How to Get a Haircut

I used to hate getting haircuts.  I am not that good at or excited figuring out things like what to wear and what makes me look good.  I like to look good, but I don’t like the process of trying to make myself look good.  And getting a haircut was one of the most annoying unpleasant parts of the whole make me look good process.

Maybe at this point in the post it would be appropriate to say, part of me can’t believe I just wrote the title of this post.  What a stupid and easy thing it is to go and get a haircut.  But, I got a trick.

On the list of the many things in this world that I do not know or care about I would include the following things:

  1. What side do I part my hair on?
  2. Would I like my hair to be over my ears?
  3. Which Sex and The City Character am I most like?
  4. How long do I want my sideburns?

These are all things I have been asked or made a decision on at some point, but they are not important enough for me to remember them all the time, or even every time I get a haircut.  If this makes me an ogre or a slovenly man then I freely admit to being an ogre.

But, I don’t have to think about any of these questions anymore!  Here’s the trick:

  1. At some point get a haircut that you like. (It could be that you need to do this now and not use my trick until four months from now when you go back, but this first step is crucial.  If you have ever gotten a good hair cut and a picture of that hair cut even if it was a decade a go, as long as you still have the same amount of hair you are eligible for this trick.)
  2. Get a Picture of that haircut.
  3. Remember vaguely what the back looked like. (this may be wrong, but I think of the back of a haircut the way I think of the trunk of a car, important but ultimately very simple)
  4. Show that picture to the hairdresser, describe the back.
  5. Reap the fruits of your labor.

The End


Maybe, you can tell that I am holding out on you.  Maybe, you know that even though I just told you how to get an awesome haircut every time I still have a more convenient more awesome trick that I have saved for myself.  Alright fine I do.  But this one takes planning, and the inability to legally operate an automobile or lack of proper photo identification of some sort.Picture 3

So for you, gentle readers and true believers, I present step 2a. (this step is to be taken in place of step 2 in the rare cases that it is possible):

2a. Go get your driver’s license

If you can correctly carry out step 2a and after step 1 the world is your oyster.

There are two main advantages, first you have a reference point for what a good hair cut for you look like, and second, that reference point is in your pocket all the time. Enjoy your haircut readers, I do, every time.

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9 Responses to “How to Get a Haircut”
  1. Lori says:

    Hi Casey,

    1) The photo of the cow is priceless.

    2) I think I will take the cow photo to my next haircut so the hair meister can get an idea of how I’d like my next haircut to look.

    3) This post is priceless.

    Thank you!
    Have a great day, Casey!

  2. Casey says:


    I have been trying to get my bangs to look like that cow all my life. So get that haircut with my blessing.

  3. CharlesHo says:

    I’ll make another suggestion. Don’t go to a salon. Go to a barber. If, as a guy, you don’t rate how you want your hair by fictional tv characters, a barber is a no-nonsense approach that’ll leave you answering a whole lot less flowery questions on the basic “i want my hair shorter” desire. I discovered a pretty cool place down on Belmont from a Metromix show that I really like if you ever need a recommendation.

    • shbh says:

      I am down with barber shops. Though, it has been a while since I did that. I just go the place closest to my house right now.

  4. swarnaw says:

    wow! nice article.

  5. Adrian says:

    The correct way to get a haircut is to get one for free at the barber college on Adams and Wabash. They wear ties and barber smocks! Make sure you have a couple of hours free (because students cut hair very slowly). It’s also a interesting interracial barbering experience.

    • Casey says:

      I am all about ties. Next time I am down town with time on my hands and too much hair on my head I am checking that out. Thanks for the heads up buddy.

  6. Francesco says:

    Hey,take that picture of mine of your web site!!!!!!!

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