The Lion or The Man

INT. HAIRDRESSING SALON – DAY

As one man’s haircut finishes, the gown swept off him as he’s ushered towards the counter, another man is called up to take his place. The new man, mid 30s, well into fatherhood and on the cusp of balding takes his seat. The hairdresser, middle aged with fading beauty and a bored look on her face picks up her scissors and looks at him in the mirror.

HAIRDRESSER
What’ll it be?

MAN
Well, a haircut. What else would it be?

HAIRDRESSER
No I mean how do you want your hair cut?

MAN
Right, right, right. Well I’m not sure. I don’t know if I should stick with the same look or try something new. What do you think?

HAIRDRESSER
I think we’re very busy. Short back and sides?

MAN
That’s what every guy my age gets though right? It’s what’s expected. I don’t know, should I try to stand out?

HAIRDRESSER
You should try to make a decision, it’s a haircut, it doesn’t matter.

MAN
But it does matter! If I take a risk and it doesn’t look good, my wife might shun me, my co-workers wouldn’t respect me, I could lose my job. But then we’re also part of the animal kingdom you know. There’s a reason peacocks have such outstanding feathers or why lions have their mane. It’s a status symbol, it shows virility, it shows confidence. If my hair was particularly sensational my life could improve exponentially.

HAIRDRESSER
So you want the lion or the man? Just hurry it up.

MAN
I don’t know, either way there’s the potential for both risk and reward. How do you know which is the right one? How do you know it won’t end up in disaster?

HAIRDRESSER
Sir, I’ve been a hairdresser for many years and you know what I’ve learned?

MAN
What?

HAIRDRESSER
It doesn’t matter. Good haircut or bad haircut, it all grows back. What does matter is that you hurry up and make a decision so I can get you out of here.

MAN
That’s inspired! I mean it. You’re surprisingly wise.

HAIRDRESSER
You’re too kind.

MAN
It’ll grow back! Alright let’s do this! You can do whatever you want with my hair, just go nuts!

HAIRDRESSER
(Sarcastically)
Whoopee

The hairdresser pulls out the electric razor and starts it up with a sharp buzz. Close up we see the razor slice though his hair. It does it again, and again. On the man’s face, without seeing the final product, we see him smiling in nervous anticipation. The woman then picks up the scissors. Close up once again we see her rapidly snip snip snip at various tufts of hair.

HAIRDRESSER
(CONT’D)
Alright, your lion’s mane is all done. The man looks up into the mirror at his reflection and the smile drops from his face.

MAN
You gave me a short back and sides.

HAIRDRESSER
That’s right, pay at the register. Next.

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