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46/365 day reject take two

I cut the families hair yesterday including my own. We don’t have money to spend on a stylist. Stylists are expensive.

Vilay and Boy Blue are easy. I pull out the clippers and buzz, buzz, buzz. Afterwards, I clean it all up with the scissors.

Clippers are a one time expense. Ours were bought in France for about fifty Euro. Vilay can spend that amount of money on only two hair cuts in Strasbourg. I watched and took mental notes the last time Vilay paid to get his hair cut knowing we were going to go out and buy some clippers to save money. I cut his hair once ever month for free.

Us girls are a whole other matter.

It is a good thing that I liked to watch the person cutting my hair when I was paying to get a haircut. For several years, I watched one person or another clip clipping away at my head. Many times I found the stylist would actually explain what they were doing to my hair which I found professional. Now, I practice the tricks they explained to me while I was being twirled around in their chair.

I am not perfect by any means. It doesn’t matter.

I have learned it is more about illusion.

If I get the angles right and the edges are pretty even it usually looks like we went to a salon. And, once I find the right ‘look’ for each girl I do it exactly the same way each time.

The hardest is cutting the back of my own hair. It is actually easier now than before because my hair is starting to get long.

My secret is that I comb it all down the back pulling it straight between my fingers close to the ends. Then, I hold it up over my head without letting it slip until I can see it in the mirror. I quickly snip across.

When someone compliments me on my hair and asks where I get it cut I am a little embarrassed to say I do it myself. Yet, when someone compliments the girls hair I am proud to say I cut it.

Why is that?

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  • expatraveler October 22, 2007, 2:59 pm

    I give you major compliments! If I actually was aloud to cut dear P’s hair, I would… I used to cut my hair a lot while I was younger. But it was a simple bang trim or straight cut for long length.

    As well, I haven’t found a hair dresser that I like here so I usually let my hair go out of control before it is cut again. Plus I find rates here way to high for such bad hair cuts.. It’s a horrible compromise…

    So if I could cut my own, I’d be excited. Maybe you just need to say, I perfer being my own stylist after my last experience. ;-)

  • Pumpkin October 22, 2007, 4:48 pm

    I will be using your suggestion if someone asks me who cuts my hair because it isn’t really so far from the truth.

  • Cathy Y. October 23, 2007, 4:24 am

    Pumpkin, I’ve cut my own kids’ hair before, and I will still trim my bangs from time to time, but I haven’t ever been brave enough to cut my own, and I think you’re very brave to do that!

    Did you know there are books and DVD’s out about how to cut hair? I really should get one some time. The cuts where we live aren’t too expensive (if you just get a wet cut and forego the blow-dry and other styling), but it would be nice to save even more money if possible. One day I might just get up the nerve. :-)

  • Pumpkin October 23, 2007, 9:30 am

    Cathy, It isn’t really hard but I think you have to think about what you are doing…it is an art…and you cannot be afraid to do it or you may mess up.

    I am pretty laid back when it comes to my hair. I don’t get too upset if the cut isn’t perfect. I can usually work around bad cuts and make them look good. I have learned to from all the bad ones I got in the past..the ones I paid for. ;)

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