I’ve finally figured out Paco the Barber’s method. Today I went in, sat down in the chair, and as he whipped the towel around my neck he asked me cheerfully “same as last time?” ‘NO!!” I said, and explained that this time he should use the number 6 clippers instead of the #1/10 or whatever it was he used previously. Turns out, it’s all the same thing. You get to request whatever gauge of clipper he’ll use first, but in the end, he’s just gonna shave your head down with the number 2. Who can blame him? It’s not often someone with hair like mine walks into his shop, and stripping hair off with electric clippers is a lot of fun. Paco goes at it with great gusto.
After he had finished very carefully trimming me with the #6, then equally zealously shaving off his handiwork with the #2, he cleaned up the edges a little bit with an ordinary straight razor– the kind you put in an exacto knife. After whacking me around the head with a wet sponge to dislodge any loose hairs, he got out a big spray bottle and told me to close my eyes tightly. I didn’t, cuz I don’t trust Paco one little bit, and having seen what he does to my head when I’m looking, I was terrified to think what experiments he would try when I wasn’t. He shrugged and starting spritzing my whole head with a mix of water and rubbing alcohol. “For the germs,” he explained, although usually I thought that barbershops sterilized their tools BEFORE cutting hair, rather than just sterilizing their customers heads when they finished.
At least I’m more evenly covered than last time. 1000 CFA