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Julia Kristeva wrote about the horror of Abjection, when the body that formally was considered a unified whole is disturbing to see/touch when the parts are separated. Or it can be really funny, as can be seen when this gentleman pranks (YT) his friends by making a wig of his own hair. via reddit
posted by saucysault (46 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite

 
I wish I still had the ability to grow enough hair over any length of time to actually do this.
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:29 AM on July 6, 2012


This was absolutely the best possible way to frame this post.

I haven't gotten my hair cut for awhile. Considering this now.
posted by dismas at 9:31 AM on July 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


I once shaved all my hair off and went from 12 inches to bald overnight. The next day at work I got a genuine, organic triple take. It was great.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:32 AM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"You made your own wig?"
"Yeah."
"Why?"
"So I could put it on my head and trick people."
posted by uncleozzy at 9:35 AM on July 6, 2012 [16 favorites]


Deleuze and Guattari's Mille plateaux sought to contextualize and justify the non-hierarchical "schizophrenic" or rhizomatic mind, much like this crazy cat flipping out at a mirror
posted by theodolite at 9:39 AM on July 6, 2012 [26 favorites]


I went from this to this just before new years, and my girlfriend at the time proceeded to walk past me at the airport when I was picking her up.
posted by mrzarquon at 9:43 AM on July 6, 2012


Gonna be honest, kiiiinnnnndddaaa want to marry that dude now.
posted by youandiandaflame at 9:45 AM on July 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Gonna be honest, kiiiinnnnndddaaa want to marry that dude now.

Get in line!

I dated a guy in college with the most glossy, gorgeous, shoulder-length black hair. One day in a fit of pique, he decided to buzz it all off, and didn't tell me beforehand. I tried really hard not to be shallow and get used to it, but the hair was, apparently, what attracted me most.

This guy is cute either way.
posted by xingcat at 9:50 AM on July 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


This is very good post framing. I salute you.
posted by Acheman at 9:50 AM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also, I'm regretting not doing this last year when I cut my hair. I normally keep my head shaved to 1/8", but I'd stopped cutting it for 6 or 8 months. It was pretty shaggy, maybe 4-1/2 inches long all around.

The day I cut it, I shaved just the sides in the morning and let my wife flat-iron and gel it up into a mohawk. I looked great for about 12 hours. The surly guys a the pizza place were extra-surly when I walked in.

Still, a wig would have been better. I did threaten to grow it long again this winter, so maybe I'll remember this next summer.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:51 AM on July 6, 2012


I buzzed my hair in college and the person I was dating saw me in profile in a bus window (he was waiting for me), did not recognize me and later said, "I thought you were a Marine". It's true that I was wearing the good old birth control glasses that I always wear, but it's still perhaps the most unlikely appearance-based assumption anyone has ever made about me.
posted by Frowner at 9:52 AM on July 6, 2012


I once shaved all my hair off and went from 12 inches to bald overnight. The next day at work I got a genuine, organic triple take. It was great.

I went from shoulder-length to quite short (not crew-cut, but not much longer). After growing my hair out for two years, the biggest adjustment was in the shower, the first day post-haircut, groggily wondering, "Where did all this extra shampoo come from?"
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:54 AM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


I was expecting more dramatic reactions, but the video was funny nonetheless.
posted by falameufilho at 9:59 AM on July 6, 2012


I love the children's reactions, especially the little girl who scoots over a safe distance from the creepy stranger who just magically materialized beside her. When I shaved my beard a few months ago my toddler daughter literally didn't recognize me at first and freaked right out.
posted by otio at 10:07 AM on July 6, 2012 [7 favorites]


That was great. Made me smile.
posted by arcticwoman at 10:12 AM on July 6, 2012


When I most recently shaved my head into a Chelsea (while on a bethroom break from a meeting I was chairing) I was sooo excited to return and implore one of my closest friends to "feel my head". (I had been stroking myself non-stop since leaving the barber's.). He, rightly so, pointed out that since he had been shaving his head for twenty years the feeling of my suede head was not unique. It also took over six months to grow out to a "girly" length.
posted by saucysault at 10:19 AM on July 6, 2012


A friend of mine dressed up like a Vulcan for hallowe'en one year. He made his own prosthetic ears and for the hair he bought a Cleopatra wig and a couple good head shots of Spock, put on the wig and went to a Supercuts when it wasn't busy. He said he looked like Joey Ramone. The stylist was appalled. The conversation went like this: "You have such wonderful hair! Why do you want to cut it o.... Hey! This is a wig!" Before long he had every stylist in the place working on it. $10.

When I had long hair, I had grown it to about waist length. I got tired of it and decided to cut it off (I wish I'd known about Wigs for Kids) and went to Yosh, a high end salon in Palo Alto. My stylist, Jaime, triple checked that I wanted to cut it off and I responded, "Yeah! Go ahead!" He tied it in a pony tail (which I still have) and I let him get about 1/4 of the way through it before I said, "NO! WAIT!" He blanched and looked like he was about to have a heart attack. I said, "No, it's fine! I'm pulling your leg."

Pranks like that - you can't do them too often.
posted by plinth at 10:25 AM on July 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


I went from a ponytail to a #2 razor back in 2000. The next day at work I wore a saffron-colored shirt I'd purchased just for the occasion.

Only one person got it without me adding a "hare, hare" to nudge the humor.
posted by notsnot at 10:29 AM on July 6, 2012


when the body that formally was considered a unified whole is disturbing to see/touch when the parts are separated

grammar fail, please translate
posted by Afroblanco at 10:41 AM on July 6, 2012


I shave my head every three months or so, and it unfortunately times out so that there's always a new person at work who has only seen me with longer hair and I get to go through the whole "Oh my god what happened to your haaaaiiir!" thing or random "lol bald jokes" from said new person every time and it is so. tiring.
posted by jason_steakums at 10:47 AM on July 6, 2012


This dude has a lot of friends.
posted by Edison Carter at 10:47 AM on July 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


One of my strongest childhood memories is from a visit to Brooklyn to hang out with my great grandparents when I was 5 or 6. My great grandpa, now 90, was in his mid-70s, and had a head of thick, snow-white hair. We were out on their patio watching cars and people and boats (they live right next to the Verrazano), and he said "Erin, come here. I want to show you something." And then - he proceeded to pull off his scalp. Apparently, he's worn a toupee since the age of about 35, and being horrified and terrified by Grandpa taking his head apart is a rite of passage for the whole family. Like a bar mitzvah or something.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:48 AM on July 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


Afroblanca, I parse that sentence as meaning that once someone has the idea that a body, in this case the guy with the wig, is a whole body; it is odd to then see that body as parts separate (i.e. when he takes off the wig.)
posted by schyler523 at 10:59 AM on July 6, 2012


Oops, afroblanco...old habits.
posted by schyler523 at 11:00 AM on July 6, 2012


I shave my head every three months or so, and it unfortunately times out so that there's always a new person at work who has only seen me with longer hair and I get to go through the whole "Oh my god what happened to your haaaaiiir!" thing.

Yeah, eventually, i started answering the "what happened to you/your hair?" questions with things like "i got mugged", "it broke up with me", "horrible radiation incident", etc.

On the other hand, shaving my big beards was always greeted with a variation of "wow, you don't look like a psycho killer anymore!". And for some reason people always assumed i also cut my hair when i shaved my beard, weird perception issues, i guess.
posted by palbo at 11:01 AM on July 6, 2012


I loved the video. Surprisingly hilarious, not in the least because everyone in the video seems to enjoy this guy so much.


My hair story! I used to always get my hair cut at the same place - this Korean run barber shop down the street from me. A new lady was working. I told her what I always tell stylists/barbers: short on sides and in back, keep some of the length on top, I want to look more professional.

When she asked me, in broken English, to repeat this a few times, I probably should have worried.

After the third time, she said "Oh, five? Five?"

I rather stupidly assumed she meant "five inches."

"Let's start there and we can make it shorter if we have to," I said.

She proceeded to pull out the clippers (which no stylist in this shop had ever used on me except as clean up) and one stroke down the middle of my head later, there was no turning back. I looked like a microphone with a face when she was done.

I had to watch some of my students perform that night and their reactions when they saw me were almost identical to the reactions of the people in the video. At the time, since it wasn't my choice of haircut, I just sucked it up since there was nothing I could do about it. Now, I wish I'd made lemonade from lemons and ambushed them deliberately.

I go to a different place for haircuts now.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:07 AM on July 6, 2012


The guy seems like a real mensch.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:09 AM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


When my senior year of high school started, I kinda just didn't bother getting a haircut. This was a problem as my hair has a tendency to grow extremely quickly, so by Christmas, it was amazingly thick and shaggy and I grew a beard somewhere around "Hobo Jesus" size.
Not for any particular reason, other than "It's winter. It's New Jersey. It's cold"
Around January, all of these asshole kids were like "when are you gonna cut your hair?" and in a bout of Teenage Fuck You-Ness, I let it grow even longer.
I didn't cut a millimeter of hair on my head until sometime in April.
That's when I pulled my mom aside, always a fan of pranks and said "Shave it all off. Down to the skin"
I probably lost weight in that haircut. My dad literally jumped off the floor he was so stunned.
The next day at school made it worth it. Like Benito said, it's the only time you'll ever see people do a genuine Double Take that doesn't involve a hidden camera somewhere.
posted by WeX Majors at 11:10 AM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've gone short twice, but sadly I never thought of this. Someone remind me in another few years.
posted by ego at 11:26 AM on July 6, 2012


This reminds me of an incident that occurred in the early days of the European invasion of the Americas.

An Englishman wearing a peruke was being chased by Native Americans and by way of escape plunged into a deep stream. Underwater he removed his own wig and emerged from the water bald. The onlookers, thinking he had scalped himself, fled in terror.

Or so they say.
posted by kinnakeet at 11:34 AM on July 6, 2012


I love not only the reactions of his many friends, but also the look he sports right before pulling his wig off his head. He's trying to suppress a smile and maintain a neutral expression, but starts smiling with his eyes first and breaks into a grin/laugh almost instantly. Too cool! You can really see this watching the video with the sound off, as I must presently do (while at work, alas).
posted by but no cigar at 11:35 AM on July 6, 2012


This kind of reaction is why I've been saving up my skin peelings from ten years worth of sunburns.
posted by boo_radley at 11:48 AM on July 6, 2012 [11 favorites]


I'm glad that halfway through he realized that it's far more startling to pull the wig off while people are watching. The looks of astonishment are priceless.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:03 PM on July 6, 2012


Jouissance, in short. For the stray considers himself as equivalent to a Third Party. He secures the latter's judgment, he acts on the strength of its power to condemn, he grounds himself on its law to tear the veil of oblivion but also to set up its object as inoperative. As jettisoned. Parachuted by the Other. Aternary structure, if you wish, held in keystone position by the Other, but a"structure" that is skewed, a topology of catastrophe.

As you can tell from the description, Jouissance is one of the weakest Pokemon cards.
posted by twoleftfeet at 12:09 PM on July 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


I shave my head every three months or so, and it unfortunately times out so that there's always a new person at work who has only seen me with longer hair and I get to go through the whole "Oh my god what happened to your haaaaiiir!" thing.

Yeah, eventually, i started answering the "what happened to you/your hair?" questions with things like "i got mugged", "it broke up with me", "horrible radiation incident", etc.


One of my friends used to work at the same place I did. He cut his hair down to suede length with no announcement, and as he arrived at work the next day, I called out, "Hey, how did that lice test go?" Without a pause, he glumly said, "Not so good."

This same guy went to Japan for a year to teach English. His school was quite close to an American military base, and because his hair was short and his Canadian accent was not easily distinguishable from an American one, he was regularly assumed to be a serviceman. To reestablish his identity, he grew out his hair and grew his beard, and came home looking like 1970 Jim Morrison. After a few days home, he returned to his usual clean-cut look, but he had the presence of mind to do it in two stages: Day one, he had it trimmed to a magnificent mullet and a Lemmy moustache and went out with a photog friend to grab some pictures of him perching on the hood of a bitchin' Trans Am. Day two: back to normal.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:25 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My father had a full beard for years. One day, when I was about 7 or 8, he came to pick me up from summer day camp without the beard. I nearly refused to go with him; I'm pretty sure he had to talk to me for several minutes to convince me he actually was him.

My hair is halfway down my back right now, and I've been thinking about going shorter some time soon...
posted by snorkmaiden at 1:03 PM on July 6, 2012


I shave my head every three months or so, and it unfortunately times out so that there's always a new person at work who has only seen me with longer hair and I get to go through the whole "Oh my god what happened to your haaaaiiir!" thing or random "lol bald jokes" from said new person every time and it is so. tiring.

Yeah. I had my head shaved completely bald for St. Baldrick's Foundation a couple months ago. My hair was very long so I get the question, but if I never again hear another person ask me "So are you gonna grow it out or keep it short?" it will be too soon. I'm kind of tired of explaining that my hair grows at the standard 1/2 inch per month so it'll be, like, a year or more before I'm even at the "short or long?" decision point. I really honestly don't know the answer to that question yet, and in any case it'll be years before it's long again.

(Current hair state, for the curious.)
posted by misskaz at 1:07 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


After a few days home, he returned to his usual clean-cut look, but he had the presence of mind to do it in two stages: Day one, he had it trimmed to a magnificent mullet and a Lemmy moustache and went out with a photog friend to grab some pictures of him perching on the hood of a bitchin' Trans Am. Day two: back to normal.

Yeah, that's a lot of fun, i've done it too.
posted by palbo at 1:09 PM on July 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


As someone who looks vaguely freakish or deranged in any haircut whatsoever, I kind of hate* those of you who seem to look fabulous in every tonsorial state.

*In a completely supportive and affectionate manner, natch.
posted by FelliniBlank at 1:19 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


The guy seems like a real mensch.

No. He's your typical Nair-Do-Well.
posted by hal9k at 3:14 PM on July 6, 2012


Edison Carter: This dude has a lot of friends.
This dude has a lot of unusually attractive friends. Where in the hell does he live that everyone is so affluently good looking?!?
posted by hincandenza at 4:19 PM on July 6, 2012


Where in the hell does he live that everyone is so affluently good looking?!?

The accents give it away; he's obviously Australian. Like me. Nudge.
posted by smoke at 4:54 PM on July 6, 2012


God, I wish he would have played straight. At least that's what *I* would've done.

"What do you mean what happened? I got my hair cut months ago -- you just now noticed??"

No one can tell when I'm bullshitting them, and I tend to carry a gag like this on forever
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:05 PM on July 6, 2012


Neat! Now do oh-god-my-hair's-caught-in-this-machinery-and-fuck-scalp-is-ripping-off-haha-just-kidding.
posted by Rhomboid at 8:51 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


To reestablish his identity, he grew out his hair and grew his beard, and came home looking like 1970 Jim Morrison. After a few days home, he returned to his usual clean-cut look, but he had the presence of mind to do it in two stages: Day one, he had it trimmed to a magnificent mullet and a Lemmy moustache and went out with a photog friend to grab some pictures of him perching on the hood of a bitchin' Trans Am. Day two: back to normal.

The best part, by far, of being able to grow a beard is that if you finally decide to get rid of it you've got a veritable cornucopia of facial hair choices before it's all the way gone. Do you go:
  • Full Lemmy > Handlebars > Standard Stache > John Waters?
  • Van Dyke > Fu Manchu > Goatee > Soul Patch?
  • The Wolverine > Muttonchops > Latter Day Elvis > Dick Cavett?
So many choices!
posted by jason_steakums at 9:33 PM on July 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


My father had a full beard for years. One day, when I was about 7 or 8, he came to pick me up from summer day camp without the beard. I nearly refused to go with him; I'm pretty sure he had to talk to me for several minutes to convince me he actually was him.

This happened to me at about the same age. Mom and I were at grandma's house, and Dad showed up sans beard. I go into the house and tell my mom "There's a guy in the yard... he seems to know you..."
posted by zeptoweasel at 7:20 PM on July 11, 2012


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