Pete Ashton mentioned last week that he had shaved his own head:
Shaved my head, which involved sitting in front of a mirror with my shirt off (not something I do very often), and discovered I have muscle tone, specifically around the upper torso and shoulders. Was somewhat taken aback by this. Combined with my working-man's-tan I believe I might possibly be "buff". Whodathunkit?
This inspired me to have a go at it myself; after all, being dependent on someone else — in my case, my mother, who has many years of experience trimming the fringe of hair at the back of my father's head — to do that sort of thing can be a drag, especially considering I use my razor daily anyway. . As it turns out, shaving my own head is perfectly doable. What Pete didn't mention though, presumably because he got distracted by his muscle tone and his tan and lost track of time, is how damned long it takes. What my mother does in five minutes with her hair trimmer took me over two hours with a full arsenal of electric-razor-with-trimmer-attachment, scissors, a handheld mirror to see the back of my head and the regular mirror in the shower, just to get to the point where I could say "Naaah, I think I'll just go over it again with a razorblade". That's not something I'll repeat again, even though I've got a rather good, shiny slaphead out of it. I've got better things to do with my time, like, er, posting in my blog or mopping the studio floor.