Before I get started on the absurdity of this phenomenon, I need to put the brakes on a little bit. “Spray on” hair is once something I considered, back in my desperate days of “I’ll do anything to avoid going bald” (see this post for a bit more on my darker days).
It was during this time that I read and absorbed any information I could find about stopping or slowing hair loss. I spent time on forums reading about different shampoos and pharmaceutical/herbal cocktails guys had formulated. I followed threads where guys reported their incremental growth or loss of hair and all the steps they were taking to deal with it.
At some point, I read about the phenomenon of spray on hair. At the time, I was seriously considering it. I had hit a wall and I was looking at all my options. I really didn’t want to be bald. There are many of these sprays (also called concealers) on the market that supposedly work by some electro static binding, giving the impression that you have thicker and fuller hair. They can cover up a bald spot and they will last throughout the day.
Oh, unless you get some water on your hair. Yes, that’s right. Take a shower, go for a swim, find yourself stuck in some rain – if any of these things happen, your concealer might be ruined and the horror of your bald spot revealed will come to pass.
I started to imagine this scenario: I’m out running errands when a few rain drops start falling. I run into the first store I see to take refuge. Then I stay there until it stops raining because if I were to come out, my hair would literally wash away.
I didn’t like this idea. I didn’t like the idea of something that was not a real solution. It is a temporary fix, even moreso than http://younghairloss.com/2011/02/why-rogaine-is-a-waste-of-time-money-and-effort/”>rogaine. I didn’t like the word “concealer.” It makes me cringe. That’s what so much of the hair loss treatment industry is about: concealing things. Hiding your baldness, putting it off for as long as possible, rearranging your hormones so it doesn’t fall out, surgically removing hairs and moving them to the crown of your head, or gluing a dead animal to your scalp — all so that no one will know that your bald.
It all seems so ridiculous to me now. I can’t believe how much time I wasted thinking about this crap. Hours, days of my life wondering how obvious my hair loss was, wondering if people could tell I was a balding guy, dreading my reflection at every turn.
Turns out, you don’t need to hide. You can be happy with a bald head. You can have friends and be confident and meet women and find personal success. You can wake up each day and not have to worry about what foam to put on your head, what pill to take. You don’t have to look in the mirror to make sure your concealer is applied just right. You don’t have to fear swimming in a pool or walking in a rain storm.
You can wake up each day and not give one damn thought about your hair.
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