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Amateur Grooming During the Pandemic, Just Say No!

Just Say No!

or A Cautionary Tale

    There are real dangers to allowing amateurs do the work of professionals.  As your wife comes toward you with those scissors, just say no!  Circa 1982, Edwin Teller, the scientist, gave a speech I attended regarding Star Wars. (how is that for a non-sequitur?).  Not the movie with the Wookie, but the national defense program being debated at the time.  I recall little of the speech, but I remember the man, or should I say, I remember his eyebrows (see here).

     They were like nothing I had ever seen; wild, bushy and full of gray hair. They were magnificent and, I thought, made him look distinguished.  Definitely, worth while to emulate.  I wanted to age into brows like that.

     Years later, my eyebrows began to fill in nicely or so I thought.  I recognized that I had a real problem somewhere near my 45th birthday. I kid you not, I received three nose hair trimmers as gifts that year.  It turns out that I had two real problems.  And my wife, Mary Margaret, did not see my eyebrows as Telleresque, she saw me like this.

Bert

 

     Mary Margaret (MM)  is a solid negotiator.  She was the first person that defined social distancing in terms that I understood.  Either we shape those eyebrows or you can spend your time in your precious shed.  Out came the tweezers!  By the third, maybe the fourth, pulled hair, I was done.  She wasn't, but I was.  I am not really proud to say this, but IT HURT!  Besides, her working with metal objects near my eyes with her poor eyesight did not sit well with me.  She wasn't even wearing her glasses.  Social distancing would be preferable.

   BTW- Do you know why guys only get one ear pierced?  After one needle through the ear, they are done too! 

     Anyway, after a little time and a lot more negotiating, I agreed to allow MM  to gently sculpt my eyebrows (well, maybe it was a monobrow) with my razor.  I know what you are thinking. If I did not like her near my eyes with a metal instrument, how could I let her near my eyes with a very sharp metal instrument?  Well, I am a real estate agent, therefore a great negotiator.  I made her put her glasses on! 

     The work began and, much to her credit, she focused intently on the job at hand.  She would shape a little, then sit back  and assess her work.  It was going pretty well, according to her.  She trimmed a second time.  Even better, she said!  MM made her last little adjustment and......her expression changed drastically.  It was a look somewhere between horror and hysteria.  I thought, that is strange, I don't feel any blood. She was speechless. I hurriedly made my way to the mirror.  I no longer had one magnificent monobrow.  I also did not have two distinct eyebrows.  I had one perfectly shaped eyebrow and one half of another.  Try to explain THAT to your friends.  Talk about social distancing!

     Please, even in these difficult times, do not let any amateurs near your hair or your face. Social distance is your friend in this regard.  Trust me, just say NO!

     Those nose trimmer things, though.  They work!  Maybe the subject of my next blog? 

     Thank you Joan Cox for inspiring me to write about this incident that we no longer discuss in our household.  :o)  For a little humor from Joan, take a look at Is it Sunday?

Cautionary Tale #2

     

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Comment balloon 38 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • March 31 2020 07:34PM

Comments

Hello Raymond - HaHa.  Yes, I can relate.  In fact, I have a post in "draft" status waiting to be published on a very similar subject.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Good morning Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - with me it wasn't eyebows--it was hair when I still had enough.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

Hello Raymond,  Not a fan if my wife can't to me with a scissor,  but I do need a hair cut once they open.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

You probably have the best looking eyebrows in Elk Grove now!  That doesn't sound like much fun though, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 4 months ago

Michael Jacobs, Let me know when it is published.  Inquiring minds want to know! ;o)  I am looking forward to it.

Grant Schneider, I ask my stylist to discount my haircut every time since I have such a small amount of hair left.

Will Hamm, yes, wives and scissors do not belong together.  lol  

 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Brian England, if my eyebrows are well groomed, it is NOT because my wife does them anymore.  I learned my lesson well.  ;o)  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Raymond, Oh my, what a great story, and glad you shared it here with us!!!   Just wish we had a photo..... LOL

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 4 months ago

Joan Cox, maybe there is a photo, maybe there is not a photo.  I will never tell.  Ha!   

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

I can totally relate and funnily enough I have a friend who hosts a podcast on Friday evenings and one of his soon to be guests is a local hairdresser, sharing how to cut your hair virtually, he is going to be the guinea pig so we will see how it goes and he needs a quick trim. I luckily thought about it ahead of being shut in and had a shorter cut than usual which is holding up well right now.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 4 months ago

Raymond,

Ron's hair grows fast..as does mine...I probably can cut mine, it is a straight line but not Ron's.  But I am not about to. I am firm believer in professionals doing the job....A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Hi Raymond,  Thanks for sharing your story.  When you don't have much hair, it's not as difficult to cut it well.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 4 months ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel,  I luckily went to get my haircut the day before we were locked down.  Still, if we go much longer, the ball cap will be indispensable.

Bob Crane,  It is not the top of my head that is the problem.  Funny how hair doesn't grow where you want it, but where you do not want it to grow.  It is like I fertilize those areas!  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Hi Raymond- Larry is follically challenged, so I have been trimming his hair for years. Mine on the other hand grows like a weed. I did have him give me a bit of a trim and it was ok. My roots however are another subject. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

The way Larry makes those cinnamon rolls, I am sure you were in good hands, Kathy Streib.  I no longer have gray roots to worry about.  what is left is all gray!  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

I love the Big Bang clip. LOL

As for eyebrows. I take care of my husband's and he does not enjoy it. Mostly tweezer pulls, some scissor and clipper involvement. Hates it.

I remove my glasses because I see better up close without them, so I would make sure that is not the case with your wife before making her wear hers. LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 4 months ago

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Very timely as I held the electric trimmer to the side of my square head yesterday.

Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) 4 months ago

Good morning, Raymond... I can trim my bangs (and just did so this morning). As for rest... no way, no how. I'll hold out till I can get my hair cut by my stylist.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 4 months ago

Kathy Streib, thank you for including my post in your,  What I Learned This Week Blog.  I apprecitate it. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Sharon Tara, I have to say, professional or amateur, I do not like seeing the tweezers come out!

 Joe Manausa, we all do what we have to do and it is always an adventure.  At least it is for me.

Nina Hollander, thankfully, that is one thing that I don't have to worry about.  Anything that resembled bangs on me has been gone for a very long time.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

 Found the following foto from SM. This turned out to be a creative way to promote business giving clients a choice. The left is cutting hair with an extension.

 

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) 4 months ago

You make me laugh. What a fun story. And, no DIY hair cuts or color going to happen here.  Although, I did trim my bangs last week. We'll wear a hat if necessary. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago

Sam Shueh, that takes some skills and the phrase, do not try this at home keeps running through my head.  

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, glad you enjoyed it.  Thank you and I have a selection on hats on hand for the foreseable future, though there is little to cover.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Hi Raymond:

I really enjoyed your post...no doubt many of us are dealing with excess hair and similar issues. I think I have more hair now than I have had in years!! My wife and I may have a discussion about her taking a pair of scissors to my head. Or maybe not.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 4 months ago

Ok, I confess, I'm a DIY'r hubby hair cutter.  Truth be told, his hair is slightly curly, so when I mess up on cutting a straight line, he never knows! 

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS (Grants Pass, OR) 4 months ago

I am going to grow the typical old white guy pony tail:)) just kidding Diane said my hair will be like Kramer on you know the TV Show:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS,  if you choose to move forward, best of luck to you and I hope your wife has a steady hand!  Remember, if there is a mistake, it will grow back.

Melinda (Mel) Peterson,  curly hair has its advantages.  Keep up the good work!

Endre Barath, Jr.  As long as you do not go with the man bun!  I look like Kramer this morning too.  Time for a ball cap.   

 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Hillarioius post.  Had to watch thet video.  Good thing none of my family is here or I'd break out the scissors!  

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 4 months ago

The Big Bang Theory is always so funny and it seemed perfect for the theme.  I am sure your family would be in safe hands, Jan Green

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Oh Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - I haven't laughed so much in months! This is a really good and funny post with a moral to the story too! It was so creative and fun to read! Speaking of fun... did you know Anna Banana Kruchten CRB,CRS,GRI,WLS "BananaTube" Group was created just for fun? I would love to see some of your fun and creative posts in the "BananaTude" Group. We could all use some great stories that are fun and light hearted to read.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

Thank you, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  I really appreciate the compliment.  My wife was pretty much against this post until she read it.  She laughed so hard she could not get through it all so I did get her seal of approval.  We just were not sure we were laughing because we lived through it.  Funny can be a challenge.

Also thank you for the tip for the group Banana Tube created by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB,CRS,GRI,WLS.  I have joined it. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Haircut--I'm in desparate need! Fortunately I decided a long time ago that I am not going to color my hair. It's naturally graying--and so glad I don't have to pay for hair dye!!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 4 months ago

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, funny you should mention hair dye.  My wife talked me into that once too.  My buddies really gave me grief over that one.  One and done!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

It may soon be time for Chef Dolores to test her cutting skills on my hair.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

I doubt if my husband even remembers the last time he went to a barber - I always cut his hair.

My younger son, who wears his hair SHORT, could not stand it any more - this week he used his razor on his head. He's not completely bald, but...

Oh well, he feels good and it grows fast.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 4 months ago

Marte Cliff,  it is getting to that time where I may even have to let my wife try her hand at cutting my hair.  I am sure she will do better than she did with my eyebrows.   

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 3 months ago

Ray my hair is curling out of my Red Sox hat any advice?:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 3 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr., maybe a little styling gel and a larger hat!  No man buns, though!  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 3 months ago

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