I feel like I'm going to get lambasted by angry posters from male hair loss forums for posting this, but it's true. Balding men don't know how lucky they are. I keep thinking about this lately. If a man is losing his hair - at any age - he can just cut it very short or shave it off, and then go about his life exactly the same as before. We don't have that option. If he wants to keep his hair he can use minoxidil/finasteride/etc, and he can use toppik or a hair system if he wants, but he doesn't have to. He's free to walk around with noticeably thinning hair in its natural state, he can be in public with noticeable balding and still be totally 'normal' and acceptable. He can have a buzzcut or shave his head completely, go out in public like that, go to work like that, and it's fine. I am so incredibly jealous of that. If society saw female hair loss the same way that it sees male hair loss, this forum wouldn't contain nearly so much heartbreak. Yes we can wear wigs, and wigs often look beautiful, but that doesn't seem like such a comfort when it isn't really optional. I resent that a woman would have to spend 3 figures just to be seen as normal, when a man in the same position can just be as he is naturally and it doesn't cost him anything. It probably varies by area, but I know that where I live a woman couldn't be bald in public (or even just very short haired) without being stared at, asked rude questions, etc. I can't imagine being able to go into work like that. If I was a guy and this happened to me, even at 21, I could just buy a pair of clippers and move on with my life, the only difference being I'd never have to pay for a haircut again or bother with shampoo. If society was less restrictive about what women have to look like, I could react exactly that way and just forget about it. But because of how things are, it has to be so important and it feels like everything about the way I see myself and my life has changed.