Saving $150 per year: Cutting my own hair

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Saving $150 per year: Cutting my own hair

For fun (or in all seriousness) – the last twelve months have seen me saving $25 every month. Even if $25 is somewhat still below my current HC+IF/KETO+IF regiment weekly budget; that still can buy someone else almost a weekly worth of food; especially if they’re on Intermittent Fasting.

Am I good? No. Did I do this all myself? Absolutely.

It’s surprising that people (aka. the Pedestrian Normalcy) wouldn’t bat an eye at you. Or give a damn. Unless until you tell them straight over what really constitutes a personal effort. And then sheepishly; they start looking. That reminds me – how sad is it that only artists get famously recognised; long until after they’ve long passed.

Perhaps I should consider all this a side effect devoting on Ketogenic intervention/s or Intermittent Fasting. Still learning and experimenting inbetween protocols (HC+IF / KETO+IF) since the dawn of Christmas 2017. One thing persists for sure – I’ve been constantly reevaluating what time really means to me. Whenever resources and leverages (that includes my glycogens and ketones) are few, spent and far – minute re-evaluations on what is meaningful and what is frivolous – immediately becomes layer upon layer/s – of background processes running in my head.

One after another. Almost non-stop. Thankfully to this day – I have experienced no kernel panics. Not just yet.

So, for anyone to think that I’m doing myself a “crap” job, things “misaligned”, “crooked” or just simply “out of style” – Fantastic!

I don’t need to envy anyone else’s superiorities over my own. Who am I? Brad Pitt? “Envy” is nothing but jealousy and weakness for the insecure. 

So here are the three things I learned; in addition for having saved that $150 per year.

Jeremy Perkins @ Pexels

#1 I’ve “learnt” (almost) nothing; out of mere observational methodology.

In other words – I’ve learnt next to nothing. Especially if I am simply looking at them – their’s or others methodology – in motion. Observing is recreationally an act of – acquisition. But not an act – of coordinative – self-initiation.

The first (and biggest) here is me dispelling the pedestrian notion of what learning actually means. Learning is a process from an inside initiation. Then out.

I don’t care in what realms beyond self-DIY hair cuts, DIY cooking shows, and/or all the way to watching “self-help” videos on trying to bench, deadlift or squat ass-to-grass the very first time. Learning is almost always – an organically involved-event of the “self”. NEVER a recreationally observational event upon anything of the external. It all depends on you and your circumstances to recoordinate everything there is of you to make learning happen. From all your senses’ perspectives.

You don’t learn simply from looking at someone else’s perspective. You learn it from feeling from within all of YOUR’s inner senses; across all physiological, metabolic, and neurological – contexts. In this case – sight, distancing proximity, touch and most importantly – all of these from your own sight and felt – perspective. 

Why? Because it feels IMMENSELY different doing it under your biological perspective than merely observing some one else’s perspective.

Much akin to prepping your own tie; the “perfect” Windsor Knot –  up for that event or another interview. Ever since highschool – I grew with increasingly higher assumption that bullies or those seemingly older than me – have had some sort of mythical abilities for them being the slick symbols of envy and/or simply alpha-esque “wit”. Yup – even girls. <gulps> [My pride]. 

I have never ever learned properly how to tie up a proper Windsor Knot by simply “looking” at someone doing it. Whether be it a tieing up a dirt throwaway out of a clothing bin or a several-hundred dollars imported fabric (anywhere exotic) Europe, the grasslands, the exotics, the tropics wherever – around their necks.

Me? I’m still to this day just staring at them blankly. I’m learning nothing but mere observation. My other senses; touch, stand, intuition, distancing-proximity / acuity / judgments weren’t practised at all.

Trying to follow them; step by step – is even worse. My nerve impulses; mind-muscle coordination in how to tieing up that supposedly perfect windsor knot; were convoluted.  Until I myself see, realise and reflect that I am aware; intuitively realising under my own sightly perspective underneath my nose, my own neck – to know precisely when, where and how to fold, slip, and weave. Inside, over,  then out.  

DIY Haircuts are no different. You have to be aware only by your own interpretive senses. Surprise! “Touch” being the biggest next to secondarily as sight. (we’ll get back to this later).


#2 There is nothing “good” or “bad”. Style? What “style”?

“Good” or “Bad” are societal norms of categorisation. Like a pendulum; I’d rather perceive them as actions and repercussions. Cause and effect. Each influences the other. Each cannot exist without the other.

Anything predicating “efficacy”, “righteousness” or political “correctness”  depends entirely on how or what you consider is fair or rational.

If nothing seems fairly lined up, or rationally straight then you’d rely on intuition and drive to try correcting them. Obviously, you can be safe and reasonable by first cutting them little by little – either by scissors or if it is your first time – trim/razor using larger cut sizes before moving to smaller and finer range.

But how do you know what is reasonable or correct? This is where Style comes in. But that – is as good only as that. An influence. Proximally shared judgments of what reasonable means. “Style” is a form of loose categorisation towards a hopeful order; away from chaos and disorders.

Understandably, I am no hairdresser. Mine is simply written in instructional paragraph; rather than a label.

Number 1 across all sides and back. Leaving the top, front and sides growth-what-have-you –  just as I feel comfortably “enough” as it is.

Saving $150 per year: Cutting my own hair


#3 Do not Monitor and Cut at the same time. Pause. Assess. Use your own tactile sense as a guide.

Rarely do I actually subscribe to anyone else’s philosophies; except Nietzche and Heiddeger’s. But Helen Keller was right. The most significant of all senses may not be seen, heard – it shall only be reflected by feeling. Mirrors should be there as means to halt, reflect and to memorise. BEFORE proceeding/moving forward onwards.

Again following similarly to number 1, use as much of your hands as possible rather than holding an additional mirror as you go razoring your head all over. Trim for a minute. Stop and assess. Never ever – multi-task both things in a vacuum.

Additional handheld mirror/s MAY confuse more than they assist. They reverse, distort and flip your senses of perspective; making things even more extremely difficult to manoeuvre and position exactly where and how your clippers should be.

Honestly, I have no idea how many Youtuber’s® self-help DIY managed to do this. But after over a year from me constantly trying to get used to multi-task (monitoring AND trimming at the same time) – it simply is not a logical process in my perspective. Imagine your sense of directions inverted. Whilst trimming your way on the go. Left suddenly becomes right. Up suddenly becomes bottom.


Saving $150 per year: Cutting my own hair
before & after

The above comp shows you just how 30 minutes of self-resilient learning can bring about a change to your lazy sunday carb-refeed session. The above cut session was on 18th of March. Yes, 30 minutes. The above three pictures are taken from a one-off constant video shoot showcasing the entire 30 minutes of me from start to finish. 


At the end of the day; what matters is your own initiative.

Pedestrian Normalcy:
“But, it’s too hard”.

Me: Then give it a try. To this day, I feel no need to even know beyond turning the razor on and off.

Pedestrian Normalcy: “But I don’t know what happens if things go wrong.”

Me: Then give it a try anyway. You will learn to reason yourself along each mistake along the way.

Recall what education really is. It is a “re”-experience of things you have forgotten or are yet to be forgotten.  At times when I wish to reenact or repeat exactly what or how I orchestrated every movement, every procedure I thought I flawlessly knew before – is somehow or somewhat now incompatible to the present circumstances. In both minute and significant ways.

These – as I witness through time and time again – is learning. A constant lending of time to earn or replace something anew.

Sure, repercussions can truly suck if you do a “bad” job. But that’s just politics. A pedestrian interpretation.

To be quite honest, I learn much less from politics than what I learn from feeling and experiencing from within. If all you knew is how to get yourself a mohawk (by accident) or just going bald / number 1,2, or 3 all over – then so be it. You will at another time able to earn something new in place over what you have at present.

Making others happy just because if you could only get yourself a bald-all-over – is meaningless. Unless of course – if you are HAPPY – as such that this outcome is meaningfully “sufficient” to YOU. Happiness is contentment. Happiness is fulfilment over what “enough” means to you. Not interpretively owned or dictated by someone else.

At the end of the day – what matters is your own initiative at curiously reinterpreting your own means of “time”. And out of this understanding – you’ll also sooner or later realise what “enough” truly means. And thus reconcile – your own authentic interpretation of Humility.

So how do you do all that? It stems from how you interpret consumption and how Nutrition – govern all states of living.

Read my book, and (groans) – be prepared for another big wakeup lesson in all of life.

At least this is not what they teach you in school. Reminding its readers, and its inventor – yes that’s me – all one thing : Humility is an individualised Economics of all things resilient within a biologically resourceful – capacity.

Pause. Reflect. Assess. Action. Repeat.

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