Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Just a trim

Haircuts by Children
The Camille Unisex Beauty Lounge in Parkdale isn't usually a three-ring circus on weekends, I'm guessing, but then it's usually staffed by stylists who are at least old enough to drive. When I got there, mid-afternoon on Saturday, there was a throng of waiting clients and their friends out on the sidewalk and in the salon; Darren O'Donnell was running around in a stripey scarf taking photos of everything; a camera crew with a boom microphone were filming haircuts in progress; and there were a lot of 8 to 12-year-old children about, some selling lemonade and cookies out front, and others inside, cutting people's hair. Occasionally, bemused locals would wander in and watch in amazement for a few minutes: "The children... are cutting the hair?" It was the third weekend of Mammalian Diving Reflex's Haircuts by Children project, which has obviously been a huge success.

A ten-year-old boy carefully sheared the back of a man's head with electric clippers; a young girl added bright plastic beads and clips to a delighted woman's long braids. My haircut was much more basic: long hair, just a trim. I was introduced to an eleven-year-old named Maaz, who got to work without further ado. Some of the kids were chatty, but Maaz seemed like a very serious sort of person, frowning with silent concentration as he snipped away. He did mention that when not cutting hair, he likes "computers."

Here's a mid-haircut picture:
During picture

Haircuts by Children is on for one more weekend, at Harbourfront as part of the Milk festival of children's arts.

Click here for more photos from Saturday, including my "after" picture.


Anonymous Ward said...

I assume the sound boom is there in case the hair itself has anything to say ... such as hair always says when getting cut: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

But good on Maaz; well done!

10:10 a.m., May 23, 2006  
Blogger JuliaMazal said...

Aw, look at his serious expression! Cute! In your "after" photo, you know that layer that's shorter? I think you should get Maaz (or er, a hairdresser!) to cut it all that length! It's looks awesome and is tres chic! Fun fun fun!

2:03 p.m., May 23, 2006  
Anonymous dave said...

That's great. And if it didn't turn out ok, you could say "Why yes, in fact, my hair *was* cut by an eleven-year-old."

11:39 p.m., May 23, 2006  
Blogger tyroscribe said...

How did this haircut compare to others? Be honest. True, Maaz likes computers and could probably read this. But as he will likely pursue a computer-related career, his feelings will not be hurt if you deem his hair-cutting skills questionable.

5:35 p.m., May 24, 2006  
Blogger Nadia said...

Julia, any "layers" are an optical illusion caused by the wind blowing my hair around... but thanks! I might get it cut a bit shorter, later.

Tyro, it was much more minimal than a regular salon cut -- no shampoo beforehand, no layering. However it was a very tidy, straight trim. It is a good length & does not look "odd." Also, I think you really should have a blog called "Your Stupid Friend Ate My Horse."

1:49 p.m., May 25, 2006  

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