Sunday, December 19, 2010

Get a haircut.

I don't hold many beliefs that I would define as conservative, but I have one very clearly defined one: I like short hair on men. This applies to myself, of course. The difficult part of this is that keeping ones hair nicely trimmed can be difficult when traveling in foreign lands. I encountered this just a few weeks into my travels in the Middle East. At the time I was still very shy about making transactions in languages I didn't speak, and a haircut is certainly a very sensitive transaction. But sick of my my shaggy hair I finally ducked into a barbershop in a small Syrian town and got a haircut. Thankfully the barber set himself to work without requiring much of me. It was (and still is, actually) the most meticulous haircut I have ever had. He worked with only scissors, no clippers, and at the end of it shaved my neckline with a straight razor and foam.

The end result was this:


It seemed super nerdy to me at the time, but it looks almost like the exact haircut I'm trying to get my hairdresser to give me now (I think it's called an 'ivy league').

A few weeks later, and I was once again in need of a haircut. Not trusting that I would again encounter the ease of my first haircut, I avoided finding a barbershop, and on a strange whim bought a tiny pair of scissors at a stationary store in Aqaba. I cut it that night in my hotel room, with little help from mirrors or much of an idea of what I was doing.

This was the result, which I have to say I don't totally hate:


The back, however, looked like this:


Like I had alopecia or something.

Despite this obvious drawback, I pretty much continued cutting my own hair for the subsequent four years (though I eventually purchased a pair of clippers to make it an easier job).

24 comments:

Bronwyn said...

I personally disagree - my brother and one of my very good friends (a boy) both have long hair which they keep in ponytails. I think they look nice, but I also like your haircut! My mother cuts her own hair and my father's, though - it's nice to be able to do that kind of thing on your own. Why do you like short hair on men?

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Karolina said...

My boyfriend avoided cutting his hair for almost two years because he didn't trust anyone to do it right.

It was nearly as long as mine when I finally forced him to cut it, which he did, with his own scissors.

He looked like a lunatic who had just escaped a mental hospital!

Finally he got his mate to cut it with a trimmer, which turned out really well!

Next time try using a trimmer, it might work better for you as well!

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PNR Status said...

Nice post.I think they look nice, but I also like your haircut! My mother cuts her own hair and my father's, though - it's nice to be able to do that kind of thing on your own.

EFT Therapy said...

I think the haircut looks great on you.

itinerantlondoner said...

That's a very nice haircut, definitely suits you!

I think god while travelling for clippers - I don't carry them myself (one more thing to lose) but it means that even in countries where I don't speak the language I can point at the clippers and use hand signals to say how short i want it: result was a i had far better hair than I feared I would during a year of travels!

Andrew Graeme Gould said...

OK, so the back wasn't perfect. Just a matter of keeping people in front of you! Now seriously, about haircuts, when we first arrived in Japan 20 years ago (and where we remained for three years), I took one look into a men's hairdressers, saw all the vigorous massaging that went on -- plus the $50 cost, which was even more expensive sounding all that time ago -- and it was my wife who quickly learned to cut my hair for me. She has no idea of how to do the top of a head, and you'll understand why if you see a photo of me...

All the best from Santiago.

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RignBali said...

Find the nearest barber shop dude

flyer_printing said...

I think you did a great job in cutting your hair... and I think its also a wonderful experience to have your hair cut in an almost different fashion. That's not really bad. And maybe it's a little too "Ivy League".

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Sporting a new hairstyle is a great way to start an adventure. A refreshing change in your outlook can boost your confidence to meet new people and share stories.

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