’m comfortable with myself inside.” 

Marshall suggests looking to others for inspiration, such as celebrities. “When women choose the sexiest male celebrities, it’s often guys like Bruce Willis.” 

So of course now that we’re owning our aging process, let’s talk about how to handle those remaining unruly locks. 

Lorado/Getty Images

Marshall (who recently expanded his London-based chain of shops to New York City’s Rockefeller Center) points out that a lot depends on your hair’s length, type, and style. “It’s always best to get advice from a good barber or stylist.”

The Best Haircuts for Balding Men

A somewhat messy “mop top” can keep viewers distracted and make hair look fuller.

More Tips

Plow a part that heads straight back from that receding hairline for a clean-cut look that’s all business.

Mitchell’s slicked-back look can also work to hide thinning at the crown — just be sure you’re not executing the modern equivalent of your high school homeroom teacher’s comb-over.

A skilled barber can work a taper fade cut to your best advantage, leveraging the receding hairline as an anchor, assuming your bald spot isn’t too pronounced.

Embrace change and go for a full-on buzz cut or shaved head to keep up with the likes of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Products to Keep that Haircut Working With You

Bumble and bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo

Image used with permission by copyright holder

In the meantime, make the most of what you’ve got. Pair Bumble’s shampoo with its conditioner for hair that’s soft and silky, but not weighed down. Help your hair live its best day ever by keeping it clean and moisturized, and a little extra volume will help maintain that fuller, younger vibe. 

Remington Pro Hair Dryer

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Whilst in that consultation with your barber, ask for a few tips on styling and drying on your own, too. Be careful, because over-drying can lead to scalp damage, and we want to keep things up there as healthy as possible under the circumstances. We like this dryer because, well, it’s pretty straightforward and comes at a decent price. Heated air also activates Remington’s Pearl Ceramic Technology, transferring micro-conditioners to your hair during styling. 

GranNaturals Boar Bristle Hair Brush

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Stimulate your scalp and distribute oils from roots to ends with this sturdy boar bristle brush. Don’t get carried away! Be gentle and don’t brush so hard that hairs are pulled from their roots prematurely. 

Pall Mall Barbers Pliable Clay Styling Product

Image used with permission by copyright holder

After drying hair, Marshall recommends rubbing a small amount of this matte styling product between the fingers and working it from root to tip for a strong, matte hold with added texture. ”Avoid using wet, water-based products like mousses and gels that make hair feel and look thinner.”  

Topics
John Jones
John Jones is a Jersey City, New Jersey-based writer who enjoys covering design in all its forms, from fashion to…
Upgrade your daily routine with products from these amazing Black-owned grooming brands
Check out these quality men's grooming products
Man using face cream

Recently, we have been shedding light on Black-owned businesses, from Black-owned fashion upstarts to Black-owned beverage brands and everything in between. We are continuing to learn how to support Black communities, and one way to do that is to patronize Black-owned businesses, especially in the grooming industry. Black culture has had a huge impact on grooming and beauty, but there are still many great Black-owned businesses that still don't get as much recognition as other legacy brands.

Below, we shine a light on several Black-owned brands that are putting out some of the best grooming products for men. These professionals not only fill voids for Black skincare left in the mainstream personal care aisle but also strive to make the world a little bit better than they found it.

Read more
Humidifier benefits: 4 ways owning one will improve your life in winter
Humidifiers are good for your skin, hair, and health
humidifier in bedroom

Running your heat throughout the cold winter months can dry the air inside your home. Of course, not running the heat and leaving your home's temperature freezing cold is not an option, so we're left managing in dry air. Spending too much time in the dry air inside (including while we are sleeping) in our homes can ultimately leave us with the most annoying symptoms, from cracked lips to dry, itchy legs. But there's a simple solution -- the addition of a humidifier to your bedroom. Below, we'll explore the benefits of a humidifier and how it can help you manage dry skin and hair and even help protect you from viral illnesses in cold and flu seasons.

What is a humidifier?
The basics of a humidifier are pretty simple to understand. Essentially, a humidifier is a device that adds moisture back into the air after dry heat pulls it out. Humidifiers have a water tank that will need to be refilled, ranging in size. The size of your humidifier is generally determined by the size of your space in square footage. For bedrooms up to 400 square feet, a small or compact humidifier offers just enough water to add moisture to the space comfortably. In the winter, you'll want to use a cool mist humidifier that disperses cool moisture into the air, as opposed to a humidifier that adds steam or warm water.

Read more
Does jojoba oil really help with hair growth?
Your complete hair guide to jojoba oil
a man using essential oil

Essential oils have been having several moments in recent years. Lauded for everything from helping our homes smell heavenly to aiding in personal appearance, some oils are touted as "miracle cures" for hair loss and regrowth. Castor oil is often mentioned in hair growth products, including for men noticing receding hairlines. However, another oil is also mentioned among the ingredients, "guaranteed" to prevent and reverse hair loss.

First, there are no miracle cures or guarantees for hair loss prevention or reversal. There's no such oil as an absolute "hair growth oil." Genetics, age, and health are all factors out of our control. However, is there any validity to the idea that men might benefit from jojoba oil for hair strengthening and regrowth? TL;DR: The research is hairy. Let's get into the weeds.

Read more