Jo’s Barbershop #9 Blind cut by Mr. Nice Guy
I was just finishing cleaning up from Will’s haircut and get a call from Resell store
Jacki: Hey Jo you busy ?
JO: nope just finishing getting the shop cleaned up
Jackie: got someone who just walked in that I think you would be interested in, but it’ll be a challenge, you might want to bring some of your special peppermints with you.
JO: tell me more.
Jackie: It’s a blind kid & his hair is down past his shoulder blades and the bangs are covering most of the face, I thought it was a girl at 1st.
JO: ok I’m on the way over, try to delay them if they start to leave.
Jackie: LOL, OK.
Arriving at the store
JO: Hi Jackie thank you for calling me, were they at? I don’t see them?
Jackie: The Mother is over there and his older sister took the kid to the bathroom.
At this point I see the kid and my heart skips a beat or two, it’s the best head of thick healthy light brown hair I’ve seen in awhile and totally overwhelming the kid’s small head. I can see why Jackie thought it might be a girl at 1st and told me it might be a challenge. Time to go talk to the mother and see if I can get my clippers into that head or at least scissors, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
-JO: excuse me mam, sorry to bother you but I noticed your son over there and was wondering if you would be interested in a free haircut for him ?
-Lucy: wow that’s so nice of you to offer and I agree he needs a major haircut, its been about 18months since I attempted to cut his bangs and can’t even remember the last time he had a proper haircut, but I’m going to have to pass. He’s on the spectrum, he won’t let me cut his hair at home and the last time we even tried a barbershop a few years back it was a complete disaster. Didn’t even get to the 1st cut before the barber gave up and we were asked to leave.
-JO: I’ve had some luck in the past with difficult clients and have a few tricks up my sleeve. If you’re willing to try, I wouldn’t mind taking on the challenge. We both agree his hair is beyond needing attention. I work out of the shop right up front; the shop is currently closed so you would have the place to yourself.
-Lucy: Ok if you think your up to the challenge.
-JO: let me talk to him for a few minutes. what’s his name and does he like peppermints ?
-Lucy: the name is Joey he is 12 and he loves peppermints.
-JO: Hi Joey, my name is Jo, do you want a peppermint ?
I hand Joey one of my special peppermints spiked with a Low dosage of Camazepam, the Camazepam should start to have a calming effect on Joey in about 15min. >step #1 in my special toolbox.<
brushing my hands through his hair, I expect him to pull away but he doesn’t.
-JO: Joey ready for a haircut ?
-Joey: in-comprehendible happy babble around a mouthful of peppermint.
-JO: ok Lucy lets walk over to the shop, Jackie put her purchases on my account.
after walking into the shop
Jackie: ok were do you want Joey at ?
Jo: you and Joey can relax for a few, let me grab some of my special tools, then I’ll get Joey settled. (and give the Camazepam some more time to work)
I modified the barber chair awhile back with a removable lap-belt, and also additional attachment points little higher for a belt to go around the torso. Haven’t had an occasion to use them before, so I’m looking forward to testing them out. >Step #2 in my special toolbox<.
>Step#4 in my special toolbox< is a 10lbs weighted barber cape similar to a weighted blanket, the extra weight tends to have a calming effect and restricts movement more than a normal barber cape.
I made it by cutting a down a Polyester cape sewn to the back of a white cotton barber cape, then sewing small pockets of plastic shotgun pellets throughout between the 2 layers. If need be I have pockets near the shoulder area to add additional weight from some old adjustable ankle weights. I have also added additional snap points to accommodate smaller necks.
I have a few more tricks in my toolbox if need be, but this should be good for now.
-Jo: ok I’m ready for Joey, can you help me get him situated in the chair.
Click Click, lap-belt secured & tightened, Joey leans forward trying to stand up and escape from the chair.
Click Click, chest-belt secured & tightened right under the armpits. body is pinned to the back of the chair. Joey starts pulling at the belts, but I know it shouldn’t be a problem.
Both belts are about 6inches wide and padded for comfort, they used to be weightlifting belts I modified for my use.
Joey: soft mumbles of no no no
JO: Thank You Lucy. I should be able to handle it from here. You can have a seat. I think Joey will be more relaxed without you hovering over.
I can tell the Camazepam has had some effect on Joey but not as much as I expected.
JO: Joey want another peppermint?
Joey: gets a big grin on his face and reaches his hand out.
JO: here you go, I’ll give you more later on if your good (I have regular peppermints also, I can bribe him with later)
as Joey is happily sucking on his 2nd special peppermint, I take this opportunity to drape and securely fasten my weighted barber cape around his neck, over a white paper neck tape.
I have a slightly hard time working around the long hair but manage.
JO: so mom, how did you want me to attempt to cut his hair ?
Lucy: I don’t care. cutoff as much as you can manage. The shorter the better.
JO: scissors or clippers?
Lucy: can you start with scissors and maybe depending on it goes we’ll move onto clippers.
JO: ok I’ll see what I can do.
now for the moment of truth, how will he react when I start playing with his hair. Joey appears pretty calm right now, playing with the beads in the barber cape. The 2nd piece of candy must have helped, along with the stimulation of the weighted barber cape.
I see mom out of the corner of my eye holding her breath on the edge of her seat as I start to comb out Joey’s hair, and when he doesn’t react I hear a gasp & see a very surprised look across her face. Maybe this haircut will go easier then we thought it would?
the hair feels like silk, despite the excessive length and poorly cut hairstyle, its tangle free.
1st cut of the scissors across the back in middle of the neck, crunch, crunch, crunch removing half the length. Joey is still happily playing with the barber cape and doesn’t seem to notice he’s losing his hair.
JUDY: I’m not sure how your doing it, but I’ve never seen Joey sit calmly during a haircut.
JO: I hear that a lot. Its still early, lets hope the rest of the haircut goes smoothly, but if things go south I have a few more tricks in my toolbox.
moving onto the left side I continue blunt cutting to the same length as the back and repeat the process on the right side. Joey’s hair is still well below his ears.
while there is large pile of hair already on the floor, a casual observer wouldn’t think the haircut started yet.
Time to attack the top, If Joey hasn’t noticed his hair is being cut yet I’m sure once I start combing and messing with the hair on top, and hearing clumps fall on the barber cape he’ll react one way or another. Comb, lift, crunch, comb, lift CRUNCH, Comb, Lift Crunch., Joey definitely knows he’s getting a haircut now, and starts moving his head around in unpredictable movements while making a mhmmm sound causing me to loose my grip on his hair a few times.
JUDY: do you want me to come hold his head?
JO: nope I can manage.
JO: Joey you’re doing a good job, here is another peppermint
I stuff a normal peppermint into his mouth, this causes Joey to steady his head movements. I quickly go back to cutting the top down to 2 inches.
JO: Judy I’m going to turn the clippers on and leave them running on the counter to see how he reacts while I finish scissor cutting the sides & back.
Flipping on the clippers I notice Joey perk up a little at the noise but doesn’t react otherwise.
finishing up the sides and back, I’m amazed at how easy this haircut has gone and also am amazed at the transformation that has occurred in my chair.
JO: ok I’m done scissor cutting and if you want to go shorter we will need to try using the clippers. Do you want me to continue?
JUDY: that looks amazing already and can’t thank you enough. You’ve been a godsend. But yes, let’s try the clippers. If he’ll let you I want the top cut down to 3/4th of an inch and the side slightly shorter.
JO: you got it.
As I bring the clippers towards Joey’s left ear he jerks his head away, he has also figured out how to get his hand out from under the cape and brings his hand up to block my advance. So, I back off.
JO: it doesn’t look like he likes the clippers. but If you want me to use the clippers I have a few more tricks in my toolbox, do you want me to try them?
JUDY: yes please.
JO: can you connect your phone to these Bluetooth earbuds & play some music he likes to block the sound of the clippers. >step 6 in my special toolbox<
I was hoping, I didn’t have to use these but I secure each wrist individually with a Neoprene Wrist Cuff attached to a 8inch nylon strap & locking DRING attached to the end of the barber chair arms.>step 5 in my special toolbox< I also place a tiny rubber ball with soft spikes in his hand for him to play with.
JO: ok let’s try this again.
grabbing the top of his head like a basketball, and securing his head so he can’t move, I again approach his side with the clippers. I can feel him gently try to pull away but my grip is strong enough to prevent him moving. 1st pass successful. I continue pass after pass with Joey fighting me all the way. Unable to get even cuts in. even offering Joey another peppermint doesn’t seem to help much.
JO: Judy I don’t think I’ll be able to cut the top & sides to two different lengths the way he’s resisting. I already started with the shorter blade on the sides & back, I’m going to need to do the top to the same length.
JUDY: its OK, do what you need to do. you’ve been able to accomplish what myself and others haven’t been able to in the past.
with that I run the clippers over the top of Joey’s head running them in several directions to remove any stray hairs.
JO: Judy can you come steady his head so I can clean up the edges. yes just stand in front of him and cup his chin with both hands.
…… and we are done.
JUDY: what do I owe you?
JO: whatever you feel is fair, I wasn’t expecting any compensation when I made my offer.
JUDY: here is $15, I would give you more if I had it, I cant thank you enough for willing to cut my boy’s hair when everyone else was afraid to do it. Mind if I recommend you to a few of my friends?
JO: not at all, I’m not at the shop all the time, here is my number.
Goodbye Joey, Goodbye Judy