I knew for a while that my hair was getting thinner and I had decided that one day when it got to the point that it looked like I was seriously balding I would shave it off.
The day finally arrived and I asked my friend to take the clippers to it.
Looking in the mirror was shocking!
I started to get used to it, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had made a mistake.
Then one day I realized something.
It wasn’t so much that my bald head looked bad.
It was the total package.
I needed to revamp my whole look. I couldn’t wear a ratty t-shirt and jeans and rock the bald look.
There was going to be some work required to look good bald.
I started dressing better, got myself in better shape and made more of an effort to make bald look good.
This article is for those guys that feel like the bald look is not working for them and they need some tips on how to look good bald.
Without further ado, let’s get right to it!
How To Look Good Bald And Never Look Better
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Bald Head vs Some Stubble
Should you shave your head with a razor or use some stubble trimmers?
This all boils down to personal preference.
I don’t think that one necessarily looks better than the other.
Except in one case.
If you haven’t gotten to the point where you realize you need to lose weight to look good bald, then you likely have a round face and head.
In this case, I think it would look better if you left some stubble to frame your face.
If you have a very round face, then when looking at you from certain angles it is hard to tell where your face ends and your head begins.
Leave a little bit of stubble and shave it with some stubble trimmers at least once a week.
Whether you opt to go with a razor and shave it down to the bone or go with a stubble look, you need to make sure you are maintaining it.
This is one of the most important things to do to look good bald.
If your stubble starts to get long, then you look like an unkempt fuzzball.
Make sure you either shave it off or clip it down once a week to keep your head looking fresh.
Shiny Bald Head vs Natural Look
This also boils down to personal preference, but it seems like not everybody can pull off the shiny bald head look.
I’m not even sure what the difference is, but you can sort of know when a guy that has his head shined up just shouldn’t.
Many black guys go with that look and it suits them.
Even some white guys can definitely look good bald with a shiny head.
I guess the only way to know is to go with the waxed head look and see how people react. You can always stop if it seems like you’re getting some negative reactions.
The way to get your head shiny is to use a head polish.
The nice thing about the best polish for a shiny head is that they also moisturize and soothe the skin after shaving, making it a perfect complement to look good bald.
Keep Yourself Tanned
Having a bald tan head just looks better.
Golden, tanned skin just looks healthier according to numerous studies.
Now, you don’t have to be a bronzed Adonis to look good bald, but having some color to not look pasty is very helpful.
If you are not a very tan person, get yourself a slight tan and you will notice a huge difference in how people react and treat you.
Especially if you are bald!
When you have just recently shaved your head and you are pale, people actually may think that you have come down with a sudden, grave illness. Rightly or wrongly, it just doesn’t look good to be bald and pale.
Also, if you have been out in the sun prior to shaving your head you may have some tan lines in a not so good way on your head. Nothing looks worse than a tanned face and top of your head and pale sides!
If you it’s summer then make sure you get out and get some color on your head to fill in those pale areas.
If it’s winter or you live in a place where it isn’t very sunny then you can always get yourself to a tanning salon.
If you want an instant fix, then try some self tanning cream. Just go on easy so you don’t turn orange!
You’re just looking for a healthy glow and not much more than that.
Grow a Beard to Look Good with a Shaved Head
The ironic thing about going bald is that the same forces that have reduced your head to wimpy, wispy strands is also responsible for helping you grow a thick, manly beard.
You have too much testosterone that leads to production of DHT which kills many hair follicles on your head.
That testosterone though flows throughout your body and will help your beard grow.
Put this extra testosterone to good use and grow a beard while you keep to look good bald and add some style to it at the same time.
We’re right back to framing the face as a reason to grow a beard when you have a shaved head.
It doesn’t matter what kind of beard you grow, just make sure it is a beard that suits who you are.
If you are a button down business type, then try a manicured beard with sharp edges and neatly trimmed.
A bald hipster working at a coffee joint can get away with a more experimental style and even try for a handlebar mustache.
The rugged type can let it grow as full and long as you want.
Wear Sunglasses to Go with Your Bald Head
Have I mentioned yet how important it is to frame your face when you have a shaved head?
Well, in case you haven’t gotten the point yet let me reiterate.
Wear some sunglasses to give your face some style and a nice way to frame it.
I can’t really recommend a set of sunglasses that I think are best for when you have a bald head.
Everybody has their own preference and look.
It all depends on what you want to say about yourself.
In my not so professional opinion, though, I think classic sunglasses like aviators or something similar look best when you’re bald.
Of course, it also depends on the clothes you’re wearing, too.
Build Some Muscle and Trim the Weight When Bald
Admittedly, this is where I have fallen way short of looking my best as a bald guy.
If you aren’t already in good shape, then let your baldness be the best excuse to finally hit the gym.
Here’s that advice again, your face needs to be framed to look good bald.
When your face has thinned out then you are providing a natural frame through your jaw line and muscle structure as it becomes more pronounced.
Think about the movie stars who are bald and still are sex symbols. The Rock, Vin Diesel, Jason Stratham.
Those guys are all buff as all get out. And they can look good bald because of it.
Do you look more like Louis C.K.?
Time to hit the weights, then my friend. As we have seen, Louis C.K. is not exactly what women are looking for in a guy that is losing his hair.
Even if you are not overweight, getting toned with weight lifting will show results on your face looking more chiseled and your baldness then becomes a plus in many books.
Fashion Tips for Bald Guys
Guys, ditch the hoodie. Throw away your favorites ratty t-shirt from your Frat Boy days. Trash your oversized sweatshirt.
Start wearing shirts that actually fit and you will look better bald.
Not dressing well when you’re bald just makes you look lazy.
Wear shirts that fit you, first off.
Baggy clothes just don’t look good.
Make sure the stitching on your shoulder of the shirt ends where your actual shoulder ends. This goes for t-shirts or collared shirts.
If you opt for a collared shirt, get ones with higher collars that don’t show much of your neck.
For some reason, this suits bald guys well. It may be the fact that when your head is bald there is a lot of flesh showing and the collar kind of keeps the eyes moving of the people admiring your bald style sense.
Keep the collar unbuttoned a bit, assuming you are where you want to be fitness wise. Well, even if you have a few extra pounds, I think that advice still stands.
Match your clothes colors well. Wear the right pants with the right colored shirt and shoes in other words.
Also, make sure you dress with the season. Wear classic fall colors in autumn and more pastels in summer, for example.
Whether you are a bald hipster, rugged lumberjack type or no-nonsense businessman, pick colors and styles that suit your personality. If you are a hipster, then suddenly you start wearing tight black t-shirts and a gold necklace, you’re going to look ridiculous.
As long as you wear properly fitting clothes, keep your colors matched and wear clothes that suit your personality, you will look like you have a style. And that is the most important thing to have style for bald guys.
The days of not caring what you wore or looked like are over when your hair is gone.
Keep Your Skin In Shape
The last bit of information is to make sure you take care of your skin when you are bald. Bald head skin care is vital to keep your head looking right.
Here’s how to maintain a bald head.
When you had hair you didn’t have to think much about getting sunburnt on your head. Now, it is very important to keep your head covered in SPF.
Getting a sunburn is not only uncomfortable, but you will also look ridiculous and unprofessional when your burnt head starts peeling. Chunks of dead skin falling off your head and onto your shoulder is a disaster.
Just because you don’t have any hair does not mean that you can’t get dandruff.
Your skin can also get very dry without hair since your hair is not there to protect your skin from the elements.
Make sure you are using a good skin moisturizer.
You don’t need to use a special moisturizer for your head. If you already have one for your face or body that you use, and you should really be already using one, then you can just use that one for your head as well.
Natural skin creams are best as they contain a lot of essential oils that will hydrate your skin and keep it from going dry.
Look for creams that contain argan oil, jojoba oil, shea butter and especially aloe vera.
If you shave your head with a razor, then there is a chance you might end up with razor bumps.
Razor bumps generally occur just above the collar on the back of the head.
This can be painful, itchy and unsightly.
You’re particularly at risk, since it is likely you are shaving against the grain when you shave your head yourself.
To prevent them from occurring, try to shave down the back of the head to follow the way the hair grows. I know that is difficult and requires a bit of contortionism to get the right angle. You’ll definitely lower the risk of bumps by doing this.
The problem is when you shave against the grain, the root of the follicle gets covered by new skin growth and then keeps growing under the skin. If your pores get clogged, that can also cause ingrown hairs.
The skin gets infected with bacteria just like a pimple with the added bonus of having a hair growing inside of it.
Use a razor bump cream to clean out your pores and kill the bacteria inside the ingrown hair.
Simply by shaving your head, you are showing the world that you are a guy that takes chances and has a lot of confidence in himself.
If you can complete the look, then people will take you seriously in ways you never expected.
Confidence looks hot to women, and men, no matter what. So, shave your head and show the world that you are not afraid to go out on a limb.
But, you need to maintain this.
Complete the whole package by following the advice in this guide to looking good bald.
When you not only look comfortable in your own skin, but also that you revel in your new look and identity, you will ooze confidence that makes people want to be with you.
Add a beard to the mix
Bald head with a beard. This is a look that many bald guys can pull off and is becoming increasingly popular. Now that beards are mainstream, shaving your head doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the beard.
Adding a beard is a great way to add some flair to your bald style. When you don’t have any hair to style the logical next step is to add some facial hair. Though you won’t necessarily be styling your beard, you can add personality by how you shape it and how long you grow it.
The key, just like with any of the other tips, is to make sure the beard look you choose is something that fits your personality. If you are the button down type then maybe a lumberjack beard is not going to suit you best.
Take a look at this article on beard styles and maybe you will find a look that works for you.
Now, you can’t just grow a beard and be done with it. To really complete the look you will need to be grooming that beard so it doesn’t attract attention for the wrong reasons.
That means using beard shampoo to wash your beard.
Then you need to use some beard oil or balm to condition the beard. These will prevent that dry, brittle hair that is always frizzy. You’ll be able to have a smooth and manageable beard.
Then you have to brush or comb it or both. Now that your beard is hydrated and healthy you need to be brushing it out. This will give it shape and some semblance of a stye. When you get beard envy when you see a guy with a glorious beard, chances are he has his beard grooming routine on point and wasn’t born with a perfect beard.
If you are unsure of what beard style to go for, then take a trip to the barber as it is growing out and ask him for his advice. Also, ask him how to fade your beard into your sideburns so your beard doesn’t just stop. It looks much better when it gradually fades down to the skin.
How to Look Good with a Shaved Head Wrap Up
So, how does my story about when I shaved my head end, after all?
Well, I did all of the things on this list.
I got myself in better shape. Dressed better. And kept my head maintained. I stopped shaving with the razor and instead went with clippers to keep some stubble which I do weekly to this day.
Then five years later I got married. And had two kids.
Are dad bods still trendy? Because my workout routine is severely lacking.
I also don’t dress as well as I used to since I just grab a shirt and go now.
I needed to write these tips for bald fashion and style more for myself than anybody else!
Let’s make a deal.
I’ll get back on track and start taking my bald look more seriously.
And you do the same thing.
Drop a comment in the box below and let me know what you are struggling with and I will do the same. We can keep track of our results through the comments.
As is the case with anything, if you’re going to do something let’s do it right.
You can’t just shave your head and call it a day.
Make a statement. Be bold not just bald and definitely kill that look. And then reap the rewards about being a handsome bald dude!
I’m an outdoor enthusiast and have sported a full beard since I was in my early 20’s. Originally, growing a beard was a way to save time when getting ready each day, but I quickly realized that keeping a neatly trimmed beard takes work and some forethought. That’s where this site comes in.
You get to benefit from my years of experience. I’ve reviewed many of the top hair clippers on the market today and also included some information on what works best for me. A great beard will turn lots of heads in your direction.
Since I never know when I’m going to find myself being photographed, whether it’s climbing in Yosemite, or playing volleyball on the beach, it’s important to me to always look my very best. Maintaining my beard is part of my daily routine and I hope you’ll find some useful tips and information on this site to help you on your journey.
I have been dealing with rapid hair loss for the past 10 years. Started buzzing from a #2 ultimately to a #.5 recently, but I know that obvious next steps is to go full Dwayne Johnson because the hair that’s left looks very light when shaved that low and honestly think full shaved will look better. I have struggled with growing a beard and staying in shape. Thanks for the article, it is very helpful!
Hey Jason, thanks for sharing your story! The hair loss thing is the easiest part of the package to deal with. It’s the other stuff that takes work!
thank you very much for the helpful article. i will try to follow these steps, because i have been struggling with hair loss for over 5 years. THANK YOU!
HI, think i am were you are now. I shall make an effort and share results weekly.
Hi Aryan! I am so glad that you found some value in my story. I look forward to seeing your results! Cheers, Sal.
I’ve been balding since I was 21. I’m 26, now, and my hair is thining and falling more and more every day. I’ve been thinking about shaving my head, but first I have to get rid of some pesky moles that I have on my scalp. Add that to the fact that I have a patchy, yet trimmed, beard.
I’ll try to put all these thing in practice one I go fully bald. Thank you!
Hey Leo! Thanks for sharing. I have to ask, why worry about the moles? I hope you’re not worried about how they look. Because nobody cares if you have moles on your head. Now, if you’re worried about cutting them off while shaving, well that is another story. Keep in mind though that if you do have them removed you will still have bumps there you’ll need to be careful about. Let us know how things work out for you!
Hey bud dnt stress the moles.ive been shaving my head way before my balding and I have a mole.keep it cut and tan.and I’ve noticed keep your beard level are keep it under your earlobe kinda makes it look full
Lots of good advice, appreciate you taking the time to organize it all. Been bald one year now, and exercise will be your best friend in terms of giving you confidence with a bald head. Persistence is the key, and is well worth it. Wish you all the best of luck and remember that bald can be a very attractive look if maintained.
Awesome to hear that I am not the only one that struggled with hair loss and the decision to shave or not.
I’ve been shaving my head now for about a month and I find it has improved my self confidence. I never like the look I was getting with the receding hair like and the almost horseshoe look. I find now I stand proud as a bald man but I do have to improve the entire package. I’ve cleaned up my beard and shave my face more often than before because if I am gonna shave my head I might as well shave the rest. I find it give me a reason now to keep myself well groomed. I tend to wear somewhat better matching clothes but I do have a work on the improving the “dad bod” LOL
Hi Michael. I am so glad to read your message. Yes, it is a major change but man what a difference. It seems like we are/were in the same situation. I am definitely up and down when it comes to keeping in shape, so I know the boat you’re in.
Haven’t noticed any “seniors” commenting, but here goes: I’m 75 and have been losing my hair for the past 40 years. I always embraced short styles until even those started looking a bit ridiculous. Now I use the clippers at the lowest setting several times a week. Agree with everyone that being in shape and practicing good skin care is essential to pulling this look off. Also, keeping hydrated makes all your skin look healthier and minimizes those dreaded wrinkles. Nothing sadder than an older man with a combover or long straggly hair. Even sadder if it’s been dyed.
Thanks for the article. Good to hear comments. I have struggled with hair loss for years and just recently decided to have a barber buzz cut on a 1. It made my hair look better. But now I’m noticing how shiny my head is. I seem so pale now because too much skin is showing. I’ve resisted looking at bronzers but I have to do something because to me it almost looks “sickly and pale.” However I don’t want to turn orange and I don’t want my white shirts to get stained at the collar.
Hi there, my story is a little different. I’ve been wearing a hairpiece since I was 26 and I’m now 61 and done with it. My question is how do I “come out” to the world and go completely shaved head after such a long long time of covering up. I’ve already made up my mind that I’m going to do it it’s just a question of when. Thanks!
Hello my dear friend, I like what you said about baldness. I have been bald since I was 21, I am now 28 and I am very proud of myself because I achieved my dream of becoming bald. Before I used to shave my head 3 to 4 times a week and I was tired of shaving a lot because it was causing me a lot of cuts on my scalp. My friends and family have advised me to look for a solution to stay bald. So, I have made the final decision to get rid of hair for good. At the age of 23 I started looking for the best ways to get rid of hair, until I found the best way to get rid of it and it was using a laser hair removal. I started with laser sessions and in the end I liked the results very much. Now I don’t have any hair on my head. I became permanently bald
Likewise I was wearing a hairpiece since March 1992 and got rid of it Sept 2020 during the pandemic. I know the feeling so what I did was I underwent for micropigmentation to make your shaved head appear as your choice. I just stick with the reason that I that I don’t want to dye my grey anymore as its cancerous etc etc . Trust that its liberating you know what I mean…
Hope this helps