The bizarre trend of the high and tight haircut

Since I’d like this blog to blend some of my personal life too, I thought why not talk about motherly issues such as when your son gets a bizarre haircut!

My son David is 19 years old and is currently studying Computer Engineering at university. He has always been an A student and his A-levels were Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English. I’m very proud of him and I know that he can accomplish great things in the future if he puts his mind to it. However he is also easily influenced by peer pressure, and while at university he jumped into a bizarre trend known as the high and tight haircut.

From what I understand, the high and tight haircut is a hairstyle trend that is about having very short hair on your head and shaving or clipping the sides of the head. You are basically left with a small square of very short hair, just enough hair on the head to not be bald and that’s it. In some way it imitates the old haircuts of the Amerindian tribes like the Mohawk, and while I am open to fashion trends and hairstyle trends, there comes a point in which a hairstyle just look stupid and takes away from who you are. According to the quoted website, the high and tight haircut is a military haircut. Nobody else has a high and tight haircut, it’s just a haircut made for going to war. How on Earth that hairstyle trend came about in the UK, I have no idea, but it’s not the kind of extreme hair style that young men with a brilliant future ahead should be getting.

David is a handsome young man. Well I certainly say that in part because he is my son, but he is truly a beautiful man with the personality to go. He has great hair and looks very handsome with the short hairstyles that he has had until he came back during Christmas with that high and tight hairstyle. My husband and I have tried to convince him to grow the shaved parts of his head a little, but he simply won’t listen. He is even growing now a dirty-looking beard as part of this high and tight is to grow a long beard. I’ve also seen that trend here in Hendon and Newcastle.

I’m baffled at the extremes that young men will go to fit into a group and how they give in to peer pressure. Perhaps it’s again my side as a mother wanting to get back my handsome son and not some dirty-looking skinhead. He has also started smoking — neither my husband or I have ever smoked — and he got a weird spiral tattoo on his right forearm. Sigh…

Other than that skinhead haircut known as the high and tight, the shaving of half of his head while growing an unkempt beard and the tattooing and smoking, David has continued to get top grades at university. He is now in his second year and he has never failed to give anything less than Honours grades. In the meantime, my husband and I will continue to slowly try to convince him to go back to his wholesome and handsome looks. A worried mother can only hope so…

Margaret

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