1. It’s hard to tell from these pictures whether the barber actually cut anything. But it doesn’t matter. Buni walked in feeling like he needed a haircut, and walked out feeling as beautiful as a sparkling unicorn. And that makes him walk tall, rather than the shlump we saw in the first panel.

  2. We all feel a more stylish and sexy with a haircut. Except when I went to that terrible chain haircutting place near my previous apartment. In the seven years I lived there, I patronized it about a half-dozen times (whenever time got away from me and I really needed a haircut and they were what was available) and never, EVER got a decent haircut. Even that time I went in to have them just shave my head.

  3. Funny how some metaphorical sayings sound fine, if a bit overblown, when kept to words only – “I left the hairdresser’s feeling like a million dollars” – but would look puzzlingly ludicrous if literally illustrated: imagine a pallet-load of small green notes being wheeled out through the salon door.

  4. That specific example is a simile, narmitaj, not a metaphor. And “a million bucks” isn’t really the thing the simile compares anyway.

    As your illustration notes, it’s absurd to “feel like” a million bucks because a million bucks doesn’t feel like anything. The common idiom elides the actual object of the preposition: you feel like a person who is worth a million bucks. That simile makes a lot more sense.

  5. “The common idiom elides the actual object of the preposition”.
    Then isn’t it simply a metonymy of a simile?

  6. I got confused about the entering and exiting. But it was my own fault, not correctly processing the way the writing on the door goes.

  7. A simile is a subset of metaphor, Powers, so narmitaj is completely correct.

    And why we have this obsession with organizing our comparisons so obsessively, I’ve never understood; gives English teachers something to teach, I guess, so they feel like it is a real subject, like Math and Science… 😉

  8. If I could offer an alternative explanation to the comic, it might be a commentary on not how one feels walking out of the salon but instead how one actually looks. The stylist makes Buni look perfect but the minute he walks out into the elements he’s ordinary looking again.

    Not saying that the other theory is wrong but this one came to mind for me.

  9. I saw it as we were meant to believe that Buni had such an awesome makeover he emerged looking like a pink unicorn, but really it was just a different customer who came out before him.

  10. I had the same interpretation as Tree. Big styling montage, leading up to the big reveal—my gosh, he’s been transformed!—only to have the still normal-looking Buni walk out behind the unicorn.

  11. “I saw it as we were meant to believe that Buni had such an awesome makeover he emerged looking like a pink unicorn, but really it was just a different customer who came out before him.”

    Ah! This is the first one the actually makes sense as a joke.

    But it’s not a well-told joke because that pink unicorn really isn’t that great looking and it doesn’t look at all like Buni.

    … okay… that’d work I suppose if we are led to think “wha?? the barber completely transfigured him? how?” and then the reveal, but it’d work better if we saw the unicorn’s foot or tail as he walks off stage in the last panel.

    … butt maybe if it were that bum-like anti-buni who went in, and a good looking buni came only to be followed by the fat slobby chain-smoking anti-buni but now stubble free it could work.

    Thing is… the exiting buni *does* look pretty good and his stature and pride *does* carry over. It *was* a good haircut so far as strip depiction goes.

  12. @ Winter Wallaby: There were multiple persons cutting in the shop, so one would hope only one would be incompetent. Furthermore, I’d wind up in the place when things got away from me. I had a very long commute and worked rotating shifts. I kept intending to go elsewhere to get a haircut and often did. But when it got to the point where I hadn’t managed that and I had to go to a wedding the next day or something like that, I’d try it again.

    And really, the last one, just shaving my head. You’d think you couldn’t mess that up…

  13. That is a MAJOR man/woman difference I’ve noted thru the years; Women usually make appointments, often at regular times, for their haircuts, or just wash and blow dry, and coloring, whereas men just seem to go along ’til they panic and find the nearest hair-cutting place. Women have favorite hairdressing salons and hairdressers, so we make appointments in advance (usually noting special occasions for extra appointments). We KNOW our hair is gonna grow, so we plan for it. Men (including Hubby) seem surprised that it is time, yet again, to get a haircut/beard trim.

  14. My Dad told me that when you go to the barber shop, always pick the barber with the worst haircut.

  15. @ Andrea: Hey, I’m busy. My life is different now. There is a decent barber on the ground floor, so I can usually get a haircut without too much planning needed, though last time I had to wait a couple of hours because he was doing some lady’s hair with colour and perm. I went away and came back. Also, he only takes cash, so I’m pretty sure he’s cheating on his taxes.

    @ Mark in Boston: That seems good advice.

  16. I have long straight hair – straightness is the hair, long is my choice. I find it so much easier to take care of. When I lived at home before we were married my Dad would cut it for me when it got too long – and he continued to do so for me at the office. He would put a piece of Scotch tape (well, not really same, an imitation he would not spend the money on the name brand tape) across the hair in the back just below where it was to be cut and use the tape as the line to cut and also to grab the hair (more or less) after it was cut.

    When he died Robert refused to try to do this. Since I rarely wear my hair down any longer, but put it up in hair clip or barrette, I cut it my self. I gather it all together into a pony tail with a band. I then hold it up in the air behind my head, look in the mirror and clip off whatever length I figure is too much. If it is slightly off it doesn’t matter as it not hanging down and one cannot tell when it is up in a clip or barrette.

    Robert wears his hair in queue (ok, he won’t let me call it a pony tail and that is it’s name in the 18th century). He wears the front shorter. He cuts the front, I cut the back for him.

  17. ‘I had to wait a couple of hours ‘

    Even if you found something to do during those hours, if you’d made an appointment, you wouldn’t have had to replan your day. But then, that’s me – I loathe ‘walk ins’ ’cause there is never anyone available . . . I tried it for a while, then switched back to appointments when I finally found a hairdresser in my new area whom I liked.

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