How Often Is Your Hair the Perfect Length?

I’ve spent a significant portion of my life waiting for things to be the right length, and I’ve recently decided to make a change.

I have two examples of this, one of which I solved a while ago. The first is that when I was growing up, my parents would often obtain clothes (lots of hand-me-downs, some homemade clothes, and others from Goodwill and Marshalls’–we were a frugal family) that I would “grow into.”

I understand the logic of this, but it meant that most of my clothes were oversized. In fact, I never grew into most of my clothes, partially due to me wanting to wear less baggy clothes, and partially because I never had a huge growth spurt (I’m 5’10” now).

Of course, at a certain point I stopped growing, so only having clothes I would grow into no longer became an issue.

That leaves haircuts. Haircuts for guys are a tricky thing, because you can either (a) get your hair cut too short, and eventually it’ll grow to the length you really want it for maybe a week before it grows too long and you get it cut again or (b) get your hair cut the exact length you want it, but then within a week or so it’s too long, and then it gets much too long because you don’t want to get a hair cut a few weeks after the last cut.

While this is very low on the list of first-world problems, it has been a minor annoyance for most of my life. But then one day I realized something while reading about a movie production. Scenes in movies are shot out of order of the span of many months, so for continuity the actors need to get frequent haircuts from the on-set stylists.

I don’t have a personal stylist, but I do have my own razor. So I decided to start cutting my own hair–something I’ve done on occasion for many years–every few weeks. That way my hair is pretty much always the length I prefer.

I know this is a little thing, but little things often make a big difference in terms of how we feel about ourselves. Plus, there’s a sense of empowerment to it. I was worried this habit would be time consuming, but I’ve gotten it down to about 10-15 minutes. Not bad at all.

This came to mind for a blog post because my 3-week cut came up the other day (see photo here).

Can you relate to this? The idea of hair growing in, growing into clothes, etc?


One Response to “How Often Is Your Hair the Perfect Length?”

  1. Daniel Newman says:

    i’ve been cutting my own hair for years (most of that was just buzzing it down to 1/8″ all over, but lately i’ve been just doing the sides and back and letting the top grow long). it’s definitely empowering. my subconscious reminds me to cut my hair, too – i often have dreams about my hair growing fast or way too long around the time i’m overdue for a trim. and i always feel way better after i take the time to do it.

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