Danny’s Long Awaited Hair Tips For Men

After all the buzz about Mara’s Curly Hair Tips (and the fact that those pictures are now floating around all over on Pinterest), our readers have been clamoring to know about my Super Straight Hair Tips for Men.  Listen to this reader’s comment after I tried to post about something meaningful: “Stop teasing us with this crap.  I want to know how you do your hair!”  Since those fateful words, our inbox has been cluttered with demands to know the secret to my perfectly trimmed hair.

Wait no longer and behold the glory of…
The Flowbee

Maybe I should send them these pics I took so they can update their marketing material

I have wanted a Flowbee for years.  That seed was probably planted some time in the 80s when as a little boy I was fascinated by the idea of hair clippers attached to a vacuum.  Does it get much cooler than that!?!? (I almost peed my pants laughing as I watched this snippet on youtube…please don’t judge too quickly just because this commercial is so awesomely bad.)  Ideas like that are the reasons all boys seem to, at one point or another, entertain the idea of being an inventor, to come up with the next great idea like the Flowbee!  Hyperbole aside, this oft ridiculed gadget stayed in the back of my mind as the answer to all of the bad haircuts I’d ever received.

My life before the Flowbee

I’ve had a lot of really bad haircuts since I moved away from Utah and from my longtime stylist/friend.  Part of that may be because I couldn’t imagine paying more than $15 for a cut (one could argue that’s like complaining that my $1 Taco Bell Burrito isn’t nearly as good as a burrito from Cafe Rio or Chipotle), but my stylist/friend would tell you it’s more likely because my hair is really annoyingly difficult.  It’s so straight, that even the slightest mistakes are easily noticeable…you can see every single slip of the scissors written all over my fluffy-haired head.  One solution would have been to just cut it shorter with clippers, but that wasn’t very practical either, since not only is my hair really straight, but the shorter it is the more prone it is to stick straight off my head in a perpendicular fashion.  No thank you :).  I always dreamed of a way to get scissor-cut length, balanced by clipper symmetry and evenness.   Deep down I knew that the Flowbee from the infomercials of my childhood was the answer to all my problems. 

Who wouldn’t think that with advertising like this?

So Why’d You Wait So Long?

In order for the Flowbee to work properly, you’ve got to have a vacuum with at least reasonable suction power.  That was something I never really had.  Oh how I often entertained the idea of buying a $500 Dyson vacuum, even though I was living in some 700 square foot apartment that didn’t even have carpet, just so that I could buy a Flowbee and enjoy perfect haircuts.  I was one really-good-sale away from ordering that Dyson so I could make my Flowbee dreams a reality.  That’s about the same time that I met Mara.  At some point in those emails in the first few weeks and months, when I honestly thought that Mara couldn’t possibly get any better, she revealed to me she had a Dyson!!!  Now I definitely had to marry this woman!

Anything but Inconspicuous Shipping

I don’t think it was more than one week after getting married and moving to New York that I used some of our generously gifted wedding money to order the Flowbee.  At the time we were living pretty frugally…but I figured that I could recoup the price of $79.99 in just 4 months of use, so it was totally worth it.  The best part was when it arrived.  Usually the UPS guys just come to our building, ring the buzzer, and then leave all items inside the secure foyer downstairs.  Sometimes they’ll actually come up to your floor, but just leave the package outside your apartment.  That day was different.  The UPS guy made sure to hand-deliver this bad boy.  You would too, once you see the way this thing was packaged!  FLOWBEE was written on every side of the box in giant bold capital letters with a distinctive wind-like pattern blowing elegantly across.  There was no discreet shipping with this product, they wanted everyone to know what was inside the box.  Personally, I think that’s why the UPS man decided to make a special in-person delivery, and it’s probably why he had a stupid grin on his face as he handed it to me thinking “who actually buys this thing?”, while I delightedly accepted the branded box with a triumphant smile that said “I do, that’s who!”

I immediately opened the package, hooked it up to the Dyson, and gave myself a PERFECT hair cut. All in about 5 minutes…and with no mess!  I immediately took a picture and sent it to my stylist back in Utah and told her I’d finally found the answer to my straight-hair woes.  Since that day I’ve saved myself over $300 in haircuts, and most importantly, I’ve saved myself from a whole lot of dissatisfaction.

My name is Danny.  I’m a husband, a musician, a cook, a New Yorker, a blogger…and I’m a Flowbee Evangelist! 

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  1. Sara Borg December 13, 2011 at 7:39 am - Reply

    You must have a clone somewhere in this big wide world! If you find him first send him my way!

  2. Caro December 13, 2011 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I just started my day laughing my head off thanks to you!! Thanks!! 😀

  3. This Girl loves to Talk December 13, 2011 at 10:46 am - Reply

    now the truth comes out! all those lovey dovey emails.. and it was the dyson that won you over 😉

    I dont understand how this flowbee works (maybe we've missed those awesome ad's in australia as I've never heard of this thing) but how does having clippers on a vaccuum ensure a good haircut? I cut my husband hair with clippers (given he is nearly 80% bald so flowbee wont help him) so it must be your skill in working it too??

  4. mara December 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    This Girl loves to Talk – No special skills are required! The Flowbee just sucks up your hair and cuts it to the desired length. Danny does the longest setting on top, and then does a slightly shorter setting on the sides, and then a slightly shorter one in the back. He's done in under 5 minutes…it's pretty awesome!

  5. Creole Wisdom December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    HILARIOUS!!!!!! I kinda thought at first that the flowbee was a vacuum, not gonna lie!

  6. linsey December 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    HAHAHAHA! Best post to date. GO FLOW!!

  7. kh December 13, 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    This is seriously the best way to start my day! I'm totally laughing!

    And perhaps I need to start telling guys that I too own a Dyson. : )

    You two have made my day. Thank you, thank you.

  8. Laurie December 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    that was hilarious Danny! i love it. Maybe i need to get this for all my boys, it would be a lot easier. But, because they are teenagers, they think they need "long" surfer hair which looks less than great most of the time. Maybe when they are ready for a man haircut, i'll hook up the flow bee to my dyson 🙂 see you soon

  9. Lynn Hansen December 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Holy Moly! I think I just found my husbands Christmas present. Thank you Danny and Mara for your oh so lovely and wonderful blog. You two brighten my day 🙂

  10. rubi December 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    OMG!!!!! hahahahaha I absolutely love this! I can't believe Danny uses a flowbee!

  11. Molly December 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I am cracking up. This is the funniest thing I've read all week. Not many people fess up to using a Flowbee. That's some confidence. 🙂

  12. Rik December 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Love the mormon.orgprofile-esque shout out. 🙂

  13. Shiloh December 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    aaaahhhhh hahahahahahahahahaha (deep intake of air) aahhhhh hahahahahahahahahahaha(another deep breath, possibly accompanied by a high pitched sound)aahh ha..hahaha…..hahahaa…ahhhh…*sigh

  14. Amanda Greer December 14, 2011 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Hahah is this for real? I've never heard of it! Danny, you had me smiling a huge smile with this one!

  15. danny December 14, 2011 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Thanks for all the great comments today. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Just to be clear…THIS IS FOR REAL. I really do cut my hair with the Flowbee. I absolutely love it, I seriously tell people about it all the time, and am delighted to share it all with you! How could I not. $79 and you get free haircuts for life??? It's amazing!

  16. Anonymous December 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    hahaha. That was great! Thanks for the lovely commercial for Flowbee. Got to get my dad one of those for Christmas! 🙂


  17. Annelise December 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I am laughing so hard right now. Especially at Brian's comment about your hair.

  18. debsfreckles December 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I am going to make m husband read this. And maybe get him one for Christmas.

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  20. Whittney January 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    LOL! I'm intrigued. What product do you use to style your hair after you've used the Flowbee?

  21. The Harper Family February 27, 2012 at 5:11 am - Reply

    This is hilarious. Love it!

  22. Anonymous April 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Does the flowbee work "down there" too?

  23. sasha April 26, 2012 at 8:01 am - Reply
  24. Anonymous October 10, 2012 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness, just laughed so hard reading this post! LOVE it. You guys are great, and Danny is hilarious!

  25. researching haircuts September 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic. A+ I laughed heartily.

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