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Going Bald? How to Improve Your Confidence & Financials

Posted By melissa On 12/27/2012 @ 12:14 pm In Career | 16 Comments

Donald Trump is famous for his business prowess, but maybe even more so for his infamous comb over. In a society that values youth and attractiveness, noticing you are beginning to lose your hair can be emotionally difficult. According to Today Health [3], “Male pattern baldness affects 40 million men in the U.S., and a quarter of them start going bald by age 30.” Knowing you are not alone often doesn’t make you feel any better.

If you are losing your hair, you have four choices: comb it over, wear a toupee, buy Rogaine, or shave it off.

Surprisingly, only one of those choices is best for your financial bottom line.

Combovers and Toupees

In general, combovers and toupees may make the man feel that he is hiding his hair loss, but most people know. Combovers are generally looked down upon as are toupees. In fact, the combover phenomena has even spawned an independent documentary, Combover, The Movie [4]. As one person says in the film, “Any time you are using your own hair to cover bald flesh on your skull, that is a combover, my friends, and there is no turning back. You will be the man you mocked when you were fifteen years old.”

Rogaine

Rogaine costs approximately $30 a month for treatment, but you must apply this regularly to retain any new hair growth. If you stop using Rogaine, you will lose the new hair growth within 3 to 4 months. At $30 a month, you are looking at $360 a year, which doesn’t sound that expensive. However, if you start using Rogaine at 35 and stop at age 65, you are looking at spending $10,800 (not including the inevitable increases in price) to retain your hair.

Shave It Off

Thanks to Michael Jordan, some refer to our time as the time of baldness. However, embracing baldness can be difficult. “Hairstyles are an expression of the man underneath the locks. And if the hair goes, often confidence and self-esteem are quick to follow” (Today Health [3]). It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

A recent article published in Social Psychology & Personality Science [5] revealed that 3 studies show that men who shave their heads when they are beginning to bald are seen as “more dominant than men with full heads of hair” and that men can “improve their interpersonal standing by shaving.”

Why is this? Perhaps if you use a combover or another way to disguise your baldness, you are perceived as weaker, while if you admit that you are balding and take matters into your own hands by shaving it all off, you are perceived as confident and dominant.

Look at others who have done this including Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. They exude confidence and sexiness. In fact, one woman interviewed for Today Health [3] said, “‘For me, a man with a bald head looks sexy.’” Another said, “‘The hair is not important to me. It’s what’s inside that counts.’”

If you are balding and looking to rev up your confidence level as well as improve how you are perceived (and potentially how much more you can earn with your newfound confidence), perhaps shaving it all off is the way to go.

Now, if only Prince William would take the plunge and shave it all off.

What’s your take? Would you shave your head if you were going bald? Have you?

(Photo: tambako [6])


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[4] Combover, The Movie: http://www.comboverthemovie.com/combover2.htm

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