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Old 05-12-2010, 08:35 PM   #1
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Hair cut on the road

How do you guys (or ladies) judge a suitable barber shop? We all know to avoid airport haircuts but what about when you're out a while and start to get shaggy. What are the signs you look for to indicate a real barber shop?

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Old 05-12-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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I'm sorry, can only think of the old brain teaser about the only two barbers in town, one with a bad haircut the other with a fabulous haircut. Go to the one with the bad haircut. The other barber cut his hair. DW cuts mine, she always does a good job and a good price.

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Old 05-12-2010, 08:44 PM   #3
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My LW cuts my hair. Many times on a concrete picnic bench at our camp.
Under those circumstances there is no such thing as a bad haircut, just "it'll be perfect after you shower tomorrow......or in a couple days".
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I never worry about it because it will all grow back. I gave up chasing the women a long time ago, and they don't give me a second look anymore. As for the DW, well, I shave my mustache off one day after 20+ years of having it, and it took her four days to notice it. I also grew a beard when working at JSC. I mentioned that I was only going to shave half of it off one day. I got dared to do it for a lunch if I did. I shaved half (one side of my face) off. Over 75 percent of the people I ran into at work did not even notice it until I, or someone else, pointed it out. We see what we intend to see.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:57 PM   #5
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Oster clipper and a 1/4" attachment....................takes about 5 min!
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:47 PM   #6
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No hair, no problem. I did all the haircut thing for years, had to keep the hair short in the military, and had to wear a suit when working afterward. Most of the hair fell out, so I give myself a short haircut once a week. I also give myself 12$ for the haircut. Having a hard time doing the tip.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:37 AM   #7
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My husband says that he sleeps with his barber. :-) However having said that I did send him out to get a haircut while we were in Myrtle Beach one time and it was an awful haircut ($6 special) that I had to straighten up. You might try asking at the campground store or if you meet some locals at or nearby where you are staying that look like they have a great cut. I don't think that there is any way to tell that sort of thing by the looks of the place. You have to get a personal recommendation. Otherwise you are taking the risk. Also don't always trust the chains. I have seen good cuts and bad come out while I have been there. The last time I went, a guy walked out with a big ring around the back of his head and my son tried the same place and had blotches on the sides where they did a lousy job of blending to get the hair even. I don't have a license and I can do better than that.
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I mostly get my hair cut at Wal-Mart or one of the hair places in the local mall like Trade Secret, Regis or similar. I have only gotten one bad cut in the last 10 years on the road. If I get a bad one, it won't take long before I get another. Only one has been so bad that I had to have someone fix it. In all cases, it just grew back.
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My best friend [DW] cuts my, but I'm not allowed to cut hers. While we were in an RV site in Florida there were ladies that did hair that stayed there for the winter. Did a great job and had a give away price. They were so nice. So we think in every camp site some one will assist you in just about anything. If not try a different RV park and meet nice people.
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DW cuts my hair - Wahl and Oster clippers are available at Walmart.

DW will usually ask in the campground office for a recommendation, especially if someone has a style similar to hers. Most of the time her haircut is fine, once in a while - not so much.

We're not that fussy. We don't go to fancy places, and we don't even have to go to work every day.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:22 AM   #11
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Hi MickBrennan,
My hair cuts are very simple (straight 1957). I find (Yellow Pages) one of the large chains (A Cut Above, Super Cuts, etc. using a #4 guard). They always seem to get it right.
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Here is the best advice for getting Haircuts on the road.

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The biggest problem I find in trying to get a good haircut is someone who can trim around the ears and the back of the neck. Some just can't seem to get the back squared. If I start looking like the shaggy dog I'll look for a place that's really busy, with local lic plates, take a seat and watch the backs of the necks of those leaving. I always check the back of my neck before I pay and tip. Picky? you bet. I'm trying to talk my local barber into wintering in Yuma. LOL
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Like others, My DW cuts my hair. She has had 30 years of practice , so it looks prety good. I wouldn't think about going to a barber or stylist.

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