For most of my adult life I have been defined by my hair. Whether it was a sleek, dark retro-pompadour or long golden cascading locks, I always had good hair.
People would come up to me on the street and ask where I got my hair done.
A little bit ago, I had an allergic reaction to an over-the-counter hair product. It caused a terrible infection on my scalp and when all was said and done, the hair on the top of my scalp is gone.
Suddenly I went from looking younger than my years, to now looking older than my years. I image that would be an ego blow to most anyone, it certainly has been for me.
Sometimes you just have to accept crappy things in life. No amount of crying is going to bring my hair back.
I don’t want to be one of those comb-over guys – hoping three strands of hair will somehow camouflage hair loss. Instead I shaved it down to a stubble.
This new look changes my “type” as an actor. Wherein I was once the hunky leading man, now I’m a character actor. Again, a tough pill to swallow.
But, life often doesn’t turn out the way one imagined it would.
Influenced by advertisements and Hollywood lore, I embraced the ‘live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse’ theology as a governing life directive. I honestly didn’t expect to make it out of my 20s.
But here I am, past my 20s and lacking the full head of hair that always defined me. So, I’m embracing it.
Yul Brynner, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart, Taye Diggs, Michael Jordan, The Rock, Billy Zane, John Malkovich, and Bruce Willis all earned high sexy honors in the court of public opinion despite being shiny on top.
While I know Michael Jordan and I could well be twins, I don’t quite earn as much in endorsements as His Airness. Nor are the scripts for Die Hard 27 and The Fast and the Furious 32 awaiting my approval.
But who knows, maybe my star will rise to a higher altitude on the bald is beautiful campaign.
If there is one thing life has taught me, it’s that sometimes there are things outside your control. Control the things you can. But accept the things you can’t.