So short!

A teenaged girl sat in my chair, and she was nervous about getting her hair cut, as she was trying to grow it out. When she took her hair down from the messy bun it was tied up in, it fell way below her waist.

“How long are you trying to grow it?!” I asked her, but she could only reply “as long as I can.”

Unfortunately for her, she was under the impression that growing her hair out means never cutting it. I gave her the standard lecture about how hair grows better (faster and healthier) when it is kept regularly trimmed because hair naturally grows into split ends. So even though your hair might get longer, frankly it’s going to look like crap. (If you’re going to have long hair, you at least need to take care of it!) So, I had to cut off probably around 6-8 inches to get her hair healthy again. She reluctantly let me do it, and I assured her that her hair would still be very long, and it would look so much better. I showed her what I was doing every step of the way, so she didn’t freak out too much.

When I was done, she agreed that it did look and feel much better, but as she stood looking at herself in the mirror, she exclaimed “It’s sooo short!” Now, a lady waiting in the lobby heard this. She got up to assure the girl that “by no means would anyone call <her> hair short.”

After all, it was still down below her waist.

forced donation

A teenage girl was brought in by her parents because she needed a haircut but had so far refused to get one. They just wanted her to get a trim, but she went one further and cut it all off. She knew we do the Locks of Love program, so she said “If I have to cut my hair, might as well give it to someone who needs it.”

It served the dual purpose of not having to cut her hair again for a while, and also giving to a great cause.

Foster kid

A family came into the shop, and the mom sat in my chair. There were also 5 boys and her husband, all getting haircuts in preparation to meet their newest family member, a little girl that they would be fostering. On asking about it, the mom’s logic was pretty sound:

“We couldn’t make a girl so we borrowed one.”

I thought that was just about the sweetest thing.

Haircut for Santa

Around Christmastime, a 6-year old boy with long black hair sat in my chair and wanted it all buzzed off. When I asked why, he said that he “wanted to make sure Santa knew he was a boy.” Apparently this was his idea, not mom and dad’s, and they’re not sure where it stemmed from, as last year he didn’t receive any “girl” toys. But I complied, and hopefully this little boy with a shaved head got all the proper presents.

not going gray

Often when I cut an older man’s hair, he’ll say something like “make sure you cut only the gray ones” or some other joke about how he’s going gray. However, the best one I’ve heard so far is

“I’m not going gray, it’s the lighting in here! I’m going to go home and fix that lighting right now.”

Convincing to donate

I’ve mentioned before that I try to encourage people that cut off 10 inches or more of their hair to donate it to Locks of Love. If they are already cutting this much off, it’s never a question. But if they are just on the edge of having enough, I try to convince them to go just a bit shorter.

One day I was having this conversation with a teenage girl. She wanted quite a bit of hair cut off, but me just saying the numbers made it seem like a lot, and she was nervous. “I don’t want to be bald!” she said. But then when I showed her how much 10 inches off actually was (still shoulder length), she immediately changed her tone and said “oh yeah, chop it off! Get it out of here!”

Another time, I was speaking with a lady about it. She was all for going short, but was worried her husband wouldn’t like it. I told her that if she donates, her haircut is free. But it wasn’t the “free” part that caught her attention – it was the donating part. Apparently she hadn’t heard of Locks of Love, so I explained it to her. (In a nutshell, the hair is used to make wigs for sick children.) Learning that completely changed her tune. “If my husband doesn’t like it, just wait til I tell him it goes to a good cause!”

That’s what I like to hear.