Did your husband used to have a lush head of hair that you could run your fingers through? Do you find yourself missing it every time you see a picture of younger-him? Or maybe you are just now seeing the early signs of a receding hairline and seeing hair in the shower drain.
In either case, you’d like your husband to fight back in the battle against baldness, and let him know that he has options.
Of course, this has to be done delicately. Forcing the issue, or being too aggressive, could sour him on the idea completely.
Here’s how you will do it.
1. Go in Armed With Information
You want to go in having done a bit of research, but not looking like you’ve been obsessed with this for weeks. Show him some options, but don’t pull out 50 brochures.
For example, there is a minimally invasive procedure called a FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplant. This is a great way to add more volume to your husband’s hair, while subtracting years from his appearance.
Give him suggestions, but don’t act like you know them inside out. That is, unless he knows that you’re highly-detail oriented. In that case, holding anything back would seem out-of-character for you and it could even be seen as downright deceptive.
2. Be Mindful of His Feelings/ Ego
Of course, most men can lose their hair and age gracefully. But that doesn’t mean that the hair loss process is fun for men.
First of all, there is a perception that hair loss points to aging and a loss of sexual vigour. Of course, there is no real data to support this. In fact, the Medical Journal of Australia studied over 2,800 men at various stages of baldness and found that there was absolutely no drop-off in sexual virility.
You know him better than anyone. Let him know that you still find him sexy, but hair implants could help him look and feel 10 years younger.
3. Let Him Do Most of the Talking
Bring up the subject, but let him take the lead from there. Listen attentively to what he is saying. If he is on the fence, he will probably give you some clues as to how you can gently nudge him in the right direction.
If you do things the right way, you might even be able to frame the experience so that he thinks it’s his idea.
4. Play the Long Game
The goal of that first discussion isn’t to book an appointment by the end of the talk. Your goal is to open the lines of communication and get him thinking about the procedure. The idea may need to fully ripen and mature in his mind over a few weeks, or even months.
However, once he is all-in on the idea, things will ramp up quickly. He may go from “We’ll see” to “I need this now” in the blink of an eye.
Of course, no two men are the same. Some will need more encouragement and education than others. But if you approach the topic tactfully, you can both enjoy his rejuvenated look and his full head of hair.