If you’re a reader of my blog, you’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a male prima donna, and I talk about my hair a lot. The reason my hair comes into conversation so much is because this is the first time in my entire life I’ve ever had hair longer than a finger length. I started growing it out from an almost shaved head early 2011 and haven’t gotten it cut since… until today!
I was scheduled for an appointment a couple weeks ago, back when I had tried out some Male Celebrity Hairstyles that I thought might work on me. But then the hairstylist asked to reschedule for the next day. Even though I was available, I said “NOOOO!” and ultimately chickened out. I’ve honestly been afraid to get it cut after a really bad haircut I received last year, which I’ve affectionately nicknamed The Bad Haircut.
During the past 15 days of my weight-loss challenge How To Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days, I’ve found myself having to shower more often to compensate for the additional workouts (“More often” for me means, like, more than twice a week haha j/k LOL ROFL!). This ultimately made me realize how long my hair has gotten and how much of a pain it is to keep clean and well kept.
So I manned up and made an appointment with Deanna Harkess at the Cleo Hair Salon in Oak Park, CA. Deanna came personally recommended by a handful of important people in my life. I found out today before we hit the cutting board that she also works with several other folks out in LA that I know.
I said to Deanna, “This is my first haircut since early 2011. I started with practically a shaved head.” I showed her my business card which still has shaved-head Adventure Paul on it.
(I still give that card out because it’s a conversation starter. People say, “That’s you??” and the talking begins.)
“I’ve been real nervous to get a haircut.” I told Deanna about The Bad Haircut experience and how it scarred me for life. I also told her about the nightmares where I woke up thinking I had made an impulsive decision to shave my head.. but it was just a dream! All this kept me from getting a haircut before now.
“I’ve been growing my hair out and I like it long. I just know that it’s time for a trim.”
“So you want to keep your length.” she said matter-of-factly, which made me feel more comfortable. She knew what I was going for.
“Exactly,” I said. “I keep my hair in a pony tail most of the time, and I want to be able to still do that when I leave here.”
Blah blah blah, boring boring boring. Point is–Deanna spent as much time as I wanted discussing what I was looking for before she got to work. We agreed that I might be more prone to wear my hair down if it didn’t look so sloppy!
We talked the entire time, mostly about exercise and travels. She ran a freakin’ 5k race in freakin’ 22 minutes! And she was complaining about it! My last 5k a couple years ago, The Bele Chere 5k Champion, I took 44 minutes and 50 seconds!
This past Sunday, Deanna and her husband completed a triathlon (Swimming, Biking, Running.. in that order). She trained for six months and her husband trained for 1 month (but still kicked her butt at it she told me). She’s also been kite boarding, is an active surfer, and participates in a handful of races and triathlons each year. Maybe next time I see her I will be able to run a 5k in 22 minutes! My goal currently is to run 5 miles in 50 minutes. That’s not even that impressive, but it’s awesome for me.
Adventure Paul is now part of the club who recommend Deanna Harkess. I’m very pleased with how my haircut came out. I even asked to go a little shorter in the back when she was done. She didn’t want to shock me with losing too much length and waited for me to ask, which I very much appreciated.
I also thought it was cool and convenient that she rang me up on her iPhone using the Square payment processor. If you’re unfamiliar with Square, it’s a little device that plugs into your phone that you can swipe credit cards on.
She swiped my card, then I gave my electronic signature via the touchscreen on her phone. Next I typed in my e-mail address to get a copy of the receipt. Super cool. I’m a big fan of Square and often recommend the service to clients.
Here’s a photo of me and Deanna after my haircut.
Thanks Deanna! If you’re in need of a good hair stylist near the San Fernando Valley, you can reach Deanna at (818) 879-1940 (the number for Cleo Hair Salon).
Scott didn’t notice my haircut when I saw him afterwards, but that’s okay. We’re both heterosexual men. Plus I wanted to keep it long. Something noticeable would have defeated my goal.
What do you think of my new do? Is it even noticeable?