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Galen cuts his fro

I couldn’t help but put in a piece about Galen’s hair. His bigger than life fro has been his "marker" for the last few years, with many remembering him because of it.

I have to say, he's open to experimentation--he had braids done for the trip, hoping that the braids would be easier to take care of during our travels. Not so. He and I spent a lot of “quality time” re-braiding his braids.


We removed the braids in Swansea, Wales. If I can figure it out, I will later edit in the video version of this photo. Some of the videos we took are priceless...


After that, he experimented with the “man bun”.


He did well with the man bun (he would say he "rocked" it), but it wasn't easy to get into a bun....it called for strong hands and a lot of wincing and tears, or maybe the damp eyes are better described as a "manly watering at the corners"...Anyway, after doing the man bun for a while he let it go natural again.


Then, out of the blue, he announced that he wanted to cut it short. He wanted a break from the work needed to manage it.
We found that there was a barber shop, Modern Man, right next to our hotel, the Pier Hotel in Limerick, so we promptly went in to ask if they could cut his hair.


One of the women barbers there told us that Shane, the owner of the Sarsfield St. Modern Man Barbers, was brilliant with curly hair, but wasn’t available at the moment. If we could be waiting outside the door before opening the next day, she said Galen could be the first person in his barber chair. She took pity on Shane and took a photo of Galen’s afro so Shane would know what he would be up against bright and early the next morning.

Shane was indeed brilliant!

Shane was really friendly and really knew how to deal with thick curly hair. He also trimmed Galen's beard and gave him some pointers. He took photos during the cut, I don't know if he posted them anywhere. If I find them posted I will add in where to find the photos. You can see Shane's work on instagram @shane_red_burke. Modern Man Barbers is also on facebook at www.facebook.com/Modern Man Barbers.

Posted by Jeanny Preston 05:36

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