A hero capable of taking down any opponent with a single punch 🥊, Saitama is the perfect example of the Shonen character who has captured the hearts of manga fans. Shining with his outstanding physical abilities, he protects the world from monster invasions in search of an opponent who will be able to put him in trouble and thus stimulate his will to always surpass himself.
Among all the characteristics that make the main character of One Punch Man so charismatic, there is one that is impossible to miss: his baldness. 👨🦲 Indeed, the yellow-suited hero has a completely smooth head, which only increases the interest that fans have in him, setting him apart from other manga characters.
But then, why is Saitama bald? Is it a genetic characteristic inherited at birth? Is he suffering from a disease that would make him lose his hair? These are the questions we will answer in today’s article in order to clarify once and for all one of the biggest mysteries of One Punch Man!
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Saitama is bald because of his training
The reason mentioned in the anime that explains why Saitama has no hair is simply the intensity of his physical training.
Indeed, the hero with the yellow suit acquired his incredible powers after spending three years training relentlessly every day. His workouts consisted of a very specific sequence of 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and 10k runs. 🏃🏻 The goal was obviously to increase his speed of execution of this strength training work each day as well as his running speed on the 10K course.
But why can such training explain hair loss when other manga heroes such as Goku train under more intense conditions in the time room without losing a single hair? Let’s dig into this question together in the following article.
A health problem made Saitama bald
The first hypothesis that comes to mind could be the presence of a disease in the puncher hero. 💊 In our society, we often associate being hairless with the presence of serious diseases such as cancer. First of all, know that cancer itself has no impact on hair loss: it is the chemotherapy treatment that disrupts the renewal of hair growth. Moreover, there is nothing to suggest that Saitama could suffer from such a disease in the anime.
Indeed, given the extreme vitality ⚡️ and the outstanding physical condition of this character, we can on the contrary deduce that he is in an Olympian form and that he does not suffer from any health concern. Moreover, at no time is it mentioned that Saitama has this kind of problem. His hair loss is not related to any disease.
Saitama is bald because he has too much testosterone
Testosterone is a hormone secreted by the reproductive system in men. It is responsible for muscle development 💪🏻 but it also notably impacts the development of facial hair. Secreted in large quantities during adolescence, it is the cause of the physical development of young men, the mutation of their voice as well as the growth of their beard, among others. So why would excess testosterone make Saitama bald?
Studies show that males with above-average testosterone secretion tend to go bald in greater proportions than those with normal hormone levels. This can also be observed in professional bodybuilders, whose proportion of bald athletes is much higher than in other sports. This is valid whether they are natural or use synthetic hormones. 🏋🏻♂️
Just like these athletes in the gym, Saitama practiced daily strength training. This training inevitably impacted his hormonal secretion of testosterone so that his body could build quality muscle to support his repeated efforts. The question “why is Saitama bald?” may have a very simple answer: the hero of One Punch Man may have secreted too much testosterone during his 3 years of training, which justifies his hair loss.
Saitama has no hair because of stress
Another cause that can be directly attributed to his intense sports training is the intense stress felt by the character and his body. In fact, training the same muscle group every day of the year for 3 years is not recommended by sports coaches. To gain strength and endurance, your body needs time to recover. This overtraining may have caused physiological stress 🥵 in Saitama whose body had to draw on its priority energy reserves, ceasing its capillary activity deemed unnecessary for its survival.
The second type of stress caused in the white cloaked hero is psychological. 😰 Such intense training and a will of steel maintained over time necessarily create a feeling of anxiety to overcome. By this we mean that in order to progress, it is necessary to put yourself in a state of mind where there is a need to face a difficulty. This voluntary emotional stress to become a superman may have also impacted the vitality of his scalp.
Saitama’s baldness is voluntary
Finally, the last argument that could justify why Saitama is bald is not based on the character’s actions, his emotions or his life experience, but on a deliberate will of the artist who created this manga. Even if this reason is not part of the manga, we think it is important to consider it in order to analyze this anime as a whole and discover all the subtleties it hides.
The first reason that could justify the creation of a bald hero in One Punch Man is in the humorous potential of this physical trait. 🤡 The explanations given about his baldness during the first few episodes of the series literally make the hero look like he lost all of his hair in one night. One would think that he only realized it in the morning when he discovered himself in the mirror. This amplifies the sympathetic and funny side of Saitama, whose calm, relaxed and even totally blasé personality and detachment from the world are adored by all fans.
The second reason why the mangaka drew their main character without a single hair on the pebble is because of the incomparable style that this appearance offers to Saitama. 😎 In a world where the most famous Manga characters all have overdeveloped hair (San Goku, Vegeta) or very colorful hair (Naruto, Ichigo), the creation of a totally bald hero inevitably leaves an imprint in the hearts of the fans who thus remember their favorite character more easily!
Moreover, Saitama’s appearance is a subtle detail that shows a real sensitivity on the part of his designer to make a mark. Until then, no main hero had worn yellow as the main color for his outfit, let alone with a pair of red gloves and boots while wearing a white cape! Adding a zero ball as a haircut to Saitama is really the icing on the cake for a hero that is not only funny, but also recognizable and incredibly charismatic.
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During this article, we have dug all the tracks to better understand why Saitama didn’t have a single hair on his head. A cause directly related to his training, we now know more about the potential scientific and artistic reasons that may have justified such a physical trait. 💇🏻♂️
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