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May 13, 2008

Hairy Tales, these.

Filed under: Mars and Venus,Top Draws — Santhosh @ 4:40 AM

Yesterday, three pretty girls were climbing the stairs just ahead of me (some detractors might claim that I was walking behind them). I had work in the Professional Couriers office and I believe the fair maidens were visiting the beauty parlour next door. They were chattering away on what they wanted to do with their hair and I was awestruck by the preciseness of their requirements – “A lateral snip … till here (indicating the exact projection) … a little blah-blah highlights … just this part here (once again with extremely precise indications)…” Wow! I said to myself, girls CAN be clear on what they want. But with respect to haircuts, as a guy, I’m always at a loss of words when I enter the barber’s. Let me elaborate.

The biggest problem with us guys is that we are never sure on what we exactly want but for a very approximate idea. Like for instance the time when I wanted to have a funk. So after having covered all my bases, including informing my lawyer in case my mom disowns me, I plonked myself in front of my barber.
“I want a funk – “
“What type?”
“What what type?”
Funk! What type of funk?”.
“Whaat?? They have types in funks? When did that happen?”
So I gave in to my usual “the usual”*.
* Have you ever seen a barber ask you what you mean by “the usual”? Even if it’s your first visit there?

Once in a while though, we know exactly what we want. It’s that thing so-and-so actor sported in so-and-so movie. But then, being the men that we are, we’re not going to be messing around with our izzat by revealing that we’re aware of any kind of ishtyle. So I put the “Innovation Matters” that my company asks of me into play by trying to describe what I think the cut is like and the result is disastrous more often than not. Like for instance the time when I wanted my hair to be cut like Josh Hartnett’s in Pearl Harbor, I ended up saying “Well… ummm… I want it to look ruffled… and a little windblown… but err, in place… and neat.. like err … well … you know what, just make it short”!

You can’t blame the barbers for not trying to help you though. They always have these colour posters of extremely happy looking guys in weird hairdos staring back at you from 2 walls (yeah two, not more, not less). As if to suggest, yeah be a man and pick me. But the problem is you are as sure as Ganguly tonking a left-arm spinner over deep midwicket that not one of those hairdos is going to look good on you (or should it be you who should look good in the hairdo? well, whatever)! Also, the places that I usually visit are called So-and-so Saloons. Saloon, mind you, not salon. There is an ‘o’ missing. Now, you could be audacious enough to ask me why I couldn’t just go to one of those fancy parlours where I can first check out a computerized me. But then, you know, a billion dollar head doesn’t need a 2 grand haircut to look good.



  1. There you go again…….How many blogposts will you dedicate to gal vs guy comparisons..You never miss an opportunity to compare, do you ?

    Comment by Ram — May 16, 2008 @ 8:15 PM | Reply

  2. Coincidence doesn’t begin to describe it. I believe my post has my rebuttal.

    Comment by atomicgitten — May 22, 2008 @ 12:42 PM | Reply

  3. not true… i know exactly precisely accurately perfectly what i want… i just walk into the barbers and tell him i want a medium short spike with less than one inch in the front. after the akward stare and silence… “the usual!!!”

    Comment by root3 — June 16, 2008 @ 6:15 PM | Reply

  4. @ramWell, they ARE the better half, ain’t they?@atomicgittenBah! Girls!!

    Comment by santhosh — July 27, 2008 @ 2:10 PM | Reply

  5. @markivRemember, I’ve seen u in real life@anonThanks for the link. Never knew Coelho (the real one?) blogged.

    Comment by santhosh — July 27, 2008 @ 2:12 PM | Reply

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