high neckline

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.

The back of his head looked like this. 

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.


Emergency haircut

A man came into the shop with literally half of his head shaved. He looked a little frantic. We weren’t busy at the time, so I was able to take him right back into my chair.

“Help!” he said. “My clippers at home just died, and I have a job interview today! I’m supposed to be there in half an hour, but I called and explained I had a problem.”

It was an especially important interview, as he had just moved here from out of state to care for his ailing mother. He was currently holding down a job at McDonald’s, and they were making him work on Thanksgiving. This job interview was his ticket out.

I wanted to laugh, but I really felt bad for the guy. It wasn’t a subtle difference either – the left half of his head was probably about 3 inches long, and the right half was less than half an inch. Nor was it symmetrical. But I got him all fixed up. He even decided he wanted to do a fade instead of an all over buzz, because if he has to pay for a haircut, might as well get something fancy.

Hopefully he gets the new job and uses some of his money to buy a decent pair of clippers (or better yet, come back to the salon.)