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Burkhart's Blog ^ | 10.04.09 | Alan Burkhart

Posted on 10/04/2009 10:23:41 PM PDT by neverhome

Yul"For the last several years I’ve been despairing over what to do about my hair. I used to wear it long, but it grew too thin, so I briefly tried wearing it short with a rat tail (remember those?). I quickly decided that this looked ridiculous and clipped it off. Grew it out long again, whacked it off short, back and forth. By the time I hit fifty the top of my head was pretty much a clear landing strip for insects and small birds.

I have several friends who shave their heads and all of them are happy with it. I considered trying it more than once but chickened out each time. Last Saturday night however, I decided to take the plunge. Perhaps I’d become obsessive about it. I spent an hour looking at images of some of my favorite action heroes with shaved heads, along with photos of some of my friends who shave theirs (you know who you are). What the hell, I decided. If I don’t like it, it’ll grow back in a few days.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Humor; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hair; scalp; shavedhead
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1 posted on 10/04/2009 10:23:41 PM PDT by neverhome
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To: neverhome

I hope I don’t have to start doing that. I’ll be 24 pretty soon and I already have a receding hairline.


2 posted on 10/04/2009 10:30:05 PM PDT by wastedyears (The best aid we could ever give Africa would be thousands of rifles to throw out their own dictators)
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To: neverhome
Shaved works well on some heads, not so well on others. Some look tough, others look dopey.

Some people simply wear hats.

3 posted on 10/04/2009 10:34:08 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: wastedyears
"I’ll be 24 pretty soon and I already have a receding hairline."

When I was a high school senior I was voted "Most Likely to Recede." ;-)
4 posted on 10/04/2009 10:34:41 PM PDT by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: neverhome

The first time I saw one of these head shavers in the store, I said "What the ????" But it looks like it might really work.

The ear rings are definitely a bad idea.

5 posted on 10/04/2009 10:38:51 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: neverhome

That’s what I did. Shaved my head, grew a goatee. I’m 5’9”, 200 lbs, and my body fat is 15%. I like this look. And I’ve had the same bottle of shampoo for over a year,lol.


6 posted on 10/04/2009 10:39:17 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: neverhome

my advice: buy a toupee, live in a closet, whip yourself repeatedly, lock your doors, never venture outside, and look at yourself in the mirror and repeat after me, “i’m a good lookin’ dude, it don’t matter if i have hair, i’m a big boy now.....”


7 posted on 10/04/2009 10:45:54 PM PDT by robomatik
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To: death2tyrants
"And I’ve had the same bottle of shampoo for over a year,lol."

I was thinking about that, too. Just a dab of shampoo to keep my scalp and goatee clean. Money saved!
8 posted on 10/04/2009 10:46:02 PM PDT by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: robomatik

You need help! ;-)


9 posted on 10/04/2009 10:47:56 PM PDT by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: neverhome

arrgh! i’ve lost more hairs than i care to deal with jim. i need more power! :)


10 posted on 10/04/2009 10:51:10 PM PDT by robomatik
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To: the anti-liberal
Shaved works well on some heads, not so well on others. Some look tough, others look dopey.

This is one small mercy - if my father is any guide, I'll go to my grave with a full head of hair. But I've always liked the shaved head look, considered shaving my head a couple of times back in my early 20s during my goatee and ear-ring phase.

Some people simply wear hats.

Hats work well as fashion, not so well as camouflage for balding guys IMHO. It's obvious to everyone that the hat is being worn constantly to hide a bald spot and it draws attention to the guy's baldness. Ron Howard did it for a while in his public appearances. My wife used to wonder how often he had to clean his hat.
11 posted on 10/04/2009 10:52:48 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: neverhome

I shaved my head once; it looked awesome.
It took me awhile to get used to the feel of my pillow, though.


12 posted on 10/04/2009 10:57:47 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
My wife used to wonder how often he had to clean his hat.

I think he showered with it on, which explained the "sweat beads" running down his cheeks.

13 posted on 10/04/2009 10:57:47 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("The Community Organizer better stop bitching that the community is organizing." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: neverhome

When you shave your head like I do, you don’t have a bad hair day.


14 posted on 10/04/2009 10:58:43 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("The Community Organizer better stop bitching that the community is organizing." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I miss having a full head of hair, but bald on top and gray on the sides wasn’t making it for me.

I can’t imagine a toupee. I once worked with a guy who wore one and it was the phoniest thing I ever saw.


15 posted on 10/04/2009 11:01:42 PM PDT by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: the anti-liberal

I have seen both looks you describe, but there are also two others, the misshapen dome, and the, er, “dented” one.


16 posted on 10/04/2009 11:08:51 PM PDT by StarfireIV (Atlas Punted)
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To: neverhome

like this?
17 posted on 10/04/2009 11:11:39 PM PDT by robomatik
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To: wastedyears

A receding hairline at 24! Well, you might want to start a hat collection.

At your age, I had an extremely thick head of hair and although my hair is now thinning a bit, I have a fine collection of hats. I am 60, so the sides are gray, but I still get to brush it. LOL Good luck.

BTW, If your grandfather on your moms side is/was bald... buy the hats soon. ;>)


18 posted on 10/04/2009 11:11:46 PM PDT by Gator113 (Obamba, Reid, Pelosi, the socialist triad.)
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To: StarfireIV

I’ve seen those two too - often accentuated with the ‘criminal’ look, which sometimes include interesting scars.


19 posted on 10/04/2009 11:14:43 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: robomatik
"like this?"

OMG! That's scary.

I gotta get to bed. Lotsa work to do tomorrow. Enjoyed it, ya'll!

Alan
20 posted on 10/04/2009 11:16:29 PM PDT by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: neverhome
As I commented on Alan's blog:

I've been considering the same thing but haven't yet gotten to the mowing stage. I keep thinking, I'll wait till after the upcoming holiday, or trip to Hawaii, or ... some other excuse to put it off...and so far, I haven't run out of excuses, even as my hair gets thinner and thinner!

21 posted on 10/04/2009 11:24:15 PM PDT by bygolly
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To: bygolly

And as I replied to you on the blog... ;-)

Just go for it! If you don’t like the look, it’ll grow back in a few days anyway.

Or, get a really short hair cut - maybe a military cut. You can just stand back from a mirror a few feet and a good idea how you’ll look.

Seriously, I’m enjoying my bald head. It took a couple years off my appearance, too.


22 posted on 10/04/2009 11:26:54 PM PDT by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: neverhome

And spending money at the barber shop is a thing of the past. A do-it-yourself 20 dollar hair trimmer pays for itself in no time.


23 posted on 10/04/2009 11:37:33 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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Comb it with a razor, you’ll wonder why you ever put up with that stuff to begin with. The first couple times are kind of rough, although your hair seems thin there are areas that are pretty tough and it won’t go away quietly.

Women seem to like a shaved head. Disdaining the idea of hiding behind hair gives the shavee a confidence that radiates all around you. If you have a fat roll at the back of your neck, all bets are off.


24 posted on 10/04/2009 11:44:31 PM PDT by Gnomad
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To: neverhome

Check out recent photos of the actor Ed Harris. That’s the way to go.


25 posted on 10/05/2009 12:03:26 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: Gnomad

“Women seem to like a shaved head.”

We do?


26 posted on 10/05/2009 12:40:27 AM PDT by Salamander ("All my toys are broken....and so am I, inside, Mom......")
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To: wastedyears
I'm 60 and I swear I get hairier by the day ...

... so you're on your own fellas!

27 posted on 10/05/2009 12:49:39 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: neverhome
I started shaving my head 5 years ago and I wish I had thought about it when I was a kid.

I am an exercise nut and, in retrospect, hair just doesn't work for folks that like to sweat.

And as to the social aspects of it...it just feels more authentic. I think it looks great, and it's nice feeling that folks will just have to accept me as I am (and in the end, that's what they do anyway).

Bottom line: if you worry about your hair, shaving your head will end that worry. I'm not the worrying kind but I was shocked how much I hassled with my hair...you don't realize what a pain in the @ss hair is until you get rid of it.

I even know some women who have begun to consider a head shave. I suggestion is "go for it."

28 posted on 10/05/2009 2:46:41 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: neverhome

Unless you have extremely oily producing skin/scalp.

My quad son shaves has his head shaved weekly (bald) and has to use tar soap then head and shoulders (his preferance of soap).

Followed by daily RX of topical clyndamicyn (sic).

Thankfull he looks great with the no hair....if he was able to grow it out it would not have any balding spots.

The cost of the replacement blades is spendy but so are those dang electric shaver blades too.

Plus he uses Biore face stickers to keep the pores open/dirt free.

God I suppose he will never have a wrinkle and it is weird as he gets excited about something ...like a good looking woman saunders by his oil just pours.

I joke that if I could can it I would have fuel.

OTOH God gave me the a very dry complexion. No $$$ needed just have to eat good to prevent signs of age.


29 posted on 10/05/2009 2:50:20 AM PDT by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Salamander
Any man who worries what women as a whole think has already lost the battle.

Since, AT BEST, a man can deal with only one woman at a time, he needs to find ONE WOMAN who loves him for who he is...and then forget about what the rest of them think.

Popularity contests suck even in high school. Fuggetaboutem!;-)

30 posted on 10/05/2009 2:54:42 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: death2tyrants

WAHL Balding shears.

Go to a beauty supply store.

It comes with a 1 yr. warrenty.

It works quick and down to the scalp.


31 posted on 10/05/2009 2:56:29 AM PDT by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

No hair on top but those damn nose hairs seem to grow like rabbits mating.


32 posted on 10/05/2009 2:59:35 AM PDT by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Global2010

All who recommend shaving their heads should invest in a good supply of sun screen and hats if they spend much time outdoors. My father-in-law suffered from a painful and expensive form of skin cancer on his scalp.


33 posted on 10/05/2009 3:00:13 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Global2010

That where hair goes to hide from the sun.;-)


34 posted on 10/05/2009 3:04:29 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Here's all you need...$9.99 and shows solidarity with our troops!


35 posted on 10/05/2009 3:07:08 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (For good judgment ask...What would Obama do? Then do the opposite!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well we live in the PNW and have to take Vit. D.

Lucky in no sun as when the son gets out after the hours it takes to get up (groomed ect.) and tranferred to his Quickie most of his events/venues are indoors and after 2pm.

But yeah living in Cali/Arizona might not be so good for our baldy Freeper men.


36 posted on 10/05/2009 3:11:17 AM PDT by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: neverhome

37 posted on 10/05/2009 3:13:12 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: neverhome

There is another alternative, which is the buzz clipper cut. I cut my husband’s hair to about 1/8 or 1/16 all over. Long enough to hide scalp flaws and look like you have hair but short enough to minimize grey and any bald area.


38 posted on 10/05/2009 3:21:32 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: smokingfrog

The head blade. I use one of those in the shower everyday. No mirror needed I can do it by feel. No more gray hair and only one bald spot. :) My wife says it makes me look younger and more intimidating. I just like not having to mess with hair. I wouldn’t mind not having any hair to shave permanently personally.


39 posted on 10/05/2009 3:47:57 AM PDT by WhirlwindAttack (Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm the rest of his life ;)
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To: neverhome
I've changed my hair/beard style a number of times over the last 8 years. Before she died my wife liked my hair and beard long - hair halfway down my back and beard over a foot long. When she snuggled up at night she used it like a scarf.
The day she died I shaved everything. I didn't like the look or the hassle of taking lather and a blade to so much area - my Norelco didn't leave a clean shave on my head. I grew the beard out and kept it at a civilized scholastic length and went with a military type haircut but had to visit the barber every week to keep it looking decent.
I was bored with the look and shaved my head again, leaving the beard. I was bored with the look and grew my hair again. Now I keep my beard a few inches long and my hair is well over my shoulders, usually tied back in a pony tail. With having a beard I have a lot of choices when it comes to appearance.

It was pointed out a week ago that I was going bald - I have a spot about half an inch in diameter in the center of my scalp but I'm not going to worry. I'm 63 years old.

40 posted on 10/05/2009 3:54:47 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Gator113

I’m not sure if it was very prevalent on my mom’s side, but my grandmother’s on my dad’s side, oh boy it was there. My grandfather on his side still has a good head of hair, and my dad is bald on top with salt and pepper on the sides.


41 posted on 10/05/2009 5:21:49 AM PDT by wastedyears (The best aid we could ever give Africa would be thousands of rifles to throw out their own dictators)
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To: robomatik
arrgh! i’ve lost more hairs than i care to deal with jim.

Last year, I solved my problem with losing hair. Now, I collect my hair from out of the shower drain and put it into a paper bag. I still have all of my hair (almost a dozen of them on my head.)

42 posted on 10/05/2009 6:22:50 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (Liberals are always one genocide away from Utopia.)
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To: neverhome

I “took the plunge” a few months ago. It’s a little more upkeep but works out fine. It’s amazing though how much insulation hair provides. On a cold day, I must wear a hat.


43 posted on 10/05/2009 6:31:03 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: neverhome

I never could understand the importance that many men put on their hair. If it turns gray or falls out who cares? I have worn my hair the same way since the US Army gave me my first ‘free’ haircut. Of course, at that length it is hard to tell if it is gray or how much there is of it. LOL


44 posted on 10/05/2009 7:17:10 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: neverhome

I will tell you that nothing looks worse than a half bald old guy with a pony tail or whatever hanging down the back and his bald pate shining, with gray hair it is simply dorky looking. You still see those old hippies who think they are 20 wearing their hair like that. I don’t shave my head but do have it fuzzed off like a crew cut. Some heads don’t look good completely bald and if you leave just the fuzz of a crew cut on it looks better and keeps you from having to comb it also:)


45 posted on 10/05/2009 9:04:18 AM PDT by calex59 (FUBO, we want our constitution back and we intend to get it!)
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To: wastedyears

If heredity is a factor, it’s your moms dad that can indicate the possible future of your head hair. It’s my recollection that this can skip a generation. Anyway... life will still be good.


46 posted on 10/05/2009 9:30:47 AM PDT by Gator113 (Obamba, Reid, Pelosi, the socialist triad.)
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To: Gator113

My maternal grandfather AND my dad were both slick bald. Gotta figure I didn’t have much of a chance.

It’s Day 2 (shaved it Saturday night) and I haven’t had any regrets. My head looks a little big, but that’ll resolve itself as long as I keep the weight loss thing going. I was 300+ a year ago. Now just over 260 and slowly shedding the pounds.


47 posted on 10/05/2009 9:52:12 AM PDT by neverhome (Everyone shut up until AFTER I have my coffee)
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To: wastedyears

Cut your losses and shave it all off now. (And if you’re a metrosexual, you can get a Brazilian to match the top). ;-D


48 posted on 10/05/2009 10:27:41 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: neverhome

Nope, not much of a chance,.

Congratulations on the weight loss, stay at it, you’ll be so glad that you did.


49 posted on 10/05/2009 10:27:45 AM PDT by Gator113 (Obamba, Reid, Pelosi, the socialist triad.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Metrosexuals must live in a constant state of angst.

[Your post made me think of “American Psycho”, for some reason]...;-D

Hubby builds trike kits for a living and is always covered with fiberglass dust, metal milling spirals and shards, welding soot and just about everything else that comes with motorcycle builder territory.

My mom curls her lip with disgust when she sees all that “crud”.

All I see is my perfect, beautiful hero....:)


50 posted on 10/05/2009 10:45:41 AM PDT by Salamander ("All my toys are broken....and so am I, inside, Mom......")
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