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Haircuts [Nov. 28th, 2004|12:09 am]
My treat now on Saturday is to go to the open-air market there, with lots of small stands, some being little food stalls, and take one egg roll with a hot chocolate and stay there listening to people and watching. Well, I did it thrice, not always on a Saturday, but let us stay it is now a habit *oh horror, habits, I am getting into habits!*

Got my hair cut today (well, I let it grow, this was only to refresh the sides) and went to a gent’s barber. I like it a lot better when it is a guy who cuts my hair. It is quick and done without hesitation; for some reason, girls are slower and shyer. This is probably because when I go to a general hairdresser, those are cheap ones, and the girls are novice, while gent’s hairdressers, which are always cheap, have long-term professionals. This may also be because, quite simply, guys are more used to handle things with authority. And hairdressing is a matter of handling people. This therefore links into the passive-active analogy, i.e. cutting hair = having sex, oh! I just had sex with my hairdresser!

In the same line of thought, but a bit apart, I am sure also, women’s hairdressers are much better with women than with men. This time, it is a matter of anticipating tastes in hair cutting. So there is a bit to say for each side.

What else? Oh yeah, bought a yoga matt, purple because purple is my favorite color, and it is associated to yoga in my mind. In the UK, not only do you get the matt and its protective “housse” (cover?) to carry it, but you also get an other, plastic cover, in case it rains!!! Oh, the English are so practical… I also bought a deck of yoga cards, because I am tired of drawing Iyengar’s programs on a sheet of paper and following based on this. I am unsure I will really use this though, but they are nice, and this could help in devising new programs. I am not sure they have a sufficient number of poses; it is more for beginners. But well… that might get me to practice more… more probably not.

OH! Forgot to say. My deal on the house on the border of the river is finalized, so I get it when I come back after the Christmas vacations on the 3d of January. Oh boy. This is why, BTW, I am buying some things, just so as to provide an atmosphere. I will make of one of the rooms my “empty room”, one in which there will be nothing but the floor. A room to exercise and create new things. I have always held the theory every houses should have an empty room where nothing stays but ephemeral projects. Could never apply my theory as I never had a house, only apartments (but my apartments were always quite empty anyway).

From: teaweed
2004-11-28 01:22 am (UTC)

Gents' hairdressers

I have noticed that most people who wear their hair with a side part, part it on the left, with their hair combed toward the right. At first I theorized that the disparity had to do with handedness and somehow the predominance of left-parts is related to the predominance of right-handed people. However, every right-part person I've asked has claimed to be right-handed, so there goes that theory. I ask people about it from time to time. One guy told me that barbers used to part boys hair on the right and then switch to a left part when the boy came to a certain maturity. The guy didn't know why, had only observed and not bothered to ask. Maybe the observation is false. I have asked my male hairdresser and he was oblivious. Maybe that's because he's not a traditional barber. If you go to that gents' hairdresser again, will you ask him about it? Which makes me wonder if the dominance of the left-part is an American thing. But I sort of suspect that it's a mirror image thing based on people's habit of reading (and maybe thus general viewing) from left to right.
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[User Picture]From: saravana
2004-11-28 11:52 am (UTC)

Re: Gents' hairdressers

Ah, very interesting question, I noticed women hairdresser always ask me which side I part my hair, men don't.

I also was told that it was good, in order to revive the hair, to comb it on the "other" side from time to time.

I will ask, but the staff is quite diverse (Italian, French, even English, now that is exotic).

You should write more in your journal, you have an interesting and fine perception of the world, and you are able to transcribe it in writing, something I struggle with.
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From: teaweed
2004-12-01 10:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Gents' hairdressers

Thank you very much. The struggle is not apparent; it seems to me that you're apt and fluent in communicating.
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[User Picture]From: loreeley
2004-11-29 02:38 am (UTC)
I think gentlemen hairdressers are quicker, without hesitation because they are used to cutting shorter hair and thus more precisely. It is serious business! Ladies hairdressers are always gossiping and, even though women are supposed to be good at multi-tasting, not all their attention can be on the hair for sure. That's why I dislike hairdressers.
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