It’s Celebration Time for the Hair-Challenged Male

Bald is beautiful.  What a cliche! Until I began to notice in the past few years that, shoot, yes it is! Whether in a shopping mall, on the street or at my favorite visiting place (!), Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (and now in India too), more and more men were going completely bald. By choice. And they were getting second and third looks. How about that?

I thought it was just me but then of course my favorite newspaper ran a piece on it recently. Bald is not only beautiful. It’s gone viral!

Yul Brynner didn’t know what he was starting.  But, it sure took a while to catch on, didn’t it?

So, here’s the question, how come completely bald by choice is good, but partially bald by nature is not so hot (sorry guys)?

The good news is that there is a cool (really cool!) choice that men who have fretting for years can make. It’s not just men who fret, it’s their partners and their moms. I’ve seen it happen all the time.

That’s because 25% of men begin balding at age 30, and over 65% by age 60. There is a 4 in 7 chances that you may be the lucky one to receive the baldness gene.  🙂 And, further, men whose fathers had experienced hair loss were 2.5 times more likely to experience hair loss themselves, regardless of the mother’s side of the family.

Seriously though, the psychology of hair thinning is known to be a complex issue. Hair is considered an essential part of overall identity (especially for women, for whom it often represents femininity and attractiveness). But men too – they typically associate a full head of hair with youth and vigor.

Many are uncomfortable talking about the issue. Hair thinning is a sensitive issue for both sexes. For sufferers, it can represent a loss of control and feelings of isolation. People experiencing hair thinning often find themselves in a situation where their physical appearance is a contrast with their own self-image, and they end up anxious or even tormented about appearing older than they are or less attractive to others. Psychological problems due to baldness, if present, are typically most severe at the onset of symptoms. 

How many of you know men who worry, worry and worry some more, while you are wondering why it’s such a big deal? Studies have shown just how big a deal it is for them. Homo sapiens and a touch (or more of) vanity seem to go very much hand-in-hand. It’s just how we’re made.

Coming back to the question I raised earlier – how come completely bald by choice is good, but partially bald by nature is not so hot? – a study that was conducted showed that males with facial hair and those with bald or receding hair were rated as being older than those who were clean-shaven or had a full head of hair.

While billions of dollars have been spent on how to halt baldness (Rogaine, Propecia, etc.) or reverse the process (hair transplants, hair pieces), it appears that there may be a much simpler solution after all.

The solution is real. It’s simple. It’s good. It’s cool.  And it’s your choice to make. This is certainly good news for men and it appears that more of them are catching on. [Though not the guys below…yet].

So all you guys and girlfriends, wives and partners. And moms. Stop all your fretting!  And try saying this:  

Bald is beautiful. Bald is sexy.

As long as it’s completely bald.  And by choice.

Have I convinced you yet? If I have, forward it to those you know who could use this.





Posted on May 15, 2012, in people and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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