Sarah pushed open the door of the barber salon, and hesitated for a moment before stepping in. She wasn’t sure this was what she wanted, but she was definitely sure this was what she needed, or at least her husband needed.
Throughout most of Sarah’s marriage, her husband had been keeping mum about his love of girls with short hair. Well, it wouldn’t be fair to say that the husband was solely at fault for keeping such a deep secret, since Sarah was a fan of growing her long luscious locks. Her husband probably was afraid of sharing his secret with Sarah for fear of affecting the marriage.
All was hidden nice and safe until one fine day, Sarah came across pictures of girls with short haircuts on his netbook, and realised his fantasies. Before long, she was here at the barber salon. To make a change. To surprise her husband.
As soon as she stepped in, a middle-aged barber attended to her. ‘Sorry, there aren’t any hairdressers available right now, unless you wouldn’t mind me doing it, since I’m just a barber.’ He said.
Sarah gave it some thought, and remembered that barbers are usually good with doing short cuts. ‘I think you are just who I need.’ Sarah replied.
The barber glowed at Sarah’s answer and gestured for the nearby salon chair. The barber salon was totally empty except for Sarah at the moment. Perhaps all the hairdressers and the rest of the barbers are out for lunch.
The barber introduced himself as Paul, as he grabbed one of the white hairdressing capes off a hook on the back wall. He came behind Sarah and draped it over her, fastening it snuggly around her neck.
‘So, what are you up for?’ Paul questioned. Sarah explained about her husband’s love for short hair on girls, and wants to surprise her husband with a short haircut. However, she wants to keep the hairstyle feminine and chic.
‘Short, but not masculine. Sure, I can do that.’ Paul replied, and briefly elaborated on the haircut Sarah will be getting. He then got down straight to work.
He pulled out the hairdryer, and blow-dry Sarah’s curly locks straight with a round brush. Upon finishing the blow-drying, Paul gathered together her locks, and tied it into high ponytail tightly, close to her occipital bone area.
The clippers were instantly drawn out thereafter. ‘Are you ready?’ Paul asked Sarah, before making the chop. Sarah nodded and Paul plunged the clippers instantaneously into the ponytail, severing off the meeting point between the clippers and Sarah’s locks.
It was then Sarah realised how thick her hair was, as Paul had some difficulty chopping the entire ponytail off in one go. He put more pressure on the clippers to try and push the clippers through, but to no avail. Resultantly, he decided to chop the ponytail at different angles, which finally did the job. Paul placed the ponytail into a zip-lock bag, and placed it on the table before continuing with the cut.
Paul repositioned himself on Sarah’s left, and combed out the entire left section. He placed the comb approximately two to three inches from her scalp, and ran the clippers over the comb, dislodging off whatever hair stood between the clippers. Sarah watched in astonishment as her dislodged tresses get chopped, and piled up on her shoulders above the cape.
Paul then worked his way around Sarah’s head, moving to the back and cutting at a connecting angle. Sarah was to get a short asymmetrical cut, with the left side cut short, while the right was kept slightly longer to preserve her femininity. As he worked her way towards the right, less length was taken off with the clippers.
Next, Paul used his barber shears to trim off excess length, tidying up Sarah’s look. The already short hair was cut further, especially on the left side where it was already cut very short previously by the clippers. Paul placed the scissors approximately an inch at most from the scalp and snipped away the extra length, sending tufts of cut hair down the cape, and rested in Sarah’s lap.
As he put the finishing touches to Sarah’s hairstyle, trimming the long fringe she had requested to a more appropriate length, he dusted her neck, shaved off the loose hairs at the nape area, before unfastening the cape off Sarah.
When Sarah went home that night, the husband was pleasantly surprised by her bravery in making the plunge, and she was rewarded with a night of plentiful experiences.
She didn’t grow her hair out for the many years to come, satisfied with the changes short hair brought about to her. Every now and then, when she reaches up to caress her short hair, it brought back memories of her barber salon experience, when Paul chopped off all her hair. Maybe someday, Sarah might go back to Paul to experience getting all her hair chopped off again.