The Black Male Hairline

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By: Zach Fulwood

There are three things in this world that Black men care about most. We care about our money, our sports, and our hairline. Sure, some things like family and food go without saying in terms of importance but rest assured that our hairline is a top priority.

Let me start out by saying that it’s hard out here for men who are suffering from a state of recession on their head. The laughter is never ending and the public shame is constant from those who have either let their hair go completely or those who have been blessed with the “immaculate hairline” gene.

When we look at some of the most famous Black men in the world, we notice that even their insane amounts of money and fame doesn’t prevent them from receiving slander if their hairline isn’t up to snuff. For example, LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of this generation and somehow his hairline (or lack there of) is always a topic of discussion. Comedian and award winning actor, Jamie Foxx has even had his fair share of hairline transformations over the years. The Jamie Foxx hairline of the Jamie Foxx Show is very different from Jamie Foxx hairline that was seen in Django Unchained.

Sure, in the midst of a receding hairline, we can take our line back a few centimeters but that can be a little risky. Doing so can unfortunately make you look about 15 years older with lines that resemble the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s or the line that adds an extra finger to the “Five Head” you were already struggling with.

Maintaining a presentable hairline is essential for Black men because it allows us to prolong a youthful look that a bald head might just rob us off. Not everybody has the ability to rock a bald head because their head shape just might not be conducive to one. Just look at guys like Wale and Ty Dolla $ign. They might really love their dreads but it’s no secret that those dreads have taken a toll on their hairline and at this point, they might be stuck with them because the “baldy” alternative just isn’t a reasonable option for them. You can also look at a guy like Ne-Yo, who had no choice but to go bald but will forever wear a hat because he knows all sex-appeal is gone once the hat comes off and the head is revealed.

Now there are hair restoration options available such as the “man weave” and the Black Ice spray that barbers now use to help fill in the spots on your head that are devoid of hair. I however, do not endorse these options at all but I can understand the desperation.

The point is, it’s not easy when your hairline starts to betray you by going backwards. You find yourself looking back at old pictures of when you were twelve and everyone was on the same hairline playing field. But life happens and genetics start to take over like the Golden State Warriors in the finals. The dilemma for Black men is simply whether or not to hold on until there’s nothing left or retreat at the first sign of hairline danger? The answer to that question is on the top of each of our heads.

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