This post is primarily about building confidence if you are young and bald. Other issues might be hinted at however.
Since you guys helped me, I am writing this post for anybody dealing with hair loss age 14 and up for any reason. Or even if your confidence is being dragged down by other issues. Personal loss, home life standard, appearance issues, soso.
This one is for the young ones.
I went bald at 14. That can really put a drag on your teenage years. A series of misfortunate events, and the loss of a few dear family members made baldness the icing on the cake for me.
So here are a few tips for those of you who are still children, and going through this.
1. People are going to stereotype you. Break the stereotypes. Bald has been synonymous with toughness. Being masculine. Being strong. But what if you're soft like me? There are tons of things you can do to break stereotypes made of you. The best way is to talk to people, and just be you. You'll find yourself not even caring about your hairline.
2. Dress to your personality. It can give you real flare, and expresses who you are. Don't make style choices solely based on your bald head. You'll fall into the crowd. I'm an art brain, so I wear a pink polo with slacks and a beret. It works amazingly for me because people get an idea of my personality before I even say anything.
3. If you feel too young to go 100% bald (A.K.A. 14-18 for me..) Keeping a bit of head stubble can work well for you. Thinning, small bald spots, and recession can very easily 'disappear' in a forest of stubble. I keep a stubbly head sometimes at Norwood six. It works pretty well. It's too bad I missed the ball when I was just receding. That would have looked really cool.
4. Find a cool hat for school events..Unfortunately, I can't find a way around this one. I find myself being ID'd by police every time I go to a dance.. That is one of the worst things you can go through in the heat of the moment. One minute, you're partying out with your friends or your sweetheart, and the next a security guard or police officer is eyeballing and calling you over to him. He breaks up your group and asks for your temps. This always creates a scene. I get ID'd walking in and out of school and dances without my hat.
5. Find a bald buddy! 20% of men go bald in their teens. Make friends with somebody going through your blight. Chances are, you'll be able to relate quite well, and you'll stop worrying about your hairline. Two of my friends have receding hairlines.
6. Buy a few video games or movies with bad@$$ bald protagonists. God of War, Hitman, Riddick.
7. Be playfully bald. Wear a silly hat to school one day. Let your best friend use you as a crystal ball for entertainment. The possibilities are endless, and you'll find the outcomes hilarious.
8. Don't let being bald run your life. People will begin to identify you with it, but in the end, you are you, not your hairline.