Generally on men’s haircuts, I shape up their neckline with my small trimmers. I ask if they have a preference on shape (blocked / straight across or more rounded), and most don’t care. “As long as nobody comes up to me and asks what happened to the back of my head, I don’t care what it looks like.”
Well, seems one guy cared enough to try and trim his neckline himself. Apparently he didn’t use the elaborate mirror rigging that I would expect, and inadvertently shaved his “neckline” up to his occipital bone.
However, he had no idea. He couldn’t see it when he looked at himself from the front, so he went about his day. Until one of his coworkers stopped him and asked him what happened to the back of his head. So on his lunch break, he came to see me.
“What can you do to fix this?” he asked, slightly panicked.
I apologized for the chuckle I was stifling, and replied that really the only thing to do was shave his head, or at least fade it like in the picture above. Now, the rest of his hair was much longer than what’s in the picture, and he was quite attached to it. He didn’t want the no-hair look, so I blended it as best I could (not very well) and he learned a lesson.
Remember kids: most salons will do a neck trim for just a few dollars. Don’t try this at home.