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I do not understand how I can take in a picture of my hair when it is… 
22nd-Mar-2007 03:15 pm
I do not understand how I can take in a picture of my hair when it is a quarter of an inch short, say, "Hi. See this? I was growing out a buzz cut. Please to be making me look like this" and still it's poking and prodding and feeling bad that I'm asking them to chop off my hair to get it done.

So, the chick pins up all my hair and wets it down, then hauls over an instructor (I go to a beauty school, for verily, I am cheap frugal.) The instructor looks at the photo, and says "Great. This what we're aiming for? Okay, go ahead and start chopping. Trust me, when they get to this stage, they just want to be done with their hair, it's too much trouble, right?" I laughed and told her she was dead right, and so she tells the chick who's doing the cutting to believe me when I say I want it short and start cutting.

And to the chick's credit, she does. She gets most of the way through, and then she's like "So! How's this? ... A little shorter?" "Yea, shorter. Please." "Okay, I just didn't want to take too much off." For the love of muffins, woman, I have photographic evidence that you can't get too short, and I showed it to you. Chop, chop. :)

I eventually (mostly) got what I wanted, an hour and $10 later. It feels great. No more hair in my face when I'm running or first thing in the morning or in class as my ponytail disintegrates. (Well, until it grows again. @#$@#$.)

Pictures, eventually, when I'm home. I'm at school, wrestling with old dead white German men.
22nd-Mar-2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I can so relate to that happy feeling of "no hair getting in my way!" Yay!

I'm at school, wrestling with old dead white German men.

Bwah! I'm sure you'll kick their butts. :)
22nd-Mar-2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hee hee! I had that problem too when mine was super short. It was funny to watch their faces contort with pain. At the end I would be tempted to freak out and say, "OH GOD, NOT *THAT* SHORT!", but I resisted.
22nd-Mar-2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I'm the one telling them to cut off my hair, so why should I feel guilty for it? ... But I do. :)
22nd-Mar-2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Woot! I can't wait to see. (Yes, it's extremely frustrating when they don't believe you that you want it short. Mine is currently a mess, pieces poking everywhere because it has just enough wave that the different lengths all stick out different directions.)

I'm at school, wrestling with old dead white German men.

Grappling with necro-Prussian ancients? Antediluvian struggles with lifeless Bundesländers?

I hope it turns out well. Play dirty, and fight to win.
22nd-Mar-2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Nah, nothing that interesting. Nineteenth century sociologists. :) But I get an anthropologist from this century next! :)
22nd-Mar-2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Where is this beauty school of the cheap haircuts? I've been thinking about getting... I dunno. Somethin'.
23rd-Mar-2007 11:33 am (UTC)
This one is on Lee Street in Greensboro, which would be a drive for you. :)
23rd-Mar-2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
We wander a lot. :D The last haircut I got was in NYC!
23rd-Mar-2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
:) Well, then, it's Leon's Beauty School, at the corner of Aycock and Lee Street. $10 haircuts, and the rest of their services are pretty reasonable too. I have yet to get a bad cut there.
23rd-Mar-2007 03:39 am (UTC)
It's because most of them really like hair. They like playing with it, making it into beautiful styles and shapes. To a lot of them, long beautiful hair is a proud accomplishment that years of commitment. A lot of them want to make you beautiful - by how they define beautiful in their head. So when you want something that they don't, be it chopping off 8 inches, getting a buzz cut, or saying "Make it practical and professional" - it hurts them to not do what they want.

Part of making them into good hair stylists is teaching them to not cut hair as they want it cut, but to cut it how the client wants it cut. I go to a man who's been a makeup artist & stylist most of his working life - and he has that knack, for figuring out what the client wants, and making them understand what variation of that will look best on them. Sometimes he warns it'll take a few months before the end cut is achievable, but he makes what you want happen.

Of course, once he's got a body convinced that he knows what he's doing, he starts playing and pushing toward what he thinks is better, which is why I'm now a feisty redhead.
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