I don't get the contemporary dictum that once you start to lose your hair (as a man), you must shave your head. The reasoning seems to be that keeping any hair is like "trying to hide it." The exact opposite seems true to me--shaving your head is like hoping people will think you could grow a full mane if you wanted, like maybe you just like to be aerodynamic.
This is not to say that I look at men with shaved heads as deceivers, or think they look bad. It suits and looks sharp on many a balding man. I'm just objecting to the attitude that doing so is de rigueur, the right thing to do. It seems almost akin to saying that when your hair starts graying you should dye it, like a denial of the signs of aging. I think gray hair looks lovely, and while I can't exactly say I think thinning hair is lovely, I definitely don't think male pattern baldness inherently looks bad. It suits some people. A shaved head doesn't suit everybody. Imagine if Einstein had shaved his head from 29 on. Would have been a grave loss.
In any case it's just fashion. (I keep wondering if this "rule" partly comes from that Queer Eye episode where they forced a balding man to shave his head--but in that case, he was wearing a toupee, which is ickier by far.) My dad and my grandfathers all just slowly went bald, keeping whatever hair they had left as long as they had it. Speaking of grandfathers, I think it'll be weird if in 30 to 40 years there's a generation of little old men still religiously shaving their heads. A few tufts in old age are charming, no? And yes maybe MPB makes you look unduly old when you're 25, but at 40? 50? Some pate and a little belly are kind of dignified, methinks.
In other news. We had a stopover in DC on way down to OBX last week, and I was thinking: Everyone points out that the Washington Monument is phallic, but does anyone notice that the Capitol looks like a giant boob?