A while back we noted all the bets you can make about the Royal Wedding. We suggest the following addition: What will Prince William do about his disappearing hair?
This recent photo says it all.
PopEater spoke with a celebrity hairstylist, who pointed out that going full-on bald, for example, accentuates other parts of your face that would not have been as noticeable before, which could be a good thing.
Either way, William will presumably have to make a major decision about this in the near future. Here's some food for thought, just in case His Royal Highness stumbles upon this blog in all his spare time.
I think most of us can agree that this isn't sustainable. At this rate, Prince William will look like Elton John from 1975.
This might be okay for a flamboyant entertainer (maybe), but it's not a lid fit for a future king. A crown would look ridiculous with that doo (okay, Sir Elton could probably have pulled it off).
No discussion about hair would be complete without at least considering the comb-over. We could spend all day enumerating all the reasons that Prince William should avoid this course of action at all costs, but they can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump.
A lot of celebrities have gone down this road, though presumably more than we're aware of since they rarely come out and admit it.
Perhaps the best 'outing' of toupee was by Ted Danson, who took off his hairpiece during an episode of Cheers.
The thing you have to decide is whether you're going to be upfront about it. The last thing you want is to be having your first official meeting with Barack Obama and have him thinking 'toupee or not toupee?'
The idea of the transplant pretty straight-forward but at the same time cringe-inducing. The Hair Transplant Network describes it this way:
Hair transplantation is really about relocating (transplanting) the bald resistant hair follicles from the back of the head to the balding areas on the top of the head.
(Not cringe-inducing enough for you? How about this: "Immediately following surgery a patient’s recipient area is typically pink with scabs forming around the micro incisions. These hundreds of tiny incisions will heal rapidly within a week to ten days.")
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had a hair transplant a few years ago and was very public about it. In a BBC story, he said the procedure made him feel 25 years younger. (That would make Prince William feel about 8, so he might want to wait a while if he's thinking about this option.)
Silvio Berlusconi: Before (left), and after
BaldingBlog (yes, there is such a thing) has a brief assessment of the results.
This route has the same fundamental problem that the toupee has, namely that you will instantly become the object of speculation unless you're up front about it.
Embrace the Bald
This brings us to the final option: Shave it all off (or most of it anyway). Let's call this "The Bruce Willis."
Faced with a rapidly receding hairline, the tough-guy actor went this route -- along with many others -- and has practically made it a trademark.
This has a lot to recommend it: it's bold; it's low maintenance; and you never have to worry about having a bad hair day.
There are two main drawbacks for William. One is that you never know what your face is going to look like without hair. Obviously it works well for Andre Agassi and Patrick Stewart, to name but a couple. But after you've shaved off all your hair is a hell of a time to discover that you're actually a conehead.
Second, William would, if and when he eventually become king, would be the first bald monarch in a very long time (possibly ever).