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Apr. 12th, 2006

The whole longer-hair experiment (only 1 trim since August 2004) has been full of discoveries. How to properly tie a ponytail in one's own hair. How hard it is to not absent-mindedly remove knots. How to best keep hair out of your mouth.

Now, in allergy season, I got a new lesson thanks to hay fever. How long hair affects noseblowing and use of kleenex. No, I didn't sneeze all over my hair, but my usual sneeze technique tilts my head forward enough that hair starts coming around in front of my face. That made for an awkward moment.

I started growing out my hair for a couple of reasons. First was simply not finding the time or motivation to get a cut in the first place. Then once it was long enough, having compliments from my wife and a specific "look" I was aiming for were new goals to achieve. It's now long enough that it settles down my back into the gap between my shoulderblades. Way longer than it ever had been. It's about time to shorten up, I think. But to what? That may be a more interesting question.

- Pookah

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ceri_blue
Apr. 12th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Really?
I admit to being surprised that you would be thinking of cutting your hair right now. I would have thought, at the very least, you'd hold out until after GenCon/Odicon(sp????) for the inherent Miroku and Mantis-iness of the longer locks.

And hey, everyone has an opinion, and one person's opinion versus another doesn't mean much. I look back at your wedding pictures and think - gosh he really looked nice in those. Short hair makes him look younger. But hey, that's just me. I tend to like shorter hair on all but a few select guys who I think have both the hair type and face shape to pull off the ponytail look.
pookah
Apr. 12th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Really?
Yeah, it does take more effort to get the longer hair looking "good", and even then I think I'd be generally more comfortable with shorter hair, if not looking better. Catching the ends of my hair under my backpack strap is probably the most painful issue I've had with it. Everything else is just extra work or annoyance factor.

Still, I am considering the whole Miroku/Otakon thing. I considered that "mission accomplished" at Halloween. But Otakon is early August and is 3 warm months away. Given that it was at GenCon '04 that I got my last real short haircut ... it would be kinda nifty to get my hair cut in Indianapolis again at GenCon '06, and make it a full two year thing. If I can make it. I'm at the point where I'm looking forward to the cut. I'm not ready to do it now, but for some indefinite amount of soon. I'm going to mull it over for a while yet.

- Pookah
evadd4w6
Apr. 12th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
one word
MOHAWK!!!
pookah
Apr. 12th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm no Taxi Driver, I'm not a member of Rancid, and I'm not a Mad Max extra. Credit for creativity, but still filed under the Santino "original but..." category.

- Pookah
shoggoth1
Apr. 12th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Long hair is hard work
Or at least, it's a lot more work than short hair. I enjoyed having long hair for a while (8 years?), but I have to admit that the trim has done wonders for my hair maintenance habits. There were times that I really thought I looked good with the long hair, but there were alot of other times I couldn't keep it from frizzing out, or curl wierd in places, or just plain look terrible. It's hard to look "clean" with it.

That said, I think the longer hair looks pretty good on you. I'm much more used to the shorter hair, but you can pull off the longer version if you want to stick with it. Management issues, however, are a completely valid reason to cut it. It's the reason I did.
shoggoth1
Apr. 12th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, BTW...
If you want to grow it longer, I'd recommend getting regular trims. It may seem counterintuitive, but the hair actually grows alot faster if you trim off the dead ends periodically. It looks a whole hell of a lot better, and it will grow faster. If I'd known you weren't trimming it, I'd have said something; that may be why you only have it as long as you do after almost 2 years. Could be that your hair is just slow to grow--but I'm willing to bet it's the lack of trimming as well.

By trim, I mean just a quarter inch or so, just cleaning up the dead ends and straighting out the hair line in back and around. Not an inch or anything serious like that.
pookah
Apr. 14th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, BTW...
Then maybe that's the best plan for now, to get the ends trimmed. That'll give me a neater look for now without "cutting" my options.

- Pookah
wmtrainguy
Apr. 13th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
the long haired hippy kid
As I was known in high school...

ceri_blue's obvious preference for short hair aside, I have to admit I like the low to no maintenance of short hair. When my hair was long I had to wash it daily, or I looked like a grease-ball (which usually meant I looked like a greaseball...), and I really appreciate not having to worry about it when I get up in the morning. And then you throw in the annoyance factors, like hair in your face while driving, hair in your food, etc. etc. etc...

I think the biggest reason my hair ever gets long is because I just don't make the time to get it cut. But my laziness in avoiding the barber means more day to day work. Nothing worse than being lazy and making more work for yourself. Grrrrrr...
pookah
Apr. 14th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: the long haired hippy kid
Yeah, the annoyance factors have grown considerably. I'm pulling it back a lot, especially at work. I suffered through the hair-ends-in-eyes phase, so I've realized that sometimes it is just a bad length. Then longer or shorter isn't so bad. Maybe it's just some adjusting that needs to happen.

- Pookah
dasquish
Apr. 13th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
I've never been able to get any kind of length. I tried for a few weeks, but I looked like a greasy italian porn director when I did and it lasted about a month before I chopped it. I'm much better off with the buzzcut, and soon I plan to take it to the wax, once I figure out what to do with the beard.

Long hair looks okay on you. I actually prefer the shorter haired Pookah, but then I'm more than likely not your target audience. Perhaps if you were to go all out, get a really nice long ponytail and put it in a tight braid, that would look pretty awesome. ANother thing you can do is you are almost at the length where you can get it cut back to normal and give it to "Locks of Love" or some organization like that, with a quick trim and a few more months, you could get your hair cut short again AND be giving to a cool cause. WIN/WIN!
pookah
Apr. 14th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
See, I've rarely been able to do the beard thing right. I look good clean-shaven, look pretty good with the short stubble thing, but growing it out never looks right. At least, it never has yet with anything I've tried.

And even if you're not my target audience, I take all feedback. While my family has gotten a few laughs out of my hair, I've also heard that my uncle had his hair WAY down his back at one point. It would be fun to give him a run for his money on that one. But I also need to avoid giving them any hints that I might cut it until I make my decision or they might get very blunt with the suggestions.

- Pookah
rikkila
Apr. 13th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Length is not the only way to get hair cut.
I would suggest putting just a few layers in it to give it some personality. Long straight hair is a bit bland.
evadd4w6
Apr. 13th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
hair metal band blond hair extensions are the way to go, man..

i'm waiting for my hair to grow a little more, and then i can put it up in a topknot, like i did for the longest time
ceri_blue
Apr. 13th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
terrifying.....
pookah
Apr. 14th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Layers. Hmm. Food for thought. I think I'd need to see the difference in action to be able to make that call. I really am a hairstyle novice.

- Pookah
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