Te Araroa part 8: Christmas special
This blog post will not involve hiking in any way. Instead, it deals with new fashions on the TA, in particular hairstyles.
A brief summary: I no longer have hair.
The long story: my hair had been bugging me for a couple of weeks. It was growing too long, so it kept flopping in my eyes. It also took more than twenty minutes to dry after a shower which is ridiculous. So, the hair had to go. Normally, to get rid of your hair, you visit a hairdresser and pay maybe thirty dollars or so. But I figured that buzzing everything off would require no skill so I didn’t want to pay. Also, it’s hard to buy Christmas presents for your crazy relatives when you’re hiking and have to carry everything. We solved these two problems in one single brilliant stroke.
On Christmas Day, as the aforementioned crazy relatives were gathered in the living room, we put some small notes in a hat and had everybody pick one. The notes had strange things written on them, like “2 minutes, kitchen scissors” and “3 minutes, buzzer”. Everyone then got to spend this time attacking my hair with the tool on their note. We put in some dud notes, to make it more fun, but it turns out that I severely underestimated my family because they managed very well with “3 minutes, dental floss” and “2 minutes, spoon” although scissors and buzzers were definitely the most effective.
First, the back of my head got completely butchered with the spoon and the kitchen scissors. If my regular hairdressers had showed me this in the mirror, I probably would have overcome my reserved politeness and screamed in anger. However, I knew it was all going to be buzzed off at the end so it was fine. Next was the bowl cut, which is a look I hope I never see again in my life. But you have to admit, they did a good job on the fringe. Once the scissors were packed away it was time for the buzzers to come out. Bzzzzzzz and suddenly I had a mohawk. Wow. Not bad, actually. Not bad at all. However, the motto of the day was “Cut it fast, or cut it slow, but in the end, all hair must go” which left me with a stylish buzzcut. Cheers, everyone!
Do you know what’s all the rage on the TA this year? Hats.