Published May 19, 2020
The coronavirus lockdowns have left many Americans in need of a haircut. I started cutting my own hair years ago. For a long time, I went to an Italian barber named Frank, who charged $12. But after each of Frank’s haircuts, I looked in the mirror and beheld a geek I didn’t quite recognize—a little raw around the sidewalls. He had subtly reshaped my personality. It took about a week for regrowth to repair the damage. I stuck with Frank out of habit, but when he retired, I learned to do it myself. I’ve been a new man ever since.
The truth is, it’s easy. The first thing to do is to get rid of the electric clippers, except for trimming sideburns. Get a good, sharp pair of scissors. For a while I cut my hair with the tiny scissors of a Swiss Army knife, which did a good job but was somewhat laborious.
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Lance Morrow is the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.