Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hair Cutting Insights

I consider myself an expert on haircuts because I've been getting them for a long time. I also frequently cut my own hair and I've been cutting my 7 boys hair for over 15 years. I'm sure all the women who have licenses from hair academies and salons would frown on my skills since I'm limited to an electric razor, but I probably have as much chair time as many young new hair stylists. Now that I've professed my expertise, I thought I'd share a few of my haircutting insights.

The barber pole- This is something you don't see as often these days. Maybe because it's origin is from medieval times and the red stripes represent bloody bandages wrapped around the pole since many barbers were involved in surgeries and blood letting.

Some advice- Be careful when you use the phrase "finger tight on top." This length can be vary greatly depending on your stylist. I once requested this from a large Polynesian woman with big fingers, but I could hardly tell my hair had been cut when she was done.

Vacuums- Don't look down upon a hair cutting establishment if they use vacuums to clean off your shirt and hair after. I like to have my hair vacuumed. I don't care how fancy a salon is, if they don't vacuum your head after, you are getting jipped.

The neck shave- This is the best part of a haircut. I love trimming up the scruffy peach fuzz and giving someone a clean cut look.

Least favorite part- Being asked if you want your eyebrows trimmed. When someone asks you that, it is worse than being called sir for the first time. It means you are getting old. At least I haven't had anyone ask if they could trim the hair coming out of my ears yet.

After reviewing several of my recent posts, I just noticed a trend. I've recently confessed that I'm not really into the NFL, I'm bad at home repairs, I'm scared of insects and snakes, and I cut hair. Some people might jump to conclusions but I'd like to make it clear that I am still a very manly man. Now if you excuse me, I have to go work on my next post which is on the topic of the ten most fabulous figure skating ensembles of all time.


Kristina P. said...

My husband goes to that Sports Clip place. Apparently, they give him a mini facial and a head massage. I am very suspicious.

Deborah said...

Sooo funny! LOL :o)

Cheeseboy said...

This post is full of great info. Never thought of the Barber pole like that.

I like my hair vacuumed too. I hate being itchy.

Kal said...

I lived on a military base most of my younger days and there was nothing better than an old school barber shop. They always had comics and it was a nice place to hang out when you were waiting to be picked up after swimming or bowling. Love the feel of a nice cut. What you said about the vacuum is totally true. When I started to loose my hair I just let it grow for a few years and then went totally bald (I don't do a combover) In the winter I grow my beard out and then get a nice old fashioned razor shave in the spring - hot towel and everything. Sweet.

mCat said...

Nothing better than a well cut gentleman.

I think you should also worry if they offer to trim your nose and ear hairs.

Lisa Loo said...

I'm sorry--what did you say????

7 BOYS????!!!!

Tom said...

I'd have more experience, but I'm not allowed to mess with my girls hair.

Middle-aged Mormon Man said...

Trim up those eyebrows, get a facial, and next thing you know, you'll be watching "Glee."

Joanna Jenkins said...

A "Hair vacuum". I've never heard of that before. Of course with my luck it'd get stuck to my neck and I'd end up with a hickey. Oy.