A baldcel or norwoodcel is a man who experiences norwooding, or male-pattern baldness. His baldness contributes to his inceldom. Baldcels often try to cope with various shampoos, but the most desperate ones get hair transplants.
For the prevention of hair loss, 5-α-reductase inhibitors such as Finasteride or Dutasteride are commonly prescribed to balding men. These substances lower DHT, a potentiated version of the male sex hormone, testosterone, which is generally considered to be the main cause of male pattern baldness among men who are genetically sensitive to it. On the other hand, these drugs also can increase estrogen levels and may have side effects, most generally the lowering of libido, in rare instances. As DHT is important in maintaining several physiological functions, some have claimed these drugs can have more insidious effects over time, though they are generally considered reasonably safe.
Research indicates that bald men are rated as significantly less attractive than men with full heads of hair, however, the general effect size is small. In this study, baldness was also associated with greater perceptions of dominance and masculinity, but it also had a fairly large practical effect on perceptions of these men's age, on average adding 4 years to rater's estimates of the age of men with fully shaved heads.
Causes and treatments[edit | edit source]
Researchers in South Korea, where it is commonplace to work long hours, studied more than 13,000 men between the ages of 20 and 59. They found that the stress induced by arduous work was significantly associated with the development of alopecia (hair loss), and even called for reductions in work hours to help ameliorate this issue.
Related Comic[edit | edit source]
As this comic indicates, bald men often cope with baldness by pretending that women will suddenly be more interested in them if they wet shave their head, grow some face pubes and "get jacked". Of course, most of them refuse to take steroids (for the same reason they refused to take finasteride when they were balding, "drugs are baaaadddd"), so they never actually make any impressive muscle gains.