When I wake up in the morning, there’s usually a trip down the hall to the bathroom. I flip the light switch on over the sink, look in the mirror, and right away it’s, “Oh my.” There it is, my head with eyes slightly askew and my Boris Johnson hair. Far be it from me to diss any politician, especially the prime minister of the United Kingdom. I know it’s his signature look, but really?
It’s to be expected most of us will start our days with bad hair. The iconic picture that goes with this daily condition is a scene from the 1997 movie, “As Good As It Gets,” with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. Good old Jack answers the door after a night of slumber, and … well … let’s just say there are better looks. At least it isn’t the, “Here’s Johnny!” scene from “The Shining.”
Even little kids, for the most part, have a difficult time getting it together for school. If their hair is long, it can be a problem. It’s usually up to mom or dad to clear the snags and snarls to make them presentable; not, of course, without some pouting and occasional weeping. Not a good way to start
By the time we’re adults, we’ve managed to develop our own ways of coping, like not taking a shower at night or avoiding looking in a mirror in the morning. It’s better to repair hair by making a bee-line to the shower first before dawn’s early light to set things right. If this can’t be done, grab an old knit cap from the bottom shelf in the closet, pulling it over your head and hoping for the best when the alarm goes off.
Current fashion makes a lot of concessions to tousled hair. This only works for someone who is between 25 and 40 years old, with abs of steel and flawless taste in their wardrobe. It also doesn’t hurt to have a pipeline to a multitude of hair products that keep snarls, spikes and swirls in place in a windstorm.
Even with this, it’s still hard to beat what a 3- or 4-year-old looks like when they come staggering into a bedroom in the middle of the night needing a glass of water or afraid of things that go bump in the night. Coming out of a deep sleep and confronting the backlit silhouette of a little person whose head looks like it just exploded takes a moment to process before soothing words and a drink of water can quiet their upset.
Boris is entitled to a rumpled look given his job. That precious natural resource on the top of his head needs to be coddled. I suppose in some ways, it gives him more cred. Perhaps having a bad hair day is more desirable than trying to make it look like you have hair when it's obvious you are of an age when it most likely has departed.
Doug Lewandowski is a retired counselor, educator and psychologist. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.