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2012-12-09 12:06:46 PM  
Damned hipsters I have been getting a straight razor shave and flat top for 20 years and in that time the cost has gone from $15 to $25 and now these idiots are paying $75



MORONS you are jacking up the price and soon we will have a barber bubble


\\\\ Floyd is not amused ... but he is going to gouge his prices
 
2012-12-09 02:32:33 PM  
Wait, aren't these clients tech hipsters? Shouldn't a shave and a haircut be 1,024 bits?
 
2012-12-09 04:21:59 PM  
Weird to read about this. I'd gone to a regular "barber" shop with straight razors, shoe-shine guy, and incredibly old barbers since my mother took me around when I started walking. Did they all vanish across America when I wasn't looking?
 
2012-12-09 04:22:04 PM  
Where's Sweeney Todd when you need him?
 
2012-12-09 04:22:19 PM  
I can smell the PBR and smug wafting from my computer.
 
2012-12-09 04:22:24 PM  
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Grama will shoot us and bury us in a hole somewhere.....
 
2012-12-09 04:25:58 PM  

El_Frijole_Blanco: Damned hipsters I have been getting a straight razor shave and flat top for 20 years and in that time the cost has gone from $15 to $25 and now these idiots are paying $75



MORONS you are jacking up the price and soon we will have a barber bubble


\\\\ Floyd is not amused ... but he is going to gouge his prices


You pay $25 for a shave and a haircut? My barber does that for $8.50 and he throws in a scalp, neck and shoulder massage that will put you to sleep for free.
 
2012-12-09 04:26:09 PM  
My son refuses to go to super cuts and insists on one of the two local barber shops where haircuts cost 80 bits.
 
2012-12-09 04:26:48 PM  

El_Frijole_Blanco: Damned hipsters I have been getting a straight razor shave and flat top for 20 years and in that time the cost has gone from $15 to $25 and now these idiots are paying $75


Two bits is 25 cents so that would be $150.
 
2012-12-09 04:27:32 PM  
If you like thick cream on your face, go fo it.
 
2012-12-09 04:27:47 PM  

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc: Weird to read about this. I'd gone to a regular "barber" shop with straight razors, shoe-shine guy, and incredibly old barbers since my mother took me around when I started walking. Did they all vanish across America when I wasn't looking?


They're a dying breed. Finding an actual barber shop rather than a stylist's salon is a significant achievement these days.
 
2012-12-09 04:27:52 PM  
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Does not approve
 
2012-12-09 04:30:20 PM  

Radioactive Ass: El_Frijole_Blanco: Damned hipsters I have been getting a straight razor shave and flat top for 20 years and in that time the cost has gone from $15 to $25 and now these idiots are paying $75

Two bits is 25 cents so that would be $150.


600/2*0.25=75
 
2012-12-09 04:32:20 PM  
You have three choices:

a) Ken doll
b) GI Joe
c) J. Jonah Jameson

Although to me, that second cut from the end looks like it may have been found in an EC SF-Fantasy comic book. And another option would be Veronica's Dad from the Archie Comics, Mr. Hiram Cabot Lodge. (I've been calling him Henry Cabot Lodge all this time!)
 
2012-12-09 04:32:46 PM  

JesseL: Radioactive Ass: El_Frijole_Blanco: Damned hipsters I have been getting a straight razor shave and flat top for 20 years and in that time the cost has gone from $15 to $25 and now these idiots are paying $75

Two bits is 25 cents so that would be $150.

600/2*0.25=75


Or, in short, 8 bits to the dollar, so

600 / 8 = 75.
 
2012-12-09 04:36:16 PM  
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/oblig
 
2012-12-09 04:37:25 PM  

ReapTheChaos: You pay $25 for a shave and a haircut? My barber does that for $8.50 and he throws in a scalp, neck and shoulder massage that will put you to sleep for free.


You can't find a plain old haircut in San Francisco for less than $10 (shave not included). I get a very simple cut (#4 comb on the clipper and then a taper on the back and sides) which 'should' take all of five minutes. At a traditional barber shop that would take 20 minutes and a whole lot of talking for $15 ten years ago. I quit going there because it was wasting my time (for the extended time for the cut itself plus the extra waiting time for the guys ahead of me). Now I go to a cheap Asian place where the barbers can barely speak english. $10 plus a 2 buck tip.

/I got the exact same haircut when I was in the navy for four bucks and five minutes of time in the chair so I know that it can be done.
 
2012-12-09 04:39:08 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: JesseL: Radioactive Ass: El_Frijole_Blanco: Damned hipsters I have been getting a straight razor shave and flat top for 20 years and in that time the cost has gone from $15 to $25 and now these idiots are paying $75

Two bits is 25 cents so that would be $150.

600/2*0.25=75

Or, in short, 8 bits to the dollar, so

600 / 8 = 75.


Doh! I are a idiot.
 
HBK
2012-12-09 04:40:45 PM  
Most barber shops do that. This article must have been written by some idiot who only goes to supercuts or some other non-barber place staffed by "stylists."

But that's what hipsters do, they take something that the rest of the world has known about for years and make it "cool" because it's "ironic." See PBR, for example. What's next, are the hipsters are all going to start eating at McDonalds and using Internet Explorer?

They're so special and unique, those hipsters.
 
2012-12-09 04:40:57 PM  

brantgoose: And another option would be Veronica's Dad from the Archie Comics, Mr. Hiram Cabot Lodge. (I've been calling him Henry Cabot Lodge all this time!)


You're still calling him the wrong name. His name is just Hiram Lodge, as far as I can tell. The Cabots were in Josie and the Pussycats, IIRC.
 
2012-12-09 04:42:36 PM  
Who the fark pays $150 for a farking haircut?!?!
 
2012-12-09 04:43:52 PM  

Radioactive Ass: ReapTheChaos: You pay $25 for a shave and a haircut? My barber does that for $8.50 and he throws in a scalp, neck and shoulder massage that will put you to sleep for free.

You can't find a plain old haircut in San Francisco for less than $10 (shave not included). I get a very simple cut (#4 comb on the clipper and then a taper on the back and sides) which 'should' take all of five minutes. At a traditional barber shop that would take 20 minutes and a whole lot of talking for $15 ten years ago. I quit going there because it was wasting my time (for the extended time for the cut itself plus the extra waiting time for the guys ahead of me). Now I go to a cheap Asian place where the barbers can barely speak english. $10 plus a 2 buck tip.

/I got the exact same haircut when I was in the navy for four bucks and five minutes of time in the chair so I know that it can be done.


Go to Chinatown in San Francisco. Easily get a decent hair cut for $5 and a $2 tip. I go once every 3 months. Takes about 10 minutes, maybe.

I used to live in the peninsula and went to an old-timey barbershop. The owner wouldn't work on me, for some reason, and always let one of his other workers work on me. He then retired and sold the business to that worker. She hired her brother to help out (and the former owner showed up once in a while to help out and make a few bucks, as well as as shoot the breeze with the regulars). Her brother was something. I had him once and he essentially cut each hair one strand at a time. The dude took friggin' forever, as I saw the clock wind around. He literally took all of 40 minutes to cut my hair, as if every strand had to be properly shortened. I was about to grab his arm with the trimmer and just mowed my hair with it.

Gave him a small $1 tip to the $15 cut.

/csb
//grumble grumble
 
2012-12-09 04:43:57 PM  

Bondith: Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc: Weird to read about this. I'd gone to a regular "barber" shop with straight razors, shoe-shine guy, and incredibly old barbers since my mother took me around when I started walking. Did they all vanish across America when I wasn't looking?

They're a dying breed. Finding an actual barber shop rather than a stylist's salon is a significant achievement these days.


Faribault MN has two of them. Brazil's and Lambert's.

Both will treat you like a king. Both on the same street and 1/2 block from each other.
 
2012-12-09 04:46:35 PM  
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TBH I don't really see the attraction. I can shave myself, thanks, and I've never had a problem getting whatever haircut I want for $15-18. Who farking cares if I have to sit next to some chick getting highlights? I'm only going to be there for 20 minutes. Honestly this seems like a consequence of the pendulum swinging back to some retro "manly man" style from that whole metrosexual travesty. It's a fashion fad like any other; the whole prohibition-era schtick is just the new coolest thing.
 
2012-12-09 04:52:29 PM  
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The guy in the photograph in the frame is George Ohr, known as the "Mad potter of Biloxi". Were he alive today, he'd be a Farker. Or a reality show star.
 
2012-12-09 04:54:19 PM  
Actual barbershops around here are rare as they require additional licensing. The whole AIDS thing made people using blades/etc....
 
2012-12-09 04:54:44 PM  
Glad to see real barbershops making a comeback, could care less about the hipster crap. I've only been in a real barbershop a few times in my entire life. Either through my own ignorance or total lack of them around here.

I love the lady who cuts my hair now, but the best cuts I've ever had came from a proper barber. Haven't seen one since I quit working in small towns out in the styx.
 
2012-12-09 04:59:42 PM  

dericwater: Go to Chinatown in San Francisco. Easily get a decent hair cut for $5 and a $2 tip. I go once every 3 months. Takes about 10 minutes, maybe.


I would if I lived or worked out that way. By the time you toss in the cost of getting there (gas and parking or bart and muni fare, take your pick) it would cost more than what I do now. I usually go to a place on Taraval or a small place off of Mission on 21st st.
 
2012-12-09 05:00:53 PM  
Here in PA they use a straight razor (with hot shaving cream!) to trim the hair on the back of your neck. It's heaven.

And I've always wanted to have a barber shave my face, but now I can't because the hipsters already beat me to it...
 
2012-12-09 05:02:10 PM  

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TBH I don't really see the attraction. I can shave myself, thanks, and I've never had a problem getting whatever haircut I want for $15-18. Who farking cares if I have to sit next to some chick getting highlights? I'm only going to be there for 20 minutes. Honestly this seems like a consequence of the pendulum swinging back to some retro "manly man" style from that whole metrosexual travesty. It's a fashion fad like any other; the whole prohibition-era schtick is just the new coolest thing.


I don't like the smell of the coloring agents and I don't care what your daughter's boyfriend's step mother twice removed did to your azaleas while you were on vacation. That's why I don't like going to hair cutting establishments staffed and patronized primarily by females.
If I want small talk I'll initiate it or you may talk about sports (which I mostly don't care about but it's less personal and makes more sense than most female gossip), the weather, fishing, how I want my hair cut and the weather. In case you couldn't tell I prefer small talk about the weather. I go outside on my way to and from work so I am quite well versed in the weather.
I also like the cut hairs to be brushed off my head with a brush that has been lightly dusted with talc. It greatly reduces the itch from short hairs before I get home and take a shower.

I also like the incredibly smooth shave from a straight razor. But at $40 a shave I'd go broke with a straight shave a few times a week. So I bought one from Link plus some odds and ends elsewhere. Under $120 and I'll never need another razor. Doesn't mean I haven't bought a few more straights and a limited run Thater two band badger brush in the years since, but hey, at $40 per shave that I'm saving myself I think I'm doing ok.
 
2012-12-09 05:02:15 PM  
The only trip to a barber shop I enjoyed was with a young female barbaress who wanted me to tilt my head back onto her chest while she trimmed.

/good times
 
2012-12-09 05:03:19 PM  
Bah last shave or haircut I received was back in 1993, when is the fad gonna swing around to the Grizzly Adams look again?


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/Charge 20 or 2,000 for a shave and a haircut, won't effect me either way.
 
2012-12-09 05:08:35 PM  
I've been shaving with a straight razor for a while now, on the rare occasion I shave. I'm always convinced there's going to be an earthquake *just* as I'm finishing up on my neck.
 
2012-12-09 05:11:05 PM  
NOBODY is getting near my neck with a razor!
 
2012-12-09 05:14:49 PM  
I've got so little hair left I just whack it back myself. When I was still going to barbers, there were a couple in my Pacific NW town that did the old-school shave-the-neck routine, which I admit I enjoyed. They've both changed hands since then, so I don't know what's available anymore.
 
2012-12-09 05:17:55 PM  
What, no love for the Flowbee?
 
2012-12-09 05:19:38 PM  
More hipster douchery....farking die hipsters!
 
2012-12-09 05:22:15 PM  
Across the way from an antique hotel my grandfather and father used to manage was a old barber shop. It had the pole and I actually got a haircut there when I was a little lad. Interesting place, but now that I am of the age of whiskers on my face, I declare that only I shall be near my arteries with such a sharp instrument.
 
2012-12-09 05:23:19 PM  
More please 

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2012-12-09 05:24:54 PM  
There was one guy in my town who gave both shaves and haircuts. He was terrible at the shaving part. Wonder how many people he turned off of a good straight razor shave because he tore all the skin off their necks.
 
2012-12-09 05:25:11 PM  
So why would I get a shave at a barbershop? Because I get a haircut every 6 months, and a shave every day. Even if I went every week or so, I'd still spend most of my time "unshaven" instead of "has a beard".
 
2012-12-09 05:41:34 PM  

meyerkev: So why would I get a shave at a barbershop? Because I get a haircut every 6 months, and a shave every day. Even if I went every week or so, I'd still spend most of my time "unshaven" instead of "has a beard".


Unless you're the "five-o-clock-shadow at noon" type, a straight-razor shave on Friday afternoon should last you until Saturday night-ish.
 
2012-12-09 05:54:51 PM  

spunkymunky: I don't like the smell of the coloring agents and I don't care what your daughter's boyfriend's step mother twice removed did to your azaleas while you were on vacation. That's why I don't like going to hair cutting establishments staffed and patronized primarily by females.


*Shrug*
Can't say I've ever been irritated by, or have even really noticed the small-talk at a stylist or salon.


spunkymunky: If I want small talk I'll initiate it or you may talk about sports (which I mostly don't care about but it's less personal and makes more sense than most female gossip), the weather, fishing, how I want my hair cut and the weather.
...
I also like the cut hairs to be brushed off my head with a brush that has been lightly dusted with talc.


Well, aren't you particular. I can't really relate to the idea of having strict prescriptions for the details of how I interact with people.


spunkymunky: I also like the incredibly smooth shave from a straight razor. But at $40 a shave I'd go broke with a straight shave a few times a week.


I'm not convinced you can tell the difference between that and a standard razor in a side-by-side test, unless you were talking about one of those electric shavers. I've had both and my regular old Gillette is completely comparable. Also... $40 a shave??? See, this is why getting a shave at a barber is dumb. Even if it's relatively cheap -- say, $8 bucks -- that's like buying a brand new disposable blade every time you shave, and some people have to shave every day. Going to the barber for something as pedestrian as your morning shave is gonna get real tiresome and real expensive. There is a reason disposable razor blades got popular.
 
2012-12-09 06:02:58 PM  
Grow a beard like a man, and this problem goes away.
 
2012-12-09 06:05:21 PM  
I'm just hoping this sort of price creep doesn't affect the price for my favorite grooming indulgence -- a steam job and a blow bath.
 
2012-12-09 06:13:04 PM  
Wait, is this still a thing?
I thought we did this about 8 years ago?
Are we still doing this, or did we quit and then start doing this again?

I just can't keep up anymore.

Are we still doing the shaved head and beard thing?
 
2012-12-09 06:16:38 PM  
A straight razor shave is the best. Unfortunately, I get up early enough that my hands aren't too steady, so it's a safety razor these days. Feather blades work very well.
 
2012-12-09 06:22:23 PM  
Sounds pricey, but if it makes them feel good, go for it.

There are a couple traditional style barbershops around here, but they're not open on Sundays and they only take cash, so I don't bother with them. A supercuts type place can get the job done quickly and cheaply (#3 on top, #2 on the sides, square off the back and the burns).
 
2012-12-09 06:24:37 PM  
APPROVES

/and he'll do it for a single long bit
 
2012-12-09 06:35:48 PM  
Hipsters aside. I hope this increases the number of men going to barbers and therefore increases the number of men going through barber school. I am concerned the profession will die out and I will be forced to to to a... salon.

Finally convinced by friend to stop going to Cost Cutters. He complained that only one in three did a good job and his neck was always fuzzy. I told him my barber would cut his hair perfectly every time, use a straight razer on his neck and put a hot towel on his scalp for two bucks more.
 
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