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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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