November 16, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

To have hair is human…to be bald, divine: Just ask Sean Connery, who set the style. Now a string of leading men have taken on roles that require them to show a little scalp, including Jeremy Irons, who brings out the bald truth about debonair Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune, and Fred Ward, whose fake scalp-cap as writer Henry Miller often steals the spotlight in the lushly erotic Henry & June. Richard Buccheri of New York’s Pipino Buccheri salon sees no reason why baldness can’t become fashionable for men. ”If the man has a nice face, strong individual features, and good stature, I think it can be very sexy,” he says. Buccheri adds that the look can work just as well for women, like the shorn Sinead O’Connor. Some celebrity ”naturals” obviously agree. At this year’s Emmy awards, Cheers‘ Ted Danson shocked fans by boldly relinquishing his toupee. And after a brush with luscious elixir-induced locks a few weeks back, even Homer Simpson has finally come to terms with his cartoon chrome dome.

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