There really aren’t too many of us these days: long-haired freaky looking guys. Especially those of us who aren’t that freaky. We grow up, get respectable jobs or just loose our follicles. Society eventually molds us to its will.
Or does it?
A funny thing happened on my way to respectability. I found out I just wasn’t that corporate. And I decided that in honor of my brothers who no longer can, if I can grow my hair, I should.
So here I am once again in familiar territory; the end of the dreaded in-between stage where you can’t pull all your hair into a ponytail so most of the time it looks like a mop in a light socket. “Push through,” I tell myself. “Wear a hat.” Oh yes, that doesn’t work either; my hair makes it slide up my head. “Push through.”
Now I’m nearing the end. I’m able to wave my “freak flag” with pride. Kind of funny for those of us (again) who just aren’t that freaky…but I can remember when I was, maaaaan!
So eventually I have to put on a hard hat, a necessary accompaniment of my chosen occupation. Personal protective equipment is everyone’s responsibility. I always want to return home with all my faculties, sans a piece of drill pipe in my head.
And, Spring is here along with a reminder that the heat is coming. Time to bring out the legionnaires hat for sun protection. I broke out in sweat this week. Remember that sticky, salty perspiration that makes hair stick to the back of your neck? And forehead? And wherever else it can reach?
Which brings me in a roundabout way to the point of this musing. I somewhat accidentally discovered the continual twisting of a pony tail will eventually roll up into a bun. And double-wrap a hair band around said bun and it is almost like a temporary shearing. Amazing! And, it fits around the inside straps of a hard hat. Tremendous!
But here’s the deal. Not since the time of the Samurai have hair buns been cool when worn by men. However, being the trendsetter that I’ve never been, I don’t mind stepping out there in an effort to – as in the days of the great sworded, martial arts warriors of old – make hair buns cool for men.
So, here is where I need your help. I need a cool name for the “man-bun” because man-bun just is not going to cut it, so to speak. So keep it clean and send your suggestions on a cool name for the man-bun. Help me make this thing as respectable as possible, okay?