Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Beware of hairdressers with no hair

I got my hair cut yesterday, at one of those cut-price places that charge only $18 for a haircut but expect to be done with you in 20 minutes. The hairdresser was an interesting guy; instead of actual hair, his scalp was covered in tattoos, and instead of the usual chatter about what we're up to in the weekend, he talked about out-of-body experiences and how society would be much better off if everyone was the same.

He suggested that, instead of the usual blunt cut, he give me a jagged edge all around - how it would be more "modern". I was open to new hair experiences so I let him get on with it.

When I looked at the finished product, I wasn't overwhelmed; years of not being able to get the same style as the one I liked in a magazine (usually because I have Asian hair) have made me somewhat less fussy about my hair over the years. What made me worry was when he said that he would have liked to spend more time on my hair but had to stop now because it had already been 45 minutes. Oh, and also when he said something wistful about how this style usually works so well on Caucasian hair.
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the other hand it was still better than the 10 weeks of overgrowth I had before.

10 comments:

happyandblue2 said...

Sometimes a bargain just isn't a bargain..

Nigel Patel said...

We used to get cheap'o hair cuts at the local beauty college by kids with wonderful multicolored punk haircuts.
No wonder.
I would be worried too, he has abandoned his hair and now people are supposed to trust him with theirs.
I'll bet he also does tattoos on the side.

boudica of suburbia said...

ten weeks, is that all? I haven't had my hair cut professionally for yonks. I got my 15 year-old sister to do it! hehehe

Whether I pay £10 or £40 at the hairdressers, they give me exactly the same cut as I had before. Hopeless.

xxB

The Skirt said...

Good hairdressers really are like gold, you see. Or maybe more valuable...

When my lovely Japanese man (limited communication but amazing haircuts, luckily I trusted him to do what he wanted!) got RSI and had to leave, I counted myself *so lucky* to find someone else @ the same place. He isn't Japanese, so we talk - but he is great.

EB said...

If I had my head tattooed I'd probably start having out-of-body experiences.

onscreen said...

Thats why i shave my head - couldn't find a decne t hairdresser for the life of me. That and I look damn sexy with a smooth head. Well, that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!

Violet said...

happyandblue2: I hoped my days of paying exorbitant prices for haircuts was over, but it looks like I'll just have to resume my search for a "proper" hairdresser...

nigel: I thought of doing that when I was at art school because the hairdressing school was at the same place. Did your haircuts turn out okay?

boudica: sometimes I think the only difference between a cheap haircut and an expensive one is the head massage.

skirt:My best hairdresser was one who knew my hair well enough to suggest styles, and they'd actually work. Except for that time in the Eighties when she permed one side of my head and not the other.

eb: Yeah, it's like you need to tune out to escape the pain!

onscreen: and you can tell people you're naturally bald due to high levels of testosterone...

Nigel Patel said...

I was a nerdy fat kid, a bad haircut was part of getting into character. They never mulleted me or anything bad.

Violet said...

nigel: oh god no, never let 'em give you a mullet. It's the least cool thing apart from having an inordinate fondness for unicorns...

glomgold said...

Once I went to this cheapo place and the haircutter was too busy showing off by doing flips with the scissors and clippers. Needless to say, it was the worst cut I've ever paid for. I "cut" (buzz down with clippers) my own hair now.