Dealing with Baldness-How do you feel about the power donut?

So I'm writing a post about dealing with baldness and would like some input on something-the power donut.

The power donut is of course when you're bald on top and then you have the ring of hair around the sides of your head.

Recently, it seems like most guys opt to shave their whole head when they start balding, hoping to look like Jason Statham. Do you think this is the best option? Does the power donut make you look like a middle aged man? What if you are a middle aged man?

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I think this is a much more devastating to a young guy when he starts to lose his hair.... even a little embarrassing. I believe that is why they generally opt for the clean shaven.

My grandfather was bald, and my father is bald, so I will most likely end up bald as well (I am 26 and can already see that it is thinning out on top if I grow my hair out long).

It is rare to see a bald man under 40 wearing the horseshoe. It is generally just middle aged to elderly men who rock the look (hopefully not doing a comb over or wig). Hell, It is even becoming more rare to see middle aged men who are not completely shaven bald.

All and all, I would love to say when I am bald that I will wear my horseshoe with pride! but.... in the end vanity will win out and I will most likely shave it bald (I shave it fairly close as is, and I have been completely bald before).

I think the look depends on the man. I am still fairly young, maybe my opinion will change by the time I meet my hair maker. God hopes I will not be a plugger....
It depends on the guy. I was only 19 when I noticed I was starting to develop the "Widows Peak", and finally just gave in and shaved my head entirely at about 32. Honestly it never bothered me all that much. My preference would be to have my full head of hair back, but not strong enough that I am willing to go through a bunch of crap to try and regrow it.
It really all depends on what looks good ON YOU.

Recently, I decided to grow my beard out, so I've let my hair grow back in as well. However, I've lost enough hair up top that keeping it very simple and very short is my only reasonable option.

But before opting for full facial hair, I kept my head shaved entirely.
Buzzed or completely shaved are my only options, so I decided on buzzed, get a haircut every two weeks. Completely shaved seems too harsh. I have a full moustache which I have had since my early 20s, and longer sideburns. The combo seems to work.
hair from your mothers father is a crock.
Agreed. My granddad's (mom's side) got a full head of hair and he's 79, but I'm going through the exact same hair loss pattern that my dad did.
Same here.
Just remember that you won't always turn out the same, hair-wise, as you maternal grandfather. The genes you get from him via your mum play a big part in it, but it's not the whole picture. Which is why you have people, like me, who's maternal grandfather was completely bald and are already starting to follow suit at age 23, and why you have people who's grandfather had a hippie mane until the day he died and they're already balding by the time they turn 21.
Classy. My wife has told me that I need to shave my head if I start going bald. Hell no. Doughnut all the way, a la Ford:

Ah, to shave the head or not to shave the head whether it is nobler to look like a...

Wow what a hard question. Last year I started to simply shave the whole head because I think it looks better than having some wisps poking out around the top and a full head of hair around the sides.

I think that a person should do whatever works for him. I have been told by a lot of friends and co-workers that the bald look looks good on me because my head is rounder however there are some head shapes that make it look horrible. I think that the rounder the head is the better the look. My boss for example has the same problem I have but his head shape is much less round so it makes him look like a neanderthal when he has shaved it so he does the comb over.

Whatever a person decides there is one thing to remember once the head is shaved you are stuck with the look until it grows out.

Mike
You're opinions on male hair change dramatically from thread to thread.

Sadly, my lovely wife does not number among them. She never told me I couldn't, she just made it clear that she hated my shaved head when I had it that way...

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