October 23, 2010

IT'S NOT JUST EASY TO CARE FOR, IT'S ALSO CHEAP:

The Shorn Identity: Going bald has never been so beautiful (CHRISTINA BINKLEY, 10/23/10, WSJ)

A man's shaved head—whether it's to-the-skin or with slight stubble—can suggest a sigh-inspiring combination of intellectual depth and machismo. This may be because early adopters included both artists and Marines. When Levi Pharaoh shaved his curly locks down to stubble last month, the 31-year-old marketing executive at apothecary MiN New York says "women in particular found it sexy." They told him he finally looked like a real man.

Hairlessness also turns back the clock, making it difficult to tell a man's age. And it highlights a fellow's bone structure and eyes. Frederick Blacksher, a 22-year-old aspiring actor in Los Angeles, cut his thick black hair (no thinning in sight) to a few millimeters because "it makes my features stand out." But for most men, a head shave is a white flag in the battle against male-pattern baldness.

Receding hairlines spur otherwise sane men to torture themselves cosmetically, often with unfortunate results. These include the dreaded comb-over, Rogaine fuzz and the crop-like appearance of hair plugs. Compared with this, a Gillette razor and a pot of shaving cream should seem like a walk in the park.

Yet when I recently tried talking my husband into shearing his receding locks, I learned that even balding men can be timid about taking the plunge. Mr. Pharaoh says taking it (nearly) all off took some getting used to: "It's like going out in the world naked."


When the local barber retired the guy who took over the shop started hiking prices, so you can't get a clipper cut under $10 anymore. Happily, BJ's carries the Remington Shortcut for under $20. Using it you can do the cut yourself, and/or dragoon a family member into helping. (It is hard to trim back hair to below collar level yourself.)



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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2010 6:34 AM
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