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Why the Toupee went out of Fashion

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Whilst you might still see the occasional toupee on an older gentleman, the majority of people have disregarded the need for a toupee. The toupee, once an essential for the disheartened balding man, has declined rapidly in recent years. And we couldn’t be happier about it.

You’ll struggle to find a man who openly talks about his toupee. In fact, you’ll rarely find a man even wearing a toupee nowadays, and if you do, you likely wouldn’t know it. Toupees have advanced dramatically in their appearance. With improvements in technology, it’s hard to distinguish between a toupee and real hair. However, this is only the case if you can afford an expensive option, as cheaper options tend to be of a lower quality.

The costs definitely add up

Much like Minoxidil and other baldness preventing practices, toupees aren’t cheap. In fact nowadays they’re cheaper than ever, but that still hasn’t helped their popularity.

After all things are considered, the average monthly price of a toupee can range anywhere between $50-300+ dollars a month. Now ask yourself this; would you pay $36,000 for 10 years of wearing a toupee? No, we wouldn’t either. It’s far easier to just accept balding and embrace it.

If you’re wondering why the costs are so high, it’s because modern toupees need a lot of maintenance. In fact, many toupee deals have a monthly maintenance scheme that you need to sign up for. Another issue with wearing a toupee is that you can’t just have one; having 2 or 3 toupees is a necessity. By having three toupees, you have one to wear, one being cleaned and another to be a spare.

Have toupees ever been in fashion?

Despite popular belief, toupees were never actually as popular as they’re perceived to have been. They’ve been used for comic relief since the early 1930’s, and were famously ridiculed in a Monty Python sketch in the 1960’s;

Whilst there are they did genuinely reach a small amount of popularity in the 60’s and 70’s, there’s no doubt that they have never truly been fashionable. They have always been considered as a ‘last resort’. One of the reasons that toupees became so popular is that in the mainstream film industry, actors were required to be handsome. Now, evidently nowadays we can realise that you don’t need a full head of hair to be handsome – a al Bruce Willis – but back in those days, it was a necessity.

Whilst toupees might have been popular amongst celebrities and those in the media, they weren’t for everyday folk. This is likely due to their high price and their often mocked status by many comedians.

The first real breakthrough actors to show us that a toupee wasn’t a necessity were Telly Savalas and Yul Brynner – the latter of whom shaved his head for his role in The King and I.

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So… What really caused their (limited) popularity to decrease?

There are a few reasons that toupees have become less popular over recent years. Whilst it’s certainly a combination of things, it’s pretty clear what the primary reason for this is. The answer? Technology.

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Yes, the expense of toupees is a factor. Yes, the fact toupees have been mocked openly in the media also matters. But nothing has had a greater negative impact on the toupee industry than technology. For those who really aren’t happy with their balding state, there are now better and more sustainable options than using a toupee.

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Although hair transplants have been present for more than 70 years, the quality of them improved dramatically in the late eighties. This technology improves year upon year, making them a genuine option for people who wish to revive their former self. Although this method is expensive, it has genuine results.

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Of course, another method of combatting hair loss is using minoxidil. When was minoxidil discovered? Again, in the late eighties Rogaine launched their minoxidil brand, which became instantly popular with men worldwide. Proven by scientists to help reduce the speed of hair loss, this too contributed to the dramatic decrease in toupee sales.

Conclusion

It isn’t for me to say whether I think a toupee, minoxidil or a hair transplant is the correct option for someone to choose. Whilst I would never advertise these methods, this is truly down to the individual to decide whether this will help satisfy them and improve their quality of life.

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I can, however say that I am a happily bald man. I’ve never thought about trying any of these methods to help with hair loss, because in my eyes, it’s not something that needs ‘help’. It is a natural occurrence in over 50% of men around the globe. I’ve accepted it, and hopefully you will too.

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  • Steve
  • Updated November 12, 2017
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What are some of the signs of balding?

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Male pattern baldness affects the majority of men at some point in their lifetime. Sometimes it isn’t until late in a man’s life, but often it can come much sooner. Often, people will try to portray that as a negative thing. This is because the hair loss industry is worth billions and billions of dollars. Of course, people will always do anything to make a few dollars, including making you feel bad about yourself. There are plenty of men that prove baldness can be sexy.

However, for most men when they start balding, it can be quite distressing. But how do you know that you’re going bald? You don’t just wake up one day with no hair, do you? Well, no, you don’t. Whilst a substantial amount of men will start to bald by the age of 30, there are various different ways that you can be sure you are experiencing male pattern baldness.

Though the likelihood is that if you think you’re experiencing male pattern baldness you probably are, there are some other possibilities that could be causing you to bald. Some of these include trauma, steroid abuse and the most common cause, Hypothyroidism. Though in all honesty, the likelihood is that if you’re a male in their late 20s or older, then you’re experiencing regular male pattern baldness. So, we’ve compiled a short list with some of the signs of balding to help you realise if you’re starting to lose your beloved hair for good.

Finding hair on your hairbrush

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Whilst it isn’t a guaranteed sign, your hairbrush could indicate whether you’re going bald.

Although this won’t be the case for all men, one of the common signs of balding will be finding lots of your hairs on your hairbrush. This is, of course, more noticeable in men with longer hair, as it will be more prone to falling out.

Though this is a possible indicator of going bald, finding hair on your hairbrush or pillow isn’t a guaranteed sign of male pattern baldness.

Receding hairline

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Jude Law is the most used example for receding hairline. He works it.

The first signs of balding are often a receding hairline. Although this can be gradual, often a receding hairline can occur with some speed.

You’ll usually notice a receding hairline starting to occur around the temple area before anywhere else. Sometimes in certain cases, it will start directly at the front of your hairline. A receding hairline is a pretty good indicator that you’re starting the journey of male pattern baldness.

Hair thinning

Some people naturally have thin hair throughout their life. But, a good sign of telling if you’re experiencing male pattern baldness is that your hair will begin to thin out. This is one of the best signs of balding.

For most men, their hairline will begin to recede before anything else. Though in some cases, your hair can start to thin out before you experience any receding in the front of your hair. Many men think that you start balding from the front and then the baldness will thin out the back, leaving you with the option of fully bald, a horrific comb over or just leaving it as it is. This isn’t the case, however. Your can start the balding process in any order, and many people experience hair thinning from the back before they experience any hair loss around the front or the temples.

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No one wants to rock this look.

 

Curly/Wispy Hair

Whilst this is actually pretty hard to determine, another way of telling if your male pattern baldness is progressing is that you’ll start to notice your hairs are more curly or wispy.

The most common place to notice these hairs start to develop is around the neckline. If you feel around the back of your neck, you might notice that your hair feels a bit curlier than usual. This will only be noticeable if you usually have a longer hairstyle, though.

 

Whilst there are several ways to determine whether you are experiencing male pattern baldness, it’s probably best to go and see a specialist. Make an appointment with your doctor who will help you with this. If this is the case, the best thing to do is accept that you are balding and decide whether to keep your hair long, or invest in a something to shave your head with and go full baldy! Thanks for checking out this post! Please, feel free to browse around the website for more info!

  • Steve
  • Updated August 25, 2017

Who are the Sexiest Bald Men for Baldspiration?

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I get it. We all have those days where we wish we had long, flowing locks of hair. Some days, I crawl out of bed and just wish I could grow my hair out like Samson. But, we all know that the source of our power isn’t truly in our hair; in fact, there are many studies that show going bald is indeed a sign of power and virility.

Yet, there are days when I get a bit down about not having the option to have a mohawk. So, what do I do on those days to reaffirm myself of my masculinity? You guessed it. I have a look at the sexiest bald men I can find that show us there’s no shame in going bald. These guys are some of the best forms of baldspiration around today. You’ll find the usual suspects, but also some others you might not have heard of.

The Sexiest Bald Men

1. Jason Statham

 

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Jason at a film premiere.

 

We start the list off with Hollywood hunk Jason Statham. The likelihood is you’ve heard about this balding beauty from featuring in a variety of good (think Snatch) and extremely bad (think Revolver) movies over the past few decades.

Coupled with his strong jawline and great physique, Jason is a great role model for anyone looking for some baldspiration. One of the first things to do when you realise you’re going bald is to consider hopping on the gym train. Defining that jawline can make you infinitely more confident about your appearance. Saying this, Jason gets bonus points for letting his remaining hair grow out and not shaving it totally bald. Not because it looks better, I personally prefer a completely shaven head. It’s just he clearly doesn’t give a f**k what anyone thinks; and it works.

There’s no doubt that Jason is a good looking fella, and he’s definitely had his fair share of the ladies. He’s settled down now with model Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley; not too bad for a balding fella, eh?

 

2. Zinedine Zidane

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Zizou, pictured right (obviously!)

Zinedine Zidane, or Zizou, is one of the greatest soccer (or football) players of all time. After playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world like Juventus, he then advanced into his managerial career at Real Madrid, where he was also a player.

He started balding in his early twenties and would shamelessly rep the bald look without shaving. It didn’t matter to him as long as he was playing soccer and scoring goals. His charismatic nature and French nonchalance added to his attractiveness, as we all know confidence is sexy.

Zidane is a prime example of a man who has matured with grace. In fact, I would argue with you that Zinedine actually looks better now than back in his playing days. He clearly uses a head shaver every few days, and his current look totally works.

 

3. Milan Vukmirovic

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One of Milan’s many outfits.

I don’t blame you for not having heard of Milan Vukmirovic. He’s not mentioned in the media every single day, and isn’t a hollywood superstar like some of the other mentions in our list. But for me, he’s the most important feature, and here’s why.

Milan is an award winning fashion designer who has worked with many brands like Gucci and Trussardi. Though you might not have heard of him, he’s been a major influence in the fashion industry over previous decades. You can Google his name to get tons of fashion inspiration as he’s probably the best dressed bald man in the entire world.

Milan is a massive advocate of maintaining a good physique. By good, this doesn’t necessarily mean super muscly. You don’t have to be super muscular to pull off the bald look. Like Milan, you can just aim for a nice lean physique that helps accentuate your features.

 

4. Bruce Willis

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Bruce looks better with age.

You knew he’d be on here. No list of the sexiest bald men would be complete without Bruce, who helped pioneer the baldy movement back in the 80s with the ultimate action movie Die Hard.

Bruce’s stages of balding have been clear to see for the public throughout his acting career. This didn’t stop him from becoming one of the biggest movie stars in the world. In fact, it probably helped him.

As balding is synonymous with power, Bruce’s balding look made him perfect for roles as an action hero.

 

5. Stanley Tucci

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Stanley Tucci is pretty well known for as a film director, writer and producer. He really became apparent to the younger generation for his role in The Hunger Games and The Lovely Bones, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

Unlike his character in The Lovely Bones who sports a horrific combover, in real life Tucci has opted for the complete shave. It no doubt suits him a lot more than the other alternative.

 

 

Stanley jokes in this video that being bald ‘won’t ever be in’.

We think you’re wrong, Stanley.

6. Pep Guardiola

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Okay, I know it’s another soccer player but I’m trying to feature a few of the sexiest bald men that you don’t see plastered over every internet site *cough* The Rock *cough*.

As well as being a fantastic footballer, Pep has gone on to have a successful managerial carer in the Spanish, German and English League.

It’s no secret that Pep is an attractive man. His hispanic roots give give a darker skin tone which really suits his suave bald look. Although you can’t change your ethnicity, you can get yourself a nice tan if you’re a caucasian male. This will undoubtedly gain you a few points on the sexy scale.

 

7. Michael Jordan

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It’s common knowledge that going bald is not that bigger deal for black guys. Why? It could be the lack of stark contrast and inability to see the horseshoe around the back of the head. It could be that the majority of black guys seem to cut their hair pretty short anyway. Or, it could be that bald black guys just look way cooler than everyone else.

Anyway, the title of the ‘quintessential bald black guy’ is debatable; honourable mentions go out to Tyrese Gibson and Damon Wayans for also pulling this look off with ease. But Michael Jordan pipped these two fellas to the post; he’s definitely one of the sexiest bald men of all time.

His athletic physique and dominance in sport propelled MJ to global superstar. We’re sure it was a lot easier to focus when he didn’t have to worry about going to the barbers anymore.

 

8. The Rock

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Most of the features on our list weren’t massive muscular guys.  This was kind of proving a point that you don’t have to be ripped to look good and be confident as a bald man. Saying this, The Rock definitely suits the big, bulky bald look.

After he started receding in his thirties, he took to shaving it right down to the skin. Whilst going bald can be quite a distressing time for most men, it wasn’t that bigger deal for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Maybe it’s because he knew people were more interested in his charismatic personality that if he had hair on his head or not.

Whilst you don’t have to be muscly to pull off the bald look, it can definitely help. Even if it’s only for self confidence, going to the gym and improving your body can also help improve your mindset. If there’s anything women, and men, find attractive, it’s confidence.


Thanks for reading about the sexiest bald men! Be sure to check out some of our other great posts and to check which head shaver is best for you!

  • Steve
  • Updated July 1, 2017

How to grow a Lumberjack Beard

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Are you looking to up the ante from your regular stubble or tamed beard and go all out lumberjack? Not sure exactly where to start? Well, we’ve got you covered here. This short guide will show you exactly how to grow a lumberjack beard.

 

Let it grow

This, in my opinion, is the most important and essential part if you truly want to know how to grow a lumberjack beard. Let it grow. I’ll let my beard grow out for at least a month or two before I even consider trimming it down. Obviously, this is different for everyone as some beards grow faster than other, but as a general rule, leaving it for a month before you shave is a good idea.

By leaving it, I don’t mean to leave it completely. During this time, you should keep a solid neckline by shaving it every 3-5 days (neckbeards have never been sexy, by the way). To define your neckline, follow your neckline around to an inch below your chin. This is a pretty common mistake that is often made and will ruin your meantime look completely, especially if you aren’t in great shape.

You can forget about your neckline once your beard has grown out to a sufficient length, but in the meantime, be sure to avoid this;

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This is a great example of a neckline that has been shaved too high. George is in dire need of an extra half-inch to an inch along the jawline.

It most certainly isn’t a necessity to grow your lumberjack beard out without a trim. You could keep it maintained as you go. But for me, this is a far easier option. I’ll usually leave it until someone comments on me looking like a homeless person. At that point, I know it’s time to get the trimmer out.

Use these added tips

If you’re struggling to grow a lumberjack beard, these four little tips are quite useful for helping facial hair growth. In all honesty, you should probably be doing these things anyway. But if you’re not, then:

  1. Wash your face thoroughly. Not with any added oils and stuff, just soap and hot water. Oily skin is known to prevent the growth of hair follicles. Your beard loves clear skin.
  2. Get some sun, or take vitamin D supplements. I prefer to take vitamin D supplements as with the sun you’re obviously going to increase the amount of oil in your skin. But whatever works for you.
  3. Boost your testosterone. This is why going to the gym and lifting heavy weights will always be advantageous; testosterone helps contribute to beard growth. Get down the gym and try to exclude stress factors from your life. This will help to boost testosterone.
  4. Steam your pores. Whilst you’re at the gym, make use of the steam room. Exercising the follicles in your face will help promote beard growth.
  5. Relax. Stress can definitely be one of the main reasons why your beard won’t grow, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep and relaxing time.

Now, I know that they sound like some pretty stereotypical tips. But in my experience, they’ve helped. And even if they don’t, they’re all good tips for wellbeing as well as growing a lumberjack beard.

Don’t waste time with oils. Yet.

Whilst your lumberjack beard is growing, don’t be drawn in to the ‘buy this oil to make your beard super long and get loads of women’ ads. Whilst a good beard oil is great when your beard is up and running, you shouldn’t need to purchase any balms or oils until your beard is a decent length.

Once you do get your beard to a sufficient length, beard oils can be a great help with maintaining a healthy beard. As long as you know how to apply them properly.

Finally, be patient and research how to grow a lumberjack beard

Patience. Another important factor for growing out a truly awesome lumberjack beard. If you have the ability to grow stubble, or even a half decent lumberjack beard, then you’re likely capable of growing a solid lumberjack beard. Though I have to say, being patient won’t work for some. I have friends in their thirties and forties who are just incapable of growing any sort of beard. Of course, if you’re one of those people, you should completely ignore this guide.

So, a few months have gone by, but you’re not getting the length you want on your beard and it hasn’t got great volume. What should you do? Panic? Apply some sort of oils and creams that promise to grow your beard tenfold but never really work? No. We wait. A solid 6 months is really the timeframe that you will be looking at if you want to go full lumberjack. Some may be a tad sooner, some a tad longer. Stick with it and you’ll get where you want to be.

That sums up our short guide on how to grow a lumberjack beard! Feel free to check out our other posts and get yourself a great beard trimmer.

  • Steve
  • Updated September 26, 2017

How to Shave your Head

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Are you looking for a guide that explains how to shave your head? Look no further, we’ve got you covered.

 

Lets face it; shaved heads are rapidly becoming more popular. I bet half of you who clicked on this link aren’t even balding. And I don’t blame you. Baldy, skinhead. Whatever you wanna call it. It’s totally in fashion right now.

Some men shave their heads for style, while others do it for comfort, while some of us don’t really have a choice! No matter your reasons, learning how to shave your head doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here is a simple five-step guide for shaving your head.

Step 1 – Trim Your Hair

It may seem redundant to trim your hair before you shave it, but this is a necessary step. Hair that is too long will get stuck in your razor. Not only does this hurt, but it also prevents you from getting an even shave.
The easiest way to trim your hair is to use an electric trimmer. Select the shortest guard length, which will cut your hair to the length of stubble.
Be sure to trim all areas of your head, and down your neckline. Don’t worry about getting a perfectly even trim, since you’ll be shaving off what is left.

Step 2 – Wet Your Head

Getting your head wet prior to shaving is crucial. Having wet hair and skin allows for a smoother shave. This, in turn, means you are less likely to have razor bumps. Shaving dry can cause razor burn, inflamed follicles, and blisters.
The ideal time to shave your head is immediately after a warm shower. The hot water and steam open your pores and follicles, so it will be less work for the razor to cut the hair.
If you aren’t able to shower right before you shave your head, there are other options. Try soaking a clean hand towel in warm water, and placing it on your scalp for at least two minutes. Alternatively, lean over the bathroom sink and splash your head with water.

Step 3 – Apply shaving cream.

Lubricants such as shaving cream are necessary for a close shave since they allow your razor to glide over the area. The razor will snag on hair that does not have a lubricant. Applying shaving cream creates a protective layer between the razor and your skin, so that when you shave you remove hair and shaving cream. Without a lubricant, you are shaving off hair and a layer of skin. This results in redness and irritation.
Many shaving creams come with natural additives such as aloe vera or vitamin E. These types of creams are perfect for anybody who has sensitive skin since they have a soothing and calming effect on the skin. They also help minimize irritation and ingrown hairs.
When you apply the shaving cream, make sure you thoroughly cover all the areas you’ll be shaving. Spread a thin layer of the cream over your scalp, making sure you don’t leave any spots left bare. One of the major benefits of using shaving cream is that you can see where you’ve shaved, which decreases the odds that you’ll accidently shave the same spot multiple times.
Hair conditioner also works as a shaving lubricant. Unlike shaving cream, hair conditioner does not leave a highly visible track on your scalp once you’ve been over it with your razor. However, hair conditioner contains significantly more moisturizers than shaving cream does. This means that if you need to go over a spot more than once your skin will still be protected.

Step 4 – Shave

Make sure you have a good razor. Whether you use a manual or electric razor is up to you. A manual razor is a good option for beginners and first-time shavers since they are easier to handle. Electric razors get the job done more quickly but are more expensive than a manual razor. Once you are comfortable with shaving your head you may want to invest in an electric razor.

As you shave, be sure to go slowly. Rushing tends to lead to small cuts and nicks, as well as missing areas. You can either shave in the direction the hair grows, or against the way the hair grows. Each option has its own pros and cons.
Shaving in the same direction that the hair grows will cause the least irritation since the hair naturally bends the way the razor will push it. However, shaving in the opposite directions provides a closer shave. Shaving against the grain is most effective on coarse hair, whereas shaving with the grain is best for softer hair. You may want to try each method and see which you prefer.
Try to shave each area once. Repeatedly covering the same spot increases the chances of ingrown hairs, and also causes more irritation.
Start in the front, along your hairline. In one smooth motion, shave back towards the crown of your head. Repeat this motion all along your hairline, and down each side of your head until you reach your ears. To get the spot immediately behind your ears, use one hand to fold down the top part of your ear.
The very back of your head will be the most difficult part to reach. There are a couple options for taking care of this part of your head.

Option 1 – Use a handheld mirror.

This is the best option for anybody who has not shaved before since you will be able to see what you’re doing. To use a handheld mirror, stand with your back to the bathroom mirror. Hold up the handheld mirror in front of you, and angle it so that you can see the reflection of the back of your head. Now you can shave the spots you couldn’t see before.

Option 2 – Shave against the grain.

If you’re comfortable shaving against the grain, try this method. Tilt your chin down towards your chest. This causes the skin on the back of your head to pull taut and decreases the chances that you will cut yourself. Use your free hand as a guide, and follow the path it makes with your razor. Run your free hand over the back of your head to determine if you have missed any spots.

Step 5 – Aftercare

Rinse off your head with cool water and pat it dry with a clean towel. Avoid wiping or rubbing with the towel, as this will chafe your newly shaven skin.
Once the skin is dry, apply an unscented lotion. Anything with artificial fragrance is likely to create a burning sensation. If you have sensitive skin, try a lotion with vitamin E. This will sooth the skin and help deal with any razor bumps.
For skin that is very dry, consider applying an oil-based product. Coconut oil is an excellent choice, since it is all-natural and will moisturize without leaving a shine.

  • Steve
  • Updated August 2, 2017