Going to the barber was a much needed treat no matter how bad the haircut…
I’ve got the most unusual kind of hair for the most unusual kind of head shape. My head is a rectangle - two up, two down - and my hair reflects this. It just grows upwards, not sideways like everybody else’s. I look like a clown with sticky-uppy hair. That’s at least how my hair has looked or did look for most of my teenage years.
I’ve gone through a variety of hairstyles over the years. Back in 2017, I was gelling my hair everyday - trying to get a pompadour haircut like Johnny Depp in ‘Cry Baby’ (1989). The next year I grew it long. I was like a shaggy-haired dog - you can’t blame me, I spent a year in my room not leaving my house.
Last summer was the worst. I didn’t have a haircut for four months because of the last lockdown. My sister cut my hair - well, not cut it, shaved it. I had a buzzcut and looked uncannily like one of those big, muscled skinheads with swastikas tattooed on their heads.
This Spring has been mildly more pleasant, but my haircut’s still been bad. I got it last cut at Christmas by a lovely Kurdish barber, but, since then, it’s grown and grown and grown and turned into a big mop. It’s turned into my worst nightmare - a mullet. The kind of haircut Bono wouldn’t be seen dead in in the 80s.
I knew I had to do something about it. I couldn’t go through life with a mullet. So, on April 12th when the hairdressers officially reopened, I trudged down to my local salon - Melton Barbers. It’s a barber shop in the style of Turkish barbing, but most of the guys there are actually a good-looking bunch from Kurdistan. They’re very friendly and chatty and good with kids.
I asked for a “2 on the sides and scissors on the top and then a shave without a cut-throat razor which these types of barbers specialise in; just a clipper instead. My barber cut my hair efficiently and thoroughly and he mixed scissors with clippers. He chatted to me about my Indian heritage and was shocked to find out I’m a Christian which he put down to me having a white mother. But he forgot to shave the beard. That beard I needed to do for myself.
It’s not the best haircut. It’s too short at the fringe and makes me a look a bit like those unfortunate blokes with receding hairlines. But it was a treat going back to the barber and just getting a haircut. Gosh, how much I’ve missed it! Just £11 too!
Meet Roshan Chandy
Freelance film critic, journalist and writer based in Nottingham, UK. Specialises in cinema.
Roshan's Top 5 Films of the Week
1. A Quiet Place: Part II (in cinemas)
2. Cruella (in cinemas)
3. After Love (in cinemas)
4. Dream Horse (in cinemas)
5. Frankie (in cinemas)
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