While hanging out at Chadstone, the Fashion Capital of Melbourne, I was struck by the number of men who are now sporting a totally shaved head. And so I began to wonder why that is so.
Since they looked quite fit I dismissed the idea that they were on chemo. Some of them might have been, of course, but by far the greater proportion of them seem to have shaved their heads on purpose.
A few of them had even grown a beard as if to demonstrate that they were indeed capable of growing hair somewhere, should they so desire. That was not such a sexy look, in my opinion.
The majority of the intentionally bald men had dark patterns around their scalps where hair would have been if they had not decided to shave it.
The ratio of totally shaved balding men to ordinary balding men was 6 to 4. An amazing statistic, I thought.
It’s an interesting phenomenon. As if to anticipate gradual balding, these shaved men have chosen to go all the way and declare, okay, so I’m losing my hair, so what?
Let’s see what this thing called baldness, which men fear so much that they get wigs and pay for expensive lotions and even hormone treatment, looks like.
So they shave their hair off completely and defy that fear. They are bald and it looks fine. The world has not come to an end. In fact, some of them look even better then they did while they were in the process of going sparse up top.
No more shampoos and gels, no more comb-overs, no more silly caps to conceal a bald spot. What a relief that must be.