This really reminds of how “serious” and political hair length was in the late 60s – so many of the olds went semi-nuts about it, way out of proportion to its significance. Part of why we grew our hair long was to thumb our noses (just to mix my metaphor!) at the older generation. I remember having people call me a “Commie” and telling me to “go back to Russia” just because I had long hair. Seems hard to believe that people got so wound up about it.
Now I have lost nearly all my hair! :-(