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Why am I getting drunk to get a haircut? I reflected as I chugged my beer while sitting on a park bench across from Ai’s Hair Studio.

A better question was: Why did I feel like drinking? The answer was both stupid and serious at the same time.

My hair started thinning prematurely. I first discovered this in my mid-twenties, while scratching the back of my head. I could touch my scalp with a soft, frictionless…