If natural laws tell us anything, it is that for every reason to be unhappy with hair loss, there is an equal and compelling reason to be happy about it, too!
Ever have days when you think, “Why me? Why did I get picked to be bald?” and then start feeling sorry for yourself? If you’re like most people with hair loss, you’ve gone through this at least a few times. It’s understandable. It’s typical. It’s also destructive.
You owe it to yourself to stop looking on the bad side and to start looking on the bright side, or, as you might call it, “the bald side.” (If you have ever seen a hairless head catch the rays of the morning sun and reflect them back in all their glory, you know there’s nothing brighter than a big, beautiful bald head.)
So, for those days when you wake up and find yourself longing for those long-gone locks, here is a brief (and by no means complete) list of reasons to be cheerful about your pate state.
Reasons to be happy about hair loss
- Shopping is way easier. Ever go to the drugstore and notice people lingering for what seems like hours in the shampoo aisle? Pity the poor souls who still must waste time making such life-defining decisions as detangling, moisturizing or voluminizing? Strawberry, raspberry, green tea or natural? Economy or upscale?
- Packing for a trip also is way easier. No shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, comb, brush, curling iron, curlers, and so forth.
- Speaking of hairdryers, no more cursing a blue streak as you fumble about replacing a fuse that was blown because you dared to use a hairdryer and any other electrical apparatus – even the radio – at the same time.
- Bad hair day? What’s that?
- Dandruff? I don’t think so.
- Split ends? No way.
- Knots in your hair? History!
- If you’re a criminal, you don’t have to worry about leaving DNA-laced hair at the scene of the crime. And if you’re not a criminal, you don’t have to worry about being falsely accused if a hair sample is all the police have to go on.
- On the other hand, if you come home from a late-night “working” and your significant other find a few stray hairs on your suit, you’re in for it. (The bald/bright side of that scenario? Hey, if you’re being unfaithful, maybe it’s time you got out of that relationship.)
- Gentle summer breezes are much more refreshing on a de-haired scalp.
- If, by some misfortune, you’re scheduled for brain surgery, you save hospital staff the trouble of shaving your head. (The doctor will be thankful you saved them the effort and maybe work a little harder on your behalf.)
- If you find hair in your food, it won’t be your own. (Disgusting, but it’s better to know, right?)
- It’s easier to get a lollipop off your scalp than out of your hair. (Anyone who has impulsively picked up that adorable niece or nephew for a big hug without first checking for signs of sticky candy knows about this problem.)
- You can wear a hands-free headset for your cell phone while cruising through traffic and not have to worry about it getting tangled in your hair.
- The shine on your head complements the shine on your shoes.
- It’s easier for your loved one to spot you in a crowd, saving him or her the embarrassment of goosing to that total stranger who looked like you from behind.
- Being free of hair shifts the focus to other features, so your killer eyes or your enticing smile stands out even more.
- The curiosity factor – “I wonder if she or he is bald all over?” – can work to your advantage with potential love interests.
- Costume parties become a breeze and an economical one at that. Simply throw on a white T-shirt and white pants, buy a cheap hoop earring for one ear and go as Mr. Clean.
- There’s always the chance you will be mistaken for Vin Diesel or Taye Diggs by a charming (if ever so slightly inebriated) bar patron. It’s up to you to decide if you should set the record straight.
- You don’t have to give lice a second thought.
- With the news that certain horrible 1980s haircuts are alleged “in” again, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you have a timeless hairstyle. And if you’re completely bald, you don’t even have to worry about how long your sideburns should be.
- If you run afoul of a particularly vindictive person (something you really need to be more careful about) who is of a magical bent, he or she won’t be able to use a lock of your hair to place a voodoo curse on you.
- You can explore that bat-filled cave without a bat getting tangled in your hair.
- More and more people are aware of the fact that baldness and extra testosterone are thought to be linked, giving men a “virility factor” that can definitely work in their favor.
- Most important of all, it’s a part of you, and all parts of you deserve to be celebrated and appreciated.
You don’t have to be a Pollyanna about your hair loss, but there’s also no need to concentrate on the negative. Try looking on the bald side. From where I sit, it looks bright and beautiful.