Okay, I’ll be the first to admit: I’m going bald.
What a shocker there to my friends and family.
Alright, so I’m not completely bald (yet), but I definitely have a lot less hair than I did ten years ago, five years ago, heck even a year ago. I’ll be 28 in a couple of weeks, so at my age it is normal for men to start losing hair, although my own hair line started receding when I was 18, and I started thinning in the back at 25.
Androgenic alopecia is the medical term for what is commonly known as male-pattern baldness. Some men accept losing their hair as a part of life, but many men — especially in today’s self-conscious world–can’t stand of the thought of losing their hair. They believe that having no hair makes them old and unattractive.
Here’s a news flash: it’s not all that bad.
As a kid, I noticed that most of the men on both sides of my family were bald, so I knew as a kid I was screwed. (Yes, hair loss is hereditary on BOTH sides of the family, not just maternally.) But as I got older I realized something: it’s actually a lot easier to cut my hair. Even with a full head of hair I rarely styled my hair, preferring to get a buzz cut. My hair was always thick, so it actually made it easier on the hair clippers to have thinning hair, although my hair remains thick on the sides and back of my head–where hair commonly remains. Nowadays, I just cut my own hair. Five minutes, and I’m done. And having hair clippers, or even just a beard trimmer, more than pays for itself over time when you cut your own hair.
Despite having been single my entire life (which is another story in itself), I have also noticed I receive more positive attention from the ladies when I shave my head completely bald. Many women do prefer men with no hair. Are you going to run into women who you find you unattractive if you’re bald? Yes. But, those women probably wouldn’t be interested in you anyways. All men have some sort of physical or personality trait that make them unattractive to specific kind of women, just like all women have something that some men aren’t attracted to. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Another example to list is my brother. Unlike me, my brother has a full head of hair. However, he suffers from a lot of more serious health problems, such as type 1 diabetes and GERD. Going bald really has no bearing on how healthy you are. If I have to choose between being healthy and going bald, or having a full head of hair and having a list of health problems, I’d rather lose my hair and be healthy.
At the end of the day, men need to embrace who they are and be bald. It’s not the end of the world if you lose your hair. And if the worst health problem I have at my age is the fact that I have a little less hair on my head, than I think I’m doing pretty well for myself.