Been watching some segments of “The Bald Truth” on YouTube.
It’s people’s experiences with transplants, Follicular Unit Extraction (which entails moving the sheaths of tiny hairs from “donor regions” of your head or body to bald parts), Scalp Micropigmentation, and more. Listening to these talks and telephone chats you can become an expert.
For anyone who joined the hair loss community a few years ago it gets addictive.
Spencer Kobren, who runs the show, has been dealing with the problem in his own life for thirty-odd years. Though he looks like a normal guy his age with a bushy crop of hair and a right-hand parting, he freely admits to painting his bald spot out with Toppik. Anyway, through immersing himself in this subject Kobren has become an advocate for hair loss sufferers. At the same time he found a means of self-expression and a career.
Listen to a few of the calls that come in and you will see how full the world is of people concerned with scalp problems. They like to know they are not alone. They share tips. You begin to realize that there may be a lot of people around whom you never knew were bald. (Kobren doesn’t out anyone, not even celebrities, as baldies, but there are many on the internet who occasionally turn their hand to it.)
Maybe Henry Miller would have concluded that Kobren and the others have been wasting their time covering up, maybe not. Maybe Patrick Stewart would, or Telly Savalas, or Yul. But there are thousands and millions of men, and women too, who could find a lot in these shows that hits close to home. At least forty per cent of people suffering hair loss are women.
Kobren, to give him his due, takes his hat off to anyone who can shave his head and go totally bald and get away with it. If they can handle it, he gives them credit.
In my case a thinning at the crown and a whittling-back of the hair line are already, I fancy, being remedied by the recipe of Stephan, a Scotsman with his own videos on YouTube, who shows the results he got after some months with a nightly application of a mixture made from onions, garlic and apple cider vinegar. After only two weeks I find some tender sprouts are pushing through. I would swear it isn’t imagination.
One of the telephone callers on “The Bald Truth” mentioned cider vinegar and he was speedily laughed out of court, but I’m hoping the last laugh will be mine and Stephan’s.
If I end up after six months or so with no true improvement, I may consider the tattoo treatment known as scalp micropigmentation. That’s if I can justify to myself and Jade an outlay of around £3000. Still, what better can you spend your money on than your own person?
I like the videos I have seen showcasing the work that some of the micropigmentation salons can do on a totally clean-shaven head. The testimonials the clients give in their before and after segments are persuasive. You get your hairline at the front and no horse shoe showing at the back. The bald dome is eliminated by those tiny lines like follicles, giving the illusion of a healthy buzz cut.
Spencer Kobren and Joe think the temporary ink is better, because it fades to nothing in 18 months. I’d go for the permanent treatment though, even if it requires touching-up through the years.
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