BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY | OCTOBER 14
Be Bald and Be Free Day on October 14th celebrates the naked crown. Sometimes the day is referred to as Bald and Free Day.
Bared noggins take the spotlight during this holiday. It recognizes the beauty of a naked scalp. Baldness comes in several forms, too. Partial or total, sometimes a chrome dome is by choice. Others come by it naturally.
Whether your ‘chrome dome’ is the result of hair loss or shaving your head, this National Day celebrates you! And not everyone goes bald from traditional aging and hair loss. Some lose their hair from medical treatments making this observance extra special for these individuals.
HOW TO OBSERVE BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY
Naturally, we want you to share your bald selfies with us on social media. The day offers an opportunity to support those going through treatment as well. And definitely be sure to use #BeBaldAndBeFreeDay as a hashtag to post on your social media accounts.
Also, give a shout-out to those you know who are clean on top. Whether using the day to tease or support a friend, be sure everyone enjoys the day.
BE BALD AND BE FREE DAY HISTORY
This day was founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy from Wellcat.
Q. Should I go against or with the grain when shaving my scalp?
A. The schools of thought are divided on the topic of against or with the grain. If you want a closer shave, go against the grain. If you prefer to be gentle with your skin, go with the grain. This guidance applies where ever you are shaving.
Q. Do I need to wear sunblock if my scalp is bald?
A. Yes. Any exposed skin will be at risk of sunburn and damage when outdoors. Wearing a hat is another option.
Q. How often should I shave my head?
A. Shaving every other day or every third day will prevent your scalp from becoming dry and irritated.
October 14th History
Henry Blair receives his first patent. He was only the second African American to be granted a patent in the United States. His first patent was for a corn planter that made it easier for farmers to sow their cornfields. A few years later, Blair received his second patent. The invention was a modification of his first invention to accommodate planting cotton seeds. In 1821, Thomas Jennings received the first patent granted to an African American.
Alfred Nobel is granted a patent for the preparation of nitroglycerin. It is his first Swedish patent, and the scientist would continue to pursue improvements to the handling of this explosive compound, eventually leading to the development of dynamite.
A.A. Milne publishes the illustrated children’s book, Winnie-the-Pooh. The lovable, honey-loving bear and colorful characters became a worldwide hit. The classic illustrations by E.H. Shepard were later recreated by Disney artists.
During her service with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Carl became the first woman test pilot. On October 14, 1944, Carl flew a Bell YP-59A becoming the first woman to fly a jet aircraft.
Piloting the Bell X-1, Major Charles E. Yeager became the first person to fly at supersonic speeds. The aircraft broke the sound barrier at 662 miles (1,066 kilometers) per hour.
On the 4th day of their mission, the Apollo 7 crew transmits the first live television broadcast from space. It would be the first of four broadcasts from the three-person space mission.
October 14th Birthdays
Dwight D Eisenhower – 1890
After serving as commanding general of the U.S. forces in World War II, Eisenhower was elected as the country’s 34th president. He served two terms from 1953-1961, navigating the country through the early years of the Cold War.
Lois Lenski – 1893
The Newbery Award-winning author and illustrator published her first books in 1927. She’s best known for her book Strawberry Girl and illustrating the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.
EE Cummings – 1894
Through his poetry, Cummings expressed a unique style that was simplified, precise, and sparse. Full of innuendo and sentiment, some of his most popular poems include ‘spring omnipotent goddess’ and ‘I carry your heart with me.’
Charles Everett Koop – 1916
The pediatric surgeon served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States. His career is full of innovative treatments, advancements, and firsts in medicine. During his two terms as Surgeon General, he brought focus and confidence to public health. He also steadily steered the country through the AIDS pandemic.
Ralph Lauren – 1939
Born Ralph Lifshitz, the fashion designer founded the Ralph Lauren Company in 1967. His first products were a line of men’s ties.
Usher – 1978
The award-winning singer, songwriter and dancer was born Usher Raymond IV. His #1 hit song “Yeah!” featured Lil Jon and Ludacris. Some of his other Billboard hits include “Burn” and “Scream.”