Hair Styles as a public good
The normal method for determining hair styles is slightly inverted. We think about what we think makes us look good and we ask the people cutting our hair to create hat look. Usually, this is done through the eye of the person who is wearing the hair style, what it is they think looks good or appropriate for them. However, unless this person is obsessed with there appearance, it is quite likely that other people will be looking at their hair much more than they will be. So shouldn’t these observers be deciding how it should be cut?
It took something over 48 hours for me to look at my most recent hair cut. Rob Jones grabbed my hand and put me in front of a mirror. i get that this is a bit odd. As a regular practice i dont spend very much time in front of a mirror, i dont look at myself when i brush my teeth (which people also find odd). And because this haircut was especially dramatic, i was curious how long it would take for me to find myself in front of a mirror inspecting it.
People ask me why i decided to cut my hair so short. It was not actually me who decided. I have a fairly long history of other people having unusual influence over my hair, often frustrated intimates saying “i am going to cut your hair” and doing it.
And the more i think about it, the more i think this is the way it should be.