Somehow the world doesn’t look right if the husband’s hair is longer than his wife’s. Something is out of kilter.
But that has not always been the case. Most men in the second half of the 18th century wore their hair long and often in a pony tail or gathered in a silk bag. The term used to describe the pony tail was queue (the French word for “tail“).
For many European soldiers it was mandatory to wear a Pony Tail.
But during much of the 19th century and much of the 20th, Western men decided to wear hair much shorter than women, making male ponytails impossible and subject to ridicule.
In the 1960s, long hair returned as a fashion trend for young men, some of whom wore it in ponytails instead of in the loose, flowing style favored by most hippies.
Time passed, hippies cut their hair, sold out, birthed, retired and the moved to San Miguel. But like the vestige of the tail we used to have, the memory of the pony tail that once hung on their backs grew stronger until some of the men of San Miguel began to grow their tails again.
Pony Tails are the Tree Rings of San Miguel.
The length of the Pony Tail gives you a pretty good indication of how long the Tail Grower has lived in San Miguel.
Here is a group of recent arrivals in San Miguel in the early stages of Pony Tail Growth. Their Pony Tails are short and held together with elastics. Not one of these men knows what a Scrunchy is. Not one of these men has found out about Native Jewelry to hold the Tail.
These men have been in San Miguel a long time. They are the Docents of Pony Tails. These are the men who like the Tree Rings, know much about San Miguel.
And then there is the Unisex Ponytail couple. They have fully embraced the Women’s and Men’s movement in San Miguel.