The Barber Shop
If there’s one thing in life I like to avoid and yet am glad I still have the need to do so, is getting a haircut. For those of you who may be slightly OCD like me, just the thought of sitting in the chair where countless other men, women, and children have sat while their hair fell to the ground and on that chair, sort of grosses me out a bit. Granted, the entire experience usually depends more on the hairstylist than the actual chair. Their personality, styling ability, and overall kindness, will make or break it for me.
Being blessed with straight blond hair and a cowlick on the side of my head, there are few choices for my styles. In college, while in Navy training, I thought I would get the aviator flat-top cut that later became famous with Top Gun. The barber on base was a funny man from the Philippines who said, ‘I cut yo hair like aircraft carrier…. Flat so birds can land. Haaa…!’. I’ll never forget that. Needless to say, the 80’s girls back in college weren’t too thrilled about the style when I got back.
Today, it seems that the hairstylist can even be more of a counselor. I will admit, it can be humorous, and slightly uncomfortable, sitting in the waiting area having to hear some of the things people tell them while they're getting their haircut. I mean, it’s everything from their pet dogs to what town they grew up in to their work and so on… They do have a captive audience there, but I’m not one to divulge my whole life story to a room full of strangers no matter how many times they try to ask about it.
How we keep our hair says a lot about who we are. In today’s society hair has become a status symbol, a fashion symbol, and even a social/political statement depending on the person. For me, now that my grey hair is coming in (beyond just my beard), I tend to go for the brushed back look with a few waves. The Mrs doesn’t like my hair getting too long, but she does approve of the ‘Most Interesting Man Look’…
Whether our hair is brown, blonde, red, black, or grey, we’re all in the same boat. We all need to get them cut sooner or later. Most of all, under that hair, we’re all human. So, if you want short hair, long hair, bleached hair, or curly hair, it doesn’t really matter to me. What matters most is who we are underneath. The rest is just the icing on the cake...
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