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Hair Today…Gone Tomorrow !

By Pradyut Hande

 In today’s times, experimenting with one’s hairstyle seems to have become the norm, a real craze amongst scores of males across the globe of varied age groups, shapes, sizes & backgrounds. Men probably now spend more time fretting over their hair in the saloons, in the quest to get that ‘perfect’ look, borrowing hair-styling tips from their favorite footballers & movie stars. Men’s hair shampoos, conditioners, gels & mousse are making their ways from the town’s most expensive cosmetic stores to the dressing tables unceasingly, much to the chagrin of the ladies (read mothers/wives/girlfriends)! Hence, I have christened this new craze as THOSe – the Excessive Hairstyling Obsession Syndrome & I am no exception to this craze, like many other adolescents my age!

Changing hairstyles every few months, I daresay, has now become second nature to me. I have sported numerous looks in the past few years. The crew cut, the spiked-gelled look, the streaked Mohawk, the long-haired-Jesus look a la formerly Mr. Dhoni, the ‘buzz’ inspired by footballing phenom David Beckham. You name it & I’ve probably sported it. What amuses me is the kind of public response I elicit, ranging from wide-eyed 'oohs' & 'aahs' to “You’re-lookin'-cool” sort of comments to open mouthed gaping elders with their faces at most times registering a mixture of shock & incredulity! On such occasions I’ve had to explain to them with a great deal of bemusement that it was the “in” thing – the latest trend. My parents though have accepted this habit of mine with dignity & big heartedness. However, my Mother was not particularly chuffed about my streaked Mohawk – a strict no-no in the future. Most of my hairdos have garnered a ‘positive’ response, or so I would like to believe. However, there have also been experiments that have gone hopelessly awry! But this is the age to experiment, is’nt it?

As I’m nearing the end of this article, I’ve just recalled that my Father had asked (read pleaded) me to get a ‘proper’ haircut for the umpteenth time this morning. So I guess I shall have to sign off “hair”!

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Pradyut Hande
The Writer is presently pursuing his Bachelors in Business Administration at NMIMS, Mumbai. He attempts to address myriad issues of both domestic and global consequence, ranging from Business and Economics to Geopolitics...from Sports to Arts and Culture. He is also a keen Debater, Munner, Quizzer, Painter and Amateur Freestyle Rapper.


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