The Importance of a Great Haircut

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

So many styles to pick from but we can't all get the same cut. The Marines have a style all their own. Male or female we head into the salon or barber and ask can I get a Brad Pitt, a Matt Damon or maybe an Aniston style. Your choice might be classic, old school,pixie, chop or by razor it really is at your discretion. Shorter seems to be the trend as less and less time is available to maintain our coiffeur.

I too have succumbed to the need for speed when it comes to hairstyling. There was a time before Supercuts, Great Clips, Sport Clips & the Hair Cuttery that the event was planned far, far in advance. Ladies remain in that mode when style, cut and color are on the menu. It can be a $300.00 ordeal with ease and $400.00 after the tip on many occasions. I'm not jealous in that regard and max out at about $25.00 per session including tip. Broken down into an hourly rate I figure I'm paying about ninety bucks an hour and if it takes anywhere near 10 minutes I wonder what is taking so long!

I miss my barber, he cut my hair until I was in my late 20's, he was 93 upon the final cut. I only had one other prior to that. The former had been Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh's barber. He was the father to the shop's owner and they tucked him into the corner but not too many customers wanted him to cut their hair. I looked at as if I was receiving a Royal haircut and couldn't have enjoyed it more. He was my Barber for 15 years.

Today that type of service can rarely be found no matter what price you pay. I had him busy for the next hour and then some with a straight edge shave and the serenity of flailing scissors whizzing musically about and around my head. (A slightly less edgy version of Edward Scissorhands) No buzz or chatter of electric gadgetry ever interrupted the experience. At times it was a surreal event and is reaffirmed even more so today when the hum of clippers drone annoyingly on in my ears.

Today's barber shops and salons have plenty of pictures and themes to entertain us visually but I still like MY barber to share his personal connections with decorations and pictures of celebrity that I can relate to. It might be the likes of Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Elvis or Burt Reynolds in the building, then I know I'm in the right place. Be a GREAT barber or stylist and THEY, your customers, will seek your expertise without question!

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Comments (11)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hair can definitely get out of control quickly, so it is important to keep it trimmed up nicely!

Aug 19, 2015 01:48 AM
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Wow! 93 years old!  Not many people are able to work on their feet at that age! 

Aug 19, 2015 02:03 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My hair is not easy to cut and it has taken every baarber several tries to get it right.   I then stick with them as long as I can.

Aug 19, 2015 08:10 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Brian, a monthly spruce up was a refreshing way to keep my pauper's locks in place. It was a perfect combination of fascinating tales and a haircut too.

Sonja, he was spry and steady until the end. A true gentleman who knew how to use that blade efficiently. He never drew blood and it was the best and closest shave ever! He did not have a lot of regulars and worked only 3 days a week.

William, it's funny, but I know some ladies who keep returning to the same stylists year after year yet always complain about their cut, some even decades. Today it's more like being on the Ford factory assembly line, NEXT!

Aug 19, 2015 10:38 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's an amazing story, Kevin!  I've lived in my present neighborhood since 1969.  The guys in my family all went to the same barber from that year, until last year, when he retired.  It is easy to look on those that provide our services for long periods of time, as members of our family!

Aug 19, 2015 11:33 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Kevin, look at the bright side.  You at least still have hair that needs cutting!  

Aug 19, 2015 08:23 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Myrl, there is definitely a comfort along with the longevity. I find that there's no allegiance left to any particular barber or specific brand. Are the "guys" feeling that too?

Gabe, I guess you could say that but most of the time is now spent on ears, nose and eyebrow instead. Zip, zip with a #5 clipper comb and the haircut's finished in 2 minutes. 

Aug 19, 2015 11:21 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Kevin, My husband has gone to the same barber for 35 years. The barber is slowing down and only working 3 days a week. We talk about what he will do when he really retires. He doesn't want to think about it. BTW, the cost is now up to $13.

Aug 20, 2015 11:02 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

My word Debbie, the transition will be hard on your mate. Make sure he doesn't just throw up his arms and go with a faux-hawk. Without a constant flow of coupons it'll be tough to keep him both happy and within budget for his new do! 

Aug 20, 2015 11:47 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Kevin. I make the rounds when it comes to hair cuts, like to spread my business around. One barber I go to, gets me out of there in 15 minutes, works for me.

Aug 21, 2015 02:17 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Good point Joe, I guess our days of man-pampering are over. Share the wealth!

Aug 21, 2015 08:58 AM