winter around this time, I go in for a buzz cut. (That’s me above.) Some will say summer is the optimal time for this, believing that more hair equals more warmth. Don’t believe them. Never in history has a head of hair prevented hypothermia. You need a hat for the cold no matter what. And if you’re maintaining a standard length, you are going to suffer from some serious hat hair the minute you pull off that beanie. But the real benefits of the buzz transcend seasonality. Suddenly your morning moves at a much faster clip: no more messing with shampoo, no more time lost working in product or correcting your part. Taking a lot off the top can also take a lot off your mind. When you stand up to give a presentation or sit down for a date, you won’t worry about whether your hair is messed up, because it will always look the same: clean and close-cropped. So why aren’t we all buzzed all the time? Probably because most guys have a Samson complex when it comes to their hair. (Doubt me? Just wait until your hairline starts to recede.) Unless you’re chiseled from marble, this haircut could knock your vanity down a few pegs. But that can be a good thing, especially at the start of a new year. It frees you up to focus on the important stuf.