Thanks to the body positivity movement, we’re now seeing more and more bald and balding men step into the spotlight. And they’re refusing to let their receding hairlines stand for anything but sexiness and confidence (fun fact: research actually backs them on this). While it’s important to take control of your hair health and be proactive about keeping every strand you have using products like Nutrafol (which is formulated with natural ingredients clinically shown to promote hair growth in men), it’s also important to love and accept yourself as you are. All hair is good hair! These bald and balding celebrity men are eschewing the toupées of the past in favor of a bold, bald look that provides a positive spin to the conversation and mindset around men’s hair.
Larry David has been famously self-deprecating about his hairless dome. The creator of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” might even be partially responsible for the largely anti-bald sentiment of the ‘90s, thanks especially to his self-loathing bald character George Costanza. But he’s changed his tune since the “Seinfeld” days. He now concedes that hair loss builds character. “Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair,” he once said. “But a confident bald man — there’s your diamond in the rough.”
The former star of “Breaking Bad” waxed poetic on his own lack of hair during a fan Q&A about the show. “Yeah, there’s a lot of baldness, and it’s Breaking Bad‘s homage to bald-headedness in the world,” he said. “There’s not enough baldness on television, so we’re trying to do our fair share. It’s a minority group, but we’re trying.” On a more serious note, he added, “What’s interesting is a man with no facial hair is less intimidating than a man with facial hair, and a man who is bald is more intimidating than a man with hair.” So at least bald guys know they probably look tougher than the average dude.
Basketball player Trae Young is only 20, but his burgeoning bald spot isn’t lost on him. And he’s already made peace with it by incorporating it into his own singular style. “My hair is different than a lot of people’s,” he said in an interview. “I like my hair. I like the fade. I like the little design I have. I’m cool with it. Obviously my hair is thin on top, so it looks like a bald spot, but I really could care less.”
Comedian Bill Burr famously went from red-headed to fully bald a few years ago. On his podcast, he answered a question from a balding 19-year-old who was terrified he’d never find love. Burr remembered when he first started balding, and “immediately just looked at… guys like Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson,” he said. “I’m like,‘They’re still leads in movies and still crushing it, and still getting nominated [for awards]. So, you know, if I want to let it stop me, it will. And fittingly for a comic, his last bit of advice was to laugh it off. “Women really respect confidence,” he said. “If you carry yourself, and you just make jokes… you have a sense of humor about it…women really respond to that.”
In one of the slightly less appropriate quotes on this list, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he went bald voluntarily because he wasn’t the biggest fan of his hair. “I’m not bald because I went bald,” he tweeted, along with a gif of his natural hair. “I’m bald because my hair is a cross between an afro and hair from a Lama’s ball sac.” Okay then! The message here is: why not treat baldness like a choice, rather than a last resort?
Just like The Rock, no one would ever doubt Vin Diesel’s virility. And both of them are as bald as can be. He once opened up to ELLE about why he, also like The Rock, chose to go hairless. “Let’s put it this way, we’re all going to lose [our hair] eventually, so you’re better off making a stylistic choice early,” he said. “Then nobody will be able to fault you for it later when it’s your style and you’re really losing it.”
John Travolta and Pitbull
In case you missed it, John Travolta is now rocking the Q-ball look — thanks to some inspiration from somewhat unlikely pal Pitbull. “I became friends with Pitbull — you know, all of us guys who do this have got to stick together,” he recently said in an interview, when asked about his new look. “Both he and my family encouraged it.” Don’t you just love when men support each other?
Rob Lowe and Prince William
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, has been publicly balding for some time. Wills has made a few self-deprecating jokes about his baldness, once quipping that his newborn son had more hair than he did. But Rob Lowe’s recent comments about the prince’s baldness — and his subsequent backtracking — are what really changed the game. First, Lowe shaded William’s baldness, saying, “Can we talk about William? The future king of your country let himself lose his hair! Honestly, one of the great traumatic experiences of my life was watching Prince William lose his hair. He’s going to be the f—king king of England!” In the past, these comments wouldn’t have been a big deal. Hairline-shaming has historically been a pretty accepted form of appearance-based nastiness.
But not in 2019. Lowe’s comments saw backlash immediately, with fans of both men crying foul. Lowe was asked to appear on “Good Morning Britain” to explain himself, and he came clean about the way his own insecurity motivated the comments. “My point was here’s a guy who is fully comfortable in his own skin,” he said, “then on the other side of the coin you have me, I can’t even watch another guy go bald without being even more narcissistic and wanting to plug in the propecia into a drip into my own.”
He continued, “I saw the hubbub it caused on your side of the pond, I think it’s a case of two countries divided by a common language. Because that was literally me slagging my own insecurity and narcissism. He’s a stud, I love him. He’s awesome.” Grown men admitting their insecurities, instead of pretending they don’t exist? Game-changing indeed.