I had hair down to my chest during high school and college (picture a surfer, not a heavy metal freak). Over time, it has been cut shorter and shorter as I grew older and older. At some point in my 30's, I realized that I would be following my families long standing tradition of going bald. No problem, I thought, I have a great personality that will make up for the lack of hair. Lol!
Now that I am pushing 40 and the thinning is here, I realize that losing your hair sucks. I've tried hiding it a modern day combover, the a faux hawk, but have been losing the battle. I don't consider myself vain, but seeing photos of the poor state of my hair made me cringe. So, I shaved my head last week. This is not the first time that I have shaved my head, but each time it is a bit of a shock. Waking up in the morning and walking into the bathroom, I flinch a bit when I look in the mirror and remember what I did. Plus, my head is so newly shaven right now that my scalp still has that white pasty look. No good, but I am going to OWN IT and get used to the idea of looking like Kelly Slater or Jason Statham...in my dreams. Haha!
But, financially, having a shaved head makes some sense. Hair cuts cost $15-$30/month, styling products, shampoo & conditioner are $25-$50/year. I think the big win is the time savings. All I have to do it use the clippers once a week and I'm done. It must save ~30 minutes a day of washing, conditioning, & styling. That's 3.5 hours a week that I can use to earn money.
See what I did there? I took the sad situation of going bald, turned it into something that I controlled (shaving my head), and rationalized it as a way to save money to make myself feel better. I'm going to go run the clippers again...it's time for a trim.