Social awkwardness of the haircut is exacerbated by the WAIT, in old-school babrbers that don't take bookings. It's Saturday morning, I've got a powerful hangover and there are four guys in front of me. I've read the Mirror and last month's FHM, I should get up and leave, but no, that would be wasting the emotional commitment I've already made to be sitting there in the first place.
― fetter, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 19:29 (four months ago) link
God, I used to hate going to the hairdressers. I had a stammer that was much more pronounced when I was a kid and the hairdressers was the perfect arena to intensify it: small talk, social anxieties with strangers, earnest young women, the strong sense of being isolated and observed. My issue was always 'W's and I could sit there for minutes at a time, blushing furiously, with a 'where/why' question stuck like a pebble in the antechamber of my mouth. I have a clear memory of being about 14, sitting in the chair with the little cloth cape around my neck, the hairdresser, a whirl of skin and perfume right there right there and my mum pressing a pound into my hand saying loudly 'give this to the lady'. The burning hole of shame is as fresh and livid as if it was yesterday.
So yeah, I grew my hair after that and got it cut professionally maybe twice? I skinned it in my mid-30s and now it's once a week, clippers with the guard off. I use a mirror for the front and my hands and ears to check the back.
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 19:41 (four months ago) link
whew chinaski that sounds awful. i have my complaints about barbers but didn't realize the extent to which they make so many people uncomfortable.
i went back to the "new guy" i found and he's perfect, the place is perfect. online appointments. music playing overhead is not great but not loud and ignorable. no small talk. he did a fantastic job on my beard trim / shave and used like 5 different products that smelled like cement but in a good way. when he did talk it was about what he was doing and he was very accurate in his questions / descriptions. pricey but worth it, somewhat reasonable for just the trim. why i'm posting this here i have no idea.
― the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 23:38 (four months ago) link
i guess i've gotten into the shave part and the hot towel and mini spa treatment, it's nice.
― the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 24 May 2022 23:39 (four months ago) link
Oh, I love getting a barbershop shave. It is like a mini spa treatment. They always do a much better job than I ever do, and it feels damn good.
― immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 25 May 2022 00:43 (four months ago) link
I got a haircut yesterday. I paid way too much and the haircut was not what I asked for but the conversation was really good.
― brimstead, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 19:51 (three months ago) link