First Denial, Then Acceptance, Now I Kind Of Like It

I like being bald. I've embraced the masculinity of it.

At age 24, I noticed my hairline retreating and it disturbed the hell out of me. I tried to rationalize it by assuming that it was only stress-related and temporary... but it just kept happening.

My first step toward acceptance was when I finally shaved my head. It took me awhile to work up the nerve, but, at age 28, I eventually did it. And I LOVED it. Stressing out over my hair and how thin it looked had become such a mental burden over the years and then I ended it all in one morning with some electric clippers and a fresh Mach 3.

I felt better with a shaved head. I thought I looked better, too. It also didn't hurt that girls were always asking if they could touch it.

I DO realize that shaving your head can be a form of denial. You're trying to hide your male pattern baldness, sure. That's what I was doing.

Today though, my motives for shaving my head are pretty much "pure". I do it now because I genuinely like it. It's one of the ultimate low maintenance looks. And if I skip a few days and my bald crown becomes evident, it's no big deal. I don't care. I even joke about it.
Pinballs Pinballs
31-35, M
3 Responses May 5, 2012

I deliberately leave about 1/2 to 1 inch of my remaining hair so that there is no doubt that I'm naturally 'male pattern' bald and not just shaved bald by choice. I don't want to hide it because I am proud of it. As a matter of fact, I love it.
When I was a child I wanted to go bald as soon as I turned 20, but was also terrified, believing that no woman would marry me or stay married to me if I went bald. There were a few classmates in college whose hair was receding or were already bald and I secretly envied them, but I also pitied them. You see, baldness has always gotten terrible press. It seems everybody hates it and the search for a 'cure' never stops. But as it turns out, male pattern baldness is NOT an illness. It is a natural, normal and to me a very desirable genetic trait. Every day I thank God that He blessed me with the male pattern baldness genes. My wife also thanks God that I'm bald, as she loves it, so my fear of baldness turned out to be groundless. You guys out there with full head of hair don't know what you are missing. I don't have to shave my head, as I'm naturally bald. I smile every time I see my reflection in a mirror because it reminds me that I won the male pattern baldness gene lottery. Lucky me, I went bald!

And I got a trophy for posting that **** *****.

This is garbage. Maybe your ancient *** couldnt grow your hair back, but I'm better than you! I can do this! You'll all see!

You can do it!

You can't.