Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The First Cut is the Deepest

This lolcat really makes me laugh... and reminds of a funny story.

I bet there are few of us ladies out there whom haven't taken a scissor to our own hair!

I have been cutting Pumpkin's hair for about a year and half now, and I cut Fuzzy's hair until he was about 5 and ready to cope with a barber.  On and off over the years, I have still trimmed Fuzzy's hair.

Of course, the hair I have cut the most has been my own.  Occasionally, I have given myself a whole new style, but usually I am just trimming my bangs.

I guess I began to do my bangs somewhere around age 13 or 14.   I thought I knew exactly what was what.

However, it can be quite a different story when you cut someone elses.

Kathy moved into my family home when I was 18.  This the end of 1984, and bangs, layered cuts, and big hair were a must!!!

Kathy's bangs were not cooperating and were falling in her face, so like every good best friend would, I stepped in to help out!

Kathy was a bit nervous, she (strangely to me) had never done any home trimming.  I felt I was quite competent to help after doing my own bangs for the last 4 years!

Kathy sat on the toilet seat, hair wet and I casually pulled out the hair, sized it up while looking down, and snipped.

Oh no.

Immediately, I realized my error. 

Cutting my own bangs, I pulled the hair down straight in front of my face and trimmed across the eyebrow line looking straight ahead.

My perception was NOT the same standing above Kathy, as it would have been had I had HER stand too, and cut straight across.

I was now looking at my best friend's bangs that were about 1 1/2 inches long, maybe, and only in the middle of her forehead, far above the eyebrow line.

And, most of all, WAY WAY WAY too short!

It all happened rather fast.

::: snip:::  'Uh oh!', escaping my lips and Kathy leaping up to look in the mirror. 

Oh my, if looks could kill, I certainly wouldn't be here typing this right now!!!

I blabbered how sorry I was and that I knew what I did wrong, but needless to say, I never cut Kathy's bangs again!  lol

We tried to camouflage it as best we could, but as we worked and went out together over the next few days, I took all the abuse on the chin as Kathy informed everyone, that 'Dawn cut my bangs!' 

I have to say that over the years, we have laughed about it, and I think Kathy will laugh now as soon as she sees the lolcat above, thinking the same thoughts.

I love looking back at what seemed to be a disaster then, and finding the humor now.

I hope you enjoyed it, too. 

And, be very careful if you cut your bangs!

be well,


sunnyside46 said...

when Mariah was about 5, she cut every kid in the neighborhood's hair...we were not the most favorite people in the world for a while there.

coelha said...

LOL... especially with wet hair, cutting bangs is tricky.  My daughter has curly hair, and she cut her bangs recently, not realizing that her hair would shrink quite a bit when they got dry... OOPS!  So glad I didn't do them!!!  My mother cut our hair all the time.  You should see our school pictures---me and my sister with crooked's pretty funny.  :)  Julie

mleighin21st said...

I cut my own, have cut my husbands, son's, and there was one cousin this one time........;)
                                             Smiles,  Leigh

cherry2sweet2eat said...

LOL !!

chat2missie said...

I've never cut my own, but I cut Kevin's hair and Brandons.

brendaspears97 said...

ohmigosh..that poor girl! lol BETTER HER THEN YOUR OWN!!! lol Great story.


wildautumn1 said...

Oh no! She must be a really good friend!!! I have been known to "trim" my familys' hair too! For some reason they hide when they see scissors in my hand!  Have a great day!

rdautumnsage said...

I've cut my own hair , bangs everything. As well as the hair to every guy I've ever been with. Yet my daughters trim was the scariest....I picked her up from her grandmother's and noticed her hair seemed a little knotted up. First I tried brushing the knot out. Imagine my horror when I had a huge lock of hair hanging from the brush.....Apparently little Miss Skye tried cutting her own hair and realizing Mom wouldn't be too happy tried taping it back in....(Hugs) Indigo

queeniemart said...

she is a good friend to eventually be able to laugh about the bangs. I have cut mine that short too and boy did i look bad!

momiscool2 said...

lol - I love the picture and the story!
I'm not sure if I have introduced myself before - I'm Michelle.
I have a son with high functioning autism who is 14.
None of the kids will let me cut their hair - they don't trust me anymore with good reason lol.
take care!

wwfbison said...

LOL, I can totally relate to this funny!  I bet Kathy was upset.  I still hack way at my bangs in between stylings.  Thanks for triggering a funny memory I had forgotten about until reading your entry.  :)

jmoqueen said...

I do tend to cut my fringe occassionally cos it's getting too long but I don't think I would attempt it on someone else and now I know why ;-)  You two must have a darn good friendship :o)


preciousone25 said...

Yes, that IS funny...... NOW!!!  LOL!!!


sdoscher458 said...

Oh honey I can feel your pain. I cut my sisters hair once and only once never have lived that one down either. Yet, I do okay on my own and not too bad when I cut the kids hair...could be because my sis's was Funny story, Sandi

martygord said...

Hi Dawn,
OK, now I'm really curious.  Do you have any photos of Kathy after your haircut which you could post in your blog?  Who knows, maybe the cut you gave her is in style now?

sunnybethe said... funny!  I have never been able to do a decent job on my bangs.  So I just wait until they drive me nuts, the franticly call the hairdresser for a cut.

thank you for the cute story,  Bethe

lv2trnscrb said...

LOL!!! I gave up years ago cutting the kids' hair. I have no concept of a straight line :)


erarein63 said...

OMG!  I can't tell you the number of times I've cut my bangs with marginal and worse results.  You'd think we'd learn.  Hope you've been doing well and I'm glad to see that Kathy's looks didn't kill you off.  De ;)

glensfork4 said...

In the 7th or 8th grade I had hair down to my butt, all the same friend Darlene (she will not remain nameless) did the cutting and cut it to my shoulders with the feathered look and bangs....she did a good job actually, BUT after my mom saw it.....Darlene didn't come over for a LONG WHILE!!!


lindaggeorge said...

I suppose Bangs are what we call a Fringe over this side of the pond. I've had a few disasters with my own over the years. LOL!

Linda x.

deshelestraci said...

Cute story!  I was like Kathy.  My mom always took us to the hair dresser.  I never experimented until much later!

luddie343 said...

Aw Dawn this is priceless!  Glad you and Kathy and look back and laugh, thanks for sharing.  Happy St Valentine's Day!! Love you - XOXO CATHY

cacklinrosie101 said...

LOL...I used to cut my own hair all the time when it was permed.  I haven't for a while now.  Megan was a huge hair cutter.  She was always giving herself a trim.  I gave Becky a wonderful cut...NOT...when she was about 8.  Can we say I should give away my scissors.  HUGS  Chris

donejustwrite said...

Made me laugh!  Made me laugh!  Out loud!!!  :)