Hipsters often channel Paul Bunyan—the flannels, the beard, the nonconventional pet (à la Babe the Blue Ox). But there’s looking lumbersexual, and there’s literally using an axe in place of a straight razor. Some bold men prefer the latter.
The latest trend in weird grooming is to have a barber cut your hair with an axe and hammer, or use the wood-chopping tool to shave your face. We hope that barber has steady hands.
The practice actually dates back the '30s and ‘40s, when axe salesmen would demonstrate the quality of their wares by shaving a lucky or unlucky logger in front of a crowd of potential buyers. Today, Youtube users have replaced the crowd of loggers, such as this dude who used a straight up meat cleaver to give his client—we’ll admit—a pretty decent fade.
Still, that’s what people use to butcher chickens. Are you trying to take off a few inches—or your head? Even more savage, this guy couldn’t even be bothered to wipe off the axe and use any product. You do not win our grooming awards, Youtube user BeeBop Thimbeldorp.
If you still want your own axe haircut, Mike Saurus from Instructables detailed the process in an online guide and video below.