26 and balding. How does one deal with it gracefully?
I had a thick head of hair till I was about 20, after which it slowly began to thin out. Now, at 25, I am a 4 - closing in on 5 - on the Norwood scale
After many years of being petrified of looking at a mirror that reflected the back of my head, or of talking about my prospective baldness with anyone (including my girlfriend), I took the step of buzzing my head down to a longish stubble (The technical term, I believe is a #1) a month ago.
The feedback has been good. I have begun discussing my insecurities with my girlfriend, who says she doesn't care about a stupid bald spot and is cool with whatever I do with my head. My family likes the new look too.
Still, I feel that my confidence in myself has taken a nosedive over the last few years - gory details in a comment I posted here
- and I wish to bring it back.
I've just dedicated myself anew to a fitness program. I'm also seriously considering the option of shaving my head clean bald, given the possibly liberating effects of just radically letting go. At the same time, there's a nagging doubt that "choosing to be bald" is just another way of hiding, just another expression of vanity not too different from the much-maligned comb-over.
Clearly, I am super confused. What do I do?