Bad Hair Quarter

I get my hair cut every six weeks or so. I was supposed to get it cut on April 3, but the ND governor had closed all the salons and barber shops by then, and I have no idea when they will reopen. I am looking at a couple of months of shagginess.  Husband made it to the barber just before the shut down. I will under no circumstances try to trim my own hair.  That would be a disaster.

I heard someone in the news comment that during the next weeks we will see people start hoarding hair dye for “do it yourself” touch ups. Imagine all the off-color roots we will see if there is a shortage! I am  glad I have never colored my hair. That, too, would be a disaster if  I ever tried to touch up my grey. I am not a very neat or precise person when it comes to things like that. I am also not very creative when it comes to figuring out ways to deal with hair when it is not cut to the correct length.

Do you have any creative ideas of what to do when you can’t get to the salon or barber? What do you imagine people will be panic hoarding next?

65 thoughts on “Bad Hair Quarter”

    1. Let’s hope. Right now hog farmers are suffering as much as other ag products with less demand and terrible prices.

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      1. I heard a snippet of a story (might have been on Marketplace) talking about the drop in especially commercial demand for ag products with all of the restaurants doing less or no business. When they mentioned that dairy farmers were experimenting with pouring out milk on their fields figuring it might be good nutrients and better than just dumping the milk that didn’t have a market, I about wept. All that lovely milk not becoming cheese or yogurt or ice cream (or must milk to drink).

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        1. Interesting about the dairy. My milk man left a note with our order yesterday that he might have to rejigger the delivery schedule because he’s had such an upsurge in new business.

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      1. Over the years I have been amused by commodities reports about “pork bellies.” What’s that about? I now know. Pork bellies is the market name for what consumers know as bacon. Apparently demand for bacon has largely disappeared. The explanation might be that bacon, which it isn’t as big a deal with families now, is a staple for restaurants. All those closed restaurants are not serving bacon, hence the financial crisis for pork producers.

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        1. I’ve got neighbors that raise the baby pigs up to market age. (That’s about the extent of my hog knowledge; that and the companies are VERY fussy about the weight when they are shipped) He was hoping last week he would get enough trucks to empty the barn because then it has to be sanitized before the next batch of piglets come in. And course that’s already in process and he WILL be getting piglets, but, in 3 months, will there be a place for them to go? And then, of course, in 3 or 6 months, will there be a shortage of piglets next?
          Sheez. Not sorry I’m not milking cows anymore. Crop prices haven’t changed much up or down but we’ll still be planting because it’s what we do.

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  1. I am also overdue for a trip to my hair care professionals. I am hoping that the curls will continue to hide the multitude of sins… and also crossing my fingers that i don’t run out of the “good” curl cream (a leave-in conditioner that keeps my hair from being a big fuzzy mess). It’s a small vanity, but it is one of the things I am vain about. Braids and ponytails won’t really help, so I may have to resort to hats and artfully draped scarves. As for what gets hoarded next… dunno. Given the number of folks I have seen working on puzzles, that seems a safe bet. Followed by croquet and bocce ball sets as summer sets in and people still have to stay home.

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    1. Well we won’t be doing any more puzzles here. We worked on a puzzle last week for a couple of hours on the dining room table and then covered it with a tablecloth to keep it safe from dog and cat. Then the next morning, cat took a flying leap from the buffet onto the table, skidded and the entire puzzle went off onto the floor along with the tablecloth. YA and I looked at each other after we stop laughing, put the puzzle back in the box and put the box back in the attic.

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  2. Our assistant pastor has very long, very curly hair that descends to the middle of his back. It appears to be permed, and when he doesn’t tie it back he resembles Sir Isaac Newton or some of those other 18th century guys with long curls. I wonder what he will do if there is a shortage of perm solution.

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  3. My Grade 6 field trip was to that Smithfield Packing plant in Sioux Falls. It was the John Morrel plant then. The trip was the last week in May. It was over 100° out, and we rode in unairconditioned school busses. We got an hours long tour, seeing everything from slaughter to eviscerating to sectioning the carcasses, walking above the workers on catwalks, seeing all the internal organs being transported by conveyor belt. As we left the plant to return to our busses, we were handed cold, complimentary weiners to munch on. We all reeked.

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      1. I can imagine that such a field trip would be pretty traumatic to a bunch of 3rd graders even in an air conditioned bus. Surprised that any of you had an appetite for complementary wieners.

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      1. A man walks into a bar and orders a martini. As he is sitting there, a voice says, “Cool shirt, man! That looks good on you.” But there is nobody there talking to him. Then he hears, “Yeah, and I love that tie!”

        When the bartender comes with the martini, the man says, “Damn, there are voices here that seem to come from nowhere!”

        The bartender says, “Aww, that’s just the nuts. They’re complimentary.”

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  4. I get a haircut (and beard trim) four times a year, whether I need it or not. By luck, I visited our apartment beauty shop two days before it was shut down. By the time the strict stay-at-home rules are revoked, I’ll look like Boris Johnson.

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  5. My wife bought a Flobee year ago and still uses it to touch up her hair between salon visits. She’ll probably use it on me pretty soon since I would’ve been getting my haircut this morning had the pandemic not struck.

    I’ve heard that many publishing houses are holding off on releasing new books for several months. Hmm, maybe people will start hoarding books!

    **BSP** I’ve got plenty to sell. 🙂 and I just opened an online store at my website so people can buy signed copies and get free delivery.**/BSP**

    The thing I most wish people will next start hoarding is money. The vast majority of people live paycheck\ to paycheck if even that. Maybe we’ll all realize that we don’t need to be out and about spending every dollar we have on things we don’t really need like restaurant meals, lots of motorized toys, more clothes than we could wear in a lifetime, and every electronic gadget ever invented.

    Chris in Owatonna

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  6. My hair is too short to pull back in a hair tie. I am thankful I don’t have bangs and can tuck it behind my ears. Hair clips irritate me, so I am stuck being shaggy. Now that we have so many meetings via Skype, I get to watch myself on screen getting more and more shaggy.

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  7. Hair salons won’t be a problem for me. When the bits right in front of my ears get too long I can trim those. And when the rest starts to get unruly I’ll ask darling wife to give me a trim. I’m lucky she doesn’t mind. (I’ve told before how my mom, after 50 years, got tired of cutting dads hair and she hid the clippers. But he kept finding them).
    I have cut it myself before. It’s just the 3/8″ guide. Not perfect, but good enough for what I do.
    It scares me the people who are stocking up on firearms and ammunition.

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  8. Yep, I would’ve had a haircut last Friday, so it’s gonna be a shaggy time here for a while. Since no one can see me (except Husband) I can just clip the bangs back once they get too long, I suppose. I did cut Husband’s hair the other day, as is our wont, and he can’t understand why I won’t let him cut mine.

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  9. I had my hair cut the first week in March, so the timing was pretty good. I just scheduled another appointment for mid-May. We’ll see if that works out. I’m hoping my stylist will be back at work then.

    One advantage of wearing a mask in public is that I can sort of tuck the shaggy ends into the ear loops, so I don’t have to work very hard at trying to make my hair look nice.

    I don’t color my hair very often, but I’ve sometimes used one of the semi-permanent colors that washes out in a few weeks. I avoid the root problem that way. Never had it colored in a salon.

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  10. I’ve been known to cut my own hair without the benefit of a Flowbee (which I didn’t know existed until this morning, thanks to Chris and Steve). The first time was on the eve of my 21st birthday. I recall standing in front of the mirror over the bathroom sink as I began to snip away. My intention was to cut away a few unruly strands that had grown too long. At the time my hair was shoulder length, and though I have never considered myself overly vain, I spent a fair amount of time fussing with it to get just the right look. OK, I was vain.

    Well, one errant, aggressive snip would soon require a snip on the other side of my head to even things out, repeatedly, until the final outcome was an extremely short cut; one made popular some years later by Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. When I walked into the American Club in Moscow later that evening one of my friends said: “Good thing you are wearing a dress I recognized or I wouldn’t have known it was you.”

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  11. Some years later while at SIU I purchased a do-it-yourself hair coloring kit on a whim. County Corker Red was the name of the color, and it turned my naturally strawberry blonde hair into a carrot colored mess. That pretty much cured of doing it yourself hair coloring. The hair cutting experience described above didn’t have a lasting effect. To this day, I’m apt to snip away at the bangs that get in the way. I can’t see the back, so who cares about that?

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      1. I’ve mentioned that I swore off the bad habit of looking into mirrors at my own reflection. That makes it hard to know when I need a haircut. But as I walk about my apartment, there are places where I’ll spot my shadow on the floor. If my shadow has weird wings sticking out behind, I’m probably due for a ‘cut.

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    1. Years ago I was in a play and the director wanted me to have red hair. There was a local stylist that did hair for the shows and I just went to his shop for the treatment. (I had a lot more hair then) and it had just a hint of red in it. When he got done I looked like Bozo the clown for about a week. Then it faded to a duller red so by show time it wasn’t so bad. But boy, those first few days. No photos to prove it back the first look. Somewhere there are some show photos.

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      1. Precious few photos were taken of me in my youth. The ones I do have make me laugh. I may be one of the least photogenic people in the world and almost every single photo is testimony to that. Either that or I’m not nearly as looking as I think I am. That said, it never occurred to me to document some of the more disastrous hair I sported at one time or another. 🙂

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  12. Besides TP, antiseptic wipes, and bleach, the near-empty shelves in our little supermarket are the flour shelves! Apparently a lot of baking is going on, here at any rate. And one week it was eggs. Luckily, we have a direct source…

    I would think wine supplies might be in danger…

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    1. Apparently husband is anxious about the TP shortage. I keep finding additions of odd rolls of TP in our storage area. I accidentally put one of those odd rolls in “my” bathroom a few days ago and was dismayed to discover that it’s single ply.

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      1. Back mid-March I was in one of those community office buildings where several businesses keep an office and share a secretary and I was working with someone and their secretary came in to say all their TP was gone. There had been 2 cases yesterday and today was only 6 rolls left.
        It’s a shame.

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        1. There was a news story talking about how the problem with the TP shortage is that in normal times people are using maybe half their own and half the industrial kind that they manufacture for offices and stores and restaurants. Once people were told to shelter in place it skewed the percentages, and there’s all this unused TP languishing in closed businesses, while the stores can’t keep it in stock. So maybe it was a sensible maneuver to redistribute some. It would have been nice if they had left some cash when they took it, though, instead of just helping themselves.

          I know the flower shop where I work has an enormous stash in the basement, and only a fraction of the usual staff is working these days.

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        2. Are you kidding me, Linda, am I understanding this correctly? Are they saying that people who work only buy half of their own TP, and steal the rest from their place of employment? Or are they saying that because half the TB that people use is used while they’re at work, and that now that they’re home all the time, they have to use all of their own? I know that people help themselves to all kinds of office supplies, but TP? WOW!

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        3. I didn’t mean they are stealing it. But if you’re at work 40 hours a week, and then you go out to eat a couple of times and drop into a coffee shop a few times and spend a few hours at a fitness center and do a shopping trip at Target and a movie on the weekend…and half the time you’re actually at home you’re asleep…well, you’re probably using about half your own and half someone else’s TP in an average week.

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      1. I’m assuming you mean that you received your stimulous check. We did, although Hans’ bank lists it as “pending.” Guess they don’t trust that the federal government has the funds to cover it.

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  13. I should probably have really really short hair since I’m such a hair minimalist. I am unbelievably lazy where my hair is concerned. I’m too lazy to blow dry it and I’m much too lazy to have it dyed and then have to have it dyed again when the roots start to show. I probably get it trimmed once a year or so and I do my bangs myself. But I like it long so I can braid it and twist it and get it off my neck!

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      1. I think that’s true, Renee, because a short style more quickly shows when you’re in need of a fresh cut. On the other hand, I’d hate to have to wash a long mane, that seems like an awful lot of work to me, but perhaps long hair doesn’t need as frequent washing as a shorter style? Don’t know why I’m wondering about this, I couldn’t grow my hair long if my life depended on it.

        I had my hair cut on March 12th, the day before my last eye surgery, so I’m good for at least another couple of weeks.

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