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04-09-2013 09:16 AM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

We have clippers on board. the only difference between a good and bad haircut is 2 weeks or so. I usually get scalped before passage making.
04-08-2013 07:49 AM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

Before we left Michigan, we paid our regular hairstylist to teach us how to cut each other's hair. It wasn't like she was losing business, we were leaving anyway. And we didn't need to look "perfect," just "respectable." Easy enough.
04-07-2013 10:07 PM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

Med, onceuponatime I woke up at 4:45 AM on Independence Day in a cold loudy employees dorm and started to shave. And then I said "บันทึกนี้" and threw away the razor and quit. It had been a lousy summer, when you're working for tips and the wx is so bad there are no guests...บันทึกนี้.

Did a little trimming but kept a full beard (That's me, the fourth guy in the ZZTop demos) and a pony tail for damn near 25 years until I decided Upper Managment in the corporate world would be happier if I adjusted the scenary.

It helps if you study what the barber id doing, A good pair pf "thinning scissors", a regular scissor, learning to lift with the comb and trim alongside it with either a razor OR a little electric trimmer...If you're at sea you get a chance to fix all the mistakes 2-3 weeks later as it grows back in.

Sometimes having two mirrors, one in front of you one behind, helps. And you've got to get used to working backwards in the mirror, and even working by feel. My barber asked me how I got it so straight in the back, because sometimes I'll lift it on the neck, and I tell him after 25 years I just do do it by feel and run a straight line across.

You're working on someone else? Great, go slow, make sure they'll have 3 weeks to regrow it before they get to prot.

Really, I'd bet that if you ask the barber, tell him you're going to sea and need to know how to take care of it while you're out there, he'll gladly show you what he's doing to others, what tools you need, and put a half day to really good use.
04-07-2013 09:35 PM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

If you don't mind short hair just buy a good set of clippers with the gauges that snap on the cutters to control length then fire them up and give yourself a cut all over with the gauge that you think makes you look "coolest". Did that for over ten years at about three week intervals. Now that I am retired I cut it about every eight months using the same method. At three week intervals your hair goes from short to shorter. At eight month intervals it goes from ponytail to short. I keep the gauges warmed up by trimming the beard with them about every three weeks.
04-07-2013 08:46 PM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

In all my years i've never cut my own hair and i have it cut at least every 2 weeks or less. I do trim the sides with clippers in between cuts.

I have no fear in letting people cut my hair. I've had haircuts all over the world; the worst haircuts in the states. The most unusual haircut experiences i won't even begin to comment on! It amazes me that there are so many people out there that cut hair, and do it well.

I always say one thing when they finish and they ask "How's it look?"

"Looks great!"

It will grow back by next week.
04-07-2013 06:34 PM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

Shampooing hair on board in winter , even with a really good shower can be a right royal pain and frankly wastes too much water. Thankfully (ha bloody ha) my hair has thinned enough to make long hair a thing of the past so I go the trimmer route as well. Let it grow until it looks too whispy then cut it back to give that albino gorilla look the Wombet finds soooooo attractive.
04-07-2013 04:18 PM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post

Don't forget that long can be the easiest because you really don't have to worry about haircuts. It just gets longer. I think I made several years without a trim, but that was when it was tropical sun and salt bleached so it broke off. I think trimming it every once in a while us more healthy
Actually I think short is the easiest. Never have bed head, and you can shampoo with a washcloth. When it starts thinning out, "wear your scalp proudly" and remember that baldness is a sign of testosterone.

Sunburn on the scalp is a PITA, though.
04-07-2013 02:57 PM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

I'm going to have to be in the minority with long hair. It does suck that it gets so tangly so arthroscopic aside a shave would be more practical as long as it wasn't too close that you get sunburned all the time.

I bought cheap Baer scissors and once every six months hand the to someone and say cut straight across my back.

Don't forget that long can be the easiest because you really don't have to worry about haircuts. It just gets longer. I think I made several years without a trim, but that was when it was tropical sun and salt bleached so it broke off. I think trimming it every once in a while us more healthy
04-07-2013 02:30 PM
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

You can purchase a good barber chair for about $550.

A good fighting chair will cost you $5,000 and more.

04-07-2013 12:35 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Haircuts while cruising?

So what is the difference between a fish fighting chair & a barber's chair?...Dale
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