Monday, September 10, 2012

The Mother of All Haircuts

I learn absolutely everything the hard way.

About three weeks ago, Firstborn took his shaggy unkempt mop of a hairdo to a friend's house for a sleepover. At some point during the evening, the boys decided that he needed to lose a little length, but just in the bang area. This is what he came home looking like:


Remember those weird kids from Village of the Damned?

So out came my trusty hair clippers and off came the rest of Firstborn's hair. Afterwards, he looked like a different kid:


So far so good. And this was where I decided to push my luck a little farther and also give RB his own buzz cut. I should've quit while I was ahead.

I guess I should mention that the hair clippers I use to cut my kids' hair are the same clippers I used to use to cut the Captain's hair back when we were starving students who couldn't afford an $8 haircut at BoRics. In short, they are very, VERY old. They are so old that they came with a VHS instructional video showing you how to give your kid a flat-top, which the hair clipper company cleverly deemed the "urban cut". This is what the urban cut looks like if you do it right:


I dare anyone to go anywhere, urban or otherwise, sporting this haircut.

I got RB into the bathroom and started buzzing the hair off his little head when out of absolutely nowhere, the plastic guide (I think hairdressers call this a "cheater"?) that was supposed to keep me from cutting his hair shorter than 1/4" popped off and I cut a bald spot off the top of his head:


This elicited some panic and squealing from me, and by the time the Captain had stomped in and stomped out again, my blood pressure was somewhere around that area on the doctor's chart that helpfully points out that you're dead.

But RB's hair was only half cut and I needed to finish the job. I took a deep breath, reattached the guide and continued to buzz away. And then...IT HAPPENED AGAIN!!!


Right on the side of his head! Luckily, the Captain--always level-headed and calm in an emergency--heard my shrieks, came running in and yelled "WHAT are you doing WRONG?!" and then ran back out, leaving me to figure out what on earth I was going to do with the ancient hair clippers that had left my poor child looking like he'd just been through a round of chemo.

Oh, right.

Luckily hair grows fast and the bald spots have grown back in just in time for RB's very first picture day at school next week. And I have learned the valuable lesson that a trained hairdresser is worth the fifteen bucks. Or at least that I need to re-watch that instructional video once in a while.

Long live the urban cut.

12 comments:

Dimple said...

Classic story!

Judy@judyfriendphotography.com said...

I'm still laughing, sorry! As you said it will grow back! New clippers are in your future!!!! Good luck....Jude

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hahahahahahaha -- invest in some new clippers, girl!

Glenda said...

I'm with Judy...I had to laugh out loud, not at the poor child with the scalped head but your post is so funny. Poor baby, thank goodness his hair grows fast! Next time...don't do it. Pay the money and get a professional!

Linda said...

Yes, it's time for new clippers. I cut my own hair short, like the cuts you just gave your boys, and the same thing happened to me. I shaved spot in the back of my head, a week before a family wedding. Luckily hair does grow fast and no one noticed. I think.

LaelShine said...

HAHAHAH I did the same thing to my kid. RUined his hair and he was so not impressed with me, let me tell ya~

Granny Bob said...

Oh my why oh why did you not call would have come running! Kind of glad you didn't as this little tale has given me a well needed laugh.Take care and BUY SOME NEW CLIPPERS LOL!!!

Janine said...

Hi Wendy!!! That's hilarious about the clippers. I remember doing that to my boys! I am doing well and now just have to get back t blogging!!!

SG Angela said...

This is great this Monday morning. All happened to us before. : )

Tricky Nag said...

Best thing I've read today!!
If I had to pick my choice of free hairdressers, I'd pick you over his friends any day!

Michelle G said...

LOL!!! OMG. . . . too funny. MY little brother actually asked to have his hair cut "like daddy's" once. He wanted the bald spot.

LuckyLady said...

Love reading your blog - it is so funny and the comments are funny too.