Hair News: Balding man Peter Rate, 35, spoke of his frustration yesterday at failing to convince other people he’s fine with it. He really is.
â€śI was in the barber’s the other day and I made a quip about how it wasn’t going to take him very long because there wasn’t much left.â€ť
â€śThe barber put his hand on my shoulder, looked at me in the mirror and said ‘don’t worry about it, mate â€“ it’s what’s on the inside that counts.â€ť
â€śThe more I told him I didn’t care, the worse it sounded. To complete the humiliation, when I went to pay him the ÂŁ10, he said ‘let’s just call it ÂŁ7.50′.â€ť
Rate, who started thinning in his twenties and now has the begginings of a monk-like tonsure at the back as well as a visible scalp on top, says that’s ‘a typical reaction’.
â€śAs soon as I tell them I don’t care, they’re sure that I do.â€ť
â€śMy Dad was bald. I knew it was coming. It’s natural, and I really don’t mind. I really, really don’t.â€ť
Bald men have long propagated the myth that they are more virile, but Rate says he doesn’t have time for such flag-waving, as he doesn’t need ‘psychological compensation’. So why does he wear a hat all the time?
â€śThat is an entirely practical measure,â€ť says Rate. â€śMy head gets cold. Or sunburned. It needs protection.â€ť
So why indoors, especially at parties or in the pub?
At that point the interview was terminated.
Story: Jasper Gibson