Make Mine Bald

bald

The decision to go bald did not come easily. I had hair down to the middle of my back for the better part of 30 years when I made the decision.

Aside from a rare trim, sharp objects had not touched my hair since the mid 70s. So why cut it all off? Simple. My hair was getting thin, very thin and receding. When I looked in the mirror and thought about the future what I saw was a hippy growing older but afraid to cut his hair, still clinging desperately to what was left.

I wore it in a pony tail but that was on its way to being a rat’s tail with a bald spot in the back and receding temples. I did not like that image. So about a week before we moved I stopped by the barber shop for the first time in many years and said shave it off. The barber smiled and seemed to enjoy the process which only took a few minutes.

When I had hair, the upkeep was basic, wash comb out in pony tail. Only took a few minutes each morning, well in the earlier years as my hair was thicker, the washing took longer but as it thinned this became easier.

Now that I have been bald for almost three years and loving every minute of it, I find the upkeep is more than I imagined.

I have a beard because I never liked shaving. So here I am needing to shave my head, at least three times a week, to keep it smooth.

My hair grows fast, but not thick and not all over, so a day or two at most between shaves is all that is necessary for a little white fuzz to begin showing. So I shave. This involves shaving cream and a good sharp razor.

I prefer a gel to a cream. The razor glides and cuts better. My wife does shave my head for me once a week and I do the other two or three shaves myself.

The choice of razor, well a final choice has not yet been made but I do like a manual with three blades, just seems to cut closer.

It is important to put a hot cloth, as hot as you can stand it, on yoru head for a minute or two before shaving. This enables the gel to go and smoother and the blade glides and cuts better.

After shaving a warm cloth removes any gel that may be still there, and it is time for, at least once a week, more in the summer, some vitamin E cream. I do not want my scalp drying out.

I have always worn a hat but they are now a must and my collection is growing. I am partial to beanies. The hat protects from the cold but also from the sun. I do not want a sun burnt head.

All in all it is an easy style to take care of and I like the clean look.

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Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Your self portrait is very artistic and could be a museum entry!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks Patty,


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

I knew you were a hippy Bob. Now you're a bald hippy.


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gwendymom 8 years ago from Oklahoma

I think bald is sexy.


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Ryan Hupfer 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Of course how could you forget Britney Spears and her decision to go bald...when bad goes BAD. haha


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

I think the bald head, snowy beard combination is very sexy!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for comments, the very kind comments, and Ryan I do my best to forget Britney Spears.


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Glad your loving every minute of it. That's the way it should be!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Yeah life's too short to do anything else.


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Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

The warm wash cloth or even warm water also helps to soften the hair, making it easier to shave. It's a trick my mom taught me when I started shaving my legs. Great job, and a lot of great tips for those that choose to go bald!!!


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

That's true, thanks.


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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I admire you as it took guts to shave your hair considering it was very long; you look great bald though, but not Britney Spears, haha. Sorry couldn't resist adding comment and letting you forget her. :)


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks, no problem on the B.S. comment. :)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

With your great Canadian Toque on, you look like a member of ZZ Top, Bob.

The bald sounds so much easier.  You never have a bad hair day, don't have hair falling out all over your clothes.  I have shut my hair in car windows and gotten it caught in the zipper of my coat.  I don't let my hair get that long anymore because of things like that. You may not have had that if you kept your hair in a pony tail, but if you did, you've got another reason not to miss it.

Good hub, Bob.  I agree about the pic being really good, too.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

Nice work Bob. And I'm with you on the aging gracefully thing... however, I'm too lazy to shave it all the time so I keep mine buzzed real short and just get a refresher ever month or so once it grows out enough to start looking like actual hair.


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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

You look good bald :)

Well done.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Hey Shirley, thanks and bald is indeed a good way to go. Shadesbreath, I have thought of the buzz look but it just wasn't me. Thanks Uninvited.


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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

Great photo and perspective Bob.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks DJ and thanks for stopping by.


Ananta65 8 years ago

I shave too, just the head not yet :) But I've already decided that should my hair recede and get thinner I'll probably go bald as well. Nice information here I need to remember when that day comes :)


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks, glad it was useful.


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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

I agree with gwendymom :-)


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for stopping by.


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Georgiakevin 8 years ago from Central Georgia

Great blog Bob. I am reaching a point that at age 50 my head has to choose brains or hair...............hair is being pushed out in a dramatic fashion so am thinking to save room for new brain cells bursting and growing under my skull I am not quite but soon to be at the point in my life where giving my hair the old eviction notice is ever more coming in to focus. Your Blog is encouraging. Thank you.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Good choice, thanks for stopping by.


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Research Analyst 8 years ago

Going bald is a nice option, low maintenance and ease of use. Hee Hee, great job on your hub Bob.

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for stopping by.


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Yvonne McDonough 8 years ago from ENGLAND

You fine bald Bob, im new here you hub made me smile , Enjoyed reading it


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks and welcome.

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