Cutting My Hair With Paper Scissors

I’m offline for a couple of weeks after this post – I’m working on something magnificent and it requires my full concentration. I’m sure that you can all survive a fortnight without my ridiculous posts on nipples, orifices and social distancing problems, but as a parting shot to see you through, here I am on video, cutting my own hair with (completely inappropriate) paper scissors.

Some will have seen this on IGTV but I am well aware that many of you don’t use Instagram or Facebook (sensible probably – they are the biggest time-suckers!) and so I’ve uploaded the whole thing to Youtube and embedded it below.

See you all later, alligator: if you need me urgently then ring my Mum! But don’t knock for me, I’m not allowed out. Hohoho…

Remember the absolute mortification when a friend called for you but your Mum wouldn’t let you out because tea was nearly ready? And you’d hear your Mum say

“No, Sean/Lee/Nat/Jamie, she can’t come out now, her tea’s nearly on the table.”

“Oh OK,” they’d answer, “can she come out after?”

“Maybe,” your Mum would say, “depends.”

“What time’ll she be finished?”

“Not sure yet, Sean/Lee/Nat/Jamie, maybe you go and play and if she’s finished she’ll come and find you.”

“How will she know where I am though?” Sean/Lee/Nat/Jamie would say.

From your position at the top of the stairs you’d just about be able to see their bike lying on its side in the front garden, the wheels still spinning. And you’d be thinking bloody hell Sean/Lee/Nat/Jamie, you’re pushing your luck with all of these questions! Back away from the door and save yourself!

To be fair, my Mum was a very patient Mum. Maybe because she was a teacher. She could deal with a whole barrage of pointless questions and she always managed to keep her voice steady and kind. I’d lose the plot if people kept knocking on my door now. Not least because the dog goes crackers anytime anyone approaches and then someone else has to shout at the dog to stop him from barking and someone else always has to say “he’s only guarding!”: it’s a right old performance. So if I had been a mother in the eighties, with no Great Uncle iPad and only three telly channels, then I’m sure I’d have been a very short-tempered and highly-stressed sort of mother. I’d have been leaning on that doorframe with a Benson & Hedges dangling from my lower lip. Smudged eyeliner, hair wrapped in a handkerchief, glass of 3pm sherry in my hand.

“I said she’d be out after tea, didn’t I? NOW PISS OFF YOU LITTLE GITS!”

On that note, here I am massacring my own hair. It was actually looking rather nice before I chopped it – let this be a lesson to you!

Photo by Kevin Ramdhun on Unsplash

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  1. July 21, 2020 / 3:20 am

    This is a great blog! I like it.. I’m also a big fan of writing down goals and keeping up with them for that very same reason–to see my progress and get encouraged to keep going. If there’s no feeling of progress, then motivation can dwindle before you accomplish what you set out to. Great article!

  2. Cara
    June 25, 2020 / 11:12 pm

    I’m looking forward to watching this when at home!
    I really think you suit short hair Ruth, like a mid neck bob is amazing on you although best left to a professional to cut I’m thinking

  3. Ayla
    June 25, 2020 / 4:46 am

    Loved the story about your mom and you as a mother in the eighties:))))

  4. Tracy in Atlanta, GA
    June 23, 2020 / 4:23 am

    I laughed so hard when I watched this. Glad to know there are other mad cutters ( who swear) out there. I use my eye brow scissors to trim up my fringe and any dead ends then play dumb when the stylist asks with a straight face if “she” accidentally cut a notch out of my fringe making them 1 inch shorter on one side … I mumble something about Edward Scissorhands and tip her well ✂️

  5. June 22, 2020 / 12:55 am

    Cutting my own hair is one of the few things I won’t do myself. I always jokingly say I did not inherit the cutting gene, but it’s really true. Whether its cutting paper with scissors, butter with a knife, or any cutting implement, I can’t get it straight, and I end up with a hack job. You are very brave, but probably better off than me!

    xoxo Amanda |

  6. June 21, 2020 / 9:23 am

    What a great video! You are so brave, Ruth!

  7. Rebecca
    June 21, 2020 / 7:59 am

    I was crying so much at this that 11yo became really quite concerned. I have been in a massive funk recently so thank you so so much for this. Planning on doing mine as soon as I can get hairbands out of bedroom

  8. Maggie
    June 20, 2020 / 11:30 am

    This is possibly your best video, you are a brave lady. Early Learning scissors!! ✂️

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