When people see me for the first time there are a few things that they notice. I’m quite tall, I wear glasses and I’m bald.

It doesn’t bother me that I’m bald. It’s in the genetics of my family thanks you my Grandfather. Both my brother and I have thinning hair and we’ve both decided to embrace it.

I used to be long haired with a ponytail. When I chopped it off I noticed that on top of my head, my hair was getting thin. As the years progressed it kept getting thinner. About six months ago, just after my 33rd birthday I was about to get in the shower when I had a proper look at the state of my hair. I could see my scalp. I thought “Sod it”, grabbed a razor and shaved it all off and I’ve not looked back. I thought I’d be self-conscious about it but I’m really not. In fact it made me feel more confident and in control.

I know that losing your hair can be a big deal for some men but I say “What does it matter?” When I’m joking around with people they’ll mention it and rather than getting touchy about it I’m like “And what?” When people make fun of me by calling me bald I don’t understand how I can get upset about it.

I sometimes notice other men with thinning hair and I can see them trying to cover it up and I feel a little bad for them that it obviously bothers them. I watch TV shows about men getting hair transplants or trying all kinds of expensive treatments to keep their hair for as long as they can but in reality, hair lose is part of getting older.

If you’re thinking about shaving your head, I would recommend just going for it when you’re off work for a week or two. After a couple of days it grows back. After a couple of weeks, you’ll already have hair covering your head. Don’t worry. It’s only hair.

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