However, being deaf or hard of hearing presents its own unique set of challenges when getting a haircut. There are ways to make the haircut process go smooth once your hearing technology is off and the barber starts to trim. These tips for getting a haircut with hearing loss can guide you!
I always find it useful to go with a friend or family member when going for a haircut. This is because you can tell the hearing friend/relative what hairstyle you want so they can tell the barber while they are doing the haircut.
I would suggest telling the hairdresser exactly what you want before you take out your hearing aids/cochlear implants and inform the barber that you have hearing loss.
I find it very useful that if the barber has a question on the type of style I want, they should ensure their face is in my line of vision so I can lip- read and respond accordingly. Also, when a barber is cutting your hair, they may ask you to look down or to the side, then continue talking to you. If you remind them that you can’t have conversations unless you are facing them, you can eliminate moving your head to try and read lips while they are cutting your hair.
There are many barbershops where many the hairdressers are proficient in sign language, you can find them with a quick Google search! Or if you have been visiting your barber for a while, you could teach them a few signs to use while they are cutting your hair.
I would suggest having a hairstyle that clearly shows off your hearing aids. That way you can show the world that you are deaf and proud! Also, that your disability doesn’t have to dictate who you are as a person and what you can achieve. You can find hair tutorial videos like @sweethearts_hair posts to show off your hearing technology!
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