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Comb overs

  • 02-12-2022 8:18am
    Registered Users Posts: 6,793 ✭✭✭FunLover18


    Do men think it looks good or do they really think they’re successfully hiding their baldness? I saw a guy in town with 4 strands of hair plastered down across his clearly bald head and it did neither.

    Has there ever been a convincing comb over or one that looks good? The best one I can think of is Chevy Chase, maybe there are more convincing ones out there that I don’t notice but generally they look terrible … imo at least.


  • Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 10,963 Mod ✭✭✭✭MarkR

    I'd probably need to work up from the shoulders.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,878 ✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    It’s, certainly, an odd choice. Especially when the “skullet” or Status Quo ponytail look is a much better option.

    The combover, slapped across the scalp and weighed down with oils, is such an “old Ireland” look. It had its time but that time has passed, now that anyone can own their own barber’s razor.

    The tide is turning…

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,793 ✭✭✭FunLover18

    Are they though? If they're trying to hide they're obvious baldness, I would argue they aren't that happy with themselves.

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  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,078 Mod ✭✭✭✭iamstop

    My buddy grew out a combover in his 20s for a laugh entering a DJ competition.

    DJ Combover.

    He won laughs, but not the DJ battle.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,240 ✭✭✭✭kneemos

    Bald is a good look.

    Often wondered though how some bald guys get their heads shiny. No other part of your body gets like that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,034 ✭✭✭✭endacl

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,270 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    I really loved Jesus and his bum buddy in the Big Lebowski, great character, loved him.

    I will comb over when the option eventually becomes available. I look forward to it. Regrettably it might look ridiculous, but I won't give a phuck if I am alive and kicking. Bring it on please.

    I can see myself waffling shight to some local bag lady near Busarás on a Tuesday morning. Wearing tweed trousers and a white cotton lined short with a black jackey. Scuffed sandels, telling her to " Google " something or other while pointing at my phone, she will just be looking me squinty eyed replying" I know sure its the Concorde Effect isn't it Lad?"


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,714 ✭✭✭Royale with Cheese

    I always thought it starts out acceptable but gradually gets worse. Like when they start combing their hair that way it actually works but eventually it gets worse and worse to the point it's fooling nobody but they don't seem to realise/can't accept reality.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,875 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Yes and no.

    Not good if you have an odd shaped head and it's a mistake to think all guys are ok with that look.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,311 ✭✭✭Hangdogroad

    TBH you rarely see it now, or at least that very obvious Bobby Charlton look.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,989 ✭✭✭secman

    I know someone who has a different perspective on trying to disguise his obvious baldness. He gets what he has left permed , thinks the fuzy hair hides the baldness better. Compared to oiled strands it is a better disguise but who really wants a head of public like hair 🤔

    I have embraced mine, I have the parting sea type, so once a week I do back and sides with clipper on the lowest setting. Just used to it now, that other chap thinks I'm a brave man 🤣

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    You dress the way you do because you believe it makes you look good, makes you feel comfortable and gives you the confidence to go out in public. They are no different to you and just like them there are people around you thinking the same way about you - that jacket you wore last week does not suit you, what possessed you to ever think those shoes look good with blue…. and so on. And just like you, they think their style is OK.

    Live and let live, they think their combover is fine and you think your trainers are fine, you may have more in common than you think.

  • I’m from BallyMacMucksavage and I haven’t see a combover in the wild in about 15 years. Don’t think they exist anymore tbh.

  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭BK5

    Very rare to see an old school combover these days. We were on holidays last year and a young enough fella in his thirties set up on the sunbeds beside us with his family and he had grown the hair on both sides of his head out and it was brushed up and across till the hair met in the middle, a double combover if you will.

    It didn't fool anyone but it got worse when he went into the pool with the kids, the structure collapsed, the hair just flopped down the sides of his head and when he got out it just looked like he had two fluffy horns sticking out of the sides of his head.

    Too be honest I kind of felt sorry for the lad, he would have looked much better if he bit the bullet and just got the hair cut short.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,270 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    I cannot wait to have one.

    It will be great developing a cheeky wry smile when flicking it over while flirting with women that ought to know better.

    Is virility linked to comb overs, are they mutually exclusive or can they develop in tandem? Like are combovers arousing to potential partners, platonic or otherwise. I am spending the rest of today finding one, for sure.

    I wonder does the onset of baldness in elderly women facilitate the market for wigs and has this inadvertently promoted crossdressing and other more diverse sexual behaviours? Why do German, Swiss and Italian men look gorgeous and Celts and Saxons look like depraved cavemen polluting the planet in heavy goods vehicles? It cannot be down to the simple comb over.

    What was that thing on Mikail Gorbachev's head? Was he the catalyst for contemporary evil or simply an over ambitious Communist who felt that Lavrentia Beria was the real reason Stalin existed? Beria had a comb over, no one said a thing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,234 ✭✭✭corner of hells

    There's not many that would say anything to Beria , bearing in mind his penchant for killing and fcuking everything.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,543 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    A weird phenomenon.

    The last younger person / non auld fella I saw whom I knew with one was 20 years ago, I worked with two they looked ridiculous. One of the lads was greyhound thin, red hair, pale skin.. a 70 year old in a 25 year olds skin, auld fellas dress sense, everything….in the summer he’d have under the red combover, red raw skin because of the sun, he wouldn’t wear a hat. Complete lobster head.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,691 ✭✭✭Furze99

    Have a comb over, my father & uncle had comb overs. One grandfather had a comb over.

    Not under any illusion that it's hides baldness and couldn't care a hoot if anyone else finds it odd. I don't like baldy heads, so it takes the bare look off it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,057 ✭✭✭Xander10

    Comb overs are never a fetching look. But likewise, Bill Bailey's non comb over is equally naff

    Just shave it all off. Although some can rock the look better than others.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,742 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,270 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    I blame the wide availability of beard trimmers. Too many Action Men floating around looking like Hawk from Buck Rogers.

    It's scary.

    Was about to drop some mild misogyny just now... ah phuck it I will, .... why did women scoff at the comb over and subsequentially gurn around winking at each other when it came to the Savalas taking over? That is either blatantly inconsistent or inconsistently blatant, surely?

    It's a disgrace.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,698 ✭✭✭✭Esel

    Ah, the auld comb-over.

    AKA the canal hairstyle - lock to lock.

    Not your ornery onager

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,062 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    Saw a guy with one lately, id say he was only around 25, looked awful. like just shave it off, most people look good with a shaved head I think.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,043 ✭✭✭✭B.A._Baracus

    As messed up and crazy as it sounds, those who go outside their house with comb overs have yet to accept they are bald.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,742 ✭✭✭gameoverdude

    Good on them. I like their don't give a feck attitude.

  • Registered Users Posts: 239 ✭✭boardlady

    I have an uncle with a combover. Granted, he's in his 80s so it sort of 'fits'. And he actually gets away with it - until the wind blows it awry.

    I always used to mock my husband that he could just grow the eyebrows and comb them up. He's major bald now but its fitting with his age. I think that's the key. Combover in your later years is almost acceptable, but if you're in your 20s ... time to reconsider your options.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,627 ✭✭✭Deebles McBeebles

    Combover in your 20's is surely akin to killing animals as a child. 100% chance of serial killer.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 239 ✭✭boardlady

    Surprises me too - but there's definitely one mention there above .. Honestly, for a man, to be bald so young must be tough.