When I was back in highschool, there was one simple rule every male student understood and followed with great zeal. “Touch not my hair, or else suffer great despair.”
Okay, okay it’s not really a law written in the school handbook and promulgated by the student body but in every school across the province, a social norm, a social contract of this sense and practice is observed.
Hair gel, hair polish, hair cream, or any other product or substance known to make one’s hair in line (shape, form and cut to be precise) with the latest trend as espoused in MTV or by the popular teen idols of our times, was the cause of drawing up this rule and is one of the most valued commodities of that time and even up to now.
It did work, for it controlled, styled, and maintained nearly all hair types to achieve the desired effects; look ‘hip and cool’, attract the most number of girls in campus, declare a sense of being a rebel, and finally aid in the winning over the significant other’s affection and love.
A hair sytled with hair gel can be likened to one’s crown, or more so, one’s ego. So if it gets disturbed, ruined, wet or out of shape – even by single strand, either by mere accident hell is most certainly to break out. Most school brawls during my time were actually set-off by this little hair-related mess ups.
However, there is another rule, this time one that is truly written in the school handbook, zealously enforced by the school administration and deeply scourned by almost every hair-gel wearing student in school. It reads, “Hair gel is strictly prohibited from being used on campus.”
Of course, it was highschool, raging teenage hormones and the sense of being a rebel only fired up the tensions between us the students and the school administrators. Cases and parent-teacher meetings were all testaments to this struggle for staying free, free to style our hair our own way. Part of the administrators’ propaganda against the use of hair gel was the still disputed fact that hair gel, and any other hair styling product were one of the causes of baldness asides from old age. This propaganda were not only spread by the non-teaching staff, it was also integrated into the science courses to give it more weight. Some fell for it and started to cut back on their gel usage, some were not fazed and remained true to the cause. Yours truly being one of them.