Monday, January 15, 2007

Cut to the chase!! 

"Haircuts!! Oh haircuts! What a pain in the rear side you art." I think Billy Skahespeare said that in some classic play. Ooops. My bad. It wasn't the bard. I think I just said that line instead. Seriously. Oh dear haircuts, what a scene maker you are!

I admire (or maybe envy) women for their haircutting ease. They know exactly what they want. I was once accidentally allowed inside a women's beauty parlour where my sister had gone for a haircut and I was awestruck by the preciseness of her requirements. "A step cut ... till here (gesticulating a point below her shoulder) ... I'll also get highlights ... blah blah shade ... only this part out here (once again using extremely precise gesticulation) ..." Wow! I said to myself. Boy, does my lil sissy know what she wants. As a man I'm always at a loss of words when I enter the barber's shop. Let me elaborate.

See the biggest problem with men is that they are not very sure what they exactly want. Like I know I want my hair spiky (coz there is no other freakin style that I can try with it). But I'm scared to tell my barber that. "I'd like to get a cut that helps me keep my hair spiky ..." "What kind of spikes?" he cuts me short. "What?? They have kinds of spikes? When did that happen?" Darn! There goes that adventure. So I give in to my standard "Cool. Just cut it short then" routine and he readily obliges.

Occasionally we know exactly what we want. It's that thing So and So actor did in So and So movie. I know. But then as member of the group of men who are always insecure abt revealing that they are aware of any kind of style, I too am embarrassed to ever make the statement "I want a cut like blah blah did in that cool movie." So once again I put my creativity into play and try to describe what exactly I think the cut is like and the result is disastrous more often than not. For example if I try to tell them that I want my jute like hair cut like Hugh Grant's in some movie (Oh come on all you men, you must have wanted some Hugh Grant hair style at some point), I end up saying "Well ... err ... I'd like to keep it ruffled but ... err a lil spiky as well ... like err ... well ... you know ... errr ... you know what, just make it short"!!!!

The funny part is that the barber's always try to help us out by having a chart of different hairstyles on their wall. This kinda seems to be a Universal trend intended to alleviate the aforementioned problems. You know what I'm talking abt, right? That strange collection of extremely happy looking guys in all sorts of hairdos. Personally speaking, I feel, that these models are normally from the bottom rung of the fashion industry. Seriously! Do you think any model ever wants to be a hair style model whose only moment of fame is on walls of barber shops??? But that's a separate story! For now let's go back to my plight - have you seen these charts? They all seem to be from the seventies. They all have that one gleeful guy who sports the Travolta Grease look. Ahem! Ahem! Now I know I'm not that young ... but Travolta is still old enough to be my father (or at least my uncle)!!!

There are other things that men have to deal with abt hair cuts that women don't have to deal with I guess. For example the whole after the haircut show the back of your neck using a mirror routine. I've got myself haircuts in quite a few places around the World and they all do this. Just before they are done, they bring a mirror and hold it close to your neck and you are supposed to see the mirror in the other mirror and pass on some compliments or at least acknowledge a job well done by giving a gracious nod. No seriously. What's that whole routine for? Have you ever seen any guy who has said "No that's not what I wanted with the hair on my neck!!" Coz by the time they show you the mirror - the haircut is done. It's not like the hair that you can see during the cut and actively give suggestions abt. I must have seen a few thousand men go through this act and not even once have I seen anybody complain after this whole two-mirror routine. You know why? Coz we don't have a freakin frame of reference. What are we comparing this too? Do we really care? You must have heard men express their dissatisfaction abt the haircut in front ."No, I want it a lil shorter here" or "I want the side burns trimmed thinner" etc. But have you ever seen a man who said anything after the two-mirror routine? NO! Coz we do not care. I think the whole thing is a marketing gimmick. That way the barber always ends the cut with us feeling that we have nothing to complain abt. Hmmmm!

Such hair raising stories these are!!


Well actually we have the mirror at the back routine too.
Okay... so who are you supposed to look like now? :)
Is this post because you had a bad hair-cut and you are trying to figure out whom to blame it on :)

Btw, Happy New Year!!
just shows how much haircut-style-fad literate u guys r! improve!!! :P
haircut!!!so is my last post about ...
cool...so there was someone who thought to post something on this topic at the same time when I was thinking bout it :)
Aha... so u get your hair cut is it? Glad to know that you are not one of those guys who hate the barber.. :)
btw, long time u blogged.. how was Kolkata?
@rohini - but then for most women the hair is long enough to actually bring it to the front and see it :)

@sudipta - dont know - my hair leaves me with little scope for experimentation :((

@sunita - HNY to u 2. The post is because I am looking into the mirror and wondering if there is anything remotely exciting that I can try with my hair :)

@xyz - its directly proportional to the number of hours we spend in researching the subject. no wonder you women are experts lady :)

@harish - will definitely check sir. hair raising stories are always good :)

@tsg - not very fond of the barber but given my hair texture, the only way to not look scary is to visit the barber regularly :(
Haha... I'm a girl, but always confused about what I want my hair to look like.. I usually tell them "You know what you're doing, just make it look good." And then I get that evil glint in my eye and add, "but it better look good." That usually makes for a decent haircut. :D
Ur Post reminds me of the days when i used to get a "Boy-cut" done and feel the same way !!(that too in a men's beauty saloon) :D

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