Cheap, Solar-Powered Haircuts and Eating My Own Masterpieces

| 6/27/2011 8:30:22 AM

Back when we lived in the city and had a real income I used to get my hair cut by “Tony” at his shop. Tony was a great guy and he and his brother Dominic had a good little business going. By the time I left Burlington my haircuts were costing me $25. I didn’t mind paying it. Tony had a family and living is more expensive in cities, and he always offered me his homemade wine. Of course I never drank it, so I guess I should have asked for a discount.

When we moved to Tamworth I started going to “Karen’s Country Cutz”. Karen did a fabulous job on my hair and she charged $8. No really, eight dollars! But then there was a fire in the store next to hers on the main street of Tamworth and there was some damage to her place. Eventually she started working from her cousin’s home which is about 20 minutes south of town and working fewer hours and it was getting harder and harder to make an appointment with her. So I came up with the brilliant idea of asking Michelle to cut my hair.

It wouldn’t be the first time that Michelle had attempted to cut my hair. She had taken a few shots at it years ago when we bought one of those hair clipper sets when we were in “pay off the mortgage” mode. We actually have some video of our daughters when they were very young squealing with delight when Michelle had one of those “oops” moments. And really, what one word do you NOT want to hear when someone’s cutting your hair? Because there’s really no turning back. Not at least with my hair, which is short. I still remember one of my customers in the city teasing me mercilessly about the bald spots I acquired during one of Michelle’s haircuts.


I was willing to give it another shot so during a few of my haircuts with Karen I asked her to coach Michelle on how to cut my hair. I certainly didn’t expect Michelle to be as good as Karen, who is a trained professional, but just in the ballpark was all I was after.

The big challenge is that once Michelle gets those shears in her hand she had a tendency to make like every movie you’ve ever seen where someone joins the military and they have their heads shaved. She’d just start at the top front and start blasting to the back. So Karen showed her how to cut up on the sides and back, and then do that thing where she pulls the hair on top up between her fingers and then cuts it with scissors.

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