Bad Haircut = Great Lesson.

Via David Romanelli
on Sep 6, 2013
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“Do you want to see it from behind?” the haircutter asked, holding the mirror up so I could see the back of my head.

“I don’t even like it in front,” I told her.

“What do you mean? It looks great all around. You look hot.”

“C’mon. I look like a gnome,” I responded.

It was a bad haircut. It happens to the best of us; but it’s never fun to be on the receiving end of your haircutter’s hangover.

She stood over me, scissors in hand, trying to figure out her next move. I just looked at myself, wondering if I could somehow altar my wardrobe to suit this new look. Possibly, if I could incorporate some mesh, eye shadow and Virginia Slims cigarettes, I could make it work.

Of course, justifying Virginia Slims to the yoga community, let alone my wife, would be a stretch.

“What’s a gnome?” the haircutter asked.

“Have you ever seen those SkyMall magazines on the airlines? They sell these small humanoid statues you can put in your garden for decoration. Those are gnomes,” I muttered under my breath.

Later that evening when my wife got home, she looked as if I’d presented her with a hairless cat (it’s called a Donskoy) or a nibbling gerbil.

“No f*cking way” was all she said.

“The haircutter screwed up,” I told her.

“First of all, it’s not called a haircutter, it’s called a stylist. Second of all, who do you think you are, Prince Valiant?

“Prince Valiant looks better than a gnome,” I told her.

“What’s a gnome?” she asked, reaching for her phone to get me an appointment with a new stylist.


This wasn’t the first time I had a haircut.

In fact, I had a bad hair era (85-88). I spent those years chasing cool, pursuing popularity, trying to fit in. That’s a mistake to never make twice.

This bad haircut came at just the right time, as if the Universe was giving me a little reminder.

Over the past year, there has been a clique forming in the wellness world. There are people with huge followings joining forces and putting together big events.

I admire what they are doing and emailed about being included.

I got zero response.

But I felt intuitive alarm bells ringing in my ears: “Been there, done that. Wake up!

Can you relate? Is there something exclusive going on in your world?

Maybe it’s trying to get your kids into the fancy school?

Or maybe it’s trying to figure out how you can teach at the “prestigious” yoga conference?

Or maybe it’s trying to afford a home in the “better” neighborhood?

Lesson learned: a bad day (or bad haircut) need not be a bad era.

If it feels like life is passing you by, let it go! Why walk in someone’s else’s footsteps when you can walk down your own awesome path.

The Grateful Dead sing it perfectly in the song Ripple:

There is a road, no simple highway

Between the dawn and the dark of night,

And if you go no one may follow,

That path is for your steps alone.

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


3 Responses to “Bad Haircut = Great Lesson.”

  1. Laura says:

    Under duress, I received a Dorothy Hamill haircut when I was 12 years old. I have big, wild, curly hair. The haircut made me look like a mushroom on a bad acid trip. Top it off with a closeup of my braces and you have the beginning of my journey away from the crowd. I agree with your wife; you're definitely more Prince Valiant than a gnome, but both comparisons made me giggle. Thanks!

  2. Patricia says:

    This made me laugh so hard I woke my dogs up from their sleepiest! Gnome, Prince Valiant. No biggy. You're right; it's just a bad haircut not a bad era.

  3. Patricia – that's adorable! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Laura – Glad you giggled 🙂 and that haircut sounds hilarious!