Respect the Combover

In Celebrate by El Rubio9 Comments

And Other Shorthairs

You know the combover. It’s a long hairstyle for men, of sorts, typically employed by persons experiencing male pattern baldness. When hair no longer grows on the top of the scalp, but the remaining hair grows in a ring around the sides, long enough to comb it over the top, thus concealing the hairless, shining crown.

Popularized by Woody Harrelson’s and Bill Murray’s characters in the hit family classic, “Kingpin,” the combover has gotten more than it’s fair share of criticism over the years. But does it really deserve all the bad press?

 

Some might call it a desperate attempt to cling to the last bit of flow, or even youth. Some might say to just cut it, let go, embrace the fact you’re going bald.

We reject that notion. We think you should hang on until to the bitter end—if that’s what you want and what makes you feel good about the whole situation. In the words of Joseph Knowles, “I’m doing what I can with what I’ve got.”

We don’t just respect the combover, but all hair styles and configurations, even the oddly conspicuous undercut. Respect goes beyond any particular hairstyle, even to guys who can’t grow their hair at all, for whatever reason.

The fact is, some guys simply can’t grow their hair out. He might have a job that prevents him from growing it, or a wife or girlfriend who prohibits any growth beyond the ears. He may simply be folically challenged, like our combover fellows.

We understand. And not only do we respect these alternate hairstyles, they can be “in the club” too, so to speak. Here’s why.

First of all, anyone who’s had long hair is automatically in. If you had it, you earned it. You made it through awkward stage hair. If you’ve left the ranks, we hope you return. Even if you don’t, you get to hold the title for life.

But even guys who’ve never had it, because it’s more than just the hair. It’s about what it means to have long hair. For us, that includes:

  • Willingness to be different
  • Ignoring the naysayers
  • Confidence in yourself
“I’m doing what I can with what I’ve got.” Joseph Knowles

It’s about choosing unconventional, in a conventional world.

That’s not to say the conventional world is a terrible thing. There’s a reason it’s conventional, that’s because it works for a lot of people. Conventions are built by good-meaning folks who’ve tread the tried and true path, albeit via the safe route.

It’s not about disdain for the conventional, or even the convention, but embracing being different. Like Frank said…I did it my way.

Even if you don’t have the slow beach exit hair whip in your arsenal, or you can’t quite throw it down for Hair Whip Wednesday, you can still be different and unconventional.

That could mean starting the YouTube channel you’ve been thinking about, getting that tattoo you always wanted, striking out on your own independent career path, or traveling the world instead of taking a corporate job. Shoot, the beard guys have their whole thing going. It could just mean a willingness to be different.

Simply put: if you subscribe to the notion that you don’t have to live a conventional life we’re made to believe we’re supposed to;

if you have the courage to be different;

if you’re down to let it ride…

You’re in.

Whether it’s the combover, the full cue ball, or even the undercut, let’s show respect to all. And remember…

Long hair lives in the heart.

Are you a longhair at heart? Tell us about it.

“I did it my way” Frank

Comments

  1. I started by saying I was gonna grow my hair out until I was 50, which was 10 months away; well, I didn’t quit and am approaching 20 months. It’ll be two years in August! It’s my first foray into the long hair lifestyle and totally dig being “the guy with the hair.” Set it free and rock on!

  2. People that have that can just get extensions or a wig, toupee, and even that spray stuff that makes it look like they have hair. They have hair repairing or regrowing stuff to help restore it, they have surgerys where they surgically put someone else’s scalp on yours and hair grows from it.

  3. if you suffer of a andro-genetic alopecia, the only ways to reverse it can be minoxidil our androcur, but with side effects on the erectile function
    when the case is moderate, the spray stuff ( or any clay) can help a little, but aren’t miraculous
    for the wigs or toupee, much men cannot accept them on their head for they are not own in their mind
    that’s why much older men prefer wearing natural combover

  4. Hey Guys !
    I think you should do a topic on guys with longhairs who have a high frontal ligne around the frontal lobes.
    Personnaly, my BIGGEST fear is to have alopecia. I’m 34 years old soon, for now I don’t loose my hair but I do have a natural high hairline just at the frontal lobes. My GF keeps reassuring me saying it doesn’t show and that it is NOT a problem, but I’m still very self-conscious about that…
    Once in a while I spot a longhair dude on the street with, sometimes, a definately more higher hairline or even starting to loose his hair, but even though, it may looks great at times, so it boosts up my confidence in myself.
    For exemple the lead singer/musician QUORTHON in the viking-metal band Bathory. The dude had (he’s passed away now) the most beautiful hairs, with a pretty high frontal line particularly around the frontal lobes. Check him out on google images.
    So if guys with longhairs, who have this type of “problem”, may it be natural or from an alopecia trouble, wish to post their pictures, or simply tell their story, or feelings about it, that would be awesome !
    ^^
    Cheers !
    JF

    1. Author

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment Jeff, sounds like this topic was on track. Hopefully we get some response from the community.

      Regardless of what happens, in the words of Joe Knowles, “confidence is your best accessory.”

      PS: QUORTHON looks like a badass!

  5. @ El Rubio: thank you amigo ! Yep Quorthon was badass… And a very nice, peaceful guy from what I heard, Very different from the satanic weirdo fans with which he had to cope regularly…

    Anyway, changing the subject quickly, I thought a topic on natural products to take care of your hair and/or speed up the growth could be a good idea..?
    Recently on thelonghairs.us a guy posted a link to a blog (that seems to no longer exists but the videos are still available on youtube), it’s called: Les cheveux de Mini. Being french myself, I went and had a look at the videos. The girl has great advices, and is quite nice to listen to.
    Right now, I’m trying a method she talked about to accelerate the growth, apparently it really works, she doubled her natural hair growing speed (it went to 2,16cm /month !), it is very simple, just extract the juice from ginger roots (mixing it with water is ok too but you won’t be able to keep it long in the fridge), then massage your scalp with it and let it pose for 10-20 min. Then rince it, and shampoo.
    IF the ginger feel too hot on your scalp, then you have a very sensitive skin so avoid this method.
    Coconut milk may work better for you.
    Just a simple recipe I wanted to share with you ^^

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