I started losing my hair in college. At the time it seemed like the worst thing in the world. I was too young to realize that a person’s worth is not measured by how much or how little hair they have.
Unlike today when a clean shaven head can be a fashion statement — for men and women — Telly Savalas of Kojak fame and Mr. Clean were among the few who rocked a chrome dome at that time. Just like having more gay role models might have helped me come out earlier and easier, seeing more people wear their baldness with confidence in those days might have saved me a lot of money and angst.
Instead, I bought into the belief that men with less hair are also less virile, less popular, less powerful and definitely less attractive. As a young adult, those things seemed so important. I didn’t want to be a victim of male pattern baldness. I didn’t think it was at all funny when one of my aunts jokingly called me “Garibaldi.”