Baldness and going bald is a peculiar thing. Thankfully I have a full head of hair with no signs of that changing any time soon. But baldness and how people deal with it can be a sensitive topic.
I have friends who are bald or balding, and they all deal with it differently. Some are in denial, clinging on to their remaining hair with great gusto and denying the inevitable is coming. These are my favourite, as winding them up about their hair loss can be a great source of amusement!
Others embrace it. Usually by shaving off their remaining hair and go full ‘mitchell brother’.
Then there are those sat in the middle. Accepting that it is going to happen, but not yet willing to do away with their hair for good.
But this is very much a fashion of the current time. Over the years baldness has been seen and dealt with in many different ways.
In the 1950s and 1060s there was less stigma around going bald. Generally people didnt shave off their hair by choice unless they were in the armed forces, so people embraced their baldness as the only other option was a toupee.
Although those that were a bit sensitive about it could often be seen sporting the wonderful comb over. A look which Sir Bobby Charlton had down to a tee.
Baldness in the 1970s
The 1970s presented a challenge to people going bald in that the fashion was for long hair. So those who started to lose their hair on top but were part of the free love generation had to go for a rather fetching look….
Baldness in 1980s/1990s
Baldness started to become more of a fashion faux pa, shaven heads started to be come a more viable option, and products like this entered the market………
But like all things hair loss has been affected by technology. Whether it is Caffeine shampoo promising to halt the follicle decline or more advanced hair transplants from the likes of Harley Street Hair Clinic if you are receding your options are now more varied.