Steve, it seems, didn't really know what a high and tight haircut was and I didn't take the time to explain it to him beforehand. Assuming he knew what he wanted, much to his surprise, I just started started mowing his hair off. Of course, I had no option but to finish the haircut. Steve left the barbershop a bit shell shocked and looking a little funny with shiny bright whitewalls contrasting his tanned face. He and I both learned a lesson that day... before you start get a haircut, make sure the barber and client are on the same page.
To that end, we've created a great gallery of Men's Haircuts A to Z and have a comprehensive Glossary of Men's Haircutting Terms to help both barbers and stylists and their clients communicate more effectively. If you're a client and have a particular style in mind, I always suggest printing a photo and taking it with you to show your haircutter what you're after. Those of us behind the chair should also keep some good style guides (or a computer with this website) handy to show clients style options and help them make the right choices. This will ensure every guy leaves happy and with the haircut they really wanted.
Steve actually did come back in for another haircut. He sat down and the first words out of his mouth were, "high and tight, please." He still wears a high and tight to this day.