Today some random thoughts on my new hair style.
Classification: What exactly do you call this style. I’m not bald, as evidenced by the fact that, in order to keep the appearance of being bald for the play I’m having to shave twice daily. Why can’t my beard grow this fast? I mean seriously, I’ve always wanted to grow and cool goatee, but it’s not in the cards. It wasn’t until after I was out of college that I actually had to start shaving on a daily basis.
Neither am I a “Skin-Head.” The origin of that name is from 1960’s Great Britain, and today is mostly used to refer to the subculture of White Power/Aryan ilk, of which I want no association.
So what do we call this? Clean shaven. Well-shorn. Shined. Bald-by-choice. Shaved. Smooth. Hairless. Mr. Clean. Cue-balled. Smooth-skulled. My 10 year old daughter just calls me “The Freak.” You take your pick, they all work.
Comments I’ve Recieved: Usually when a lady (especially my wife) gets her hair done, a comment is expected. “I really like your hair.” Or, “Do you get your hair done.” Something along those lines.
When a guy gets his hair cut, however, he really isn’t looking for a comment. But they still come. How many times have I heard, “What, did you loose a bet?” Or the brilliant one, “Did you get your hair cut?”
Just once I wish I had the chutzpa to come right out and say, “Hair cut? What are you talking about? What do you mean? Agh!!! What happened to my hair!!!” Or maybe the more cinical, “No, as a matter of fact, I’m sick and lost my hair. Now don’t you feel foolish for asking?” But, I just play along. Still, it’s good advertizing for the play.
The best comment I have by far would have to be this: “It’s like a woman with a low cut shirt whose cleavage is showing. You know your not supposed to look, but your eyes just keep going there.” I really didn’t have a response to that.
The Work Involved in such a “Maintenance Free” hair cut: I’ve heard a couple of people say, just think of the money you’ll save in shampoo and gel. Sure. I can take that money and spend it on shaving cream, razors, and sunblock. It takes a few minutes longer in the bathroom everymorning trying to get the head smooth, and if I shave too close, then it gets red and irritated for the rest of the day.
The look is starting to grow on me (sorry for the pun). I don’t know how long I’ll keep this up. Judging by the responses I’ve been getting, you’re not too sure either. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.