(see suggestive examples, especially in the context of recent posts, here and here)
Perhaps men take control of their hair as a synecdoche-for-seizing-the-reins-of-life more often than I realize. One of the male Madison bloggers underwent a dramatic 'do revision a few months ago, although I don't know what was at the root (ha!) of that. In any event, it's probably better that I don't use getting-a-new-hairstyle as a personal empowerment statement, since who knows how much longer I'll have anything on the top of my head to be styled. If asked what my analogous behavior is, I think I would say: when the going gets tough, Jeremy goes and buys a new gadget. Like the PalmPilotCelPhone that he currently just uses as a ReallyAnnoyinglyLargeCelPhone.