The $65 Haircut

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Last month, I was in Salt Lake City with my friend Chris creating a course to help churches do Facebook ads.

We got done a little early and I needed a haircut.

So I walked down to this fancy barbershop down the street from my hotel. When I arrived he told me they were a full-service barbershop and it would take about an hour and cost $65.

I’ve never spent that much money nor that much time on my hair, but I didn’t have anything else to do.

“Let’s go for it,” I told the hipster barber.

I sat down in the vintage leather barber’s chair and my new friend got to work.

For 10 minutes, he spritzed my hair with water and combed it every which way. “I’m trying to discover your natural part. You see, your wants to go in a certain direction.”

“Okay,” I said.

He trimmed and shaped, narrating every step of the way.

Then it was time for the wash.

“How often do you wash your hair,” he asked.

“Umm…every day,” I responded.

“Ohhh…that’s not good.” He went on to explain how hydrogen atoms and a chemical in my all-in-one Target shampoo should not co-exist.

After an uncomfortable conversation about conditioner, it was back to the chair for the finishing touches.

“Do you blow-dry your hair?” he asked.

At this point, I didn’t know the right answer.

Blow-drying didn’t seem good for the hydrogen, but he was holding a blow-dryer.

It turns out a little bit of mild heat helps lock in something or other and over time and trains wandering hairs to fall in line with where the others want to go naturally.

I had no idea.

The session ended with the application of a styling product, which I later learned via Amazon search, costs $60!

I’m not telling you this story to make fun of my fancy barber in any way. Quite the contrary. He knew a lot about hair and hydrogen.

He was an expert in his craft.

I’m sharing this story because the way he thinks about hair is the way our team thinks about church leadership.

We want to be experts, not so that we can feel smart, but so we can help you. We want to be on the front lines, bringing you best practices and fresh ideas so that you can reach your community for Jesus.

That’s why we create courses, design resources, and conduct LABS so you have everything you need for the ministry you’re called to do.

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