Someone at my work (identity will remain a mystery) bought up an interesting point recently. He came back to the office after a trip to Cost Cutters and said the entire time, all he could think about was how fat his chin looked.
How sad. When you go get a haircut, you should be able to enjoy the feel of the hairdresser washing your hair, massaging your scalp, combing your hair out and the gentle tickle of her running your hair through her fingers as she lines up her next length of hair to trim.
But is my coworker the only one who feels that way? Unfortunately, no. When most people get their hair cut, they’re forced to stare at the mirror for approximately 15 minutes, during which time you’ve got your hair plastered to your scalp. Instead of enjoying the feeling, though, and relaxing, you’re sitting there self consciously watching yourself talk and laugh. (Does my mouth really move like that? All the time? Cripes, when I smile, I look like I don't have eyes! Oh My God, how many chins do I have? That's it, I’m never smiling again.) Also, you’re watching the underarm jiggle of the Cost Cutter hairstylist. But the whole time you’re staring into the mirror, you’re a little uncomfortable. And mentally cutting down your calories for the next month to approximately 1000 a day. Mmmm….yes, that IS relaxing.
It wasn't always that way, though. It's a learned behavior. Think of it this way. When a baby looks into the mirror, the baby doesn’t sit there and think, man, kid, you gotta lay off the strained bananas, YOU are getting CHUNKY. How many bottles are you up to a day, anyway?
No. The baby points at the mirror and says, look at the PRETTY BABY. Complete acceptance there, not name calling.
My oldest just got his hair cut. He also is growing what we normal people would call sideburns but what his homies would call “chin straps.” Those “chin straps” were trimmed as well, and now he looks like a pretty clean cut dude.
My husband gets haircuts on a regular basis. I don’t think his hair has ever been over ½” since I’ve known him. I asked him jokingly once if he would like to grow his hair out like a hippie, and he told me that his hair doesn’t grow DOWN, it grows two ways...CURLY and UP. Always. Just higher, and higher, and higher. So he would NEVER look like a hippie but more like the Bride of Frankenstein. Or Marge Simpson.