We are all familiar with haircuts, men with short hair more-so because they have to have it trimmed more frequently. Going every 3-4 weeks for a haircut can get expensive [plus the wife has to touch it up nearly every time], so we decided to give it a go at home.
For my other half, a barber would come in to his work every 2 weeks and provide haircuts for $20. Convenient – yes. Decent cut – arguable. About 6 months ago, the barber’s prices went up and because I continuously had to do a little trimming myself every time he got home, I suggested that we invest in a pair of clippers and he let me give it a go. For the cost of two haircuts, we could buy a nice Philips set from Costco. For 6 months now, I have been cutting his hair and… I may be a little biased, but I’m doing a way better job than the barber did, just by watching a few YouTube videos. Mind you, I don’t have a line of clients that I have to fit into an afternoon.
The process is also quite fun! We usually cut in the garage and he sits in the chair, with either no shirt on or a plastic cover over his clothes so the hairs don’t get everywhere. Then I start with the longest setting and trim nearly the whole head (except sometimes I like to leave the top long). I then slowly shorten the hair along the sides of the head and trim it the shortest near the hairline. I trim around the hairline, ears and front and I do a few touch-ups. Then the fun part – we use our leaf blower to blow all the hair off and out of the garage. It’s quite entertaining and I’ve yet to remember to get it on video. And then a shower is in order because with his hair type, it just pricks into every material that isn’t rock, so we try to rinse it off quick.
I’ve experimented a few times too, which he doesn’t mind. And a few times I have trimmed it shorter than preferred, but it grows back fast enough that he doesn’t care. And I really quite enjoy it – it’s creative and allows me to try something different. And because his hair is short and generally stands on its own, it’s not too complicated to work with. So hurray for free haircuts and 30 minutes of bonding time – ladies, you should try this at home if you don’t do it already!
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