Dedicated Rush fans are likely the only ones who will recognize this memorable track from their 1975 album Caress of Steel. “I think I’m going bald” may have been an early effort on the group’s part to showcase their well-known sense of humor and have a little fun at the same time.
For rock star pretty boy Jon Bon Jovi, going bald is no laughing matter. In fact, the 46-year-old appears to be getting a bit freaked out about signs of baldness that are threatening his trademark mane. It appears that his hair has been gradually trimmed back to a shorter style over the years, presumably to minimize the effect of the creeping menace that so many of us middle-aged guys have to deal with.
Speaking publicly about the looming catastrophe, Bon Jovi says “Oh, let me tell you, I am so worried (about my hair). I look at guys like Sting and think, ‘Well, he’s cool about it,’ but I’m already losing it a bit and I’m so aware of it. Someone told me that you have to regularly massage your scalp, so I do that all the time. You look like a jerk, but it’s got to be worth a shot, right?”
I suppose it’s a matter of opinion regarding whether someone looks like a jerk while messaging their scalp. You know what they say, “if it feels good, do it.” And sometimes a good head scratch does feel pretty good. I’ve been known to do it myself, although I would not classify it as a massage and my actions certainly would not satisfy the time requirement to be considered as such. Ten or fifteen seconds does it for me, but I’m one of those guys who approaches the whole baldness thing by shaving pretty much all of my hair off and letting it grow back until I start to look like a guy that’s trying to grow his hair to cover his bald spot. The idea of a “comb over” or the unintentional appearance of one is enough to make me want to burn my hair off with a propane torch.
From what I hear, there are some effective hair transplant treatments available these days, as well as topical treatments like Rogiane and Propecia. These sound like viable options for Jon and his self-esteem, so I’m sure we won’t see him looking anything like Kojak in the future.
Don’t worry Jon, science will find a way to keep your boyish good looks from deteriorating to the point that would qualify you for a shot at a place on stage with the Rolling Stones.