Monday, March 10, 2014

Haircuts

Over the weekend, I had the honor of shaving my boyfriend's head. Apparently, he was fed up with the annoying rituals of hair maintenance and the seemingly futile daily application of Rogaine. He says he'd always vowed when he was younger, that if he lost his hair, he'd shave his head. We discussed the pros and cons of that, meaning he just asked me, "Should I shave my head?" over and over again until finally he answered himself: yes.

Up until this weekend, I'd always thought shaving a head was a simple process—You set your buzzer to the shortest setting, make a few quick passes, and you're done! Not so! I got hair tangled in the blades, missed spots, had to find novel ways of working around ears, went back to fix the spots I'd missed, fixed more spots I'd missed, fixed more spots I'd missed, and finally learned what a laborious process it is to shave a head. Oh, and yesterday I found there was still a spot I missed.

After all this, he asked me if I liked his new style. But here's the thing! I never like a haircut when it's new. I feel like it changes a person's appearance so drastically, they are an entirely different person. It takes me time to reconcile the personality that I know with the appearance that I don't. So I never make judgment on a haircut until at least a few days have gone by. When he asks me again tomorrow, I'll have an answer, but let's face it. There is really only one right answer to this question.

5 comments:

Bonnie K. said...

Exactly, just one answer if you want to keep your man comfortable. I remember watching my beautician cut a guy's hair. He was so casual and I was so freaked out. But that was when this style was new. Now, it's old hat.

Bonnie K. said...

Exactly, just one answer if you want to keep your man comfortable. I remember watching my beautician cut a guy's hair. He was so casual and I was so freaked out. But that was when this style was new. Now, it's old hat.

Jackie said...

Oh my....I don't think I will ever try this on your day! I do trim his hair now that he is retired...in fact it is due for another trim. You are brave. I chuckled that the next day you found another spot you missed. I have been tempted to try to shave Nimbus...but after reading your experience...I think Nimbus is safe.

Brian Kelley said...

I have a colleague at work who gets his wife to shave his back every spring. Count yourself blessed.

shogem said...

I had no idea what it would be like to shave someone's head. I think I will pass if anyone asks me to do that. I would be afraid of hurting them. You are absolutely right that even though you have not stated your opinion, you know you will give the correct response.