I’m an avid men’s fashion magazine reader. I prefer Esquire to Cosmopolitan and GQ to Glamour. Maybe it’s because I have two sons and one grandson, or because I have a passion for well-dressed men and worked in the men’s clothing industry for many years.
This month’s GQ has posed the question: “do you have the spine (and head) to pull off the buzz cut?” Obviously, the question is for dudes, but there are some chicks out there who look amazing with a shaved head. (Google Gail Ann Dorsey, for instance.)
“There’s something freeing about shaving your head. It’s as if you’re shearing off all the anxieties and other crap that have been weighing you down. It’s a clean start. A statement.
And it physically feels good, especially in the dead of summer. No more product, no more itching in the heat. Climb out of the pool, run your hand over your bristly scalp, and beads of water flick into the sunlight. That’s it—you’re done, you’re dry.
Over the past several years, I’ve looked forward to shaving my head each summer. It’s become an annual rite of vanity—makes me feel a bit younger, a bit more in control, and who knows, maybe even a bit hipper. It gives me the confidence to dress more stylishly. Because when you’ve got a clean buzz, no one is going to mistake you for a middle-management schlub. You might not look exactly like Zinédine Zidane or Beckham, but you can trick yourself into believing you’re heading in that direction.
And lame as this might sound, when you’ve got a full-time office job, a wife, a kid, and a mortgage, there’s not a lot you can do to give your life a kick in the pants. A shaved head is my small—cheap and easy—way of doing that.”
Think about the handsome men out there with the buzz cut; Brad Pitt in Fight Club, and David Beckham and of course, Jason Statham up there. Oh, and that dude with the pale green eyes? My eldest son, Alex.
Yeah, yeah. I’m biased and it’s a complete case of blatant nepotism splashing his photo here, but I think it proves a point. The buzz cut can be for real men–not just celebrities. (And yes, Alex’s eyes really are that color.)