Today, I once again came to terms with the fact that I am a balding writer. Since the age of 18, I was dreadfully afraid of balding, so much so that I began using shampoo to stave off DHT, a potential hormone causative agent of the scalp enlarging condition, right away. I was told that you could whether or not you would go bald by your mother's father. He was rocking a toupee due to total baldness by his early 40s and I did not want to have the same fate. I continued to use shampoo that would keep my hair thick and healthy as long as possible. Recently, no matter what shampoo I used, my fate as a balding writer began to came into focus.
Is that so bad, I wonder to myself? Back when I was 18, it was incredibly scary, after all, I was trying to think of my 18 year old self as a cue ball. Nowadays, at the ripe old age of 29, noticing a bit of thinning up top is not nearly as scary to me. I've had a good run with the amount of thick, wavy, reddish-brown hair I've had and to lose it at this point would not be the end of the world. My bald spot is still barely detectable by Google Satellite thus far, so without much treatment, I'd probably still have hair for at least the next five to ten years.
Then again, will I go gently into that good night or will I rage against all that is baldness? I have looked up some more natural cures, seeing as Rogaine and related products, much like a chiropractor, require that you keep using them for the rest of your life. According to the website Earth Clinic, remedies such as apple cider vinegar and virgin coconut oil can work wonders on a thinning head of hair. As a balding writer, I feel like there isn't much to lose and that I might as well try these cures that are supposed to do a little work on enhancing the skin and reducing the belly fat too.
Try as I might, I will probably some day be a balding writer despite my best efforts. Gone will be my attempts to look like a cute 20-something on my author headshots as I will usher in the more mature and genetically unfortunate 30 to 40 something author. I will keep you wonderful readers up to date on the state of my hair every so often to let you know if these natural cures work. If not, I'll post a progression of my hairline as time goes by. Happy balding...I mean writing!
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.