When I left home for college, one of my biggest (and most secret) fears was that I would never find a place to get a proper haircut in a new city—I had the same stylist (I use that word purposely) for 18 years of my life. Our doctor-patient relationship was so good, she even came to my high school graduation party. Thanks Darlene.
Anyway, after I moved to the university it took an exhaustive six month search, included three botched haircuts and two or three 240 mile drives home to see Darlene, before I found a new stylist closer to where I lived: Christie. I was quite happy with Christie’s work, but the day following my initial visit, the hair salon, and the entirety of the eight story building it was in, burned to the ground.
I’ve been a bit more cautious with my hair stylist decisions since.
Fast forward to my two-year trip around-the world, living a lifestyle that has me in any given place one day, and gone the next. How in the world is a man supposed to get his hair cut under these circumstances?
Of all the reoccuring comments I seem to get from my friends back home, the most common reaction is best represented by that of my former girlfriend Becky, who recently wrote on my Facebook Wall: “Who is that man with the long hair in your profile picture?”
It’s hard for me to judge whether its time to get my haircut, because in a normal setting your friends might remind you, but since I move to a new place nearly everyday, there’s no one around to tell me.
Actually, that’s a terrible excuse. The main reason I haven’t cut my hair is that I never learned to say ‘please cut my hair’ in Chinese, Tibetan, Hindi, Kazakh, Czech, Germany, Swahili, etc, etc.
Ok, that’s a lie too, actually I’m scared and, the truth of the matter is, I have absolutely no fashion sense (seriously, check out my photos, I’ve been wearing the same 4 outfits for 18 months).
So, I’ve decided to turn it over to you, dear readers, to vote and comment on the debate: Should Andy cut his hair, and if so, short, long, or in between.
So please review photos from the past 7 months (the last time I had my haircut) which follow, and leave your vote and thoughts in the comment box below.