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25 Worries about Hair… When I Had Hair

In my late 30’s when I first noticed my hair thinning, I wasn’t prepared to admit defeat. I chose to chase after the remedies on the market that claimed to restore hair.

The sad reality was that I could not fight with Mother Nature as male pattern baldness ran like sap through one side of the family tree.

It was after I turned 40 that I became more accepting of the situation, although you could say that I didn’t really have much choice. All of the haircuts that I tried seemed to look a little off-balance in one way or another, which drove the Type A part of me a little crazy.

One day, I saw a picture of a young man with a shaved head, whose facial features and head shape looked a lot like mine. The shaved head was a very flattering look for this guy. I would even say that he looked pretty cool, which opened the door for me to gradually cut back my hair and then to try my first clipper cut.

Once I started in the clipper zone and went progressively shorter and shorter, I grew to like it more and more.

To me, this was an extremely freeing experience. With a low-maintenance haircut, I reclaimed so much time in the morning, I was able to sleep more plus I saved money on hair product and trips to the hair stylist.

Now, in retirement, I appreciate it even more, in terms of saving time and energy for more important activities, especially my writing. Continue reading

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The Final Cut: From Clippers to Shaver

It was on the eve of my 54th birthday, facing the next instalment in my every-two-weeks haircut when I asked myself, “Why not? If I don’t like it, it will grow back.”

I explored electric razors with the plan to shave my scalp for the first time. But when I say “first time”, the reality is that the transition to this point has been more than a decade in the making.

When I accepted that my hair was slowly slipping away due to male pattern baldness, rather than finding creative ways of covering up my slowly increasing Friar Tuck look, I started the slow transition of shorter haircuts.

My last attempt at long hair that ended up looking like Peppermint Patty was trimmed to a neat professional look. For a while after that, I took a bit of a detour into a faux-hawk look, which I consider my last actual “hair style”.

But when more scalp was peeking through the back of my head, to me, it was time. In every subsequent scissor cut, I went a little shorter every time. After that, it was the clipper cut countdown, starting with a “number four” with much trepidation.

The nervousness quickly disappeared through my immense enjoyment of the freedom from hair products and blow dryers, and in the reclaiming of time in the morning. The fact that a visit to the barber was now an efficient and record-breaking 7 minutes in duration was a pleasure in itself. Continue reading

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Top 10 Advantages of Clipper Cuts

BarberPoleThere were years where “bed head and cowlicks” was my hairstyle even though that wasn’t the look I was going for …and long before it was fashionable. With the eternal struggle for good hair raging on through the years, I put a lot of time, effort and a small fortune into hair maintenance.

Although many people said I was so lucky for having some natural curl in my hair, I seemed to find it a curse because with a baby face, if I let my hair go curly I was either called “Miss” or I would get carded well into my 30’s. The choice was clear: either to straighten my hair or grow a moustache (which would take at least six months of planning and effort). So I kept fighting Mother Nature.

I have a few friends who seemingly always had perfect hair, who could truly roll out of bed in the morning, give their head a shake and look perfect for any situation, casual or professional. They did not put in nearly as much effort as I did, and I always envied them as I continued to build my arsenal of miracle-in-a-bottle hair products. It didn’t help that I worked at your friendly neighbourhood pharmacy and could buy every new product hitting the market at employee discount.

But the battle ended when I took the plunge in 2007 and got my first clipper cut. There was no looking back as the benefits were undeniable.

Given that today is #WorldCancerDay and there is much talk about potentially buzzing one’s hair in a show of solidarity and to raise money for cancer research, I offer these Top 10 practical benefits to clipper cuts:

10. Time in the chair
The shortest clipper cut I ever got took only 6 minutes! The average is around 10, which includes chatting and payment! I may visit the barber more often, but even when you combine those times, it is still shorter than the half hour it used to take to “style” my hair.

9. Options
Around 2010 I bought my own set of clippers and tried doing it myself. Frankly, that decision has paid for itself several times over, even if I alternate between doing it myself and visits to the barber (to catch the spots I might miss)

8. Extra sleep
Back in the days when I used a blow dryer and gel, it would take a good 15-20 minutes in the morning to achieve the right look. Now, I basically walk out of the shower, towel dry and forget it. In winter I may apply some moisturizer and in the other seasons I apply sunscreen, but that’s it for maintenance, so while others are fighting with their hair I am getting my beauty sleep. Continue reading

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