Ya know what I love? I love a slightly outrageous moustache on a gent. Now, I know that out-there facial hair is all the rage with the hipster dudes right now, and I get a kick out of that, too. But mostly I’m referring to curly-tipped ‘staches on older guys, sculpted facial hair on dads, and the like. Because I see that kind of personal grooming decision as bold and brave, a cheeky way to tell the world, “Hey, I’m awesome. And maybe a bit eccentric. And I don’t care who knows it.”
Here are some of the advantages of a bold, brave, funky moustache that make me an envious lady:
- It is an everyday declaration of personal aesthetic preferences. This kind of facial hair takes commitment.
- On the flip side, it is impermanent. It can be removed completely, or altered dramatically with a little patience and skill.
- It can work on a vast array of body and face shapes, and still have appeal and impact.
- On an older man, it implies a sense of personal style that has been grown and cultivated over a lifetime of experiences.
- It conveys personal confidence. Instantly.
So. I’m unable to grow out my lady-‘stache to curly gloriousness, and that’s just fine … but I’ve come to realize that my short, asymmetric haircut serves a similar purpose. Nearly every week, a stranger stops me to compliment my on my hair, and I’m always flattered. But I think they might be seeing something besides a pleasing ‘do. A shaved-side asymmetric haircut with super wild curls on the non-shaved side isn’t mild or classic or understated. Like a slightly outrageous moustache, it declares aesthetic preferences, is impermanent, and conveys confidence. So perhaps it, too says, tells the world, “Hey, I’m awesome. And maybe a bit eccentric. And I don’t care who knows it.”
Not a statement that everyone wishes to make with their style or grooming choices, to be sure. But if you consider style to be one of your creative outlets or feel like you’re struggling to express the real you to the observing world, ponder a signature item, style, body mod, or haircut. Eventually, you’ll find just the thing. And when you do, it might just make you bolder and more confident in other areas of your life.
Though, perhaps, not quite as confident as this fella, who is so secure in his own awesomeness that he hung tiny Christmas ornaments on his ‘stache and let someone take his photo. For the local newspaper. Rock on, my good man, rock on.
Image courtesy Gilroy Dispatch.