You’ve noticed that your hair is starting to thin out on top.
Maybe you’ve been seeing the signs of male pattern baldness for a while — and you’re very worried. Or maybe you just noticed some hair in your sink for the first time — and you’re wondering what to do now.
Society’s response can be harsh — especially with the continuous messaging that baldness is a bad thing. Countless products (and even surgeries) will encourage you to “fix the problem” — and as a result, you might start to lose confidence. You might even feel judged, weak, and unattractive.
But... is that really the truth?
The reality may surprise you.
Male pattern baldness is normal and healthy, and you’re definitely not alone. According to the American Hair Loss Association, about 66% of men will start to lose their hair by the age of 35 — and by age 55, 85% of men will have significant hair loss, with visibly thin or balding hair.
In a study on male baldness conducted by Barry University, researchers wanted to understand why baldness has survived and thrived throughout human evolution. The study asked people to rank a group of men — both bald and not — on a series of traits, including honesty, intelligence, and social status. The results showed that in general, people viewed bald men as more honest, intelligent, and socially dominant than men with hair. Overall, the study confirmed what researchers had speculated for years — baldness was historically beneficial because it increased a man’s perceived non-threatening social dominance.
Moving Forward With Confidence
Before you can fully embrace your future of baldness and general badassery, you need to allow yourself to work through all the natural stages of grief that come with thinning or balding. It’s okay to feel disappointed and uncertain as you come to terms with this process — and MANTL is here to help you along the way.
When you’re ready to embrace your baldness, focus on confidence and self-love — by taking an active role in your personal care. Whether it’s investing in grooming products to keep your MANTL looking fresh, identifying other bald role models as a beacon of inspiration, or surrounding yourself with a healthy community full of acceptance and support, adopting a new outlook shows the world that you are fully in charge of your worth and your space as a bald man.