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Bad-ass Bald Guys

A bald head can be hot; just look at The Rock, Chris Daughtry, and John Travolta–even Megan Fox and Kira Knightly have gone there! Ditch the regrowth foams and comb-overs because it’s totally acceptable (and sexy) to embrace the bald!

Speaking of bald, at 40, my dad finally decided to ditch the toupee (he started getting male pattern baldness at 21) and shaved his head. Well-la! He looked so much younger! He also learned that he had acquired some new responsibilities:

1. When going outside in a sleet storm, always wear a hat. Ouch!
2. When it comes to shaving, take your time because bleeding from the head ain’t pretty.
3. DON’T forget sunblock!

Dad learned #3 the hard way:  His first summer as a bad-ass bald guy, he was in for a rough ride. His first scalp-sunburn turned into a second degree burn. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just it wasn’t pretty – talk about scary (and scary-ugly)! Dad looked like Disney’s Quasimodo (except he was bald).

What’s the moral of the story? To the bald and the balding, unfortunately, skin cancers are more commonly diagnosed on the scalps of those who are bald than those who have hair. And for those who wish to prevent hair loss: unprotected sun exposure of the scalp may be harmful to hair follicles.

The scalp is the #1 forgotten area when it comes to applying sunscreen. Even a full head of hair isn’t guaranteed to protect us from precancer-causing sunburns of the scalp!  Yes, dark, thick, hair can give greater sun protection than thinner, lighter, hair, however, nobody is fully protected.  Learn from my dad – protect your noggin!

Tag Archives: scalp sunburn

Bad-ass Bald Guys

A bald head can be hot; just look at The Rock, Chris Daughtry, and John Travolta–even Megan Fox and Kira Knightly have gone there! Ditch the regrowth foams and comb-overs because it’s totally acceptable (and sexy) to embrace the bald!

Speaking of bald, at 40, my dad finally decided to ditch the toupee (he started getting male pattern baldness at 21) and shaved his head. Well-la! He looked so much younger! He also learned that he had acquired some new responsibilities:

1. When going outside in a sleet storm, always wear a hat. Ouch!
2. When it comes to shaving, take your time because bleeding from the head ain’t pretty.
3. DON’T forget sunblock!

Dad learned #3 the hard way:  His first summer as a bad-ass bald guy, he was in for a rough ride. His first scalp-sunburn turned into a second degree burn. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just it wasn’t pretty – talk about scary (and scary-ugly)! Dad looked like Disney’s Quasimodo (except he was bald).

What’s the moral of the story? To the bald and the balding, unfortunately, skin cancers are more commonly diagnosed on the scalps of those who are bald than those who have hair. And for those who wish to prevent hair loss: unprotected sun exposure of the scalp may be harmful to hair follicles.

The scalp is the #1 forgotten area when it comes to applying sunscreen. Even a full head of hair isn’t guaranteed to protect us from precancer-causing sunburns of the scalp!  Yes, dark, thick, hair can give greater sun protection than thinner, lighter, hair, however, nobody is fully protected.  Learn from my dad – protect your noggin!