One of my favorite baseball players doesn’t have any hair on his head. But that’s not the reason I’m a fan. I appreciate his ability to pitch, his work ethic, and his attitude. His name is Justin Masterson. Twenty-five to thirty years ago, an athlete sporting a shaved head would have been an absolute pariah. He would have stood out as “that bald pitcher.”
A lot of people credit Michael Jordan with introducing the shaved head look to professional sports. Whether it started with him or not, this much is clear: it is now a completely accepted look for athletes.
Many professional athletes deal with their hair loss by shaving their heads. Their approach to hair loss carries weight. Athletes, like musicians and actors, are cultural icons. Their decisions can shift popular opinion. They help to determine style and image values. Right now, they are helping to change how society feels about hair loss.
Athletes like Justin Masterson, musicians like Chris Daughtry, and actors like Jason Statham are shifting the tide. They are planting the seed that says going bald, shaving your head – it’s ok. In fact, it’s more than ok. It’s a look to embrace, a look that goes hand in hand with confidence.
They are planting the seed, but it’s people like me and you that are doing the heavy lifting. Next time you are out in public, take a look around and notice how many people have a buzzed or shaved head. Consider that thirty years ago, you probably wouldn’t see a single person rocking this look. In fact, you’d probably be more likely to see someone wearing a hairpiece or a combover.
It won’t be long before the only people unable to accept hairloss are the employees of hair club for men and rogaine. As I’ve said before, these companies will become increasingly desperate as more and more people learn that the best way to come to terms with hair loss is not to fight it, but to accept it, to conquer it by showing the world that it’s not a big deal.
If you are struggling with hair loss, you know what to do. If you’re not ready to take the clippers to your head, you will be soon. As the tide continues to shift, this look will be normalized further. The decision will become easier. This post may not convince you single handedly, but hopefully it pushes you in the right direction.
If you need some extra inspiration, poke around on this site. Join the email list. Check out my ebook on dealing with hair loss. Join the forum at Sly Bald Guys. Whatever you do, understand that 1. things are changing and 2. you are not alone.
Also, as always, feel free to reach out to me. There is a form on the contact page with which you can send me a message.
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