I must pause for a moment to discuss MAN BUNS. You know, those knots of hair on the top of men’s heads? Sides of their heads shaven, but not too close. What I have determined is that there is a trend now. A man bun trend. Men, in their bohemian professionalism, let the middle part of their hair grow long and then tie it up. It looks like a Japanese Geisha girl’s up-do. Don’t get me wrong. I am not for or against these choices. I does feel however that those who procure these styles are wanting individuality, be we see clones on many downtown corners. Ironic. As they want to step outside the “norm”, it might just be that they become the NORM.
This style of man bun is in stark contrast to the buns of the men who populated my early years. The long, wild hair of those men were, I feel largely due to the fact that they could not afford haircuts or combs for that matter.
I grew up in the tofu eating, weed smoking, catching waves community of Santa Cruz, California. Birkenstocks abounded, jobs were optional and everyone loved a good day at the beach. The local college had a mascot of a banana slug and the coastal redwoods encircled. The man buns of this group sometimes included dreadlocks, but that is another conversation entirely.