Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Me And My Hair
Chuck Hinman: Me And My Hair. Chuck reports on his hair and how it was cut. There were no bald men in his family.
Next earlier Chuck Hinman column - Home, sweet home, circa 1929
By Chuck Hinman
Me And My Hair
I never had a 'store haircut' until I left home and went into military service. Mom did the honors for the male members of our family and "No, she didn't use a bowl as a guide!"
Mom's equipment for Saturday night haircuts
Her equipment was simple -- a hand powered hair clipper and that was it. She used a tea towel to cover our shoulders to keep the hair off our clothes. It was always done in the kitchen, and she did it on all three of us 'MEN' after Saturday evening supper so we would look decent at church the next day.
Many times she caused us to yell out in pain when the clippers needed oiling and pulled our hair. Even Dad yelled, only much louder.
There were no bald men in our family. Our genes destined us for a full head of hair. The drains in our house were never plugged with male hair. We didn't lose hair.
Crew cuts, flat-tops, and bowl haircuts
The all-time hair fad for me has been the crew or flat-top haircut. I have had my share of both of those. My first haircut, other than from Mom came when I entered military service in 1942. I grew to like a crew cut and sported one, or its kin, the flat-top, many years after I was out of service.
After we had a son, Paul, I cut his hair until he got old enough to notice he was the only boy at school with a 'bowl haircut.'
Here is a hair story born out of my college days.
Putting the block of curls in front
A friend invited me to spend the week-end at his home. His Dad was a barber and his Mom operated a beauty shop. At Friday night supper she ran her hands through my thick head of hair and said she would like to put a block of curls in the front. I understood her to mean that if I didn't like it, I could comb it out.
I bought the idea and the next morning she did it. I was shocked but vain enough, I loved it! I was only mildly concerned (probably because of Dad) when I found it was permanent or until 'death do us part.'
Chuck thinks he is 'cute' but his Dad disagrees
I was practice teaching at the Junior High School in Peru, Nebraska. I had an 8th grade class of math students. One of the cute-girl students told me "I was cute" which agreed with my assessment.
The next weekend I went home and I walked in the milk barn and my Dad sized me up. He didn't think I was cute AT ALL! He had a ring-tailed fit!
The curls are gone and Chuck is ever after 'uncute'
He said that as soon as Andrew's barber shop opened the next morning, he wanted me to be first in line to get those "blankety-blank curly-locks" cut off, barking he wasn't going to have one of his sons looking like a girl!
I knew better than to argue with him. The next morning, the curls were gone and I have been 'uncute' ever since.
Wondering about curls again at 89 years old
Sitting in my recliner recently, I mused -- Dad's been gone for forty years and the 'chicks' here at Tallgrass Estates have never seen this 89 year old 'dude' with curls. I wonder how they would look on grayish-white hair. I think I'll ask Debbie (my barber) what she thinks. Hmmm.
Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed Thursday, 24 September 2009 with minor revisions from an email Friday, 19 August 2011.
This story was posted on 2014-04-27 08:48:22
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Chuck Hinman - Reminiscences:
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Home, sweet home, circa 1929
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Review of The Passion Of The Christ
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. The Old Gray Mare... and Mary
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Half-Soles -- Remember Them
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Snipes, Remember Them
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Did You Ever Eat Dirt?
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Wisdom of Bunk King
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. Now! Hear this! - Rick Stull
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. The Birds And The Bees
Chuck Hinman: IJMA. A Predicament
View even more articles in topic Chuck Hinman - Reminiscences
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.