I have, and have always had, a high hairline. When I was in high school theater, I could slick back my hair and be “the older guy.” For many years, this high hairline did not change, and I thought I might be following in the footsteps of my mother’s father, who is in his mid-80s and enjoys a somewhat thinned but still head-covering coif of steel gray.
Well, the hairline is on the move. I’m on course for David Letterman Land, and likely continuing on from there to Rob Corddry Ville. In other words, the tide is going out on the right and left, leaving a peninsula in the middle that will almost certainly become an ever-shrinking island.
I don’t think I’m especially vain, so while I may not be exactly happy about getting older, I’m not freaking out about the hair part of it. I mean, I’m not looking into minoxidil or rogaine or whatever those products are; if it gets to the point where I don’t have enough hair to actually “have hair” (if you know what I mean), I’ll go with the crew cut option, possibly selectively landscaped to keep a hair moat over the ears but losing everything else. In other words, I’m planning to be practical about it. (I already have the goatee, which is part of the uniform.)
Unfortunately, while some guys look good with a shiny scalp, I can feel a rather prominent Klingonesque ridge down the middle of my head when I explore the countours of my skull with my fingertips. In other words, I think I’m going to be more Zippy than Michael Chiklis.
So the bottom line is, I’m a little anxious, which amuses my wife, but I’m not so anxious that I can’t be amused in turn by her amusement. People are funny about stuff, and I think I have enough objectivity to see that I’m no exception.
Anybody else in the same situation? What are you doing? Planning the crewcut, or all the way to the Shiny Shave? Worried about skull shape? Any users of hair-growing products? And while we’re on the subject, will anybody admit to the dreaded combover? I’m just curious about how my response compares to others.