Thursday, November 17, 2011

#2065 Forget the Hitler Youth, ask for the Hillary

Scott Schuman and his short back and sides. Photo: NY Times

As an ex-hairdressing apprentice, I think a lot about men's haircuts. I worked in salons for four years before moving onto menswear retail at the age of 20, but the way that guys wear their hair is something I often look at before travelling south to their clothing. Since the age of nine, I've gone through every possible incarnation and style – shaved, long, dreadlocks (albeit bad ones), straightened, coloured (blonde, black, chocolate brown, red, purple, blue), the mullet, the mul-hawk, the flat top and finally the classic short back and sides modelled on Edmund Hillary's overgrown version immortalised on the New Zealand five dollar bill. I first got the short back and sides in 2006 and have deviated from it only once since (with dire consequences). They say that guys reach a certain age and are forever fixed in a particular style, and as far as haircuts go, I'm there.

What's interesting to me is that every guy you see walking around town seems to have a variation of the short back and sides. Sure they might style it differently, have it faded up, long and curly on top, or dead straight and parted on the side, but it's the same classic cut that gentlemen have been wearing for decades. I'm not sure if it's the influence of Mad Men or a trickle-up effect of the return to tailored dressing, but it's a good looking non-trend trend that I hope will continue indefinitely.

A couple of days ago the New York Times ran a piece about a variation on the short back and sides that's being worn by everyone from Cole Mohr to Scott Schuman – buzzed on the sides and back, long on top, slicked with a dab of pomade. But here's the problem – it's apparently being referred to as the 'Hitler Youth' by distasteful clients. A great looking haircut with a God-awful name.

I have a politically correct solution that involves a change of just three letters: Ask for the 'Hillary'. Surely wearing a haircut in homage to the first man to climb Mt Everest is more palatable than the other option. The fact that he was a New Zealander is merely icing on the cake.

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10 comments:

Colin Mitchell said...

i kinda have this haircut crossed with a combover crossed with a tarantino forehead.

HE GOT A FOREHEAD JUST LIKE TYRA

lots of love colin... thanks for the FB love today homie!

thecelibategay said...

Mister Hindin Miller is there anything that you have not done or can't do!??  I am thinking about upgrading to a Hillary myself  (no not the Hillary Clinton!!)

Fashion Westie said...

Vote Yes on Hillary.

Nathália Gerber said...

There are so many different ways to name a haircut. Creativity instead of mediocrity. - Nath├ília Gerber

Nadine Armiger said...

In NZ this is a 'Sonny-Bill'.

isaaclikes said...

I'm going to have to disagree with you there, Nadine, Sonny Bill wears a faux-hawk.
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Banana Meet-Cute said...

I never noticed how good Edmund Hillary's hair is on the five dollar note. Thanks for the Bangable dudes in history alert!

Hannah McArdle said...

 best comment ever! X

Nadine Armiger said...

Because it's cut shorter higher up the sides? It certainly goes sideways from a part, not straight up.

Max said...

Sonny-Bill is far to young to get his own named haircut. Maybe you are related to those who also call this the 'Dane Rumble'.