Flashback Friday: Just a bit off the top

LeSombre recently asked a question on his blog that led to me deciding to repost this entry from March of 2008. (It also led to the creation of a new category for my blog: Flashback Friday.)

Back around Christmas time I decided to skip my irregularly scheduled — but fairly frequent — hair cut and let my hair grow out for a while. It has been many years since my hair has been more than a couple of inches long. Very soon after that, I also decided that I would let it grow out until after our spring break ski trip, at which point I would shave my head.

Now, I usually get my hair cut fairly short (a “2” on the clippers) and I got it particularly short a summer or two ago (a “1”), but I’ve never “gone all the way” with the clippers and certainly never taken a razor to it — until now.

Below are some before and after pictures — there are more in the album. [Edit: No, there are now just those four.]

Please excuse the quality of the profiles in particular — it’s amazingly difficult to hand-hold a profile shot of yourself, and they looked reasonably good on-camera.


Before shaving head -- front Before shaving head -- side


After shaving head -- front After shaving head -- side

I like it, but a week later I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it shaved (I haven’t so far and it’s pretty close to “1” length already).


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  1. #1 by Amber on August 28, 2009 - 1:34 am

    Wow… I think it looks much better shaved!!!

    But… my fiance shaves his head so I’m a *little* partial lol.

    I think it depends on what your comfort level is, but shaved is my vote!


    • #2 by Ren on August 31, 2009 - 1:56 pm

      Amber – I like it much better shaved, though this isn’t really a fair comparison as I generally keep it much shorter than in the first pictures. I’m not sure I like it enough shaved to justify the effort of keeping it that way.


  2. #3 by Sarah on August 28, 2009 - 2:07 am

    The whole time I’m reading this all I’m thinking is, “what did his hair look like in Santa Fe?”

    I have the worst memory ever.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Cranky =-.


    • #4 by Ren on August 31, 2009 - 1:58 pm

      Sarah – I’ve been really behind on posting photos this summer — I haven’t finished April yet. I got two events processed this weekend, bringing me up to Santa Fe pics as the next ones to process. Then, you can be reminded. 🙂


  3. #5 by kapgar on August 28, 2009 - 8:13 am

    While I dig the look, can I suggest not wearing brightly colored shirts like that? The second set looks like a pair of mugshots complete with prison jumpsuit.


    • #6 by Ren on August 31, 2009 - 1:59 pm

      kapgar – I see what you mean, though the shirt isn’t as bright as it looks in those photos. It’s actually a burnt orange Texas Longhorns shirt, one of many that I have and wear.


  4. #7 by LeSombre on August 28, 2009 - 10:18 am

    You rock the chrome dome buddy. W00t.

    .-= LeSombre´s last blog ..Insulted =-.


    • #8 by Ren on August 31, 2009 - 2:00 pm

      LeSombre – Thanks! I’m thinking I’ll wait for spring to try it again, though.


  5. #9 by Dave2 on August 28, 2009 - 10:24 am

    That Ren is so hot right now.
    .-= Dave2´s last blog ..Calories =-.


    • #10 by Ren on August 31, 2009 - 2:01 pm

      Dave2 – Just trying to keep up with you — unsuccessfully, I expect. 🙂


  6. #11 by Ren on August 28, 2009 - 2:56 pm

    I completely forgot that I wanted to mention that this was my 300th post! Although, I feel like I should discount a bunch of the early ones that were just meant as RSS updates of my online photo albums. But that’s too much work.


  7. #12 by kilax on August 28, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    I like both looks. I especially love bald men. I was going to say the same as kapgar.

    Congrats on the 300!
    .-= kilax´s last blog ..Friday Question #77 =-.


    • #13 by Ren on August 31, 2009 - 2:05 pm

      kilax – Thanks! Oh, and it occurs to me that I should mention that I don’t normally sport a full beard, either. Sometimes I let it grow in for the winter, but usually I have a Goatee (a Van Dyke, technically).


  8. #14 by whall on September 1, 2009 - 10:35 pm

    I’ve REALLY been thinking of a Flashback Friday style thing, because come on. really. I have some GREAT stuff in my archives.

    Oh yeah, hair. I like the between look – not long and not shaved.
    .-= whall´s last blog ..Loving the technology =-.


    • #15 by Ren on September 2, 2009 - 11:09 am

      whall – I agree that you have some gems in your archives.

      I like the short look as well, which as you know, is how I normally keep it.


  9. #16 by Faiqa on September 2, 2009 - 9:09 am

    OMG!! That first set looks like a young, modern version of Ulysses S. Grant.
    Take a look – http://www.sonofthesouth.net/union-generals/ulysses-s-grant/pictures-ulysses-grant.htm

    It’s a COMPLIMENT.

    The second set looks like you should probably pay one of those companies that does background checks so that TSA actually lets you get on the plane.

    That, too, was a COMPLIMENT. 🙂
    .-= Faiqa´s last blog ..Back To School: A Prayer =-.


    • #17 by Ren on September 2, 2009 - 11:10 am

      Faiqa – This comment had me cracking up! Thanks. 🙂


  10. #18 by karla on September 9, 2009 - 5:11 am

    After. After totally works. You look a lot younger!

    But then, I like baldies too.


    • #19 by Ren on September 11, 2009 - 4:15 pm

      karla – I bet it just reminds you of that last look of your old flat. 🙂


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