Question for the guys losing it up top

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Question for the guys losing it up top

Post by DonGato » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:15 pm

At age 36, I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I'm losing my hair. (I didn't say I liked it, just that I'm coming to terms with it.) At this point, it would seem that, best case, I'm going to get the donut hole in the back, and worst case, the horseshoe with the dreaded tuft of hair in the front.

As I see how my hair looks in pictures, it's becoming increasingly clear to me that I can't continue following the same grooming practices. That leaves me with two questions:

1. Any tips from other members of the Follically Challenged Club?
2. I've traditionally gone to a standard chop shop to get my hair cut, but I'm thinking I may need to go a bit more upscale to get a better handle on this issue (kind of ironic that having less hair means I may have to spend more taking care of it). Does that make sense? And if so, can anyone recommend a good place in Manhattan?

Thanks!

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Post by KAV » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:36 am

The majority of us sadly have hereditary male pattern baldness. However, a minority have other conditions that are treatable. Do you know for sure? In my case it's definitely hereditary, though I've suffered less loss and greying than two siblings. I can attribute this to an overal better diet and health regimen.
Shorter styles actually look better longer than the elaborate comb overs or forward camouflages. Nothing is so rediculous as Sam Donaldson with his hair parted somewhere under one ear.
If it's any concelation, baldness truly is an advanced morphological development of the human species. We lost body hair so we could cool more rapidly and literally run overheated game down.

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Post by CMur12 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:48 am

I agree with KAV that you won't find my advantage through hair styling. Both thin hair and gray hair look better short, while longer hair seems to exaggerate the undesired effects.

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Post by 95% » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:07 am

Hair loss is nothing for a man to worry about. It doesn't disfigure him but is accepted quite readily by others, including women. What matters is his general appearance of good health, his smile, and his attitude.
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Post by paperpundit » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:43 am

Gato,

I'm in your age range and in the same club. Years ago, I started shearing my hair short -- about a one or two on the clippers -- or, in the summertime, just shaving it off. Don't worry about it.
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Post by Sam » Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:04 am

My wife had me clip the top really short, spikey-like. That seems to help. However, I am just combing forward from the crown kinda like a Ceaser cut that George Clooney had and keeping it short like David Letterman, but mine is thin, not thick like his. Next step, shave the head

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Post by joe mcclaine » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:11 am

I started to grow too tall for my hair at 17!

Shaved my head when it wasn't fashionable 20+ years ago.

Haven't looked back since.

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Post by jww » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:14 am

While I am not challenged in this way as of yet - and at 50 there is still plenty of time for this to hit - I already keep my hair trimmed a bit shorter, and should the monk's tonsure or natural horseshoe start to appear, I will clip it as close to a shave as I can. It just makes sense to me to own up to what you have and leave it at that.
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Post by ChemErik » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:35 am

I have sever MPB from my family. I kept it short for a long time. Finally decided I either needed to go to a real men's barber shop or shave it. I decided to try shaving it and love it. If that's not for you, go to an actual barber shop. Barbers specialize in cutting styles that look good on men and a decent one will do better than a more expensive upscale women's/unisex salon.
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Post by fallingwickets » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:12 am

I'm in the shave your head camp

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Post by paperpundit » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:02 am

Sam, you can always go flat top. I did for years, then got sick of paying $40 every few weeks for a haircut...Perfect haircut for a guy with thinning hair on top.

To be specific, I have a thinner spot at the back of my head surrounded by thin hair and, alas, scars. Since hair doesn't grow through scars, my choice is either long and flop it around or short. I like short.
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Post by Sam » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:23 am

Here is what I am working with

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Post by Aztecface » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:17 am

I completely agree with Porter.
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Post by paperpundit » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:25 pm

That's not bad at all, Sam...I'd go with the flat top, although it may have a different connotation in the legal field.

The only other problem I had with it was keeping the hair standing up, but that says more about the humidity down here than my hair.
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Post by Sam » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:27 pm

That is what Cool Grease pomade was good for. Enough hold without being too, too greasy or slick. Cut it and had it notched for spikiness. Wife said go this way, in the pic.

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Post by Nitrox » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:37 pm

I stopped worrying a long time ago and now buzz it short about once a week.
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Post by Scrapyard Ape » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:33 am

fallingwickets wrote:I'm in the shave your head camp
Yep. Me too. Got tired of trying disguise my thinning hair.
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Post by desertbadger » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:36 pm

Aztecface wrote:I completely agree with Porter.
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Post by Timpac » Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:26 pm

Another one in support of the headshave. I'm 26 and have been shaving it for about 4 years now, before it actually started thinning. I can tell from the hairline that it's doing the same thing as my twin brother, who finally decided it wasn't worth futzing with and started shaving about 6 months ago. He's never been happier about his appearance. The other option really is just got for a shorter haircut, buzzed relatively close and maybe tapered a bit on the sides if you go for a slightly longer buzz. Shorter actually makes the sort of thinning you have look less obvious and keeps things youthful.

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Post by jpkunst » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:54 am

Either real short or completely shaven. No comb-overs of any kind.
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