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wirral_cyclist
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Re: £350

Postby wirral_cyclist » 6 Sep 2011, 9:01pm

snibgo wrote:
Steve Kish wrote:I do a Grade 6 all over and then Grade 2 upwards to about the top of the ears for that 'just out on parole' look.

What's a Grade 6 or Grade 2? I'm just curious, as I've been doing my own hair for decades now.

Or perhaps I should go on a course to find out.


The number is eigths of an inch or 3mm in new money so 3/4"/18mm top and 1/4"/6mm sides.

alicej
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Re: £350

Postby alicej » 6 Sep 2011, 9:10pm

I save loads of cash by just letting my hair keep growing - no gadget required. Every couple of years I persuade a not-drunk friend to try to cut it in a roughly straight line around the back, then I dig the cut off hair into where my raspberries grow on my allotment (they're supposed to like the keratin). Then I ignore it again for a few years.

Edwards
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Re: £350

Postby Edwards » 6 Sep 2011, 9:33pm

Just go bald.
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Re: £350

Postby hubgearfreak » 6 Sep 2011, 9:39pm

Edwards wrote:Just go bald.


very easily to say for the lucky few, but what for us poor devils whose hair continues to grow?

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Re: £350

Postby Edwards » 6 Sep 2011, 9:43pm

hubgearfreak wrote:very easily to say for the lucky few, but what for us poor devils whose hair continues to grow


Pull it out one at a time or sell the whole lot to Wayne Rooney or Elton John.
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blackbike
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Re: £350

Postby blackbike » 6 Sep 2011, 9:44pm

In late 2008 I bought a hair clipper from Woolworths just before it shut up shop. It was £6.

A No 2 was £6 at my local barbers at the time so I was in profit the second time I used it.

It's saved me a small fortune and I still keep it in the original Woolworths box which is now a bit of instant nostalgia.

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Re: £350

Postby reohn2 » 6 Sep 2011, 9:45pm

Edwards wrote:Just go bald.


I already did................like you :roll:
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thirdcrank
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Re: £350

Postby thirdcrank » 6 Sep 2011, 10:00pm

snibgo wrote:... What's a Grade 6 or Grade 2? ....
Afaik, the grades are 1 - 4 with 4 being the shortest. Also afaik, it's based on the length of hair left by the different comb thingies which fit over the blades of the clippers. "Comb thingies" may not sound very technical but I don't think it is. When I used to visit a barber they also had a device used to create a "flat top." This was a large flat comb with a built-in spirit level. As there was no way of knowing that the target bonce was level underneath the comb, the spirit level seemed pointless.

Anyway, those familiar with my official forum mugshot will know that I went through a period of saving tonsorial expenses by letting it grow. More recently, I have the ideal arrangement - one of my daughters-in-law is a hairdresser. :D

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Re: £350

Postby snibgo » 7 Sep 2011, 6:48am

Ah, but wirral_cyclist above reckons larger numbers mean longer hair, not shorter. Such confusion could lead to "interesting" hairstyles. Could you ask your daughter-in-law?

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Re: £350

Postby thirdcrank » 7 Sep 2011, 6:51am

I really must be losing it. Grade one is the shortest and that's what I thought I had written. Even when I re-read it just now, I thought I had written that one was the shortest. :oops: :oops:

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Re: £350

Postby Nettled Shin » 7 Sep 2011, 9:06am

Audax67 wrote:I remember hair... used to have some. Wonder where it went?

You might find it on your back.

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Re: £350

Postby Nettled Shin » 7 Sep 2011, 9:21am

Jonty wrote:I feel a bit bad about the DIY as, ceretis paribus, it reduces GDP.


Don't feel bad...so long as you are spending appropriately the money you would otherwise have given to a barber, you've done little damage to UK GDP.
Wikipeda might have something to say about it.

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Re: £350

Postby Edwards » 7 Sep 2011, 9:30am

Audax67 wrote:I remember hair... used to have some. Wonder where it went?


If it is anything like mine gravity has pulled it down. The time that used to taken up having the hair on my head cut is now taken up keeping the hair below the neck at a reasonable length. Why am I going bald from the head and the lower legs at the same time?
At least I have not got to the ear and nose hair stage yet.
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Re: £350

Postby York Commuter » 7 Sep 2011, 1:05pm

Unlike many of you I like going to the barber's! I enjoy the time it gives me, away from work and dare I say it free from SWMBO, the chance to flick aimlessly through either the Daily Mirror or one of the motoring mnagazines (yes I also find cars interesting).

Living in the North, and going to a suburban barber the price is not too bad, I still get change from a tenner, which I can afford being in full time employment.

I am still gifted with hair and have a beard as well.

Regarding the guards that the barber uses, I know of grades 0.5 to 7, the latter being the longest. For some time I had my head cut to a 5, the sides of my head to a 3 and my beard to a 1 - thus making for a nice 531!

I would trust my wife to do a good job, but to be honest it just seems like going a bit too far!

As to saving money, well put it this way I just wished I still smoked so I could give it up!

Stephen
A commuter since 1991 when I moved to York.
A tourer since 1992
Now a married man who spends longer in the garage repairing and building than riding!

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Re: £350

Postby snibgo » 7 Sep 2011, 1:19pm

I've just had a close look at the comb thingies on the trimmer I use on my hair and beard. I've had it for decades but never noticed that they are marked:

#1 (1/8", 3mm)

up to

#6 (3/4", 20mm)

exactly as wirral_cyclist predicted (with due allowance for the conversion to metric).

Gosh, I'm having an exciting day.