George Clooney forced to prove he can cut his own hair with a Flowbee

George Clooney is forced to prove he can cut his own hair with a thrifty Flowbee after claiming he’s used one for 22 years… but admits his assistant really does all the work for him

  • Screen star Clooney’s product of choice has been advertised on 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 by astronauts in space, where floating hair clippings pose the potential danger of interfering with important electronics
  • 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
  • Barely bruising the pocket, prices range from $54.95 (£41) for a Flowbee Super Mini-Vac to $139.95 (£105) for a deluxe Flowbee System With Super Mini Vac 

George Clooney was forced to prove he can could his own hair with a thrifty 80s gadget, the Flowbee, on  Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

The actor, 59, recently said he has been using the appliance for 22 years and it appeared as though Kimmel, 53, wanted proof of this during his show. 

However, George did admit that his assistant actually Flowbees his hair for him and joked that it would be ‘cheap’ if he did it himself.

Go, George! Clooney was forced to prove he could cut his own hair with a thrifty Flowbee after claiming he’s used one for 22 years on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday 

Joker: After previously claiming he cut own hair using the device, he finally admitted that his assistant does it for him, saying ‘I don’t do it myself. God, that’s cheap’

A Flowbee is a $54.95 (£41) vacuum haircutting system sold on teleshopping channels, which cuts and simultaneously vacuums up the trimmings.

Kimmel said: ‘I assume you’re aware of this but you’ve been in the news for an unusual reason, because you told a reporter that you Flowbee your hair.’

‘I do,’ George said. ‘And I’ve been doing it for years. 

‘I’ve had it for 22 years or so. My assistant got it originally off television, then it broke down and you couldn’t get them for a while.’

Who needs the professionals? A Flowbee is a $54.95 (£41) vacuum haircutting system sold on teleshopping channels, which cuts and simultaneously vacuums up the trimmings

Kimmel said playfully: ‘People who have assistants shouldn’t be Flowbeeing their hair.’ 

George giggled: ‘Well, I got her to Flowbee my hair for me. I don’t do it myself. God, that’s… cheap.’ 

Kimmel admitted he too, ordered a Flowbee at the start of the pandemic, because he didn’t know if he would be able to get a haircut all year. 

George gave the device a go anyway, while promoting his new movie, Midnight Sky. He said the extension was ‘too long’ on it so you couldn’t do much damage. 

George said: ‘I’ve been doing it for many years. I’ve had it [a Flowbee] for 22 years. My assistant got it originally off of television, then it broke down and you couldn’t get them for a while’

Kimmel also had a go and George said: ‘You turn the buzzer on and you go to town, like this…’ as he put it to his head. 

‘Do you do it that fast?’ Kimmel asked him.

‘What?’ George shouted. ‘I can’t hear you, I’m Flowbee-ing.’ 

The Gravity star originally  opened up about his surprisingly thrifty grooming habits during an interview with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday morning.

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

Shocker: George made the surprising admission that he has used a Flowbee during an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning

‘I’ve been cutting my own hair for 25 years,’ he claimed – later admitting his assistant does all the work. 

‘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.


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 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 (£41) for a Flowbee Super Mini-Vac to $139.95 (£105) 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

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