Me too! It seems like it always takes forever and you can’t really do anything else while it’s happening. I usually have long hair and bangs I cut myself, just so I don’t have to put up with the whole salon thing.
I know there must be people who look at me and think, “yeesh, why doesn’t she do something about that hair … she’d look so much better with a stylish cut.” But my hair grows quickly and I’d have to endure monthly cuts to maintain a fashionable look. Plus my husband likes long hair anyway, so he doesn’t care. In short, there’s no way in hell I’m making regular visits to the salon. (I go two or three times a year when it starts to get really mangy; that’s it.)
Count your blessings. A friend of mine went a little crazy watching a shopping channel and bought face cream hawked by Phyllis Diller :eek: and a Flobee, which is a hair clipper that attaches to the hose on your vacuum to suck up the cut hair. The sound is like having a jet take off 100 feet from your head. She felt guilty about spending the money so in order to “make the Flobee pay for itself,” gave him haircuts about every 4 days for a month or so. He took it like a man. A man with a very bad haircut that did not grow an eighth of an inch for over a month.
Been giving myself fade haircuit for many years, I refuse to let anyone else cut my hair because its always a slapdash job, even if at a salon or what have you. They always leave some hairs, or something isn’t fully blended, or it makes my head look like a pumpkin. That being said, keep getting the free haircuits and just say “i want to try something different, lets work with this guard (higher) first then work down from there” and you’ll find what you like soon enough. Its great and saves a lot of money depending on who you are. My hair grows exceptionally fast (not bragging, i hate it) so I have to cut my hair every 3 weeks. 17 times a year x 20… Thats about $350 of haircuts and at cheapo places… Happy [free] cutting!
In some parts of the country we can say “high and tight” and a barber would know what that means. There aren’t any barbers here, so we tell them “#1 fade on the sides and back, and leave about 1 inch on the top.” Some do a fine job, others can’t handle this. My husband would be happy to shave his head, but his head shape is not at all right for that. Very grateful that he shows no sign of male pattern baldness, despite his maternal grandfather’s very bare head.
I have stupid useless hair that never did a damn thing I wanted it to. I lived through periods where if you didn’t style your hair some way you were an outcast, but every time I tried, it just never took, it resisted all methods of control and shape and just floofed back into stupidity. It wasn’t until I was well into my 30s before I gave up trying and just got an all-over even cut with the shears. And even though that’s consistent and rarely goes wrong, it does still look ridiculous sometimes.