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Old 09-22-2019, 05:40 AM   #21
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Not sure how people can cut their own hair. I don't have eyes on the back of my head. So, cutting that area is going to be quite difficult for me.
Yeah the back is where I have a slight tendency to miss, especially if I rush. Gotten better at it though over the last 3 years. Just remember to try to be patient, use a mirror and your fingers to check. Also I always go in the bathroom after the main cutting and use the large vanity mirror to do the main double check.
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:31 PM   #22
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Not sure how people can cut their own hair. I don't have eyes on the back of my head. So, cutting that area is going to be quite difficult for me.
i stand with my back to the big mirror in my bathroom. i then hold a small mirror in one hand and use the clippers, held in the other hand.

after a few times, you get pretty good and can do it without the mirror; only using it to check to make sure you got everything and it's all even.
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Old 09-22-2019, 11:29 PM   #23
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Not sure how people can cut their own hair. I don't have eyes on the back of my head. So, cutting that area is going to be quite difficult for me.
I don't know how people do it, either. Even just running a pair of clippers over my head is awkward for me to do on my own, so my dad does it since he's pretty good at it. I have my phone's calendar set to remind me every six weeks. I've always had pretty thick hair (when I was growing up barbers and stylists were always telling me how lucky I was to have such a head of hair), so by about six weeks it's starting to get a little unruly and in need of a trim. My dad just takes the clippers and buzzes them over my head to crop it like an old G.I. Joe doll.
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Old 09-23-2019, 12:35 PM   #24
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To echo what others have said, if you start cutting your own hair at home, have patience, are careful, and use the right tools - you should get to the point that you can do it easily & may eventually not even need a mirror.

It's definitely a lot easier/cheaper/more convenient than going to the barbershop every 2 months/month/week - i.e. the frequency you would want it cut would depend on how short you want your hair.
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Old 09-23-2019, 01:17 PM   #25
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Those of you who cut your own hair, how do you manage to trim the bottom end of your hairline (back of the neck)? Or do you not care about it? There's nothing like a nicely trimmed - and straight - line back there. Personally, I can't have fuzzy wuzzy hair back there.

I've been going to the same barbers for 20+ years. Yes, prices have increased over the years but I still only pay an average of $15+tip. My barber, a woman, knows my hair all too well and knows what I like. She trims my eyebrows, goatee, sides - everything - for fifteen bucks. I'm balding so there's not a lot of actual hair cutting to do - it's mostly trimming. I wouldn't trade that comfort zone to save a few bucks for anything. Plus, going to a different barber would probably ruin my life lol. I'd have to start from scratch explaining how I like my cut. Went to a different barber once, paid a lot more, and ended up with a butchered cut. No thanks
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:19 PM   #26
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Those of you who cut your own hair, how do you manage to trim the bottom end of your hairline (back of the neck)? Or do you not care about it? There's nothing like a nicely trimmed - and straight - line back there. Personally, I can't have fuzzy wuzzy hair back there.

I've been going to the same barbers for 20+ years. Yes, prices have increased over the years but I still only pay an average of $15+tip. My barber, a woman, knows my hair all too well and knows what I like. She trims my eyebrows, goatee, sides - everything - for fifteen bucks. I'm balding so there's not a lot of actual hair cutting to do - it's mostly trimming. I wouldn't trade that comfort zone to save a few bucks for anything. Plus, going to a different barber would probably ruin my life lol. I'd have to start from scratch explaining how I like my cut. Went to a different barber once, paid a lot more, and ended up with a butchered cut. No thanks
as i stated above, i stand with my back to the large mirror in the bathroom and hold a small mirror in one hand and use the clippers in the other hand. after doing it for a number of years, i've gotten good at it and it's all nice and even.

i remove the guard on the clippers to get the hair on my neck and even up the ends. then i put the guard back on and do the rest of it.
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Old 09-24-2019, 04:32 AM   #27
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I travel 30 miles out of my way to a small town where a woman has her own shop with odd hours.

Her sign says "$14 for haircut after taxes" or something but I always give her $20/$25.

I get it cut every 6-8 weeks. She usually isn't open when I need my hair cut but I'll text her and she'll open up for me.

She's not allowed to die before me. I won't allow it.
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:53 AM   #28
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Local place I've been going to since 2011 or so has gone up from $11 to $16. Less if you're military or a first responder. I have always just given them 20 bucks. Bonus is that they give you a hot shave on the back of your neck and a hot towel.

When after tip it's over 20 bucks I'll find another place.
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:33 PM   #29
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I'm overdue for a cut and have to hustle my way down to the shop after work tonight because they close an hour after I get off work. I'm more concerned with making it there on time that the cost of the cut. Yes, paying for a haircut is totally OK

One of my biggest fears is a blackout or power outage right in the middle of my cut
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:42 PM   #30
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One of my biggest fears is a blackout or power outage right in the middle of my cut
Reminds me of that movie clichť where a guy is interrupted in mid-shave by something (knock on the door, ringing phone), uses a towel to wipe off the remaining shaming cream...to reveal a magically smooth face. No movie character has ever had to go through the remainder of a film with a face that is half-clean shaven, half-stubbly.
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Old 09-26-2019, 03:11 PM   #31
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I'm overdue for a cut and have to hustle my way down to the shop after work tonight because they close an hour after I get off work. I'm more concerned with making it there on time that the cost of the cut. Yes, paying for a haircut is totally OK

One of my biggest fears is a blackout or power outage right in the middle of my cut
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Old 09-27-2019, 05:29 AM   #32
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Plus, going to a different barber would probably ruin my life lol. I'd have to start from scratch explaining how I like my cut. Went to a different barber once, paid a lot more, and ended up with a butchered cut. No thanks
When I was a teenager, I used to go to the same woman all the time and I would never be caught dead going to someone else. And due to my busy schedule at work sometimes, I occasionally have to go to a different barbershop near my job. And youíd be surprised that I still get a pretty consistent haircut and nobody I know can tell that I went to someone different.

Maybe for you itís different since you get your eyebrows and goatee done. But since Iím just getting a simple haircut, itís surprisingly easy to explain what haircut I want.
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a bad haircut isn't the end of the world. it's hair....it'll grow back.
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Old 09-27-2019, 01:35 PM   #34
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a bad haircut isn't the end of the world. it's hair....it'll grow back.
Back in college (80's), I got the worst haircut of my life. It's one where you think it's bad when they show you the cut in the mirror...but as you walk home you think "oh, it's not that bad". When I walked up to the fraternity house, guys asked (sincerely) "why I got a punk cut".

I normally get my haircut every three weeks, I didn't need a cut for over 3 months. There is one year book pic, I look like Eddie Munster (those under 50 can google ).
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Old 09-27-2019, 04:03 PM   #35
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Maybe for you itís different since you get your eyebrows and goatee done. But since Iím just getting a simple haircut, itís surprisingly easy to explain what haircut I want.
My barber took it upon herself to trim my brows (I didn't ask her to) but it's not something barbers usually do. Now that I've gotten used to getting my brows trimmed I don't think I could live without that extra service

As to your second point: this dude asked his barber for a mirror after the barber got done cutting his hair. He stared at himself for several minutes and made the guy keep trimming a couple more times but he still didn't look satisfied. Sometimes people just aren't easily pleased, while other times a simple explanation doesn't seem to be enough
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I get my haircut every other week and I give him $30 ($22 plus I leave him a $80 tip). Other cutting my hair low, givese me a shave and cuts and lines up my gotee When I go bald (which is probably a few yrs away since I'm 42and my hairline is starting to reced on the left and right ends of my hairline), I'll have my head shaven (which should be cheaper). To quote a line from the movie Barbershop, "it's something simple as a haircut to change the way a man feels about himself" (or something like that).
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I get my haircut every other week and I give him $30 ($22 plus I leave him a $80 tip). Other cutting my hair low, givese me a shave and cuts and lines up my gotee When I go bald (which is probably a few yrs away since I'm 42and my hairline is starting to reced on the left and right ends of my hairline), I'll have my head shaven (which should be cheaper). To quote a line from the movie Barbershop, "it's something simple as a haircut to change the way a man feels about himself" (or something like that).
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As to your second point: this dude asked his barber for a mirror after the barber got done cutting his hair. He stared at himself for several minutes and made the guy keep trimming a couple more times but he still didn't look satisfied. Sometimes people just aren't easily pleased, while other times a simple explanation doesn't seem to be enough
It actually took a while for me to find out how easy it was to explain my haircut. Usually, most barbers are very good at cutting the top of my hair and even if they did mess it up and cut it too short, my hair grows so fast that it will grow back in no time. It's the sides of my hair that used to be the difficult part to explain. I never like it when barbers shave my sides too short. I finally realized eventually that the sides can be easily explained by just letting the barber know what clipper size to use. So I just tell them to use a #3 clipper and I'm all set on the sides. Then I tell them to trim the top and so they just keep cutting it shorter and shorter until I tell them when it's ok to stop.

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He definitely is his #1 customer, for sure! If I were a barber, I definitely would value a customer who was that generous of a tipper!
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Did a self haircut with clippers at home the last two times I needed one after watching a few YT clips. Itís not perfect, specifically the back of my head but I have a sense of satisfaction knowing I can at least put gel or paste in it to style it and cover most imperfections. The thing I dislike is how messy it can get after itís all done and I need clean it up.
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