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After the shave

Three days after1 having shaved off fifteen centimetres of my hair, these are the things that stand out:

  • I have far too much shampoo for the next few months at least;
  • My head gets cold or warm easily, also, I feel my pillow;
  • My shadow has significantly less volume;
  • I like how my skull looks;
  • Seriously, all this shampoo? No use for it.

I walked into the Chinese barber shop late Thursday night and told the interpreter to take it down to one centimetre. After a centimetre or three, he asked me if I really meant down to one centimetre, not down with. Yeah, I said, I want to get rid of it all. He laughed nervously and fifteen minutes later I left the store with a very nifty #4 buzz cut.

  1. The most common response is to look first, turn away in doubt, then turn back and shout something insightful like “hey, you cut your hair!”


  1. Photo?!

  2. I went to a stylish barber shop in the Nijmegen center, and the first thing the barbress told me was that I should cut it off – down to a millimetre. I told her I’d do that the next time I’d be there.

    Two days later, I walked in again and she started wondering if I was serious. When I appeared to be so, her colleague started to cut it off, and after precisely thirty-five minutes, I was, for the first time in more than ten years, close to having no hair on my head at all.

    I totally agree with you on the shadow: I actually don’t identify with my shadow when I see it at a glance: it’s strange and round and it has two funny bubbles at both sides, and I do not consider myself being like that.

    People usually ask me where I left my hair, something I cannot respond properly to.

  3. I did a #4 not so long ago, and i like it.

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