I go through these phases when I decide to cut my own hair … partly to save money, partly because it’s convenient. Wielding electric clippers with attachments, I park myself in front of the bathroom mirror and begin crafting a work of art. Most of the time, it’s pretty straightforward and the end result is acceptable. I’ve often thought of warming up a towel, placing it on my face, and pretending I’m in one of those fancy salons … but that would feel a bit weird if someone walked in.
Along the way, I’ve learned a few lessons:
- Have someone you trust trim the back. This is as true for life as it is for haircuts.
- Always trim longer than you think you want it. You can always go shorter but adding length is impossible.
- Try to not to trim your hair after drinking mass quantities of coffee. One little shake of the hand and you’re getting a military cut whether you want one or not.
- Never decide to do “a quick trim” right before Christmas. It never works out the way you hope it will and you’ll have pictures to prove it.
- If someone asks you, “Who cuts your hair?” respond by asking in return, “Why, do you like it?” This will guide your answer.