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Haircuts considered harmful

So I have a dilemma; I think I’ve mentioned it here before. But now I want other opinions.

I’ve been in the military for the past 15 years or so. For the past 10 of those years, I’ve more-or-less consistently gotten skin-tight high-and-tight haircuts. I admit to being a lazy bastard — they’re easy to ask for, easy to maintain, and generally provide better aerodynamic performance at high speed.

But now that I’m out of the army, I suddenly have a choice. And that’s just weird! I’m not accustomed to having to think about “where do I want to go with my hair today.” Do I need to start watching conditioner commercials on TV? Do I need to learn a whole new dialect of hairstyling lingo? What on earth do I ask for when I go to a barbershop? I don’t even know the names of other kinds of haircuts! Oh, the horror!

So here’s my question to you gentle reader — if you’re a male over the age of 18, and you regularly visit a barber for your haircuts (I don’t see myself going to a salon any time in the near future), what do you ask for, and why?


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I’m not a man…but I’m going to answer anyway ;)

Everyone goes to school or some kind of training to be proficient in an area. That said, when I go to a hair salon, I don’t tell them the name of the hair cut I want. I just say, “I want something out of my face and less heavy…show me three pictures in the next five minutes.” Then they show me pictures, I pick the one I want…and there you have it.

It’s like florists. They say, “What kind of flowers do you want?” I don’t know. I’m a computer scientist…I don’t really pay attention to what flowers names are. So I tell them what color and no carnations…they do the rest…

Tell them what you want and let them show you pics

Fercryinoutloud, you’re a civilian, not a woman. If a 1-3 was good enough for you yesterday, it’ll be good enough for you tomorrow. I have pretty much the same cut I’ve worn for the last 10 years, I just do it a little less frequently than I used to.


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