Is anybody cutting their own hair?

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I'm glad it's not just me. I started about 3 years ago, mainly because I'd moved somewhere new and didn't like the one place I tried and thought "how hard can it be?". It wasn't hard, and it looked okay. I think the big advantage is you can do it more often - I used to get my hair cut every 5-6 weeks, but now I snip a small amount off at least once a week and so it keeps it looking more or less the same. It also means you notice and can correct if it starts getting a bit uneven.

 

Recently I've been cutting it a lot shorter, thanks to getting thin on top anyway, and that's been a bit less successful with scissors so I may need to invest in some clippers.

 

 

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On 2/19/2021, 9:06:41, LukeSkywalker said:

I'm not too sure...

 

But nobody can see that on zoom!  

You're definitely going to make mistakes like that at the beginning, but after several tries, you'll get the hang of it (presuming you're using two mirrors).  Do your best to fix it up and pay attention to the trap of cutting too much off, or you'll end up bald.  That should grow back in a week or so though, and you can have another hack at it.  It's often helpful to get someone's help with the back if you're beginning. 

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1 hour ago, kaffeemitmilch said:

Is it just me or is this obsession with opening up hairdressers ridiculous?

 

I don't know if I'd go that far, but I know what you mean.  There is really an inordinate amount of energy being expended worrying about getting back to one's hairdresser.  I didn't realize how much professional maintenance some people require.  Must get expensive.

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I've been cutting my own hair since I moved to Germany over a decade ago. Even before that, I'd often trim it myself until I could get to a barber. I have somewhat curly hair, and even though it's short, IME hair salons here have no clue. My wife has very curly hair too, and basically has to look for specialists.


When I first moved here, it was also practical as my German sucked and I found it hard to express what I wanted, not that it's too complicated. I don't want a buzzcut or footballer hair. I also didn't like the unisex hair salons with a German oma going at my head. Once and never again.

 

Maybe I'm set in my ways, but I just prefer the barber shops 'back home'. An old unfussy Italian guy who knows what to do (although they are probably all retired by now). I know there are "barber shops" here too, but they all seem to be try-hard hipster places with Ye Olde Gentleman's Experience and high-falutin' prices to match. I'm sure what I'm looking for here must exist, but I don't want all the trial and error, it's easier to trim myself. I don't use a buzzer, but hair-cutting scissors and a comb and a few mirrors, and sometimes my wife's help for the back and behind the ears.

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When kid#2 was ready for his first hair cut, we were staying with a friend who did it for him with his clippers. He vaguely showed me how, I bought clippers, and have done all 3 of the chaps ever since. The girls I do as just a straight trim, Paps does mine about every 10 years, and that's it. As they leave home, they find their own solutions. I guess that even though we are on the third pair of clippers in 20 years, we have saved muchly.

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IMO this thread has taken a sharp turn toward shaming anyone who wants to visit the hairstylist even when it is allowed.  🤨 I last saw my gal in June of 2020 and recently set up an appointment for March 18th.  So I don’t think I can be classified as high maintenance.  😂  My hair grows as slow as molasses, and following a few traumatic disasters with stylists at earlier points I’m not about to cut it myself.  😱  Not an ounce of guilt here.

 

It’s great that so many of you are so skilled and always look beautiful to boot.  I envy you.  I really do.  But please don’t expect me to follow suit and trim my own hair or else deem me a high maintenance Corona spreading societal burden when I’m following the rules and haven’t gone overboard.  😂  Have a bit of mercy please.  😄

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24 minutes ago, BethAnnBitt said:

It’s great that so many of you are so skilled and always look beautiful to boot.  

Who said they look beautiful?  My hair looks horrible.  Also, asking if prioritising going to the hairdresser is not "shaming".  Is it sensible?  That is the question.

 

 

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2 hours ago, dessa_dangerous said:

 

I don't know if I'd go that far, but I know what you mean.  There is really an inordinate amount of energy being expended worrying about getting back to one's hairdresser.  I didn't realize how much professional maintenance some people require.  Must get expensive.

No, but here and in the UK at least, it's hairdressers first, and then maybe schools. What the fuck have I missed in sociology that I don't understand this? I mean, why is the word 'hairdressers' even being uttered when the government is talking about what to re-open? Shouldn't they just be covered with the term 'and other businesses'? I do go to the barber's when I can (for the meager but skillful trim), so I am not just bashing a service I never use (like nail salons). I am just baffled.

 

And while we're at it, why aren't teachers already vaccinated??? Ok ok, wrong thread.

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maybe politicians and news anchors are getting nervous and can't deflect questions anymore about why none of them have shown any roots or turned up shaggy to a press conference :lol:

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As I go though the streets of Carlisle , I hardly see anybody with untidy hair. Where are they getting it done? It is illegal at the moment. I will soon invest in some trimmer machine and go for a number 1 all over. I will post a photo. Do not eat before veiwing.

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Until vaccinated I´m cutting my hair using the doggie´s clipper. Seems to work for human hair as well.

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I do miss going to a hairdresser myself but it is way down on my priority list. It has been 2 years now. I go every 2-3 years for a hair cut, wash, shampoo, mask. I don't colour my hair though (never have). It's like a treat/ pamper session for me. 

 

Right now I really want the stores to open. All my socks have decided to get ruined at the same time and I need new dress shoes since my old ones are teared after using them for 5 years (well shitty quality anyway). I don't want to purchase these sort of things online. 

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If a hairdresser spends 10 minutes per person, that's 6 per hour, or 48 per day. If they work 6 days a week that's 288 people. In a month that's 1,152 people that this one person is in close contact with, in a relatively enclosed space whilst chatting inanely about something or other.

 

Ever get the feeling the virus is laughing at us?

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5 minutes ago, MikeMelga said:

That's a shitty hairdresser :D

 

I went to a lady hairdresser here a few weeks ago. She took about 15 minutes BUT was talking on her mobile phone to a friend at the same time the whole time!

I won‘t be returning there!

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