Short Haircut?

  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 12, 2016 6:15 PM GMT
    I've updated my haircut to take it seriously short on the sides and a bit longer on top. But the short cut gets sloppy looking in about two weeks and needs correction. Is this true for everybody and does it mean if I want it short, say a 1 1/2 blade cut that I need to get a haircut every two weeks? Or can you ask for a mid-haircut correction? Should I expect to pay full price?
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    Jul 12, 2016 7:05 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI've updated my haircut to take it seriously short on the sides and a bit longer on top. But the short cut gets sloppy looking in about two weeks and needs correction. Is this true for everybody and does it mean if I want it short, say a 1 1/2 blade cut that I need to get a haircut every two weeks? Or can you ask for a mid-haircut correction? Should I expect to pay full price?

    Depends on your barber. If he knows you, has control over his own chair, and you're a reliably regular customer who tips well, he may accomodate you.

    A short haircut appearing to grow back in quickly is of course normal. Same for a short beard. Hair grows at the same rate whether short or long. It's merely a matter of perceived change. When it starts short the hair growth is more obvious.

    Another option, though more difficult, is to get a home hair trimmer like a Wahl. Then you can do your own touch-ups. I did that myself for decades, totally eliminating barber visits. A challenge is the back, for which you need a hand-held mirror with your back to a wall mirror.
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    Jul 12, 2016 9:32 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said... get a home hair trimmer like a Wahl. Then you can do your own touch-ups. I did that myself for decades, totally eliminating barber visits. A challenge is the back, for which you need a hand-held mirror with your back to a wall mirror.
    would pay for itself after a couple of visits. Dosnt bother me but my husband cuts my head, sometimes things can go wrong. Dont get a battery clipper.
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    Jul 12, 2016 10:01 PM GMT
    pellaz said
    Art_Deco said... get a home hair trimmer like a Wahl. Then you can do your own touch-ups. I did that myself for decades, totally eliminating barber visits. A challenge is the back, for which you need a hand-held mirror with your back to a wall mirror.
    would pay for itself after a couple of visits. Dosnt bother me but my husband cuts my head, sometimes things can go wrong. Dont get a battery clipper.

    I made haircut mistakes when a teenager. Later I did pretty well. Easy in the summer when I did an all-over Army buzz cut for field work wearing a hot helmet, and needed to be able to see ticks. Just used the ΒΌ" comb attachment and ran the clippers equally all around my head.

    But my haircut wasn't perfectly professional looking. When a local gay barber shop owner was making donations to community causes that we supported I decided to encourage him, and began having him give me haircuts. Over 3 years later I still do.

    My Father, who had one of the most subtle & subversive senses of humor I ever knew, once told me this:

    "Robert, if you want success & satisfaction in this world remember the rule of the 3 Bs."

    Young me in a squeaky little boy's voice: "Gee, Dad, what's that?"

    "Always be on good terms with your banker, your barber, and your bartender."

    I omitted the barber for a number of years, but I've finally returned to his fatherly advice.
  • Dynamo_spark

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    Jul 13, 2016 7:08 AM GMT
    I do my own clipping. Is a bit tricky doing the back as two mirrors that face each other the one normally shows a reverse image. Puts a bit of strain on the neck. But I have got so used to it.
  • leanandclean

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    Jul 13, 2016 10:20 AM GMT
    Takes more than two weeks for my short hair to grow out
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    Jul 16, 2016 5:08 AM GMT
    Dunno... I keep it pretty darned short these days. Maybe buzz it every two weeks. Perhaps in vain, I think it looks less obviously receding that way. Plus, it doesn't put your eyes out, when driving the jeep. No point in paying someone for this. Just snap on the appropriate comb and buzz it.
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    Jul 17, 2016 4:37 PM GMT
    Doesn't it depend on your hair?

    I use a two and let my whole head grow out for 4-6 weeks. Who has time for touch-ups?
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 17, 2016 4:46 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidDoesn't it depend on your hair?

    I use a two and let my whole head grow out for 4-6 weeks. Who has time for touch-ups?

    Well, the problem is it isn't a uniform length. Longer on top fading to a 1 1/2 down the sides. I have a clipper that I can clean up a bit but i can't get a good fade to short. Ah, well. Guess it does depend on how fast your hair grows, how precisely you want the edges to stay. I see a lot of "hipster" haircuts that are very much like mine that these guys maintain perfectly and I just wonder how they they do it. They can't all hit a barber every two weeks. Or maybe they can if they're in the military. This is Air Force country so they have more latitude with haircuts than some of the other branches.
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    Jul 19, 2016 12:44 PM GMT
    I've similar kind of hair style. Yes, it does require more frequent visit to a Barber shop. For me it's 4 weeks, more or less. 2 weeks seem to be too less.
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    Jul 20, 2016 5:12 PM GMT
    I tried a new hairdresser the other day and he did a very good job. It cost about R250 + R40 tip, so R290. That's about $22.30c.

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  • Aleco_Graves

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    Jul 20, 2016 6:03 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI've updated my haircut to take it seriously short on the sides and a bit longer on top. But the short cut gets sloppy looking in about two weeks and needs correction. Is this true for everybody and does it mean if I want it short, say a 1 1/2 blade cut that I need to get a haircut every two weeks? Or can you ask for a mid-haircut correction? Should I expect to pay full price?


    The worst part is that 3 week sider poof my hair does making my head look fatter icon_evil.gif

    It happens to me too, I feel like the shorter hair just grows faster somehow.

    As of late i've been thinking of buying an electric razor and touch up the sided and leaving the top for the professionals,. The top i can get away with for 4 - 6 weeks without needing a cut.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 20, 2016 6:14 PM GMT
    Aleco_Graves said
    Destinharbor saidI've updated my haircut to take it seriously short on the sides and a bit longer on top. But the short cut gets sloppy looking in about two weeks and needs correction. Is this true for everybody and does it mean if I want it short, say a 1 1/2 blade cut that I need to get a haircut every two weeks? Or can you ask for a mid-haircut correction? Should I expect to pay full price?


    The worst part is that 3 week sider poof my hair does making my head look fatter icon_evil.gif

    It happens to me too, I feel like the shorter hair just grows faster somehow.

    As of late i've been thinking of buying an electric razor and touch up the sided and leaving the top for the professionals,. The top i can get away with for 4 - 6 weeks without needing a cut.

    That's exactly what I'm trying to do but with limited success. Practice, practice...
  • mystery905

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    Jul 21, 2016 6:36 AM GMT
    Yeah, I have my sides and back clipped with #1 (shortest to go without going totally bald), and finger length on top.

    I have to go every month to maintain it.

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    Jul 21, 2016 7:42 AM GMT
    mouillepoint saidI tried a new hairdresser the other day and he did a very good job. It cost about R250 + R40 tip, so R290. That's about $22.30c.

    That's an expensive haircut, but it's well done.
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    Jul 22, 2016 1:28 AM GMT
    I had a great barber for decades. When she moved shop I moved along with her, a slightly longer drive but worth it. I was probably with her for 10 to 20 years. Then I moved and could not find anyone decent. I'd find someone here and there but then they'd disappear. I finally found someone tolerable, okay but not great and settled into that. But then even she started fucking up after a few years. I had to go back a few times to have her redo it. I don't know if she was distracted or what. But not long after I stopped going, the shop closed so maybe that was her job situation that she just didn't give a fuck anymore.

    Anyway, I started clipping myself, only because I couldn't find a replacement for her. I had one last bad haircut, said fuck it and bought a clipper. Real scary the first time but I just decided that if it came out too badly, I'd just not leave the house and live on peanut butter for a few weeks. Turned out I did a pretty good job, even with the back which the tricky part. I fucking loved it. Couldn't believe I'd never tried it all these years. So simple. I felt liberated like the first time I used a hair pick instead of a comb or brush back in the 70s.

    I never even had short clipped hair before, always wore it kinda long. Was a bit of a hippie as a kid. Now I love it. It's fun to rub my hand on my head, feels like crushed velvet. I lean into friends and tell them to rub it for grins. It feels good. They like it too.

    I'm like a fuzzy genie now, rub my head and I'll grant you a wish (as long as it agrees with me).