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How to Style Your Hair If You Are Going Bald

How to Style Your Hair If You Are Going Bald

You are losing your hair. It happens. It can suck. Hair is an integral part of how we define ourselves and to go without it can be stressful. So you may try all sorts of cures to bring your hair back to what it was, or continue to act as if everything is fine and there is no need to change.

But there is nothing wrong with being 50 unless you try to act like you are 25. We always have to change how we dress, think, and act as time passes on, and thinning hair is just another one of those moments. And while losing hair can hurt your confidence, remember that confidence comes from within you. It is better for you to face the facts on your missing hair than to feverishly deny what you and everyone else can see.

So if your hair is starting to thin, sit down and consider these things to determine what to do next.

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Do you keep the hair?

If your hair is thinning, the first thing to figure out is if you want to keep and thicken the hair you have. If you do, you then need to figure out how far you are willing to go in effort and money.

There are a million guides out there on how to prevent hair loss, but the three main methods to prevent hair loss are to lower your stress levels, use Rogaine, and consider a hair transplant. Please make note that lowering stress is always harder than it sounds, Rogaine only works as long as you keep using it, and hair transplants can be expensive.

Are You Ready to Lose your Hair?

You may succeed at keeping your hair at its same thickness with enough treatments. Indeed, you may discover a naturalistic cause for your hair loss, such as stress, which lends itself to many hair loss treatments available at varying costs. But it will take a lot of work and you can always try a different, more natural hairstyle that acknowledges where you are at in life.

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Note the word “hairstyle” because there is a midway point between thick hair and baldness. If you really do not want to be bald, consider a buzz cut or Caesar cut. These cuts are a great way to adjust to thinner hair and let you figure out if you want to take the more drastic step of shaving it all off.

We may think that thick hair is necessary to show manliness and virility, but a buzz cut is just as capable of doing that as well. (Just look at Jason Statham or The Rock!) And these sorts of haircuts are much easier to manage compared to the work of trying to keep up your old hairstyle.

In addition to those kinds of cuts, Business Insider has a good list of alternative hairstyles which you can try to adjust for your lessened hair.

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Growing a Beard

If you do not like losing hair on your head, you can grow hair on your face. A goatee or mustache will draw attention away from your bald head and towards your face, relieving what you may think is a source of embarrassment. (There is nothing wrong with looking like Walter White or Sean Connery!)

However, note the point about a goatee or mustache as opposed to a full blown beard. The contrast between a full beard and a bald head can be too much for some.

Remember, your goal is to show that your confidence has not been shaken by going bald and that you are choosing to flaunt your baldness. Growing a mustache or a goatee is a nice contrast to a bald or very close shaven head, but a full beard may look like you’re trying to compensate for your lack of head hair and could indicate a lack of confidence.

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Ask your Barber

You may come away from all this not sure if going bald, a buzz cut, or some other hairstyle is the best choice for you. If you are not sure about something in life, the best course of action is often to ask an unbiased expert. And who knows your hair better than the person who cuts it every few weeks?

Asking a barber for help with your thinning hair does not mean going in without a clue. Art of Manliness has a great guide on bits and pieces of barber lingo which you can use to give your barber a better idea of what you want. But if you tell your barber that you want to shave all your hair off and he tells you that a bald head may not work with your facial structure, you may want to listen to him.

Your barber and you should develop a give and take relationship over time that lets you figure out what new hairstyle is best for your thinning head. Once you know what works for you, you can be confident in a new hairstyle.

Featured photo credit: Jeroen Benninck via flic.kr

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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