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After years of forking over $30 every other month so that strangers could make my hair look bad, I finally realized that I could make my own hair look bad for free!. So I picked up some clippers from Target, handed them to The Queen, and told her to go nuts. This is the result. (And, for purposes of comparison, this is what it often looked like before.)

It looks as good (read: not very) as the professional cuts, my shampoo usage has plummeted, and I won't have to get another cut for months -- win-win-win!

I'll freely admit, though, that I got a little nervous when, in the midst of shaving my head, The Queen started whistling Sinead O'Connor.

Posted on June 16, 2003 to Misc


It seems that I meet more and more people who have given up with the hair cutteries and have done the at-home thing -- whether using their spouses as cheap labor or actually doing it themselves.

My wife has been cutting my hair every other month for about a year now. Can't beat the price!

Posted by: Bert on June 17, 2003 12:05 PM

I still sometimes go and visit my hair lady, who doubles as a low-grade psychoanalyst, but I love being able to cut my own hair with the clippers. Just be careful, tho.

Posted by: Matt on June 17, 2003 12:12 PM

Funny, I've been looking to sell my original copy of Deities & Demigods -- does yours have the Cthulhu and Melibonean Mythos, or is it a 2nd edition?

Heh, and you thought you could get through this entry with a substantially lower geek-quotient than normal.

Posted by: jdodd on June 17, 2003 12:21 PM

Actually, I don't own that book -- it is inexplicably in my workplace's lunchroom, and i just grabbed it as a humorous prop for this photo.

I'll check on Cthulhu, though.

Update: Yup, Cthulhu is in there.

Posted by: Matthew on June 17, 2003 12:25 PM

Posted by: K on June 17, 2003 2:43 PM

Jetboy - enough said.

Posted by: Kram Suibom on June 17, 2003 3:05 PM

In that photo your similarity to Ewan McGregor is really pronounced.

I do the trimmer thing too, once every two or three months. The only thing you notice is each cut you go down a grade until you are doing it to 1 or 0. It lasts longer that way, and as all the hair is the same length, you get untidy around the neck and ears quickly if you dont cut short. But its been a good choice IMO, the reward of having nice hair isnt worth the trouble, when it looks pretty good cut close anyway. (Especially short hair on the ladies, but that might just be me!)

Posted by: Ben on June 17, 2003 3:10 PM

Ewen McGregor? That's a step up. Usually I get Kiefer Sutherland.

Posted by: Matthew on June 17, 2003 3:15 PM

I cut my own hair and have been doing it for the last few years. Typically I begin by cutting it all off, then every few weeks I give it a touchup. When the ear and neck hair becomes too unruly, I cut it all off again and the cycle repeats.

Posted by: Jerry Kindall on June 17, 2003 3:18 PM

get a Flowbee!

Posted by: Anita Rowland on June 17, 2003 3:41 PM

I've been using a Flowbee for the last 3 years. My mother gave it to me as a white elephant xmas gift but it's quite a money saver!

Posted by: John on June 17, 2003 4:37 PM

You. Are too cute.
Why are all the good ones taken?

Posted by: Jennifer on June 17, 2003 7:44 PM

Ack. Where's the chin rug? Is it summer already?

Posted by: Amazing Escapee on June 17, 2003 8:43 PM

I don't recommend cutting your own hair...

Exhibit A

Then again...works for me now...

Posted by: agraham999 on June 17, 2003 9:18 PM

I liked it before, too.... but then again, I was a teenager in the 80's.

Posted by: dayment on June 17, 2003 10:24 PM

"Actually, I don't own that book..."

Yeah right, we've all tried that one my friend.

Posted by: Paul on June 18, 2003 1:27 AM

Kiefer? Ewan?

No, dude, you resemble Robbie Williams....

...and Robbie Williams kind of resembles this kid named Steve Rhoton that I used to get in fights with in fifth grade. Yeah....

Posted by: edgeling on June 18, 2003 4:23 AM

> "Yup, Cthulhu is in there."

That's not really something you hear every day.

Incidentally, the Keifer Sutherland cmoparison isn't terribly inaccurate, but in this photo you look like Keifer Sutherland if he got Ewan McGregor's role in Trainspotting.

"Choose life. Choose a career. Choose a starter home. Events occur in real time."

Posted by: jdodd on June 18, 2003 6:24 AM

What is this cutting of the hair you speak of? Bah! Don't you know that the source of a man's power is in his hair? To cut the hair is to throw away your vital essence!

Or at least that's what I tell my wife whenever she suggests I get a trim...

Posted by: Windopaene on June 18, 2003 8:27 AM

I'm sorry - (and I am speaking from personal knowledge, experience and beard burns)

One can NOT be a proper commputer geek without a beard.
A beard is a source of all things vital essencie....um, yeah that.

Posted by: emersonavenue on June 19, 2003 7:07 AM

Not bad, not bad at all.
I agree with the Ewan or Robbie resemblance.

Posted by: Simon on June 19, 2003 4:21 PM

Now if you're REALLY into the DIY hair thing -you should invest in a Flowbee! Now that's what I call a fine hair-cutting machine.

Just plug the Flowbee into almost any vacuum and voila! Fantastic hair cut without the mess.

Now does it get any better than that? No really. I want to know...

Posted by: Chris on June 19, 2003 4:27 PM

I will visit this site again

Posted by: netflix on June 20, 2003 12:58 PM

You look like a complete gyppo

Posted by: Arnold on June 21, 2003 5:00 AM

I don't know -- I've been using a Wahl Trimmer to great effect. My hair is currently stable at just a bit shorter than yours.

The best part is that I need not ask any Queen to clip -- the Wahl makes it fairly easy, and if you're fearless a few times about doing it and getting a little feedback and then working it over again, you can get pretty good at giving yourself the same damn haircut in ten minutes, every month or so. Cheap, but my hair's completely intractable anyways. *shrug*

Posted by: chaoticset on July 4, 2003 12:29 AM

Y'know, the copy of the book with Cthulhu in it often sells for several hundred dollars...

Posted by: Anonymous on July 22, 2003 1:06 PM

I think he looked cuter the way his hair was in Moulin Rouge.........I still like his hair cut though.

Posted by: Anonymous on August 19, 2003 10:52 AM

I think he looked cuter the way his hair was in Moulin Rouge.........I still think his haircut is weird.

Posted by: Anonymous on August 19, 2003 10:54 AM