Of all the personal afflictions endured by modern man, the gradual disappearance of one’s hair is perhaps the most keenly felt.
Though barbershops the world-over do a roaring trade, some two-thirds of men will be hit by hair loss in their lifetime. That’s over seven million men in the UK who will experience the effects of baldness at some point.
What mirrors don’t reflect is the mental toll this can take on men, both young and old, who refuse (or are unable) to accept their fall from hirsute grace. From obfuscating a receding hairline to embracing the comb-over, the art of micro-managing a thinning crop can be a full time job and one that is inextricably linked with both self-perception and one’s own sense of mortality.
And yet for every man reaching for the beanie hat on a hot summer’s day, there are millions more who choose (or are forced by nature’s irresistible hand) to accept their fate and opt to go “full bald” – as bequiffed 70s icon John Travolta (finally) did this week.
The road to acceptance is often long and winding, but as Telegraph columnist Rhymer Rigby describes it; a man’s journey to baldness invariably begins in denial and ends with a grade 1 shave.
What kind of balding gentleman are you? Do you rage against the thinning of the bonce or did you reach for the clippers at the first sign of a widow’s peak? How has it effected you in your every day life, from your sense of self to the way you interact with others? Less joie de vivre? No difference? More swagger?
We want to hear from you about how you have managed hair loss, and any tips or advice you would give to others, or perhaps even to your younger self, going through a similar experience. Share your story using the form below for the chance to be included in a Telegraph feature on the male hair loss experience.