For some time now, I've had a growing bald spot on the top my head. It hasn't really been a big deal for me until recently, when I began to notice that was once a spot of thinning hair had become completely devoid of hair.
I've always promised myself that if I were to even begin seriously losing my hair that it was all coming off. I wasn't going to do the comb-over or hang on to what little hair was left until my last dying breath. Now that even people at work were noticing my thinning hair, I began to wonder if perhaps the time had come....
Saturday morning, I stood in front of the bathroom mirror, a pair of scissors in one hand, wondering if perhaps the time had come. Finally, after much trepidation, I began. Once I'd snipped the first clump of hair, I knew that I was the way to I-knew-not-where. I had no idea whether or not the finished product would be an improvement, but I'd set the process in motion, and there was no turning back. It was like the old parable about the ham-and-egg breakfast: the chicken may be involved, but the pig is committed...and I was definitely committed.
All I had to do was to wait for Susan to get home. Let's just say that her reaction wasn't one of unqualified approval. I think she's still mad at me, and I can't really say that I blame her. Had she been home at the time, I may not have made a spur of the moment decision like this. Of course, now the hair is gone, and I can't very well glue it back in place. The question now becomes do I stick with the aerodynamic look, or do I grow the hair back? I'm actually beginning to get used to seeing myself without hair, and it's (if you'll pardon the pun) beginning to grow on me.
Of course, there are some decided advantages to going hairless:
- No bedhead
- No hathead
- The family shampoo bill will drop by 1/3
- Just think of all the money we'll save on haircuts, honey!!
- I never have to worry about finding a comb
And, yes, there are some pronounced disadvantages to the new look:
- You know that whole thing about how you lose most of your body heat through your head? Apparently, there's something to that. Who knew that hair provided so much insulation??
- Susan refuses to touch my head
- I now have to wear a hat when I go outside
- Scraping a razor over one's skull is not as easy or as risk-free as one might imagine.
I'm going to give it some time before I make up my mind about keeping the new low-maintenance look. Of course, I could just give in to the inevitable and go out and buy myself a Harley and a leather jacket. Adam and Eric will laugh at me, but they would anyway. I may be able to get used to being bald, and then again I may not. In the meantime, opinions are always welcome, although management retains the right to completely disregard said opinions and do whatever the hell strikes him at the moment....which really explains how this all came about in the first place.
Dude, I've always said the exact same thing. The comb-over and those weird implants are so pathetic. Problem is, appearance-wise, it doesn't seem to work as well for whites as blacks. Michael Jordan looked cool, Jason Kidd looks like a ghoul.
by anna at October 17, 2004 8:16 PM
You go with your bald self! I'm sure it will look fine once you get used to it. I once had a co-worker who was pretty bald, and kept the rest of his (gray) hair in a really close buzz cut. It looked fine on him. But then again, he was a total surly, eccentric character, and that probably helped. :)
by jean at October 18, 2004 3:09 AM
I know what you mean about the heat loss through the head thing. Shaved my head once on a dare. Felt real weird not to have any hair...
I've had plenty of buzz cuts. A little hair goes a long way, heat wise. Shampoo use is plenty reduced too. Clippers with a guard on them are more risk free than a razor too.
Why don't you try both and decide which one you like?
by chuck woolery at October 18, 2004 9:57 AM
Well Mr. North, I used to shave my head with a razor before swim meets, in fact, I would shave my entire body before a meet. That was back in college, and the more I shave my head, the faster my hair grew back. I think the bald look is great, you can look tough and intellectual if you wear glasses at the same time. What I don't recommend is for you to get a single tattoo. Because one tattoo leads to many tattoos, and then regret, and a cycle of laser removal that takes forever and a boatload of credit card debt.
by LOCKHEED at October 18, 2004 10:31 AM
Stay with the clean dome North. It looks much better than comb-overs or the ring-o-hair. Both you and your lady will get used to it. Give it a couple of weeks. Once you get a tan on your knoggin it'll look killer. Lock's right about the tough yet intellectual look. It is achievable. I wouldn't buy leather pants just yet though. Baby steps my man.
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by LOCKHEED at October 18, 2004 4:35 PM
How about a leather vest without a shirt?
by anna at October 18, 2004 5:51 PM