: Well, perception is everything. Our fathers
: put the military behind them but generally
: not the haircuts. That did not change until
: the 70's. We had everybody from white blue
: collar to white upper middle class in my
: grammar schools and basically everybody
: found money to get haircuts. They were not
: very expensive. And it was Southern
: California, so lots of fathers worked in
: aerospace-flattops and crewcuts abounded.
: Our Presbyterian minister had a great
: flattop. All changed after 1970, but in Los
: Angeles parents would gladly pay to keep
: their sons from growing their hair. My high
: school Dean of Boys even required a
: "deviant" card be on you at all
: times if your hair was even over your ears.
: And that was already the early 70's.
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: You lived in a very different place that I
: did. Kids went as long a they could between
: haircuts for economic reasons. I lived in a
: typical middle class neighborhood on the
: East Coast, suburb of New York City. There
: were a lot of barbershops, basically one in
: every neighborhood. Some kids had crews and
: flats, some "regulars." Most of
: our dads had been in either WWII or Korea,
: but they put that part of their lives behind
: them. Athletes most often got crews or flats
: during their season, out often grew it out
: after. If a kid got in with a ad crowd or
: ad grades, sometime they would get a
: punishment short haircut to straighten them
: out. When long hair came in, different
: school districts and different communities
: handled it in different ways, but it
: eventually became so prevalent that kids,
: being kids and needing to fit in, wanted to
: look like their peers. In a way, it is cool
: to have lived through the full cycle and to
: still have a pretty good head of hair to e
: able to now go between longer and shorter
: haircuts and to have good barbers to choose
: between once again.
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: Every once and a while I check in and look
: posts. It's generally all interesting. But
: I get the impression that maybe the majority
: of guys here are too young to have
: experienced what U.S. barbershops were like
: before say, the 1970's. In the blue collar
: suburbs around LA say, where one side of my
: family was from, there was a barbershop on
: about every second or third block. Most
: were not that large.
: These were white, working class
: neighborhoods where going to the shop was
: either a once a week or maximum length
: between haircuts maybe every two weeks.
: (That was my Dad's rule for my brother's and
: I.) Elder males would scope you out when
: you came back from a cut and criticize it
: the sides were not short enough. My Dad sent
: us back more than once for more work if he
: thought we did not make the grade. And the
: barbers would do it, no questions asked.
: Among adult men it was like a syndicate.
: When teenage boys started growing their hair
: in the 60's all the Dads and older men would
: sometimes try and make a big deal out of it.
: Looming behind all of this was the threat
: of being labeled effeminate. Nobody wanted
: that label (although ultimately that one ran
: out of steam when the local high school
: coaches dared to grow hair over their ears.)
: Even into the 70's odds were good your PE
: coach sported a butch or a flattop. The
: good old days if you liked seeing other
: dudes with short hair. And it did not mean
: you were gay. It was just sort of a comfort
: thing for a lot of men. Many never got used
: to long hair. No matter how many males were
: wearing it.
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