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salon vs. barbershop

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by grundletaint, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. xpress

    xpress Well-Known Member

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    My girlfriend is a stylist at the local high end salon...
    So she has been cutting my hair for a while...

    But I'm actually considering going back to my barber (behind her back!)

    Nothing beats a full shave, haircut, and conversation with a quality, old Italian barber.
     
  2. musicguy

    musicguy Well-Known Member

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    I was averse to going to a barber for many years, until I found a great barber in my city. I've learned over the years by going to all kinds of hair places (from high-end salons to supercuts) that it's best to have a man cut your hair. They just know men's hair much better than women. I've had around a dozen different women cut my hair and I've never been really happy with any of them. For the men, I've been to about 6 or so, and only one was bad. As much as I like having a hot girl do my hair, I'd rather look good for the next month with a good haircut from a guy.

    If you're in Philly, Groom at Broad and Locust is the best! As for Joe.
     
  3. Asch

    Asch Well-Known Member

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    I like the idea of barbershops, and I enjoy the hot shave on the back of the neck at the end of the cut. But for some reason, whenever I go to barbershops, I end up with a careless 80-year-old cutting my hair. You'd think with all their years of experience, the old guys would do a great job, but they've usually hacked up my hair incredibly sloppily, even though it's a short and simple cut. I've had better luck with cheap (~$20) "salons."
     
  4. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Well-Known Member

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    If you want to pay extra for the haircut, and then take the stylist out for a nice dinner only to learn that she's a lesbian, salon is the way to go. Right GQGeek? [​IMG]
     
  5. A Dapper Fellow

    A Dapper Fellow Well-Known Member

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  6. makushin

    makushin Well-Known Member

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    I've found that stylists are more in tune with womens hair, or maybe longer style men's haircuts. If you want a proper fade, the barber does much better. I'm not talking military style either, just any short haircut that requires a fade. Women don't seem to know how to fade properly, and they are more concerned with BS like selling you shampoo and looking pretty.

    Also, a salon haircut goes $25-30, my barber charges $13 and I give him a $5 tip because he actually does a good job.

    I do have one problem with barbers though, and I will be sure to inquire next time I'm in. Last time I went the old dude cut my hair and sort of butchered my neck with that razor. The razor neck business has me concerned with catching Hep-C, as I'm skeptical they follow proper sterilization procedures. That's just the dental student in me though. But next time I go in, I'm not sure I'm getting the neck cut. Although it does seem to make a haircut "last" longer, because the first indication I need a haircut is when those neck hairs start to curl.

    Anyways; Barber, no question. Unless you're Emo.
     
  7. RCG Tiburon

    RCG Tiburon Well-Known Member

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    I only go to barbershops.

    I tell him my number -- I usually get a one or a one-and-a-half -- and read for the five minutes he needs to do his work. I go the House barbershop in the basement of the Rayburn House office building. He charges $14. I give him a $20 and I'm on my way.

    No muss no fuss. And no attitude and no bullshit.


    This. Also, the barber I go to read my hair and my head shape better than any salon I've been to. And cheap to boot.
     
  8. Sherman90

    Sherman90 Well-Known Member

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    Straight men either shave their heads at home, visit a barbershop, or have fun with their girlfriend(s) and a pair of scissors.

    Salons are for women and homosexuals.
     
  9. aKula

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    Definitely babershop for me. I like the old chairs, the straight edge razors, the classic men's haircuts, and the cheaper prices.
     
  10. modern_leifeng

    modern_leifeng Well-Known Member

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    I love a good, old fashioned male only barbershop where you spend no more than US$20 for a haircut (and usually even less). It is one of the few things I long for most in China, where all the decent spots charge way too much to give me an incredibly simple haircut in a horrible salon environment.
     
  11. Doin' Fine.

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    Barbershop. I'm the third generation of men from my family going to the place I go now, and I get a good haircut on top of that. Style and heritage[​IMG]
     
  12. NorCal

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    Straight men either shave their heads at home, visit a barbershop, or have fun with their girlfriend(s) and a pair of scissors.

    Salons are for women and homosexuals.


    But I go to a gay barbershop. By gays, in the Castro, for everybody.
     
  13. Ge Fuzz

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    But I go to a gay barbershop. By gays, in the Castro, for everybody.

    wait, is it the one next to Marcellos? I went there when I lived on Market about a block away. That place is cool.

    It would be great if I lived in a city where there are good barbers but where I live now there aint any so a salon it is. The trick to get in and out without paying a lot is to go right after you shower then they don't even ask if you want a shampoo, thats where you waste money and time. Just wet it and cut it and Im out in like 15 minutes for about $20.
     
  14. Lovellum

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    Straight men either shave their heads at home, visit a barbershop, or have fun with their girlfriend(s) and a pair of scissors.

    Salons are for women and homosexuals.


    Because having a group of attractive women run their fingers through your hair and rub their breasts in your face as they trim you is so much more homoerotic than going to a traditional barbershop.
     
  15. insomb

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    Because having a group of attractive women run their fingers through your hair and rub their breasts in your face as they trim you is so much more homoerotic than going to a traditional barbershop.


    Hahaha. My stylist makes me cookies, tea and gives me a head massage with oil. I don't always go to her because she charges an arm and a leg but she never ever ever, not once, fucked up. She is the only woman I would ever let touch my hair. (I had a terrible experience with a friend of mine in highschool that was going to cosmo school, I think she was on smack plus she failed to mention it was her first time cutting a males hair before.) If my wallets feeling light I go to the barbershop who does a mediocre job but it gets me through the next couple weeks. Now if I could only talk my stylist into shaving me with a straight...
     
  16. D.agody

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    Oh yeah I was in there last weekend and saw that they had opened the salon. Do you know if they are any good?
     
  17. FlaneurNYC

    FlaneurNYC Well-Known Member

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    My barber in NYC, Igor at Clean Cuts on 1st Avenue and 1st Street, rocks. He knows how to cut hair as well as any salon stylist I've been to and it's only 14 bucks, plus a five dollar tip.
     
  18. Nereis

    Nereis Well-Known Member

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    Alright, I'm going to have to be a voice of dissent here when I say that I have yet to really enjoy having my hair cut by a barber. It could be that I always like my hair longer to balance out my long ass face, but it seems that my stylist at the salon I go to always has something fresh to do to my hair that turns out great. Like any profession, you want to find someone who is passionate about giving their clients outstanding results and then build a good relationship with them. BTW, go for the man in the salon, gay men give better haircuts. I have no reason why, it's just a fact from all the stylists I've tried.
     
  19. Eason

    Eason Well-Known Member

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    Getting your hair cut at a barbershop is like buying your whole wardrobe from Banana Republic or at best, J. Crew.
     
  20. tjc4golf

    tjc4golf Well-Known Member

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    Traditional barbershops remind me too much of assembly lines. They're quick, efficent and cheap but don't handle custom orders well. In my experience, barbershop barbers know three or four haircuts and will give you one of those no matter what you ask for. Assuming you go to a decent barber you won't look bad but you won't necesarialy look they way you wanted.

    I don't like salons because they are expensive, stylists don't have as much experience with men's hair and I'm not a fan of the atmoshphere.

    I've found a great place that bills itself as a "modern barbershop" that seems to fill the void between the two. It's a barbershop atmosphere. The price is a little more than a barberhop but nowhere near a salon. My barber is more versatile than most and takes directions very well. Appointements are spaced every half hour so there is plenty of time to get it perfect. In the first fifteen minutes the bulk of the work (in my experience, most barbershops would kick you out) leaving plenty of time to make sure everything is perfect before you leave.

    Oh and it's not some "strippers with clippers" place that my barber likes to poke fun at.
     

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