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Mark Atwood
Long Hair
Growing up in a somewhat conservative family in a very conservative culture, I've always had short hair. Not as short as my Dad's hair was he was a boy (when he turned 19 and left for his LDS mission to Australia, he actually had to grow his out to get it into "mission spec", i.e., long enough to part), but still usually shorter than "society norm". Especially in the 70s, when somewhat longer male hair went mainstream.

My 2 sisters grew up with long hair, for about the same reason the hair on their brothers was kept short (cultural conservatism). I remember when my youngest sister got hers cut shorter, and to this day she wears hers somewhat shorter, a bob cut, while my other sister still wears hers a little longer. (My younger brother today keeps his head tightly buzzed but not shaved, and my youngest brother wears his pretty to mission standard.)

A few years ago I started going shorter, having it buzzed almost transparent on the back and sides, and just barely part-able on top. But now I'm trying something different. My last "haircut" was in December, just before the holidays. The funny thing is, most people when they notice the change, they don't ask if I'm growing it, they ask if I've cut it! Heh.

I had it trimmed last week at the Patrick Bear Salon, selected on the advice of a friend (who also wears his hair long), not trimmed to shorten it, but trimmed to clean it up. It looks a lot better.

I've started looking more closely at the hair of other long haired men, to see how they groom it. However, I don't want a mullet. A mullet looks decent on some of my friends, but I don't want it on mine.

It's almost but not quite yet long enough to tie back. But it will be in a few more months.

The experiment is, how long will it get? The limiting factors will be either it's natural length, or when I wake up some morning and decide that it's got to go.
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jatg From: jatg Date: May 5th, 2003 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Long hair

I did not grow up with long hair! I had it whacked really short when I was 6!
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: May 7th, 2003 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but recall, I was 10 at the time, and I recall still the several years before that when you and our sister had the same haircut.
xenologue From: xenologue Date: May 5th, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)


... show us a picture, then!

You guys should see my hair. It's long and purty. :) I want it long enough to put it in a single braid... double if I feel silly.

jatg From: jatg Date: May 5th, 2003 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: May 7th, 2003 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'll hold off on sharing pictures of it for at least a few more months, until it gets long enough to tie a ribbon in it. (A black ribbon, of course...)
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