My husband has been on the hunt for a decent haircut for years. He spent the last decade visiting “his guy” who had old fashioned barber chairs and always handed him a beer as he sat down. He would come home and inspect his hair, trim the bits that were oddly left longer than the rest, and clean up any dried blood. Yes. My husband thought it was normal to bleed when you had your hair cut.
It’s taken many years to convince him that it is weird to cut your own hair right after a haircut and that you should leave a hair appointment feeling like a million bucks, not searching for a band-aid. He has finally seen the light and the search for a replacement has been on for the last year.
Garret has really thick, super straight hair that would stand straight out of his head like a lion’s mane if cut too short. It needs some length and thinning out to lay down. He doesn’t want a difficult or trendy hair style. He wants the “professional” cut from the 1950’s barber poster. He has asked for recommendations and tried various barbers and hair salons. He’s been very unlucky, and I could tell he was ready to head back to his old-faithful and just make do.
We went out for brunch at the Cooperage this weekend and he was grumbling about spending $100 at a fancy-schmacy salon for a cut that was not great. He spotted a sign as we parked that said “18|8 Fine Men’s Salon.” It was like the clouds parted and sunbeams showed him the way to haircut salvation. Apparently, it’s not new and it’s a small chain. We checked it out after brunch and they fit him in for an appointment that afternoon.
He couldn’t stop gushing when he got home. They had beer on tap, sports on the televisions, hot towels for your face, neck massages after your wash, and a certified barber on staff who could give you a straight-edge shave if you were feeling extra manly. The best part? His stylist, Alicia, totally fixed his mediocre haircut and gave him a GOOD haircut! Good hair! I’m so glad that he found this place, and I can see the extra spring in his step, that little boost of self-confidence that good hair can give you.
** I’m also keeping 18|8 in my back pocket as a gift giving idea. I think a classic straight edge shave would be such a cool gift to give the men in my life.