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My 7 Years With the Fash Cut

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For the past seven years, I’ve worn some variant of the so-called fash cut, or the undercut as it’s known. It is a style of men’s hair that grows out the hair on the top while cutting short or even shaving the back and sides. About 30 minutes before writing this sentence and after seven years of wearing it, I’ve cut off the lat vestiges of my fash cut and one again took my place among the baldies. Although, if we’re being technical about it, the shaved head or buzz cut is the original fash cut since it was Mussolini’s hairstyle, long before Hitler or Himmler came to prominence.

the original fash cut

First, a little bit of background. Since sometime in 2014, I’ve been cutting my own hair. I usually have a humorous tale prepared for when someone asks why. It involves a vigorous barber and sharp scissors. However, we’ll be concerning ourselves with facts in this piece. The truth is that I started cutting my own hair to save money. Over time, I started earning so much that the price of a haircut became peanuts, but I kept cutting my own hair out of habit and convenience. No need to schedule anything, just fire up the clipper and git r’ done.

2017-2019: Classic Fash

Since 2017, I’ve been wearing the so-called fash cut. At the time, I was wearing a buzz-cut, which is to say once every two weeks I’d shear my hair down to the bone. Then one day, I only sheared the sides and back and let it grow out. I made a bunch of errors in the back and my brother had to fix me, but it was the birth of my fash cut. Over time, I grew the top out and started looking very fashy indeed.

fashing it up in 2017
January 2017, fashing it up.

This early hairstyle triggered libs for sure, but also drew some female attention, as well as the admiration of men. It was the last days of the alt-right and Charlottesville was entering the public consciousness. I wore it combed to the side and hanging over one of my ears. Enclosed is a poorly drawn diagram.

the 2017 fash

2019-2020: Fighting Fash

In early 2019, I started taking Krav Maga lessons. My already long fash cut started getting into my eyes during the sparring sessions and fights. For a time, I debated using a hair clipper or headband to keep it in place. However, one day, I was cutting my hair, shaving the sides as usual when it occurred to me that I could simply shorten the top with one of the clipper heads. The result was a classic fighter crew cut. Even when it grew out a little, it still kept out of my eyes and communicated a whole tough guy persona. There was no need to comb it, since it was so short. I even grew out my moustache to lean into the cultured thug look.

Ready for a fight.

But gradually, my hair kept growing and then my Krav Maga lessons got cancelled before the hair’s length became an issue again. Over time, it grew to its old length, but then two things happened that took my fash cut into uncharted territory.

2020-2024: The Hohol

The first incident came from watching Boardwalk Empire. At the time, I was still combing my hair to the side, even though it looked a bit unseemly. It covered my ear almost completely. Then I saw one of the characters of Boardwalk Empire sleeking it along the centre of the back of the head. I started wearing my hair sleeked back like so.

However, the second incident was a classic example of turning disaster into opportunity. While shearing the back with my clipper, I accidentally cut into the main body of hair on the top of my head. For a second, I thought of just cutting everything off and starting from scratch. Fortunately, I had recently been thinking a lot about Cossacks and remembered their traditional hairstyle, the Hohol (or Khokhol).

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Cossack Style

Now, unlike the Cossack pictured, my hohol was a front fringe that I sleeked along the back of my head. Over time, it grew to cover the back of my neck as well. When I started martial arts again in 2022, I was surprised to learn that the length (and weight) of the hair so grown helped it stick to the back of my head even during vigorous sparring. Combined with various variants of moustaches, it made me look like a Cossack or some other steppe savage. I enclose a diagram of my hair in this period.

hohol fash cut

So, what now?

That was my hairstyle until today. I’ve now returned to Mussolini. In the beginning, it was difficult for me to maintain it, especially the back which I couldn’t see. I used to either get my brother to fix it for me or squat down in front of my laptop to take a delayed time picture with the webcam. Over time, I learned to navigate by feel and scrape the back completely clean. While I did have a bit of a disaster with overcutting in 2020, I never suffered another similar accident in the 4 years thence.

I decided to change my hair today. I have no good reason for it, other that I’ve not made a large change to my hairstyle in seven years. I’m still a young enough man that seven years is a long time for me. I share this story with you because I want to speak about style and even give you some pointers if you want to cut your own hair and maybe wear the fash cut.

The fash cut is a good style. It lengthens my already long head and face, thus making me stand out and appear intelligent. It conveys discipline but also eccentricity. It’s simultaneously militaristic and bohemian. It is, in other words, the perfect hairstyle for a cultured thug, or a military officer. An officer and a gentleman, I might add, for it’s a poor officer who’s not also a gentleman. Use the poorly drawn diagrams I’ve enclosed to make your own fash cut at home.

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