Jul 18, 2015

NEW GENERATION to OLD GENERATION: Meet the barber who disciplines kids with an 'old man' haircut

Parents of misbehaving children are commonly advised to fit the punishment to the crime. For example, if your child daubs black paint on your white walls, don’t deprive them of cake: appoint them cleaning monitor. According to this logic, I can see where Russell Fredrick, a barber from Snellville, Georgia, is coming from with his “Benjamin Button Specials”. This particular haircut involves shaving the crown of a child who thinks they know it all, and leaving the sides long. It’s a tonsorial representation of precocity. Fredrick is community-minded, so he is offering these cuts to local parents free of charge. He also gives free haircuts – in a different style – to kids who get A grades.
Since Fredrick posted the pictures of a cut in progress on Instagram, along with the text, “So you wana act grown...well now you can look grown too”, the phone in A-1 Kutz, his salon, has barely paused for breath. “I’ve had people calling from Australia, the UK, Canada, all over the US.”
All wanting haircuts?
Ah. And how many haircuts?
“No one has actually come in for one. People are shy about being on camera,” Fredrick says. Though a woman did call last night about her 14-year-old son.
According to the Washington Post, Fredrick applied the Benjamin Button style to his own son, Rushann. Untrue, says Fredrick. “I shaved his head completely bald and said if he didn’t improve the behaviour, he’d get the cut. The fear of getting it was enough for him.” Rushann’s grades “skyrocketed” and his current hairstyle makes him look about 12, which, as a 12-year-old, he must find a relief. Source

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