While many women find themselves fighting the battle of the bulge as they age, their male counterparts have taken up arms against the loathsome bald spot. As the years go by, men often notice their hairlines gradual retreat and have tried many methods of curbing this phenomenon.
We have seen men clumsily glue toupees to cover the offending spot, comb over longer strands to hide the hairless zone, spend thousands of dollars to have hair follicles painfully implanted, spread on potions and lotions promising abundant regrowth, and even products that attempt to camouflage baldness with sprayed on color.
Those who have chosen to accept their balding domes gracefully have been forced into bi-weekly trips to the barber in order to prevent a bozo-the-clown look in which tufts of hair sprout from the side with a top that remains bare.
Yet in recent years, a new trend has emerged. Starting in the big cities and now spreading far and wide to suburbs and small towns, men are shaving their heads, thus eliminating gaping spots of baldness for a cleaner, sleeker, and dare I say, sexier, new look.
Certainly a shaved head isn’t completely novel: African-American men have donned the close cropped look for years. There have also some famous men with bald heads such has Terry Savalas, Patrick Stewart, and the ad-man Mr. Clean. But it is only recently that head shaving has been so widely embraced by younger and middle age men alike.
Perhaps the trends it to be credited in part to Vin Diesel, who in his role in the movie “The Fast and the Furious” turned us on to a young, cool, hip, adventurous guy . . . without hair. Now rather than watch their hairline recede or a thinning spot develop, men of all ages are taking matters into their own hands and just taking it all off.
Regardless of with whom and where the trend began, it seems a good one from any angle.
Firstly, there is no more bald spot that draws attention, a barren piece of shiny real estate bordered by a landscape of growth. Instead there is a smooth palate, uninterrupted by the obvious flawed zone.
This is also a money and time saver for men. No more regular trips the get their remaining locks shaped up. Just the one-time cost of a hair trimmer at any corner drugstore and they have do-it-yourself expense free maintenance from there on out. It’s a win-win . . . unless you happen to be a barber.
As the wife of a forty-something man who formerly found himself lapsing into the fore mentioned clown look, I certainly hope this is not just a trend but a true evolution of man. Just say bye, bye bald spot, and take it all off.