Andre Sólo

Help Me Choose a New Haircut

For my entire adult life I’ve had long hair. For a while it was ponytail long, and then I switched to a medium long cut loosely influenced by Brad Pitt circa Spy Game.

Brad Pitt in Spy Game

Since then it’s gotten shorter bit by bit, for a few reasons. As an adventurer I find that my hair is always, always getting in my eyes—especially when sweating on a bike or soaked on a kayak. Having it shorter in the front helps, but it also looks way more awkward as it grows out. And frankly, I don’t like to spend a lot of time (well, any time) styling my hair. I can towel it dry and add one smear of product, but that’s my limit. That works about half the time.

The other half… well, I’m tired of looking like a cross between Austin Powers and Jemaine from the Conchords.

Maybe I should change my glasses.

Maybe I should change my glasses.

So the last couple times I’ve had my hair cut I went shorter and shorter, while retaining the same basic style. This time I think I’m finally ready to go full-on short hair.

Not buzz cut short, mind you. But I remember that as a teenager, the year before I decided to grow a pony tail, I had my hair done Caesar style (aka Clooney style) and it looked really, really good. So I’m thinking about going about that short or just a bit longer.

I’ve narrowed it down to two options and I’d like your input on which you think I’ll look better as. For reference, here’s how I look now:

Adventurer and philosopher Andre Solo in Guanajuato, Mexico

And here are the two options I’m deciding between:

Option 1:

Jaime Lannister Hait

Option 2:

Clooney Caesar Hair

“But André,” you might be saying. “Those are both the same haircut!”

I think you’re basically right. But it looks like Option 1 (Jaime Lannister) is slightly longer in the front. The Clooney (Option 2) is usually just mussed or let to hang down in front, whereas the Lannister is often spiked forward.

There are pros and cons to each one. That spiky front makes the Lannister more distinctive. I think it’s the sharper haircut, and if I had to pick a favorite it’d be this one. But I’ll probably have to do something to style it in the morning, which I already said I don’t like. And Jamie’s face is more angular than mine, so I can’t be sure how it’ll look on me until I try it.

Option 2 is a little more generic. You see it a lot more often than you see the Lannister. On the other hand, this is the exact hair style I looked so great with at 16… and Clooney’s face is shaped a lot like mine, so what you see is what you get. Plus, I’m pretty sure I could just crawl out of bed, run a hand through it, and I’m ready to go.

So the bottom line is I’d be happy with either one of these cuts, but for different reasons. So I’d really love a reader vote.

Which one do you think will look better on me?

 Please leave a comment and tell me why you voted the way you did!

Edited to addif you choose “other” and you don’t leave a comment to explain… that’s just mean.

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12 thoughts on “Help Me Choose a New Haircut

  1. Kenneth W. Johnson says:

    OMG! This is far too complicated and complex for a simple vote. If a journalist is to dwell on all aspects of life, what about hair color? What color is best? Do you dye pubic and underarm hair to match or have contrasting colors? What about shaving? Shave all areas with matching or contrasting designs? Actually if you spent more time thinking about your quest for spirituality, you might find that questions about hair, glasses, or names didn’t matter in the long run.

  2. Alien Mind Girl says:

    I go between short/long styles a lot. There is a real benefit to this because even if you know you don’t want to keep a style, you still get to try style A on the way to style B.

    My suggestion is this: Get the longer style first. Wear it for a 3-4 weeks. If it surprises you and you love it, keep it. If not, just chalk it up to “That Month I Had Crazy Hair” and go get the shorter style. This way you can try both (adventures in hair styling). If you get the short style first, it is usually harder to grow out to the long style.

    Another thing to consider is that the true benefit in longer styles (maintenance wise) is that they usually don’t need to be cut as often… not sure how often you will get to have haircuts on the road.

    • That’s an excellent plan AMG. I like the way you think.

      I did think about the more frequent haircuts. I suppose I’ll just have to be disciplined about getting one every 4-6 weeks, no exceptions.

  3. Willow Tree says:

    I still like long. pulled back in a pony tail at the base of your neck is easy and keeps the hair out of your eyes although it would need growing out time. hate both of the choices

    • I had a pony tail for years, and didn’t find it so easy in a outdoor setting. Sure you can pull it back, but it’s still getting into stuff. Plus it takes forever to clean if you’re doing sweaty grimy work all the time. I do appreciate the suggestion though… I miss my long hair sometimes.

  4. So the results are in… Lannister wins 12 : 6! Which pleases me pretty well, partly because it confirms my hunch that it’s the better hairstyle, and partly because, as AMG pointed out, if I don’t like it I can always switch to the Clooney but not vice versa.

    I have an appointment Thursday and I’ll have to explain what I want in Spanish. I’ll take pictures.

    Thanks everyone who voted!

  5. I think that (as much as the process to get to that point sucks) growing your hair out to be able to be tied would be the most manageable. I say this because you can have it out of your face with ease, and you’d not have to worry about managing a style while adventuring. Just my thoughts.

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