Saturday, June 18, 2011

Homey Needs a Haircut

If you're older than 20 you'll probably remember the TV series In Living Color (1990-1994).  One of the many popular characters on the series was Homey D. Clown played by Damon Wayans.  Homey was a clown with big hair and few redeeming qualities.

I have my own hair and personality issues but since this blog is about haircuts let's focus on that.  A discussion of my personal failings will have to wait.

This is a picture of me when I was in high school.  You can bet that I'm very proud of my disco era style and fashion sense.  Thank goodness I can't find my 10th grade yearbook picture.  I had really big hair for that one!

Homey Needs a Haircut
While obviously stylish, I've found that the big hair look is less than optimum with regard to staying cool and being aero.  Afro yes - Aero no!  I'm sure that wind-tunnel testing would verify my findings.  All that hair is really hot too.  On a recent ride it was very hot and I was unable to maintain the pace of the group.  As you can see in the next image, the temperature was up to 96-degrees at one point that day.

The Car Temperature Showing 96-Degrees
So, as you can see, I have curly hair and as it grows long it also grows out.  It can get a bit "fro-ish" so, whenever my hair gets too long my wife says "Homey needs a haircut".  To stay cool in the summer I try to keep it cut short.  I also try to get a haircut before an important race.  I think I'm not the only one.  When I ran the 2011 Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida last March I noticed a lot of dudes that had obviously taken a trip to the barber in the days preceding the race.  You can't blame them with the high humidity, not to mention all the cameras.

I got as short a haircut as was aesthetically acceptable by my hair stylist this past spring before the Gulf Coast Triathlon on May 7th.  I was surprised, as a native of Florida, that I got sunburned on the top of my head on race day.  This may have been a result of my haircut or the fact that my hair is slightly thinning.
Manuel's Hair LTD. Sign
Manuel's (not my truck or motorcycle)
The Before Shot
Manuel, Monica, Brittany, and Me Before my Haircut
The Bare Spot is Still There
The After shot
Susan standing beside Manuel's Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
I rode in a Southern Crescent Cycling Wednesday evening group ride after getting my haircut and I kicked butt.  The point of this blog is that whether it's getting $2,000 carbon disc rear wheel or a $20 haircut both will help your performance.  I can afford a haircut, the rear disc, not so much!

Thanks for reading.