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How can you see the back of your own head without left/right reversal?

Asked by ETpro (34208 points ) August 5th, 2013

I cut my own hair. Label me a cheapskate if you wish. I claim it’s because no barber or hair stylist could ever catch on to what I want in a haircut. They invariably try to taper it smoothly in back, even after I tell them not to. When they do that, I end up with a shelf where the ever shorter hair begins to stick straight up, and the longer layers above it are held up forming a cliff edge. It looks terrible. I need something much more like a Beatles Bowl cut, but with just a hint of tapering so it isn’t one sharp-edged shelf in back.

It’s easy to cut the parts I can see in a mirror, but holding a mirror in front of you and aiming it at a large bathroom mirror behind you ties up one hand, and it also reverses things such that it’s hard to figure out which way is left and which is right. If you haven’t experienced this, try it and see.

How can I see the back of my head yet keep both hands free and eliminate the right and left confusion?

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_Whitetigress's avatar

Get a ladder, stand in front of a mirror, get laptop set on a ladder, turn on video mode, screen facing back of your neck, use mirror projection?
Gl anyhow

Dutchess_III's avatar

Go buy a 3 part mirror. The one in the middle is stationary and the two on either side swing in and out. (I cut my own hair too. As a woman, putting on makeup for the last 40 years, the reversal thing doesn’t faze me atall.)

ragingloli's avatar

I cut my hair in the back by touch. I do not look at it with a mirror or any such shenanigans.
I only do a short hedgehog cut, so that helps, too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

(Have you looked at your hair lately @ragingloli)?

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

<<< cuts his own hair.

<<< cuts his own ears too.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Set up a video camera and send the image to your PC screen.

You missed a spot.

YARNLADY's avatar

@LuckyGuy You got there first. I was just going to suggest using that. It really works. I cut my own hair too, since my favorite shop doubled their prices.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Dude, I know that this isn’t the answer to your question, but there are barbershops in Worcester.

ETpro's avatar

@ragingloli Links to a short hedgehog cut. Please…

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies CUtting the ears is a good way to prevent hair from growing over the top of the ear lobes?

@LuckyGuy & @YARNLADY, Bingo!

@SadieMartinPaul I’m way away from Worcester, but as the OP said, been there, done that, got the Tee Shirt.

ETpro's avatar

^^Oh, OK. That will work for me. But I stupidly cling to having a full head of hair. Old habits are hard to break.

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