Dad is bald
If I'm honest, I started to notice it as early as my sophomore year of college.
My hairline wasn't quite as defined and every day when I combed my hair before heading to class, I'd find hair in the sink - lots of it.
I was on my way to being bald.
I hoped for a long time that my hair loss wouldn't last and that it would slow down after my body hormones reset. But when I got to the point where I was cutting and styling my hair differently to compensate for the recession, there was no denying it.
Finally, in 2014, I came to terms with reality. If baldness was inevitable, it was going to happen on my own terms. So I buzzed it all off. Less than a year later, I started shaving it it with a razor.
And now, I'm taking what I view as the last and final step to owning my baldness: I'm getting laser hair removal.
A lot of men take pride in their hair. Even moreso, many guys who go bald struggle - at least initially - with maintaining confidence as their head becomes progressively shinier.
But I've learned over the last several years to own my baldness. I don't want to have the horseshoe look on my head, so I started shaving my head. And also why I'm now getting what hair I have left zapped off with more than 1,500 laser blasts each time I have a treatment ... and I have at least five treatments to go.
There are definitely days where I miss my hair. Social media does me no favors with images of dudes with perfect hair. And yes, I've read the articles about how bald men are seen as more powerful and whatnot, but damn, I loved having hair.
More than that, though, I am confident in my baldness. I can joke about it. I actually do really like how I look bald.
And I'm definitely excited to never have to take a razor to my scalp again.
If you're going bald, I'd encourage you to own it, too. Instead of holding on to it, go out on your own terms and get it over with. And be confident in your decision to do so.
As the great comedian Larry David once said, "Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there's your diamond in the rough."