A conversation between a father and his 18 year old son about being a man. This took place at Wal-Mart yesterday while Taylor and I were buying some groceries…

Taylor: “Dad, I need a can of hairspray.”

Dad: “Hairspray!?”

Taylor: “Yeah, Dad, when my hair is this long it needs a little hairspray to stay looking nice!”

Dad: “Well alright, let’s see what we can find.”

Standing there looking at a million different kinds of hairspray, all of them were really girly looking.

Taylor: “Don’t they make any manly hairspray?”

We look at each other immediately, knowing what the other is already thinking…

Taylor: “Manly hairspray is an oxymoron isn’t it?”

Dad: “Yep, son, there’s no such thing in this world as manly hairspray.”

We stand there for a minute looking at the vast choices of hairspray. I finally spot one, then reach over and grab a .97 cent pink can of hairspray and put it in the basket.

Taylor: “Dad, did you have to pick out the pink one!?”

Dad: “Taylor, let me explain. It’s the cheapest and it’s the kind your mother buys for me.
Taylor: “Ooh!”

(Lesson to be learned by my son: Sometimes when manliness can’t be found in a situation, it can always be found in being cheap. Bonus lesson: If anyone asks about the can pink hairspray in your basket … you can always tell them it’s for your mother/wife.)

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  1. Justin says:

    Trey, you are the funniest blogger around! However, today it is my honor to award you for something else…

    The Thinking Blogger Award!

    Here are the details…

    You’ll find the image for the award there!

    Congratulations and keep up the great work!

  2. Matt says:

    Tell Taylor, he can use some duct tape and cover the pink up. then you’ll have at least a manly looking hairspray can.

  3. Greg says:

    Funny!! But I’m with you … the cheap stuff. Color of can is insignificant to the price. But I like Matt’s advice to wrap the can in duct tape.

  4. David says:

    Wow. YOu have no idea how powerful your blog is. This post has now been up for an hour and a half and it was the #1 result on google for manly hairspray!

    Must be that new award….

    Or maybe it shows how loittle there is in the way of manly hairspray?

  5. NB says:

    Hahahahahaha! This is soooooo funny!

    Forget the hairspray. Try:
    *Nexus VersaStyler – white bottle
    *Matrix – foam mousse bluish-green can OR
    *LA Looks – “Sport power gel with mega x-treme hold”. AND it’s a very manly royal blue!

    Still giggling.

  6. Monalea says:

    Wow, nb, you must live in a house full of males with goodlooking hair.Wow, nb, you must live in a house full of males with good looking hair.

    Today I have learned something about manly man hair.


  7. Anonymous says:

    metrosexuals……you have to work yourself back up from this one, Trey.

    beards are manly, hairspray…not so much



  8. NB says:

    No, I’ve just got a five year old that wants the “spikey” hair occasionally and he won’t have anything to do with pink!!! The Nexus and Matrix are actually mine – but he will allow me use them because they’re not “girly pink”. But, the blue gel is all his!The other guys are pretty much the wash and wear type. ~NB

  9. James says:

    Hairspray? I thought you had cut it short enough you didn’t need to glue it like the old time preachers. I will say from what Kathy calls my televangeist looking hair days, gwel does hold better.

    Maybe it is just getting older but that hair is highly over rated. I am back to the basic burr I grew up with I guess. If it was good enough in the 60’s it is good enough now.

  10. Falantedios says:

    I had hair down past my shoulders for most of my years in Nashville.

    You can look at my wedding pictures on my blog to confirm it!

    I would get funny looks at Lipscomb, even though his bust on the seal had longer hair than I did!

    I loved it then, and I’ve considered growing it back, but I’ve found that I cannot tolerate the middle-length! Every time it starts to get shaggy, I have to have it clipped back down to how I wear it now.

    Gel and mousse (THERE’S a macho word!) do work way better than hairspray, though.

  11. Haley says:

    The fact that in the end you had to admit to Taylor that it’s the same hairspray you use after were shocked that he asked for hairspray is poetic justice at its finest!! Thanks for the great story!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m not feeling real smart today but I liked your blog. I even laughed out loud. When I go to the beauty shop I’ve noticed the male
    customers seem far more particular than the females. Taylor’s hair always looks real nice and masculine. gmj

  13. Robert Lukenbill says:

    I just had surgery this morning to remove my gall bladder. I don’t know if it your column or the drugs, but i found this funny too! Great life lessons. The cool thing about being a guy is after you are married no one really care how your hair looks.

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    Robert – Sorry about the surgery … hope you’re okay. Isn’t it amazing that you can have a gallbladder removed and then go home the same day?

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    Justin – An award? Cool … do I get to make a speech? “They love me, they really love me!” Anyone know what movie that line is from?

    gmj – I’ve been racking my brain on those initials.

  16. lisa says:

    Hey, I have a green can of hairspray. And my boys love it – every Sunday morning when I comb their wet hair they ask for hairspray! Their daddy – not such a big fan! :o)

  17. Honea Household says:

    This is hilarious, but Aqua Net is seriously the best hairspray.

    I found your blog on Alisha Bowden’s blog and linked to it. I noticed that you live in Childress. I was born in Childress and lived there until we moved to the Philippines as career missionaries. My dad was the music minister at FBC.

    Did you know Kathy Lindley? She just passed away. Her husband is a pharmacist there. We were great friends with them and their 4 girls (I am the oldest of 4 girls, so we had a lot in common with them). Kathy Lindley was actually the nurse that helped deliver my sisters and I. We were heartbroken to hear the news.

    Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your blog! Thanks!

  18. TREY MORGAN says:

    Sharla – Oh, so that’s a real quote? I knew it must be. It was also quoted in the movie “The Mask” by Jim Carey. Pretty sad that I know that, isn’t it?

    Lisa – Tell Dan to try it … he’ll like it :)

    Honea – Welcome, glad you stopped by. Small world, isn’t it? I’m sure there are still a ton of people here that still remember you. I did know Kathy. She was a special lady and her loss has been really tough on this community. Come back any time. :)

  19. Daldianus says:

    You’re funny indeed but I don’t get this whole Jesus’ thing? Why would we need him?

  20. Dwight says:

    What’s this about hairspray being masculine or feminine? I’m a man and I use hairspray every day as I put on my makeup, trim my beard and curl my eyelashes.

  21. Donna says:

    I knew The Mask…

    We have bottles of hair spray on our sink and they all belong to my husband….this may be a marketing opportunity…..Manly Hairspray…

  22. Anonymous says:

    I need super glue…my hair is ugly. love you melinda JO

  23. Anonymous says:

    Well the best hair spray for men was the old version of Vitalis SuperHold in the blue bottle. Now Mike Ditka has coined us a masculine hair spray with CONSORT for men. Consort unscented is my choice. The regular and extra hold versions that are scented smell like cigarette butts!

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