Male pattern bald by choice

Over the last 3 years I have been tweezing, pulling and epilating my head to gradually achieve a male pattern baldness. My hairline is permanently moved back about 3 inches and I have created a very visible bald spot at the crown while thinning out the remaining hair on top. My goal is to eventually have a MPB comb-over with just a few thin, whispy hairs draped across my bald dome.

Jul 9, 2018

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  • I'm late to this thread, but I understand your confession. I've always thought mpb was extremely masculine and handsome. I have mpb in my family, and was looking forward to it hopefully happening in my 30s. Well, beyond NW3 recession, which is just a little beyond the "mature hairline," nothing happened until I was in my 40s and started to get some vertex thinning. At this point, I lost patience, and decided to go mpb by choice. I started tweezing, but that wasn't enough, and pretty quickly made an appointment, bought a package and got rid of my hair with laser hair removal. I had my head lasered into a Norwood 7 pattern. In all honesty, I love it! Best hair decision I ever made. Love showing off my power donut (I never shave), and I wouldn't go back if I could. I hope you found a path forward that worked for you, and you are now mpb.

  • This is an interesting topic. Sorry I’m late.

    I have the same fascination with wanting to have MPB - a Norwood 6 or 7. I have some recession and small bald spot in the rear but i dream of having a naked scalp from my forehead to a nice dip in the rear. I shave my head, but i don’t find it to be authentic like having MPB. I wonder what it would be like to go to a barbershop as a MPB guy and to get into the chair to have my fringe trimmed up. Would the barber ever shave off any of the loose standing hair on the top of my head to make sure my dome was naked going from my forehead and over the top of my head?

    I worked with a guy who had a nice dome. I loved it when he would come in freshly cleaned up from the barber. I liked his MPB with his sides cleaned up nice and tight. Best part he paired his MPB with a mustache.

    I wonder what it would be like to have this kind of transformation. To have a Norwood 6 or 7, to sport a mustache. I like this bald look especially on a guy who has doughy, heavier build. To me, it’s a no BS power look.

    The advice below about shampoo is interesting. I may try it.

  • After I went bald, I grew a moustache to go with my donut! Love my look, man...

  • Hi. I just ran across this site and topic that I have had a fetish for, for a long time. I am a 26 year old female. My hair is mid back, dark black, very thick and wavy. I know this will sound crazy but I have secretly loved and wanted to have MPB for myself since i was around 10 and saw my grandpa with MPB. To me, I think it is so sexy to see the whole top of the head slick and shiny bald with short back and sides. As I stated, I have wanted this look since i was a young girl and I secretly wished I would have started balding on top. Over the years, the urge has grown even more to become MPB. I know it is not typical for a female to want to have male pattern baldness but, I crave it. I think any female can rock a buzzcut, or bald head, but you just don't see a woman that has MPB and is proud of it. I've had long hair mostly all of my life and I desire this so much. No one else knows about this desire, that's why I chose to confess it here. I'm hoping I am not the only female out here that wants and desires to have MPB of my very own. If there are any other females that desire this, I hope to hear about it here. Thank you for reading this :)

  • I have seen a lot of women with thinning on top and about as close as you can get to a MPB with very little, whispy hairs on top. Personally, I see nothing wrong with that. I would love to see it!

  • I don't find anything you've said as strange. I have a confession to make -- I wish I had MPB too. I just turned 40, and I'm envious of guys my age who have gone bald. There is something about the power donut, as they call it, that I find so masculine. Even better is when the power donut is buzzed down. I'm starting to tweeze my hair away at the temples and crown, hoping to bring about MPB on my own.

  • Maybe you do have male pattern baldness, but it hasn't started yet. You might be 'scheduled' to go bald later in life. At age 40 I had almost a full head of hair with only some receding at my temples. By my mid 50s I was male pattern bald. Tweeze if you must, but I hope it turns out you don't need to and it happens on its own. I confess that I had been desperate to go bald since I was a very young boy and I was almost insanely jealous of young guys who were already going bald. Luckily for me, when I finally went bald, it happened super fast and I didn't have to resort to painful tweezing. If you have at least a few bald male relatives, there is a good chance that MPB is in your DNA and that you will eventually (maybe soon) go bald, so don't give up hope.
    Going bald was fun for me because it happened so fast, and I was so eager and desperate for it to happen. After more than 20 years I still love the end result. My only regret is that it didn't happen when I was in my 20s. Oh well, as they say, 'better late than never.'

  • Thanks for the encouragement and advice. The hair on my temples has receded significantly over the past year, and my front hairline is thinning out significantly; I was just looking at some photos of myself from three years ago, and the difference is pretty drastic, so I have a feeling I might end up bald sooner than later. I'm not considering significant tweezing; as you said, too painful. But I'm getting to the point where I'm at least going to have to buzz my head soon. Even short styles are look kind of odd now. I'm just pleased to find other men who feel the same way I do. There is something very attractive about a man who accepts the natural process rather than fights it with chemicals and hair pieces.

  • That's just it. Male pattern baldness IS a natural process and NOT an illness in search of a 'cure'. I tried buzzing all my hair off once and didn't like it. I didn't like the totally bald, 'cancer chemo patient' look and feel. I don't want to be totally bald. I love the remaining 'horseshoe' shaped fringe of hair on the sides and back of my head, but I keep it neatly trimmed no longer than one inch. It's the male pattern baldness look that I love. I'm Norwood 6+ bald (look it up. 'Norwood baldness scale'), almost no hair across the top of my head and partway down the back. My hairline is almost perfect, although I woudn't mind losing little more of my 'horseshoe' hair fringe. I would love to graduate to Norwood 7.
    Best of all, my wife loves it as much as I do and has told me countless times how sexy she thinks it is. I love it when she kisses me on top of my shiny bald head. What a turn on! I pity guys who are not bald. They don't know what they are missing. I hope you go bald as fast as I did. I know you won't miss your hair.

  • I'm fully aware of the Norwood Scale. I'm somewhere between a N2 and N3. I've just accepted what nature is doing to me. I like to joke that it's moving the hair from my head to my back. LOL. I really don't miss what's fallen out, and am looking forward to the day when I have a horseshoe of my own.

    I'm happy to hear you've embraced your bald head!

  • When I was 50 I was between N2 and N3 like you. By age 53 I was definitely N3 with my hairline very receded at the temples. Someone took a photo of me with my hair slicked back and it shocked me into the realization that I was finally going bald. My dad once warned me to be careful what I wished for, as I might get my wish. For me is wasn't just a casual wish, it was an intense desire. More than almost anything, I wanted to go bald. But when it started to happen I experienced two very powerful, opposing emotions: intense desire and thrill, and fear. I feared how my wife and family would react. I feared that I might not look good bald. It was happening so fast I feared it might not be male pattern baldness and instead, I might have a serious illness. Thankfully, a medical exam showed that I was very healthy and that it was most likely male pattern baldness. A visit to a hair replacement 'expert' confirmed that I was 'suffering' from very aggressive male pattern baldness and I needed to take immediate drastic action to save my hair. When my wife confessed to me that she loved male pattern baldness and had always wished I would someday go bald, I was ecstatic. Embracing my baldness was easy, as it was most welcome. Letting go of the fear was much harder. I feared I would be ridiculed and teased, but when the inevitable good natured jokes began, I discovered that not only did I not mind being teased, I actually loved being teased about going bald. And I still do. If my wife is present when someone teases me she is quick to say how much she loves it that I'm bald and how sexy she thinks it is. I know it doesn't make any sense and I can't explain why I love it so much, but I really do love baldness. My only regret is that I didn't go bald in my late 20s, immediately after my wife and I were married. .

  • I wish I had been brave enough to tweez my hair away as you are doing. I understand how badly you want to go bald and I hope you succeed in making yourself male pattern bald. All my life I wished I were male pattern bald. Lucky for me, it finally happened to me. I went bald 20 years ago when I turned 50. It happened naturally, with no help from me and it happened fast: in less than two years. Now all I have is a nice horseshoe shaped fringe of hair around the sides and back of my head. But I still have a few hairs and some very fine fuzzy hair that I tweez or just pinch out every month or so. Does it hurt when you pull out your hair? Does it grow back? The fine and fuzzy hair I pull out comes out so easily that I hardly feel it. And there is less and less of it to pull out.
    My wife really loved it when I went bald. She confessed to me that she prefers bald men and had always wished and prayed that I would someday go bald. We finally got our wish. I really love male pattern baldness and I know you will love it too.
    I suspect our wish to go bald is not so strange after all. I bet there are millions of other men out there who feel the same way we do, but don't dare openly admit it. Male pattern baldness is not a disease in search of a 'cure'. It is a normal, natural inherited trait. I wish it didn't get such bad press. We male pattern bald guys are the lucky ones. We are also in the majority. Most men past their 50s are losing their hair or already bald.

  • Some has grown back, the regrowth has slowed down considerably in some areas, but newer parts tend to return for at least a little while.

  • How old are you? (If I may ask). How much male pattern baldness is there in your family? MPB is an inherited trait, so if many of your male relatives are bald, you might have eventually gone bald anyway. There were/are only a few bald men in my family, so I had less than a 50% chance of going bald. None of my brothers are bald. I am the only one, so far, and I'm not the oldest brother. So I lucked out, except that I had to wait until my early 50s to go bald. I wish it had happened 25 years earlier. I couldn't wait to go bald, but it didn't occur to me that I could make it happen by deliberately tweezing or pulling out my hair. I'm still not sure a guy can make himself go male pattern bald permanently, especially if he has not inherited MPB in his DNA. So I'll be interested in reading about how well your experiment turns out. I hope is works and you end up as bald as I am. I really love being male pattern bald and I'm sure you will also.

  • 47 and there is very little baldness on my mom's side; a couple of 1st cousins who have lost hair, one is totally MPB. My dad and his brother had receding hairlines with a little hairloss before they died, don't really remember about my grandfather on that side. So not really in my DNA. Still working on it!

  • So there is at least some MPB in your family, as there was/is in mine. My hair did recede a little in my 20s. When it stopped receding I was very disappointed and when I got to age 50 without further balding I all but gave up hope of ever going bald. Then suddenly I began balding very fast and I was 'over the top' excited and thrilled. But also scared. I was afraid my wife would hate it. Instead, she was as thrilled as I was about it. She begged me to just let myself go bald. The first thing I did was go for a medical checkup to make sure there was nothing physically wrong with me. There wasn't. Next I made an appointment with a hair restoration 'expert', not for advice on preventing or curing badness, but for confirmation that I was 'suffering' from male pattern baldness. They gave me a short list of things I should avoid or avoid doing that would stress my hair and accelerate balding. I took careful notes, intending to do as much as possible to damage my hair follicles and accelerate hair loss.
    I switched to shampoos with extra conditioning for dry hair, as that would make my very oily hair even oilier, which would increase DHT levels in my hair follicles. DHT (didydrotestosterone) is responsible for MPB. After my daily shower, I made sure I was extra rough using my towel to dry my hair, as this would stress my hair and lengthen the dormant stages of hair follicles. This would allow DHT more time to shrink my hair follicles before each new hair began to regrow. All this worked, and I began to find a lot of hair on my pillow every morning and in the shower drain and in my towel after every shower.
    One thing I did not do was take anabolic steroids, the kind body builders use to build muscles. Those are almost like testosterone and DHT and are notorious for accelerating male pattern baldness. But they can be dangerous and I was not willing to take the risk. As it turned out, they were not necessary. I quickly went bald anyway.

  • That is good info! I will be shampoo shopping here soon!

  • I hope my experience turns out to be helpful to you. Time is on your side, so Don't lose hope. When I was your age (late 40s) I almost lost hope of ever going bald, even though I had a high forehead and my hair was very receded at my temples. I kept checking the back of my head, hoping for the appearance of a bald spot. I started thinning there about my 52nd birthday. Two years later I was Norwood 6 bald. I'm not sure my choice of shampoos had anything to do with how fast I went bald. At least I can't prove it helped, but it didn't hurt.
    When shopping for shampoos, be sure to read labels carefully and avoid shampoos that promote hair regrowth. I used 'Pert Plus Shampoo Plus Deep Conditioner for Dry Hair'. It's the conditioner that tends to clog hair follicles, especially if you already have oily hair. This helps DHT to build up in hair follicles that are dormant between growth cycles. As hair weakens and becomes finer and finer, it makes it more difficult for new hairs to emerge and grow, further weakening hair follicles. This is what the hair restoration 'expert' explained to me.

  • Best of luck

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