Whether you are new to a city, or you've lived there your whole life, there is a deep satisfaction that comes with finding the right person to cut your hair. It's a hunt that can at times be daunting especially for guys like me who don't go around asking other dudes where they got their hair cut. Maybe that's why my hair has gotten so long over the last couple of years. Either that, or I'm just lazy.
For a gentleman, the quest for a proper cut usually starts at a barber shop. I've been going to barber shops for over 10 years now and I can tell you not all are created equal. The classic ones have all those fantastically overwhelming musky perfumed smells and always end with a hand vibrator assisted neck massage. They are the root for all that is good in men's hair. They are however traditionalists. Expect polite conversation, and the same haircut that the barber has been giving for the last 50 years. Then there is the new breed, with free beers and live DJ's spinning records while you get your hair cut. Unfortunately many of them have lost that connection to the past, and the cuts aren't much better than you would get at any walk in hair salon. There is a sweet spot however somewhere right in the middle of those two, and it's a sweet spot that SHED Barber Shop manages to hit just perfectly.
Walking into SHED is a little bit like walking into your neighborhood bar, and not just because they are likely to give you a beer and a handshake as you walk in. There is a sense of belonging, like you've arrived in the right place at the right time. They always have good records playing, and even if you have to wait a few minutes there is plenty to keep you busy, everything from sniffing through some of their musky classic hair products, or looking through a rack of vintage clothes. The barbers are sure to please too. Rob didn't flinch about chopping off my 10" of hair, and with only a bit input from me managed to nail the perfect post man bun haircut. All the while we chatted about architecture, woodworking, tattooing and everything in between. The end result? One beer down, and one happy return customer. Thanks Rob. Thanks SHED.