Posts Tagged ‘haircut’

Notes on losing my hair, voluntarily and otherwise

January 13, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Jan. 13, 2016

Around 18 years ago, I holed up in the bathroom of the house where I grew up and used an electric trimmer and a razor to shave off all my hair.

My parents were working on some project in the house whilst I did this and were completely unaware of my endeavor. When I emerged, newly bald, they were horrified; they seemed to think that I looked like a skinhead — a look, and a term, that I think they associated with racist neo-Nazis.

Later that day or soon afterward, I donned a trusty classic Stanford baseball cap and drove over to a local marketing firm where a couple of my friends worked. Uncharacteristically, I kept the hat on when I went inside. It took a few minutes before anyone noticed anything. (My friend J— said that she thought my hair was awfully short until she looked again and saw that I didn’t seem to have any hair at all.)

I felt a little self-conscious about my lack of hair, but that wore off. As it grew back in, I appeared to have a crew cut. The hair seemed bristly and coarse, but in fact it was extremely soft to the touch, like the fur of a puppy.

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Notes on my hair

January 12, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
Jan. 12, 2016

I wear my hair in two styles, which I’ll describe in a moment. Essentially the only picture I’ve ever seen of myself, or at least of my post-infant self, that hasn’t shown either of the two aforementioned hairstyles was one taken in elementary school, a school portrait. It showed me with a bowl cut, no part to be found. I think I look goofy in that picture, and I hate it.

My hair is dark brown now, if not actually black, and has been for years. When I was younger, however, my hair was different: It was blond, or at least dirty blond. That light(er) color in this elementary-school picture, and when I look at it, for a fleeting moment, I think I might be looking at a picture of my sibling, whose hair stayed lighter for far longer than mine.

Now, about those hairstyles. For as long as I can remember, when my hair is short, I have parted it on the left. One of my favorite pictures of myself is also a school portrait, taken I believe in junior high school, that I believe shows off this hairstyle to good effect.

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