Took the leap out into space and just got the haircut done today. Picture’s with my phone as I’m working in a Barnes and Noble between the haircut and seeing a play in two hours, so lighting and quality aren’t the best. I’m damn excited to see how it goes over though; and making a point of it to avoid putting any photos on facebook. I want to see reactions in person.
I really like how it turned out though. And lord does it feel good to have less hair to deal with.
I went to a men’s barbershop after I did some quick research and found one relatively close to me. It was my first time going in a traditional barbershop since I was 11. The specific place caught my attention when it said I catered specifically to men:
“Barbering is not as popular as it used to be. A lot of men have moved on to salons for their grooming needs. The schools that teach barbering have become quite rare. We only opened this shop because we needed a place to work. In turn, we found that a lot of guys are frustrated with their salon haircuts and are often times uncomfortable with the idea of even going to a salon. It’s kind of strange to say, but we are somewhat of a specialty shop because we only cater to men. We specialize in cutting men’s hair and shaving their faces. You won’t get a bunch of mediocre pampering services that a lot of salons use to lure their customers. Instead you will get high quality service delivered by licensed barbers.”
Definitely was worth the extra time and money over some silly salon cut. Taking off all that hair and getting this looking clean took them longer than the usual appointment – but they didn’t rush it. It was also the first time I’ve ever had a straight edge razor shave before, which was nice.
Oh, and their online reservation system is the easiest and most elegant type of thing I’ve ever seen (I go through a lot of this type of stuff with ticket purchases and dinners before hand). If you’re starting your own company and need something like this on the website, go through it and just cancel the appointment in the confirmation email. I made a reservation with them an hour before the appointment and was done with making the appointment before I had consciously decided to go here. That’s how you know you site is streamlined.
I also talked to them about the issues I had told Tanner in the comments of my last post. Basically that my hair is generally obnoxious as hell when performing a cleaner, styled look. They gave me some recommendations on conditioner and I bought the product they pushed at the store – Layrite. I’ll see how it works, but so far it’s held up well after a couple hours.
Haircut – 19 dollars + tip (6 this time for dealing with my hair)
Layrite – 15 dollars
Not a bad investment for what I got out of it.
If you’re a man in Chicago, it’s a damn nice place to get those hairs of yours cut.