Do you remember the feeling of sitting in that uncomfortable barber's chair as a child, anxiously awaiting your fate? The sound of the scissors snipping away, the itchy bits of hair falling down your shirt, the occasional nick from the razor. Getting a haircut as a kid was nothing short of traumatic for many of us.
As we grow up, haircuts become less about the necessity and more about self-expression. We try out different styles, lengths, and colors to showcase our personality and identity to the world. But what about those early experiences? The ones that left us with bowl cuts, uneven bangs, and awkward mullets. Could they have played a role in shaping our self-image and confidence?
I’m curious to explore how haircuts, both good and bad, can impact our lives. From building resilience and trust to finding community and discovering our true selves, the world of haircuts is much more than just a simple grooming ritual.
The Dreaded Haircut: Childhood Trauma or Character-Building Experience?
The late 1960s was a time of change and new experiences. And for me, one of those experiences was getting my first haircut with my brother and sister. Like most toddlers, the experience of sitting in that old barber's chair was overwhelming for me.
Something about the experience would always set me off. Maybe it was the sound of the clippers or the smell of the hair gel and hairspray. Whatever it was, it made me uneasy.
But the barber was always quick to try and appease me. He performed magic tricks to distract me from the haircut, and my siblings always wanted to make me laugh. And then there was the lollipop. It was the one thing that would always make me feel better. The sweet taste and familiar feeling of the lollipop in my mouth made the experience bearable.
As I get older, life gets more complicated and stressful. Every day, there's something new to worry about or stress over. But maybe, just like when we were kids, all we need is a little bit of sweetness to help us stay calm. Maybe sucking on a lollipop can help us all relax and reduce stress?