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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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