Thanks to the recommendation of another staff member, I picked up the following at my local CVS:
And it comes in matte and glossy finishes.
Before heading out the CVS (which is a fair distance), I thought of calling to make sure that they stocked the product. But I figured that asking "Do you have Glossy Head Lube?" would get me hung up on faster than asking if they had Prince Albert in a can, so I just hoped for the best. (Turned out it's right there with the other shaving products).
P.S. I use glossy. [ June 02, 2006: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
By my count, there are now four JavaRanch staffers who shave their heads (at least sometimes).
First time I shaved my head was a few years ago. The idea had cropped up for me over the summer, but it wasn't until a coworker of mine came back from vacation shaved bald that I decided to take the plunge too. (A lot of headshavers will tell you that if you even have the smallest inkling of doing it, you will know no rest until you do.) Anyhow, I kept mentioning the idea to my wife, but she was somewhat violently opposed. Her thoughts were (are) that the look is a good solution to a problem -- in other words, it's fine for a balding dude to do it, but why would someone like me (full head of hair) want to. Anyhow, one Saturday when she went to work for a few hours, I shaved, unannounced. When she came home, I yelled from another room, "Don't freak out, but I shaved my head today!" Er, she freaked out. She had thought I had been joking all along. Anyhow, shaving at that time of year (October, norther hemisphere here) wasn't the smartest move on my part -- my face was tan and my scalp was very pale. I also underestimated how long it would take to tan up the scalp at that time of the year. I kept shaving only for a week or two, then let it grow back.
In the middle of all this, I happened to be sitting outside in the sun by my apartment building one day, reading one of Kathy and Bert's books, when a bee or wasp landed on the back of my head and stung me. The worst part wasn't the huge swollen lump forming on the back of my shaved head; it was that when I moved my hand to swat away whatever was attacking me, my wedding ring flew off and landed 20 feet or so away in some tall grass. (The ring had been loose because I had lost a lot of weight and never got it resized.) I spent over an hour crawling around looking for it. I sectioned off the whole area like an archeological dig and searched square by square. Nothing. Next day I took off work in the middle of the day and went to a construction equipment rental place and rented a metal detector. Found the ring in just a couple minutes. Months later I did tell my wife the whole story.
Wore it shaved again for several months two summers ago.
This year, I'll probably keep it smooth until fall. Eventually, since I have such thick coarse wiry hair and it becomes such an annoyance to shave every day or so, I'll get fed up and just let it grow back.
Don't have a picture to post yet. I'm planning to buy a camera soon.
My wife still hates it.
I had offered to model (while shaving) for the cover one of the Head First books, but the author didn't take me up on it.
[ June 05, 2006: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
Joined: Apr 12, 2001
Originally posted by Bear Bibeault: So let's talk about "bald by choice".
Sometime, sooner or later, all men will be forced to follow you, Bear. I myself still have some years to go, or so I think, but I am totally for it...For now I shall start toying with different ways of buzzing it... [ June 08, 2006: Message edited by: Raghav Sam ]
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.<br />- Dr. Seuss
Originally posted by Bear Bibeault: ...of that 70%, few seem to embrace it enough to go the shaving route...
The worst thing we can do is pretend there's still real hair up there -- growing out those isolated strands as if they cover anything. (On second thought, most hair "replacement" techniques end up looking worse than that.) Embracing it shows the most self-confidence, and looks cool too.
"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer sscce.org
I have had what I guess you would call a comb-over for quite a long time now. I was getting tired of it so I announced that on my 50th birthday I would cut it off and go chrome on top. But everyone else in my family said "NO!!"
Well, I thought, they're the ones that have to look at my head, not me. So I left things as is.
P.S. Also, you don't need to actually shave it either. As I originally posted, I just kept it really short for years (long before "the buzz" came into vogue) and, to me, that looks a lot better than trying to hide it.
You should post a picture. [ June 08, 2006: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
Joined: Jan 20, 2005
While not going bald yet (although my hair line appears to be worryingly on the retreat), I find shaving my hair really short is still a good idea. Without meaning to sound too girly about it all, its so much easier. No combing, no hair jell, no silly sticking up bits, its just the same all the time - no effort required.
Its also so much cheaper. If I wanted to get my hair cut, it would cost me about �7-�10. Instead I can buy clippers for about �30 and never need to go to a barbers again. Considering I (well, my girlfriend, I'd miss patches if I did it myself) cut it every couple of weeks, that's an awful lot of money saved. I've only had to replace the clippers once in about four years. [ June 09, 2006: Message edited by: Dave Lenton ]