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Readers' Choice: Which Barbershop Do You Use?

When you need a trim or a cut, which barbershop do you use?

Four decades ago, when a woman (my mom) was still telling me when and how to wear my hair, I took a twice-monthly trip to the barber shop, where a guy in a white smock would stand over me with a comb and scissors and chat about stuff like baseball, meatballs and hunting. After a little while, he would dust my neck with smelly powder, take off the cape and hand me a mirror. I was supposed to use the mirror on the wall and the one in my hand to evaluate the back of my head, to register any adjustments I might want him to make. I just wanted out of there. I didn’t care about the state of my haircut back then. I hated haircuts. I wanted my hair long, like the Beatles. But in those rarified days, hair was political. A guy wearing his hair long was making a political, or at least philosophical statement.

By the time I could make my own decisions about grooming, I found myself in styling salons, where the stylists were always women, and the environment was decidedly different. Gone were the copies of Esquire, True and Playboy. Instead, there were magazines about celebrity gossip and fashion. And there was all this product everywhere. But they understood how I wanted my hair. Barbers cut hair two or three ways, period – short, shorter or buzzcut.

These days, barbers are more flexible, but the idea is still the same. A barber shop is where men go to get their hair cut. The magazines are still the same. And the hair is still cut short. There are three barber shops in Martinez, so plenty of guys are still climbing into the chairs, chatting about baseball and boxing, and emerging with short hair and a slight scent of talcum.

Do you still go to the barber shop? If so, do you go to Carl’s, MVP or the Barber Pole? Or is there another one we’re missing? If so, tell us in the comments. 

Bruce Campbell May 01, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I don't go to any barber shop. I haven't had a haircut in 37 years...
Jim Caroompas (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 05:05 PM
And yet, you look magnificent. . .
Jerry Ott May 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
For the past several years, Lynne Hunt at Family Hairlooms on Ferry St. has cut my hair. I absolutely hate walking out of a traditional barber shop looking like a sheared sheep. It's as if these barbers took their training at Ft. Ord. Lynne cuts my hair exactly the way I like it and besides, every 11'th cut is free. Jerry Ott
Mike Lowery May 01, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I sure miss Art's shop...
Chris Kapsalis May 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Kelly cuts my hair.
Dick Duncan May 02, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Vince on Ferry St, half block south of Main St does a great job! Does my 50's flattop no problem!

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