It happened several years ago. After getting a haircut, the first in quite a while, I noticed something looked different. Had she taken off too much? No. My hair was thinning.
I always had a full, thick set of hair and never considered it might thin out, at least not at such a young age. Gradually, a hairless area began to appear on the top of my head accompanied by my wife making comments like “ You should get that looked at.” or “ You are really losing your hair back here.” — she’s a straight shooter that wife of mine. It was happening so fast I thought to myself, “ Is this it, old boy? Your last rodeo before I shave off what’s left of you? What do we have, months, weeks?” I started doing research thinking, surely, there is a fix for this thing by now. Nope. At least, not that I could find.
My hair loss has slowed down over the years and many people wouldn’t think much of it at this point, now that I am in the later half of my thirties, but when it first started it was like a wake-up call telling me I was entering another phase in life; an older phase.
I realize not every man goes through this, but most will at least have a receding hairline at some point in their life. Here are some areas to consider when thinking about this subject.
- How did you (or are you) handle it?
- Was it a big deal or not?
- Did it point out any youthful vanity you may have been holding on to?
- Are you holding on to those last few strands that should really be shaved off? i.e. Homer Simpson?
- Have you tried Rogaine or other options? If so, how did it work out?
Another good question is this: Is it OK for a man to fix his hair loss whether by Rogaine or surgery or some other option? In other words, does it make a man vain or less manly to try to address this issue which is primarily aesthetic?
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