Citizen of the Month

the writing and photography of Neil Kramer

My First Hair Salon Product Endorsement


A little bit of Reworkable Shaping Gel


Sophia doing something to my hair


the “Jonathan from All My Children” look!


As requested, what I looked like two weeks ago during my crazy “bohemian” days —



  1. Neil, apologize to Sophia for what I am about to say, you look HAWT!

    OMG! What a difference!

    Really. The haircut is so you. You are so much more handsome with shorter hair.
    (sorry Sophia)

    Hubba Hubba.

  2. sopia knew what she was doing afterall. 😉

    i’ve always thought you were handsome (i mean, hello!, i don’t let just anyone squeeze my tush). the haircut makes you look like you live in LA.

  3. and by sopia i mean sophia.

    hi sophia! i miss you!

  4. It truly looks great, Neil! DAY-UM.

    And thanks for posting this – the thought of my pink robe photo being front and center on your blog was giving me hives.

  5. three cheers for hair product! excellent…

  6. I knew that haircut needed gel. Great work, Sophia!

  7. Where did the word “hawt” come from?

  8. I like the hair! We almost have the same haircut now.

  9. Your hair looks totally swank!!!

  10. Look at you with your black tee, you short styled hair and hipster plastic glasses. Rowr! (That’s my, um, untamed large cat impression.)

  11. The hair looks great! (Though you might consider paying for a cut next time.) Also, your ears? Not remarkable at all.

    Good for you for trying something new.

  12. And how much did you spend for that jar of gunk? You could get same result just getting up of a morning LOL

  13. I think it’s possible that by the end of summer the “Jonathan from All My Children” look will be known as the “Neil from Citizen of the Month” look.

  14. Michael — that is a typical male response. You obviously don’t know anything about the importance of hair gels. They also sell these individual gel strips that you can whip out anytime from your pocket and put on your hair right before you enter the restaurant or bar to wow all the ladies.

    Of course, I give myself two days before I stop using any of this. Who wants to waste valuable time putting on gel in the morning when I could be scratching my chest hairs instead?

    Iron Fist — are there any shots of your haircut on your blog?

  15. Wow, hair gel really DOES make a difference. You look fabulous.

    Now on to the clothing. Heh.

  16. No, I’m kind of a weenie about posting photos of myself. Jenny actually has the most current photos of me up on Flickr, two days post haircut.

  17. Much better! Good product really does make all the difference!! 🙂

  18. Looking good Neil!

  19. What’s next? A goatee?

  20. Wowzers! Looking good!

    (I agree, it does look better with some product than without.)

  21. What makes that gel reworkable? hotstuff

  22. The resemblance between you and Jonathan is nothing short of remarkable. I am sure you will be mobbed by screaming female fans every time you leave the house!

  23. WOW. You don’t reaaaallly wonder why Sophia lubs you, right? 🙂

  24. Hair products to the rescue! It looks great!

  25. Scratching your chest hair in the morning really is important. You might even be able to style it using the gel. : )

  26. Boom Chicka Wah-Wah!

  27. Welcome to the twentieth century…you’re almost ready for the 21st!

    Seriously, aren’t you sorry you waited to do this? I agree with the other commenters…you look 1000 per cent better…and…younger, too. Change is good.

  28. I predict spray-on tans in your future.

  29. Yowza. Good thing you didn’t look like that when we punished you in the bathroom. Punishment would have lasted much longer. Kudos to Sophia!

  30. Darling, you look fabulous!

  31. Look at that, Neil. A little bit of hair gel and a gaggle of women fall at your feet — um, I mean…fall at the base of the pedestal they’ve put you on.

    (Would mousse not have the same visual effect? The couple of times that I tried gel, I found that when it dried, it made my scalp flaky. I’m a mousse girl myself.)

  32. Pearl — I’m not sure which is better. I think mousse may be too 2001 for me.

    The only problem is that when you wake up, you hair is all flat again!

  33. I think you should have Sophia dye your hair too.

  34. FYI: I believe that Paris H. popularized the term, “Hawt.”

    Yes, Neil…hair product makes all the diff. Without it, I’d look like a drowned rat! We already know that Sophia is a genius.

  35. ZZZexy!

    Now I want to see what you can do with a ceramic flat iron.

  36. Quick. Before you get tired of gel,replace your profile photo with one of you with your new hip hairstyle. It looks great.

    Do people say “hip” anymore?

  37. Neil, you went from boy (2 weeks ago pic) to Man! Nice cut!

  38. marked improvement!!!

  39. The haircut looks GREAT! And I love the bohemian thing, so I promise it’s true. You look great.

  40. I think it looks wonderful… It’s very summery. I just went with Tim to get his hair cut short, and it made a world of difference on him. I really like it on you as well, it makes you look youthful…

  41. Wouldnt a crew cut do the same thing?

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