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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!”

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  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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