high time Americans accept a first-world side effect of the COVID-19
pandemic, and I don't mean those blasted directional floor stickers
I can't navigate in the aisles at Walmart. No, I'm referring to male-pattern
At the risk of sounding like a narrow-minded, shortsighted, male chauvinist
invasive feral swine, the closure of hair salons during the COVID-19
pandemic has been a source of anxiety mainly for the fairer sex. (Dang!
There I go again!) But for men with profuse scalp shrubbery like mine,
the angst has been every bit as severe.
Unlike the barren belfries of my fellow kind-of-getting-oldish dudes
whose follicles have long since been liberated, my melon is still
at maximum occupancy. But rather than following the example of Brad
Pitt's or Keanu Reeves' studular locks, my dome loaf refuses to grow
in a stylish downward trajectory. Instead, it's as if my hair is constantly
turned on-and refuses to be cool about it. Not only that, but it expands
at a rate that makes my friends suspect I'm on a Rogaine IV drip.
Normally, I discipline my unruly shag by visiting the salon for a
good hedge trimming once every two weeks. But I haven't had my hair
"did" since Dr. Fauci and the Curve Flatteners started rockin' the
house. So now I basically have a rabid wolverine sheltering in place
on my skull. And no amount of Consort Extra Hold spray can tame this
Some of you might be wondering why I haven't asked my wife or one
of my three daughters to get out the pruning shears and give me a
homemade hack job. But based on my behavior for the past thirty years,
I'm reluctant to invite any of them to wield a sharp-edged instrument
within the vicinity of my face and neck.
There's also the option of just shaving it all off, but my baldscape
would probably resemble the rugged lunar surface due to an unfortunate
physical altercation I had with my big brother over the TV remote
when I was in high school-while he was wearing his unnecessarily massive
class ring. (That's what I blame it on, anyway-to make him feel guilty-which
Besides, my untamed pelt has kind of grown on me-literally. Sure,
it doesn't flow gracefully in the breeze like soft corn silk, but
I've gotten used to the way it undulates atop my coconut like a luscious
meringue when I walk.
Because my hair has developed a personality of its own, I've decided
to call it Hank. I'm not sure why. It just seems like a Hank.
You may have heard that in my home state of Texas, the governor has
allowed salons and barbershops to re-open in an attempt to make his
constituents look less like a huge tribe of Wookies. My own stylist,
however, is waiting a bit longer before she resumes taking appointments.
She told me she needs more time to evaluate the COVID-19 situation
in our area, but I think she's just afraid to face Hank.
And I don't blame her. Hank can be a little scary until you get used
to him. Recently, Hank woke me up in the middle of the night, startling
me out of my sleep as he explored my ear canals. In my hazy dream
state, I was afraid there might have been a colony of murder hornets
nesting in my aural cavities, but then I realized it was just Hank.
And I felt oddly comforted-like an old friend was tickling my lobules.
So for now, I'll try to enjoy the time I have left with Hank, watching
him grow up-and out. Who knows? Maybe I'll keep Hank, or at least
a version of him. But probably not. My head is hot and heavy. My neck
At some point, I'll have to give Hank his freedom. He is a wild animal,
after all. (At least he looks, acts and sometimes smells like one.)
Until then, I'll give Hank the same words of encouragement I'll give
"We're all in this together!"