For once in my life fashion trends have eased my way.
I am fortunate in that I married a wife that actually has enough sense to put her foot down when I try to leave the house with mismatched socks, half of my collar flipped up or a tie that doesn't match. I am proud to admit that when I go on business trips I have to make my wife set up my wardrobe like"garanimals". Except we don't use animals. I have my wife mark the outfits the big grown up way and we use numbers instead. Pants number 1 goes with shirt number 1. Pants number two goes with shirt 2, etc. I actually make her do this with post it notes attached to the clothes with safety pins. I know you are laughing at me, not with me but it's OK.
Its just that clothes and fashion in general have never interested me in the least. If it were up to me I wouldn't even own a suit, just a closet full of t-shirts, jeans, shorts, boxers and my biking outfits. Some socks too. Fortunately in the biking world nobody seems to care about color schemes so those outfits don't need to be censored by my significant other. But there is now a fashion trend that I can relate to and have just participated in.
Regular readers of this blog know that my wife and I have been watching Prison Break, the hit show on Fox. Note the hair styles? Many men are going to the buzzcut. As soon as my wife saw that this was "fashionable" she gave me the go-ahead to do it. The results:
I love it! Do you realize that it used to take me something like 2 minutes every day to dry, brush and gel my hair? This will save me approximately 10 hours over the course of a year not having to mess with that stuff! And it is fashionable! I guess. At least that is what I am told.
The woman that did it at the haircutting place was very nice. She said that the buzzcut is, in fact a huge fad right now and that they do one or two a day in there. They call it the "combover of the new century". Remember the combover? Where aging men would use the hair on the side of their head and comb it over so women would think they have a full head of hair? The hair stylist also told me it hurts her when aged men make her fluff, primp and puff their hair when they really don't have much on top. I am getting thin up there myself. She went on to say that she would much rather men just shave their head than dink around with a tiny bit of hair up there. She also said I looked pretty darned good with my new buzzcut - she got a pretty good tip.
An interesting aside: The hairdresser used her hand to put my head into a good position for her to cut my hair. Her hands were cold - I could feel it through the skin on the top of my head. A feeling I have never had before - kind of weird.
There never was the Hair Club For Men in my future. I have never understood why men aren't a little more self confident. If you are 38, unless those twenty-something pretty young things are totally whacked out on drugs and/or alcohol they won't ever give you the time of day no matter now much hair you have (strip bars excluded). The older women (I would guess) understand that when some men get old they lose their hair. Hairlines recede. So what gives?
Back to the hairdresser. Do you believe that she said that men are typically much more concerned than women with the way their thinning hair looks? This is partly because women have more options like hair extenders, coloring, wigs, and other things.
Well, I have always wanted to shave my head for some reason or another. Funny, I now have the same hairstyle that I had when I was 3 years old. The more things change...
UPDATE: I have received an unbelievable amount of traffic from this post as several blogs have found this interesting. Many emails and now a comment wanted a "before" photo. Well, here you go - be kind: