“Has a Black man written an article on the power of trimvincibility? Because yes pls.” – @bobimono
There is an essence, an energy, an onset of power that comes when one leaves the barbershop freshly trimmed. Trimvincibility is the feeling of temporary deification which comes with a new trim. It is one of the most powerful states of the black man. It is important to note that black women can also channel trimvincibility and theirs too is a very powerful state once achieved.
Trimvincibility isn’t all about having a new haircut, it’s not that simple. There’s something more to it, else those that primarily use scissors as opposed to clippers on their hair would experience it too. So what is it? When you enter the barbers, cap on because you’ve been ashamed of your nappy head for at least a week, there’s a sense of anticipation. You’re pre trim, pre glory, you’re merely human and you know it. You’ve known it for so long now you’ve forgotten the trimvincible feeling, doubted its power even. Then you take your throne.
Your trusted barber, cah yuh cyant let no man cut yuh head if him ah nuh summady yuh truss, then begins the good work. I am a skin fade man, leaving at least a 3 on top because of the way my hair grows. Perfect line up then the glorious spray of mist to seal all your powers. It is done. The mirrors in the shop are trembling in fear and awe, and the pavement quakes as it prepares for the confidence of your step. I’ve legit left the barbers, seen myself in a shop window and jumped back because of my buffness. The feeling of a fresh trim is elite.
There is debate about how long a trim lasts, all I can say is that some people’s powers are more potent and durable than others. It is known that the second or third day of a trim is usually when it reaches peak strength. This is the time to run into your wcw for her heart will be cut open by the sharpness of your shape up. Do it, I’ve heard it works.
But why does trimvincibility occur? I spoke earlier about being ashamed of your nappy head. Has the trimvincible feeling gained its power because black hair grown out is something to be embarrassed about? If this is the case then it’s a feeling of the black community because those outside our community seem not to take any notice. White folk complimenting my hair has no correlation with whether I’ve got a trim or not. They’re oblivious, until it’s really really grown out, then they might notice.
There is the performative element of a trim, that others will see you and think you edible, that your boys will gas you and that heads may turn on the street. There is a large internal confidence that swells from a fresh trim too. The deification doesn’t occur because other people will see your trim, rather in the benevolence of your newly trimmed state you display your glory for others to see.
The deification occurs because you look good, and you know it without a doubt for your head has been anointed with sauce by your barber. There is no room for insecurity because you are sure of what you see. You see yourself in a heightened and sharpened form. You know others will see it too and that simply adds to your powers. You are trimvincible now, hair criss like Reggie Yates own and nobody can’t tell you nothing!