Many hands gone over my hair

Now they are called hair dressers or hair stylists, a far cry from the old seemingly traditional word of barber. Short-back-and-sides was another favorite, meaning a wallop of the head with long ears protruding out, giving you the Mr Spok of Star Trek look.

Luckily came the 1970s, short hair was becoming a thing of the past being replaced by the trendy long, and although today it has long given to short hair, the short-back-and-sides has mercifully given way to other new and attractive styles, thank God.

To this point I end, leaving it to a greater experts to talk about the wonders of fashionable styles. I had a deep and platonic relationship with different hair stylists over the years. Non except for the very few have been able to make my hair-cut satisfactory.

After the cut, my head used to look like a melon or an oblong shaped-object , somehow the scissors would get it all wrong sending me into intermittent bouts of depression. One Italian hairdresser used to get it right, but I eventually moved, and went back to the crappy look for a while. (Sorry for all you barbers out there, it's my head, my head).

Over the decades I've been to many barbers/hairdressers/stylists. I remember when I was 13 years of age I used to go to a hairstylist in the UK, and asked for one girl who I thought I had a crush on. It was silly really how I used to wait with trapidation for her slim fingers to brush over my hair and wait for her to smile at me. Needless to say, nothing come out of such a relationship.

But I remember having to cut my hair in different parts of the globe and different countries. Before the UK, I had my hair cuts in Kuwait with my father dictating the way I needed to look and he insisted I maintain short-back-and-sides. On my holidays coming from England where I would follow the nearly-hippy trend to Kuwait, he would almost drag me to the barber from the airport, kicking and screaming but to no avail. I was at his mercy.

I remember needing to have a hair cut in Kansas, the good old USA and then Dubai, and of course back to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Lebanese cut my hair, Indians had a go, Palestinians of course, Syrians, Brits and one young pretty American lady which I thought had a glimmer of blond delight and fresh look with jolts of make-up.

My head went under the scissors and trimmers of many with some giving me shampoo , a good wash and messaging of the scalp which felt so good as the head was being thumped, and pressed under the hot water and soap. Strong fingers were needed for such operations.

And no doubt my relationship with barbers will continue so long as I need a hair-cut. See you at the barbers, oops hairstylists, oops hairdressers. Call them what you like as long as they give a good haircut.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Ha!!! This is hilarious! I love your writing style: very funny. Great to have found you here on Hubpages and I look forward to reading more of your stuff. It's great to read a professional writer with so much experience in the field. Have a great day!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this witty Hub. I enjoyed your musings. When you wrote "I used to wait with trepidation for her slim fingers to brush over my hair and wait for her to smile at me" it brought back memories for me. I think most fellas have felt this at one time or another.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Thank you both, prairieprincess and James. Writing I think is an acummulation of experiences, stored up in that box called the brain, waiting to get out. Thanks prairieprincess for you compliments, I hope I will get to read your pieces as well. James, it is these little things, I think one remembers and they make so much difference to writing.


marellen 5 years ago

Funny.....and I think we all have our own experiences with hair stylist too. Some funny and some were disastrous. Fun hub and voted up....


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Pam Pounds 5 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

Very cute and funny. Thoroughly enjoyed!


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Actually I had been wanting to write such a piece for a long time, but I always put it off. Thanks Marellen and Pam, this is the kind of confidence I need.


Mahmoud Asmar 5 years ago

Marwan my man… you are by all means making a piece of art in here… I really enjoy each and every one you post… thank God I had to let go this experience long time back LOL…


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Mahmood, Salam, start writing on hubs, even if its small contrubutions, and its great for interacting with other writers


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I loved your amusing style. I have tried all kinds of things with my hair. I have colored, grown long, cropped, shaved anything you can imagine. But now I don't experiment because my hair is getting thinner.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Thanks Vinya. Before I wrote the story I sat on it for quite a while maybe a few years (would you believe!), just thinking and pondering the idea. Then said why not. The thing is it didn't take me that long to write such a witty article. In all honesty, and I think you may have noticed I usually adopt a more serious style. Thanks for the read.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

But there is no harm in amusing style don't you agree? I agree serious tone suits you better. I remember your article on Fatima.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Absolutely, I agree. In fact I would really lite to write more of the wit type. Its alawys good to read


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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago

You are right about hairdressers. Whenever I move it takes a while to find one who can cut my hair how I like it. Now I know that I am not the only one to suffer.

I like your light style of writing. Thanks for following me.

I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Cheers, hope we can exchange more


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Very amusing and written so well. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like this. I have had a few bad cuts in my time and remember pulling my hair as a child trying to speed up its growth! Very witty hub which I enjoyed enormously. Voted up and funny.


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan Author

Thanks Jacqui, we are here to amuse!


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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

Ooooh the hair dresser experience. Many an experience I have had. I think we can all relate to this one. When you find a good one hang on for dear life as they are few and far between. Funny Hub!


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