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Larry Hogan: wife will settle bald vs. hair debate

Larry Hogan wants to know: do you prefer him with hair (left) or without (right)?
Larry Hogan wants to know: do you prefer him with hair (left) or without (right)? (Baltimore Sun photos)

To have hair or not to have hair is apparently a question to be answered by Maryland's first lady.

This week, the hair Gov. Larry Hogan lost during chemotherapy treatment began returning in a coat of gray fuzz.

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"Three days in a row!" Hogan told reporters.

Although the social media-savvy governor went to Facebook to solicit opinions on whether to retain his shiny dome or welcome whatever reclaims that landscape, he said Wednesday, "I think the first lady will have the final say."

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In the meantime, though, he said the bald vs. gray locks debate continues unabated.

"It's kind of funny. We put this out on Facebook, and thousands of people have weighed in," Hogan said.

"Most people say it doesn't matter," he said. Of those who say it does, "half the people say stick with the bald — I look like a tough guy. Some people say I look younger without the gray hair. Some people say I've got great hair, go ahead and grow it back."

Hogan underwent treatment this summer for Stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after doctors found more than 60 tumors in his body in June. Last month, the governor announced he was "100 percent cancer free" and doctors said he faces great odds of staying in remission.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who recently announced he is in remission from cancer, is seeking advice from Marylanders on whether to let his hair grow back or to stick with the bald look he and much of the state embraced during his treatment.

The governor earned high marks from residents and pundits for his candid discussion of facing the disease. That discussion became particularly candid with a New York Times writer, whose op-ed published Sunday included this passage:

"Not to get too personal," he said to me, "but I lost hair pretty much all over my body — I'm a pretty hairy guy." That meant a vacation from certain grooming rituals, but the other day, he said, "I had a couple of hairs sticking out of my face. I felt like a 13-year-old boy. I'm excited I'm going to shave for the first time in five months."

He eagerly anticipates a reunion with his eyebrows and, even more so, his eyelashes.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is seeking input about whether he should let his hair grow back now that he's cancer free or keep the bald look. What do you think, hair or bare?

"Your eyelashes keep things from falling in your eyes," he said. "That's why they're there — not just to bat your eyes and flirt or just to look better. There are all kinds of dust particles and they fall into my eyes. I'm constantly getting stuff in my eyes."

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