George Clooney has revealed that he has achieved his classic and groomed look over the years by using his own hair-cutting device since the 1980s.
Despite earning millions since rising to fame, the Hollywood actor, 59, has been clipping his locks with the help of a Flowbee, a hair-cutting device that simultaneously vacuums up all of the trimmings.
The Gravity star opened up about his surprisingly thrifty grooming habits during an interview with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday morning.
Shocker: George Clooney, 59, made the surprising admission that he has used a Flowbee to cut his hair for 25 years during an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning
After being asked about his routines in quarantine, Clooney revealed his routine hasn’t changed in decades.
‘I’ve been cutting my own hair for 25 years,’ he admitted.
‘My hair’s really like straw, and so it’s easy to cut. You can’t really make too many mistakes.
‘So, years ago, I bought a thing called a Flowbee, which when we were —’ he said, just as Smith interrupted him in shock: ‘You did not!’
Simple: ‘My hair’s really like straw, and so it’s easy to cut. You can’t really make too many mistakes,’ he said
Blown away: ‘So, years ago, I bought a thing called a Flowbee, which when we were —’ he said, just as Smith interrupted him in shock: ‘You did not!’
The interview then cut to a clip of a Flowbee infomercial, which showed how the device works.
An infomercial staple for decades, the product has been advertised on US television since the late 1980s and is essentially a vacuum cleaner that also cuts hair.
The device automatically clips hair while the vacuum removes the clippings, instantaneously eliminating the messy aspect of a haircut.
Similar devices have been used in space, where floating hair clippings pose the potential dancer of interfering with important electronics.
Old school: The product has been advertised on television since the late 1980s and is essentially a vacuum cleaner that also cuts hair, while sucking up the trimmings
Looks great! ‘I still have it!’ the Hail Caesar actor bragged. ‘My haircuts take literally two minutes.’ Even his haircut for the interview was from a Flowbee
‘I still have it!’ the Hail Caesar actor bragged. ‘My haircuts take literally two minutes.’
Flowbee was even responsible for the actor’s perfectly coiffed look during his interview.
‘Listen, man, it works!’ the screen star gushed during the televised chat.
The Monuments Men star also spoke warmly of his wife Amal Clooney, with whom he shares three-year-old twins Alexander and Ella, saying she ‘changed everything’ for him.
‘There is no question that having Amal in my life changed everything for me,’ he said.
The Thrifty Flowbee: A Brief History
First hitting the US market in 1988, the Flowbee was invented by Rick E. Hunts, who at the time was a San Diego-based carpenter. After initially selling them out of his car, they went on to become an infomercial staple, with two million of the devices being sold by 2000.
Made at a factory in Kerrville, Texas, the device is essentially a a hair trimmer attached to a vacuum cleaner, ensuring that users’ discarded follicles are immediately cleared away, saving on the need to clean up afterwards.
While it has a place seared in retro American pop culture (it’s been joked about in Glee and The Nanny, no less), the device is still available for sale via the company’s direct sales website and various other outlets.
Prices range from $54.95 for a Flowbee Super Mini-Vac to £139.95 for a deluxe Flowbee System With Super Mini Vac.
Going with the flow: Prices range from $54.95 for a Flowbee Super Mini-Vac to £139.95 for a deluxe Flowbee System With Super Mini Vac (pictured)
‘It was the first time that everything that she did and everything about her was infinitely more important than anything about me. And then we had these two knuckleheads. It is very fulfilling and something I didn’t see coming.’
The actor and director insisted he never talked about marriage earlier in their relationship.
‘We never talked about marriage when we were dating. I asked her out of the blue, took her a long time to say yes. I was on my knee for like 20 minutes, I finally said, “Look, I’m gonna throw my hip out.”
‘We never talked about having kids, and then one day we just said, “What do you think?” We go to the doctor and you do the ultrasound. They’re like, “You got a baby boy!” and I was like, “Baby boy, fantastic!”
Loved-up: The star also admitted that his wife Amal Clooney ‘changed everything’ for him. He claimed they never talked about marriage until his surprise proposal; seen in March 2019
‘And they go, “And you got another one there.” I was up for one. All of a sudden, it’s two. It’s hard to get me to not talk and I stood there for like 10 minutes just staring at this piece of paper going, “What? Two?”‘ he recounted.
Clooney also said he had developed a new sense of ‘sympathy’ for his mother following lockdown.
‘It’s been a while since I did 15 loads of laundry in a day and mopped floors and all these doors over here I stained,’ he said.
‘I always say I felt like my mother in 1964, because she had two kids and no help. I don’t know how she did it now, I have more sympathy for her now than ever.’
New understanding: Clooney said he developed a new sense of ‘sympathy’ for his mother following lockdown as he learned how hard it is to care for two children; seen in May 2019