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How hard is it to get the haircut you want?

Barbers charge ridiculous prices and try to do all sorts of things to you that you don't want and charge you extra for it. It is literally a fight to get out of having my hair shampooed when I visit the barbers, even though I have just shampooed it at home before I left the house.

Some common terms which barbers use that are quite well defined generally but do not produce the expected results: tapered and trim. I think the standard tapered cut would involve some use of the clippers around the border but then it should be long on top and mostly cut by scissors.

Barbers never seem to offer trims anymore but if you get your haircut regularly that is all you would want. A trim would literally be trimming the edges of the hair around the border so that it would be neat and then he would obviously blend it in for me. This was explained to me by a barber in Bristol who would trim my hair for £3. Obviously he would often try to ask for the full price £7 for the haircut. The problem is if you pay them too much they will take too much off! Those days I would have other students stopping me in the street to ask me where I had my haircut as well as flatmates and neighbours.

I always try to get short back and sides and longer on top. I like to have long hair on top and very neatly trimmed back and sides - the typical tapered cut. I asked for a just a trim and to make it a tapered cut. The barber said he was going to make it short and proceeded to cut off all my hair. It took ages and it made me look like a peon. He said it looked smart and was offering to do more work but I had other things to do. I think it is an overpriced cut and not what I asked for and at £18 is too expensive. I would expect far greater attention to detail for that much money when I know that £3 can get me the sharpest trim that I have ever had.

My manager noticed the haircut and commented that I've had it cut but I felt like others in the office knew that it was not the cut that I had asked for.


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