I started losing my hair on top in my mid 20's. I never noticed it at first and only came to realize it when my friends pointed it out to me.
It started gradually but after a certain point, it got pretty noticeable and started to look really bad.
I had never shaved my head before until Superbowl Sunday, 2003 when we were sitting around watching the game and some girls there suggested that I shave it all off right then and there.
They even offered to do it for me and told me that most women prefer a man who is totally bald rather than have hair on the back and sides and nothing on top.
So I let them cut it and have been shaving it ever since.
The girls do like it. They always want to rub my head.
I used to just take clippers and shave it down to the stubble but it wouldn't always look good so I eventually graduated to shaving cream and a razor.
It took some trial and error using a razor at first. I've cut my head pretty badly a few times.
One time, I cut it so bad that it bled for what seemed like 20 minutes and then stopped. I was sure there was going to be a scar but thankfully, there wasn't.
I still have some insecurity issues about my hair loss. That's why you'll never see any pics of me without a hat on. Webcam and digital pics always make my head look shiny when it really doesn't look that way in person.
And the chance of seeing me outside of my home without a hat on are slim.
I've mostly come to terms with it, but there still is this feeling that everyone is staring at my head and I sometimes feel very self-conscience about it.
I've been told that there are two types of bald or balding men...
Guys who look wimpy and terrible and guys who look strong and sexy.
Girls have told me that I'm in the latter group but the insecurity is still there.
As for shaving my head, I try to do it at least once a week because my hair grows in very slow. Shaving it is a pain in the ass and sometimes I just can't be bothered.
There are guys out there who shave their heads every day. There's no way I could do that. Shaving your head is a 20-45 minute ordeal (at least for me it is) and I can't imagine doing it every day.
I first take clippers and shave it down to stubble, then I rinse my head with hot water and apply a thick lather of cream.
Then I take a razor and carefuly shave it all off down to the skin.
I have tried many different types of razors but I've found the best ones are the cheap plastic Bic razors where you get 10-12 razors in a bag for $2.00.
The more expensive razors tend to suck. The hair gets between the blades and can be almost impossible to remove. And replacement blades can be very expensive.
I even went out and bought a Headblade
thinking it would be better.
Earlier I mentioned that I cut my head so bad that it bled for 20 minutes...
I did that with the Headblade and now I'm scared to use it.
Also...lately the left side of my head has developed a couple of red blotches. The red area is very dry and flakes a lot but it doesn't really itch. They were never there before and have only recently developed.
I use moisturizing cream and it seems to lessen the redness but it's been there for several weeks now and won't seem to go away.
I thought it may be eczema but I'm not sure. Anyone know what it might be?
How about you?
Ever shave your head?