Long Hair for Men

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Once upon a time there was a man named Sampson. He had the most luxurious locks around. He was the envy of everyone, including the women, and especially one woman, Delilah.
Now Delilah had the hots for Sampson, but could not control him. The more she tried the more he resisted her until in her total frustration she decided to find out what made this man tick. She decided to find out what his weaknesses were and defeat him that way.
Delilah did find out Sampson's weakness, it happened to be his long hair and one night while he slept, Delilah chopped off his locks and thus took away all of his strength.
Most of us know the story of Sampson and Delilah. There have even been songs sung about them. It is fantasy of course that someone's strength could be in their hair or is it? Sampson certainly believed it, and I think if you asked most men with long hair they would tell you the same thing. They grow their hair long for a reason.
When I first met my boyfriend, his hair was pulled back in a ponytail. It was love at first sight! Now that was his strength! Not only do I like long hair on men, I wish I would see more of it.
Those long luxurious locks represent a time when razor and buzz cuts were unheard of and the more hair on your head, the more virility was portrayed. I believe that is true to this day.
But there is a dark time in our history when having long hair portrayed anti-patriotism, laziness and drug addiction. In the 1960s men let their hair grow in protest of the war in Vietnam and if they showed up at job interviews they were usually turned down with a lecture to go and cut their hair.
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I think it was a time when they were honestly trying to make a statement with their long hair. People were afraid of the long hair, and labeled people "Hippies", "freaks", "druggies", etc. Long hair never once said, "artistic", "gentle", "showing the feminine side", to anyone.
My uncle, a retired social worker, and a very conservative man, (or so we all thought), has joined the most elite "boys club" around, the motorcycle club, and it appears mandatory that you grow your hair long, your beard out and sport an earring. All this while his wife was yelling, "Keep the earring, get rid of the hair!" My uncle loves his little ponytail.
Look at Fabio; have you ever seen a more attractive man with long hair? And where do you think they get all those models for the covers of romantic novels?? They are real men, with real long hair. Fabio got his start this way.
Most of my friends are short hair connoisseurs. We do not agree on which hair length is the norm for men. I prefer a little style. They go with the flow... and style (short hair). A long ponytail, on a man, has never turned me off to a good conversation. I would say that about 5 of the 10 men I know personally have long, long hair and on certain occasions, when these friends are certainly feeling their strength, we will not want to cut it off. We won't be envious of it, and if we are lucky enough, we may see it come down.
JW       ©hairfinder.com
See also:
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