Interview with my barber
For as long as my wife can recall, I have groomed my hair a certain way – the standard cut of the last 100 years. Cut slightly short and parted down the side. Nothing spectacular. Clean and simple. Made popular in the twenties, the short cut paired with a clean shave pervaded the masculine style landscape at the time. Despite my hair thinning somewhat over the years, I have managed to keep it presentable.
A few months back, I interviewed my barber Peter. I picked his brain for ways to help the average guy with hairstyling. My first question: “What is the most important thing men need to know about hair?” He explained how most men do not understand the impact products have on hair. Many creams, shampoos, and styling sprays can stress your hair causing it to fall out, fray, and look bad.
Next, I asked about the biggest mistake men make and he again brought me back to use of the wrong products. Moving beyond hair products, he made the point that hairstyles affect a man’s overall look. With so many styles available, a man can add personality to his appearance in a variety of ways. He directed the conversation back to me inquiring about my willingness to try a new hairstyle. Now, I consider myself an open person, but after years of the same style, it took me a brief moment to respond. “Let’s do it,” I said, “what do you have in mind?” He proceeded to describe a more modern cut he would phase in over the next few visits. After a few cuts, we were ready to style…
Incorporate a little styling cream (gentle he assured me).
Sweep the hair in from both sides toward the middle and front.
Push it up in the front.
Viola! A smile creeps across my wife’s face. “I like it,” she said.
A vote of confidence. I plan to style my hair both ways going forward depending on my mood and itinerary. In addition, I will closely monitor the state of my hair loss as I do not want the styling cream to produce the wrong affect.
In the way I opened a new door for my appearance, I challenge you to contemplate a new look for your hair. I am not saying you have to get a Mohawk or dye your hair pink. Simply put, step out of your comfort zone a little. Flip through a magazine and mentally try on some of the men’s hairstyles you come across. Or, ask your barber for some ideas. At the end of the exercise, you can keep your hair the same if you deem it appropriate. On the other hand, you may discover a fresh new look. If you are considering a change, at the very least you might style your hair differently for a one month trial period. The update may surprise you with compliments.
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