#1283 – Singe

I was really awkward the first few times I went to get a haircut by myself. When I was a kid my mom would always take me and she also did all the talking. One day I was old enough to drive and needed a haircut so I went there myself. As I sat in the waiting area It dawned on me that I didn’t really know what to ask for.

“So uh… kind of what I look like now.. except shorter?”

I figured the guy could just sort of reverse engineer it, but then he started asking me specifics in inches and I was totally lost.

Today’s Maximumble is questioned.

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16 thoughts on “#1283 – Singe”

  1. Chuck says:

    I always take reference pictures, but I’m a girl. That’s what we do.

  2. Rhiakath says:

    Do like me. I’m a guy with long hair. You just have to say “cut the tips”

  3. jmkool says:

    That looks like a pretty lengthy disclaimer on the door…

  4. Baughbe says:

    Even easier- bald. Don’t even have to shampoo anymore. But I do have to wear hats in the summer. Which gives me great excuse to buy hats. Win/Win!

  5. Cyndaquazy says:

    I’m in that exact same transition period. Been driving for about a year now, and doing things by yourself is always awkward the first few times… 😉

  6. MaskedMan says:

    My hair is curly as hell – Barbers flinch, and even experienced hairdressers take a deep breath before tackling my hair. Basically, it’s ben “Clippers with the number 4 comb” for me since about forever.

    Clearly, what Biff’s shop needs are some sharks.

  7. Grishny says:

    Reminds me of Sweeney Todd. Only like, in the future.

  8. mynameis832 says:

    @maskedman, it’s the same for me… except I have no idea the differences between the numbered clippers. So I get a haircut a few days ago and I have to explain how I want it, but I’m timid with service, so I go “yeah, sure” to all questions, including “number one okay?”

    At least my hair will grow back after a couple weeks.

  9. MaskedMan says:

    @832; #1 comb – Heh! It’s bootcamp-short!

  10. reynard61 says:

    I simply learned to cut my own hair. (Of course, if I screw up I have only myself to blame…)

  11. Anther says:

    I still feel like that every time I go for a haircut… sometimes I just want to say “Just cut it.”

  12. That exact inability to describe what I want my hair to be has made me consider shaving it all off more than once.

  13. Budric says:

    Very curly hair as well. I’ve practiced the phrase “inch on top, half on the sides and back” enough to get by. I let it grow out into almost a proto-fro before cutting it all off. Only have to get a haircut every 6 months or so!

  14. Patrick says:

    One hair cutter told me the secret to getting the haircut you want [as a guy]: The technical terms for “what it is, but shorter” is a “trim.” They kept wanting to style it until I finally learned that. Now I just say trim, then it’s the dreaded length discussion (and what guide on the clippers).

  15. Matt says:

    Oh wow! This is exactly what happens with me, except I am 40 and so well past being able to say “… the first few times …”. Generally, though, I point out that *they* are the experts, after which I close my eyes for 15 to 30 minutes and guess what? When I open my eyes I have shorter hair again!

  16. I just realized…I have had long hair since I was a teeny tiny kiddo, and just trim the ends at home from time to time. I have NEVER spoken to a barber/stylist in their professional capacity. Not once…

    High five!

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