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What’s wrong with being bald? How to cope with baldness

One of my friends said to me the other day “I think it is time to have a shave”. I replied that he looked like he already had a shave, whilst I quite intentionally ignored his thin, wispy blonde locks. To my surprise he was talking about his hair. As he asked me whether I thought it was a good idea to shave it all of and started to explain how he felt, I was already nodding in agreement.

It was really bad hair…

You see Tom’s hair had been thin and wispy about 2 years. He was starting to look untidy and frankly, unclean. It was obvious that he was hanging on to the last of it. I have to hand it to him. He had crafted some very creative hairstyles that attempted to cover the balding areas on his crown and at the front left and right of his head.

I know it must have been weird

Then, I offered to help. Kind of weird, but I was quite frankly sick of one of my best friends walking around… well, looking like someone that was too weak to accept his chrome dome fate. Offering to shave a friend’s head is something that I would not normally volunteer for. But this was different. Tom’s hair just had to go. And for his sake, I thought it was best to jump on this opportunity before he had a chance to change his mind.

To my surprise, he had already bought some clippers – you know, the professional-grade stainless steel type you buy when you know you are going to need them the rest of your life. So then with no time to loose, I ripped them from their plastic casing and plugged them in to the power socked faster than you can say ‘chrome dome’.

Finally, it was time to start…

I cut through the hair and it was surprisingly easy – not that Tom’s remaining hairs put up much of a fight. Within 10 minutes it was gone. I deliberately faced Tom away from the mirror, so I would be able to see his face at the great unveiling. I finished the shave and told Tom to go have a look in the mirror.

There was silence for about 30 seconds…

Tom turned to me with raised eyebrows. “Looks alright doesn’t it?” I replied that it looked a lot better. I mean, I don’t think that looked great, it just looked better than it did before. Then Tom asked me if I wanted to go for a beer. I assumed that he wanted to get out in public. His way of showing the world for the first time that he was finally bald. I agreed.

Then we got to the pub

We walked into the pub and I saw some female acquaintances. I prayed that they would not see us. Well, they did and walked right up to us. I was nervous for Tom because Liz and Tamara were the first people that we knew that had seen Tom since his ‘transformation’. Surprisingly at the start, they didn’t even notice. Then As I relaxed and sipped on my beer, Liz said “You shave your head Tom?” – my heart started beating faster. Tom replied cautiously “Yes”.

They started laughing

They started to chuckle. I was about to dress them down, when Tamara confessed that they were talking about bald men earlier that day and they both agreed that bald is sexy. They then both asked if they could touch Tom’s new-found chrome dome. In fact, they couldn’t stop!

After a great day out, and a little romance, I am happy to say that Tamara and Tom are still together. In fact, they have been for 2 years.

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