Anyone who knows me will know that my hair is a big deal to me. Since secondary school, I’ve used my hair as a way to experiment with my image. I pushed the boundaries as a teenager, trying many different styles and colours. Looking back, I still don’t know how I managed to dodge suspension when I turned up to school with blue tips. We had a strict ‘normal hair only’ kinda policy, but somehow I got past that.
My hair really is my pride and joy when it comes to my image. Losing it is a reoccurring nightmare of mine, one that I hope never comes true. I suffered some hair loss while pregnant, which made my hair thinner for a while. Thankfully, it didn’t have a lasting effect, and I still have a full head of healthy hair (well, as healthy as bleached hair can be…). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for my husband.
I first met my husband when he was 22. His head was shaved to a grade one. I assumed was to maintain some kinda bad boy image, and I liked it. Once we moved in together, I soon realised that wasn’t the case. The real reason for the shaved head was to hide his receding hairline. Now at age 31, the hair has receded to his crown, leaving him with a large bald patch.
When women lose their hair it’s a big deal, but often people assume it isn’t for men. I guess it’s seen as a normal part of being a man. But for a lot of men, my husband included, it is a big deal. My husband would probably never admit it, but he is conscious about his balding. He still shaves his hair regularly to hide it. He does tend to take bald jokes in good spirit, although he was the target of some jokes at the circus which he wasn’t too impressed with.
Going bald does leave you open to jokes, for some reason. And trying to ‘fix’ your hairless leaves you open to jokes too. I’ve seen men hiding the powder they use to cover their bald patch, for fear of people taking the mick. Wayne Rooney got ridiculed when he got a hair transplant. So really, men can’t win.
Now, having a shaved head is part of my husbands image, and I don’t think that will ever change. But if it was something that became an issue in the future, I’m sure we would look in to the FUE hair transplant cost, to see if would be affordable. And why not? Why should men have to accept hair loss if it’s something they’re not comfortable with? It’s certainly something I would look in to as well, if my reoccurring nightmare ever were to come true.
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