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    Nov 05, 2007 8:38 PM GMT
    Once again I have just spent 85EU (about $120) for a wash, dry, cut and styling at a fancy salon here just to have my hair BUTCHERED.

    Aren't there any decent classically trained BARBERS around any more?

    It's not just here, in the last year I have had my hair cut in NY, LA, Boston, Burlington, London - everywhere it is the same. Extremely expensive 'Salons' who have hired mostly kids who might just be out of a six month course at the local trade school who don't know shit and don't give a shit.

    Has anyone else had the experience of having a difficult time finding someone to do something as simple as cutting your damned hair?

    I don't need a manicure with rose hip essence ex foliant and aloe; I don't need a choice of herbal teas and organicly flavored spring waters; and I definatly don't need a bioemulsive facial mask.

    All I need is one decent barber to cut my hair.

    Rant over.

  • cdnclub

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    Nov 05, 2007 9:00 PM GMT
    There’s a really good barbershop in the gay ghetto in Toronto called Ho’s Place. The cuts are $16.00(cdn) and because the clientele is gay they know what you want. Maybe you could find a similar place where you are and forget about the expensive places. I had a friend who paid a fortune on his hair for years, and the cuts always made him look like Rip Taylor. After he went to Ho’s, he looked more masculine and found himself a boyfriend!icon_eek.gif
  • MarkX

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    Nov 05, 2007 9:05 PM GMT
    First step is always to ask around. If you see a man whose haircut you like, don't be bashful. Tell him you're looking for a good stylist and ask who he sees. He should take it as a compliment, and if not, you haven't lost anything.

    (That may, of course, depend on the climate in Burlington. "Gay-panic" as a defense for hate crimes would be a WHOLE different thread.)
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 05, 2007 9:06 PM GMT
    For me its about repetition.... I want someone who cuts my hair, knows what I want, but can offer suggestions and legitimate criticism AND asks me questions as I go along.

    Part of it is your responsibility to communicate what you want and monitor it as you go along. If you get someone who does a good job, go there again (if you can) and get that person.
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    Nov 05, 2007 9:16 PM GMT
    Thanks cndclub and markx but I am really looking for someone in either London or Boston right now.

    hndsmkansan I agree with you, but frankly most of these people don't seem interested in doing what you want, they listen patiently then do what they want to do anyway.

    You know what would be a great idea? A website for finding referals to decent Barbers.

    There is something useful to create.
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    Nov 05, 2007 9:16 PM GMT
    I am sure I would have no idea what goes on in an expensive Salon! Why dont you just go to a cheap place like the Hair Cuttery?
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    Nov 05, 2007 9:22 PM GMT
    Can't you just go to a barber's? £8 tops and that's in London.
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    Nov 05, 2007 10:30 PM GMT
    It's still $4.50 at the local place across from the feed store, and I can usually get in and out in 10 minutes. That's marginally convenient enough for me to have them do it, instead of hacking it off myself.
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    Nov 05, 2007 10:33 PM GMT
    Suckers!
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    Nov 05, 2007 10:36 PM GMT
    what McGay said!
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    Nov 05, 2007 10:36 PM GMT
    McGay wroteSuckers!


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    Nov 05, 2007 10:48 PM GMT
    readheadguy said: "Can't you just go to a barber's?"

    icon_lol.gif Go back to step #1 and re read rant.

    I would if someone would recommend a good one. All people seem to recommendlately are thess stupid fancy 'Salon' places.


    McGay wrote: "Suckers"

    icon_lol.gif Hey McG, no comments from the peanut galleries bald section please. icon_lol.gif
  • Timbales

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    Nov 05, 2007 11:26 PM GMT
    I am holding onto the hair I have with everything I can muster.

    I go to an Aveda salon and have been using the same stylist for years now. Once I find someone I like, I stick with them.
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    Nov 05, 2007 11:41 PM GMT
    just spent $85 Saturday afternoon - and totally worth it
  • DiverScience

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    Nov 05, 2007 11:43 PM GMT
    I've found that the cheaper barbers in backwater towns do the best job. You know, the ones who have a little spinning barber pole out front.
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    Nov 05, 2007 11:51 PM GMT
    IT, I think you have a Farrah Fawcet complex. Have you ever seen a hairy peanut?
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    Nov 05, 2007 11:52 PM GMT
    Amen, Diver. I go to a little shack that has the spinning pole. Talk Red Sox with the guy (it's a single guy outfit) and he gives me a no frills cut for $11.

    When I have gone to a fancy joint, I walk out and don't recognize my own reflection.

    So yeah - keep your eyes peeled for the old fashioned pole.
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    Nov 06, 2007 12:37 AM GMT
    Just for you McG:

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    icon_lol.gifAs for the rest of you who are fascinated by Barbers Poles... careful or someone will begin to suspect you're straight.

    Barber Pole : When a heterosexual couple are having sexual intercourse, with the woman, who is menstuating, is riding on top, and the man ejaculates. After a moment she dismounts and the combination of blood and semen mixed on the erect penis simulates a barber pole. - Urban Dictionaryicon_lol.gif

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    Nov 06, 2007 12:54 AM GMT
    OK, this foot is delicious.
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    Nov 06, 2007 12:57 AM GMT
    IT - that was just wrong.
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    Nov 06, 2007 1:08 AM GMT
    ihave a great barber in NYC and it costs all of 15 bucks
  • liftordie

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    Nov 06, 2007 1:30 AM GMT
    lol i have not stepped foot in a hair salon in a year!! not really a necessity anymore!! lol
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    Nov 06, 2007 2:18 AM GMT
    The great thing about hair, if you have it, is that it always grows, and in a couple of weeks a bad haircut is usually forgotten. Though I'd agree with McGay, if you've had bad luck with pricey salons why keep going? If you can get five buck cut, and quality may be questionable, why go for the 120 buck bad cut when you know it's bad? Then again if you're paying 85 euros that's neither Boston or London so you're probably safe from a repeat.

    But then I'm currently getting friends to buzz my head -- free is always the cheapest. Did go to a really good stylist for a while, $ 40, but was work to go every couple of weeks or so. But then I always just told him to make it look good, and it always did.
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    Nov 06, 2007 2:22 AM GMT
    I just threw up and got gayer simultaneously.
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    Nov 06, 2007 2:34 AM GMT
    Sick, I so know what you mean. Unreal, right?

    At least I've learned something new though;
    I thought Vermonters had to drive up to Montreal
    in order to "feel like they just stepped out of a salon".