Introduction to Non Binary Haircut
Do you want to cut your hair? Do you want to go non-binary? Do you want to be non-binary? Are you on the fence about it?
OK, so non-binary haircuts probably have a lot in common with nonbinary haircuts (or whatever this is called) but we’re going to talk about it anyway.
At least one of these has come up in conversation recently. So, what is this thing?
Non-binary haircuts are haircuts that fall outside the binary system of male/female. For example, some people prefer not to cut their hair at all; some people prefer not to cut their hair in a particular way; some people wear hats and some wear wigs.
These aren’t “cisgender males” (bourgeois men) or “cisgender females” (bourgeois women), they’re just people who prefer their own kind of haircut. And they are not confused by the binary system, which doesn’t work for them because it tells them they have a choice between two options that do not fit their life experience.
It is a problem for us all – marketers, public relations professionals and product managers alike – because we are used only to talking about cisgender males and cisgender females respectively when discussing gender equality issues and gender diversity issues generally. It can be challenging for us to discuss these categories in the context of gender equality or gender diversity if we don’t understand what those terms mean (or if we don’t know exactly how those terms work with our own experience).
This is where non-binary haircuts come in handy because they share very similar meanings but are defined differently from other terms like female or male, which are much more complicated and widespread than whether someone wants a haircut that looks like a man or woman or like another kind of person altogether!
So why do I spend so much time talking about this topic when there are so many other things out there that might be more important? Well, I think it can be useful as normal marketing practice too. In fact, I think it will help you become an even better marketer by helping you better communicate your product idea using terminology that resonates with customers who would also benefit from your product idea. If you can convince customers that your product works with any kind of haircut as long as it fits in with what they already think about themselves (e.
History of Haircuts
I like to talk about non binary haircuts, because it has a long history of being a useful concept. In the old days, getting a haircut was a big deal. It was something people did. And they did it because they wanted to feel better about themselves, or have more money in their pockets, or have their hair cut to look better on their faces. This is still true now, with many of us trying out our new “look” by cutting off as much hair as we can — and then having people tell us how crazy we look.
The simple fact is that men’s haircuts are different from women’s haircuts, and this difference has been there for at least three hundred years if not longer. From the earliest days of men cutting their hair with razors to the early days of the barbershop (which were pretty much just girls cutting guys’ hair), there were differences between male and female haircuts that we could easily understand — although for some reason I have never seen or heard anyone use the word “nonbinary” when describing these differences (although I have heard it used in other contexts).
What these commonalities say is that while women still like to cut their hair in different ways than men do (as do some men), culture informs both genders on how they choose to see themselves and what makes them acceptable to others. That said, I think it is important to remember that culture is not static; it changes over time too.
I think part of what people don’t realize when talking about non binary haircuts is that culture can change over time too! And particularly when talking about gender expectations:
Gender roles are dynamic things that change over time too; specifically within our society today, gender roles are changing dramatically both for boys and girls. When I was growing up in Canada, there were no options for girls who wanted short hair; only for girls who wanted straight hair (and only boy-short). When we started school in 1996, most girls had no choice but to grow out of their short hairstyles into something slightly longer until graduation — which meant having long hair all year round — but then the pressure got even stronger from parents and other adults telling them how much more beautiful they could be if they changed back into shorter styles at night (which meant keeping up with boys). Nowadays some kids are growing out of short styles pretty quickly as well, but still have long hair.
We have a hair salon in Toronto and for the past year we have been running a non-binary haircut service. Our first business license was run through a bank and the bank is now closed down. We are now running a non-binary haircut business through an online platform.
Something strange has happened. The market is not opening up to us and instead, it is closing down on us. I’m not sure why this is so, but it seems like something simple, like “non-binary haircuts”, has become too complex for most people to understand since they are used to being able to relate to people who identify as male or female (as opposed to “non binary haircuts” which means “haircuts with all the options available”).
I think that would be more logical if people were still using the old terminology such as man (the default) or woman (the default) but unfortunately that isn’t the case anymore and we have no choice but to adapt our terminology (which of course sounds awkward on paper).
What’s your hair color? There is a rickroll in this one. It’s not just a question; it’s also an insult, and someone might well respond with something like “what are you talking about? I have solid black hair color.”
If you have straight brown or black hair, then no one will be surprised if you get asked “Hey, don’t you want to go for the non-binary haircut?”
If on the other hand, you have long light brown/light blonde hair (and most people who consider themselves light brown or blonde do), then it is safe to assume that there will be some awkwardness and possibly even hostility at this point.
I think that I’m the only person who thinks of butch as gender identity, not just as an extension of someone’s haircut. It doesn’t mean we don’t like men with short haircuts or women who have long hair. It just means that butch is something different than male and female.
A lot of people will have the same view, so I don’t want to make the term “butch haircuts” seem odd or unusual. But it can be, in some ways, if performed incorrectly or in some contexts, if one is trying to establish a false identity. And it should be avoided if possible because there are some pretty important feminine characteristics that need to be respected:
- 1) Women should never consider themselves butch (and men should never consider themselves femme).
- 2) Women should never think of themselves as two halves of anything: they are whole people in their own right and shouldn’t look at their hair to tell them how they are supposed to be seen.
- 3) Women should consider their pubic hair as part of their hairstyle (or at least not a significant part of it).
- 4) Women shouldn’t wear their hair in braids unless it suits their style and is 100% natural (which means cutting all braids without scissors).
Balding, or How to Avoid It
There is a lot of confusion around this in the industry. Many people think that non-binary haircuts are just for men and women, and that “bald” is a gender-neutral term. But this doesn’t really matter:
Non-binary haircuts are not for everyone, and it’s important to be aware of the different choices available to you as an individual. I hear it all the time from male engineers: “I want to change my hair color so I can still do engineering!” — but what does this mean? You may want to change your hair color, but it may not affect how you think about yourself or your work. It also may not affect how other people think of you (e.g., someone might view you as a man if they think your natural hair color is brown, but still use the term “he”).
There can be lots of ways to approach this topic. Here are some options:
• Be open-minded about your choice of non-binary haircuts. Think about what you enjoy doing with your hair and consider whether people will see you differently if you choose a different style or haircut (e.g., do they automatically assume that engineers have short hair? Do they automatically assume that engineers have dark skin?).
• Take some time to understand why people choose their non-binary haircuts (e.g., do they see themselves as genders other than male/female?). If so, how might adding other styles or hair colors help them feel more comfortable in their identity?
• Consider whether there are any societal norms about how long your hair should be (and try not to take them too seriously). Consider what would make sense for someone who might prefer longer hair — e.g., if there were grooming standards for women, then non-binary haircuts would make sense as well (though this is something we haven’t studied too deeply yet).
There are other factors at play here: diversity in gender roles and workplaces; cultural implications; income; economic status; etc. In any case, we have no right to dictate any specific choices. We should respect those who prefer one style over another and encourage others who don’t follow our standard preferences by offering support and information on where they can find a design/haircut that fits their needs better than ours currently do.
Hairstyles for Men
This post (originally on my blog) talks about non-binary haircuts, which are those cuts that use two different lengths of the same hair. This can be useful for several reasons, the most obvious being aesthetics. When the haircut is short and sharp, it gives a sharper impression to someone looking at you and there is some proof that they are getting a better visual of your face. Not only do we want to make our face attractive, but we also want to make sure that when people look into our eyes they get a steady image of who we are and what kind of person we are. If the length of your hair is an important part of your identity, how much attention do you pay to it?
The second reason is culture. There are certain cultures in which shorter haircuts for men have been pretty common for quite some time, whether it’s because it’s traditional or because you can’t go too long without going bald. With single-length haircuts like these, people often don’t think about how their appearance affects others; but with multi-length cuts like these (which I have seen in a couple of different cultures), there is much more emphasis on this issue and people take note.
The third reason has nothing to do with aesthetics or culture; it has everything to do with respectability: as far as non-binary haircuts go, this one is likely going to be more popular than many other ones out there today. People want to show off their good taste (and so should we). But people also want to maintain a certain amount of respectability through their personal appearance: after all, in a world where you can live out anything under the sun by just taking on another persona and making yourself appear whomever you desire, why should a person not be able to maintain as much respectability as possible?
If you read further down this post and see that I am recommending straight bangs (that is all one length), then I think I have convinced you that straight bangs can be an attractive choice for many men today. If so then I would love any suggestions from you guys!
Hairstyles for Women
Many people have asked me to write an article about “non binary haircuts.” It is a difficult topic for many reasons, but the one that holds very true in this case is that it has the potential to be very attractive to someone who has been looking for a haircut of a specific gender and style.
Instead of going with a tried and true, but boring, classic style — like a mid-length bob — I decided to work on two stylists I know who specialize in this style: Donna and Kayla. Do you think they would be interested?
Long Hair – Long hairstyles usually accentuate features like the back of the head that may be generally considered masculine if worn by themselves; long styles tend to compliment short styles by having longer lengths on top and sides that sit better around the
Conclusion, or What to Do Next
Some people focus on the hard part: marketing, sales, and customer service. Those are all important, but they’re not the only things you need to worry about. As with any business, there are non-marketing activities that can have a big impact on your success. You should be currently focusing on making sure your product is valuable and useful in the lives of users and getting people to sign up for a free trial; you should also be preparing for launch day and helping make it an eventful day for your product.