Acknowledging that losing your hair can be an upsetting experience. You may be in the denial phase for several months before admitting that you have less hair than before. Eventually, though, all the strands on the shower floor each morning become impossible to ignore. And once you’ve realized that you are indeed undergoing hair loss, you may start feeling less confident.
These feelings are completely normal, but hair loss is a problem that the majority of males will experience at some point in their life. Denying your receding hairline or bald patch won’t help you regain your mojo. Rather, it can be beneficial to put things in perspective and not get too down on yourself. You’re probably your own worst critic, and the majority of people around you may not even recognize that your hair is thinning.
3 Ways to Feel Sexy with Hair Loss
It can be difficult to feel sexy when you’re losing your hair. While hair loss is a natural part of life, it’s common to experience feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem as your locks start thinning. But don’t worry – here are some ways that you can stay sexy even if you’re losing your hair!
1. Start a Prescription Treatment
If you know the “boldly balding” look is not your ticket to feeling sexy, consider a hair loss treatment. Thanks to prescription medications, there are ways to stop hair loss in its tracks and stimulate regrowth. Of course, this isn’t an overnight fix — you won’t be able to change your hairline before a first date tomorrow. However, through consistent use, you should start seeing new growth in four to six months.
Currently, there are two FDA-approved medications for addressing hair loss. Finasteride has traditionally come in pill form and works by blocking the production of DHT, the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness. Minoxidil is a topical foam or serum that stimulates hair regrowth by increasing blood flow to the individual hair follicles. These medications are often prescribed together to halt hair loss and spur regrowth.
Getting either or both of these prescription medications is seamless thanks to telehealth. After meeting online with a healthcare provider, you can get a treatment tailored to your needs. Your provider may opt to prescribe topical finasteride and minoxidil, a new combination treatment. This double-duty solution can be applied to the scalp once a day. And because it’s a gel, it’s a quick and easy addition to your morning routine.
2. Alter Your Style
When you start to notice thinning, you may want to consult with your barber and adjust your hairstyle. You may be able to disguise your hair loss through a style that best suits the hair you currently have. It’s entirely likely that your current hairstyle is the same one you had a decade ago. Yet the hair of your 20s, 30s, or even 40s may have been much different than it is today. Don’t think about the look that you want; instead think about what will work best for you now.
As with any change to your appearance, you may be hesitant at first to alter your style. If that’s the case, take a look at male celebrities who have adjusted their looks to mask their hair loss. Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and David Beckham have all embraced their unique hair loss issues. By working with their hair, they’ve been able to show up confidently as they age.
Typically, a quiff, buzz cut, or tapered look are good options. If you have a bald spot on one side, you can either choose a buzzed look or part your hair to that side. Once you find a photo of a look that you like, ask your barber for their advice. Walking out of the barbershop with a new, improved look will surely put a sexy pep in your step.
3. Level Up Your Overall Appearance
When you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin, it shows. You may be more timid, lacking the confidence you once had. Or you may joke about your hair in a way that is demoralizing and negative. You may even start turning down invites to dinner with friends or other outings because you are too ashamed of your hair loss. The thing is, although you may think everyone is staring at your head, they likely are not.
Leveling up other aspects of your appearance can boost your self-esteem and help mitigate any negative thoughts about your hair. For example, if you look in your closet and don’t feel inspired by your clothes, it may be time for a shopping trip. Seek out a few well-made, high-quality garments that will lend you a sexy confidence. If the mere thought of shopping makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry. Many stores offer complimentary personal stylists and shoppers who will select flattering items based on your personal style and budget.
Another way to level up your appearance is by focusing on your overall well-being. Eat a wholesome diet filled with lean protein, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Try to exercise each day, whether that’s a gym session before work or walking your dog at night. If you find yourself with constant negative thoughts, seek out a therapist to talk through how you are feeling. Any of these wellness adjustments can boost your mood, making you feel good in your own skin again.
Staying sexy when you’re losing your hair can be a challenge. You are a unique individual, worthy of everything that you desire. Your hair shouldn’t impact how you show up in the world or keep you from doing the things that make you happy. This isn’t to say that hair loss isn’t a challenging experience, as it most certainly is. Know, however, that millions are going through what you’re going through, and remember that looking sexy starts with having the right attitude.