Get yer hair cut!


For the last few years I’ve been regularly getting my hair cut at a tiny barber shop on King Street in Newtown. There’s a lot of things I like about this little place. There are only three chairs, and just enough room to squeeze behind them, and you don’t come here for anything fancy in the haircutting department. Still, it’s best to come on a weekday as there’s usually a queue milling about on the pavement on the weekends.

I get an ‘extra zero’, which is about as short as you can get without having your head shaved with a razor. (Why extra zero? Wasn’t just zero enough?) I like the fact that I’ve been going for about three years, and none of the guys there have asked me my name, or told me theirs. They’ll always ask “how are you?” when you come in, and give you a friendly goodbye when you leave, when I always say “thanks guys, see you next time”. If you feel like having a chat that’s fine, you can talk about the weather or what you did on the weekend or how busy work is at the moment; but if you feel like sitting there and not saying a word that’s just fine too.

Not only do I get my extra zero cut, but they always use a cut-throat razor to go around the ears and the back of the neck afterwards, and sometimes I even get a bit of a head rub. But it’s always a fast, professional, no-nonsense operation, and my hair is cut and I’m out the door, feeling freshly shorn again, in no time flat.

They’ve never tried to get to know me, or give me a little credit card to join their ‘barber club’ so I can get a dollar off after ten cuts, or sent me an email newsletter, or had a ten percent off day. I just go there, get my haircut properly, and pay them $10. I will therefore continue to go there, get my haircut, and pay them $10 (hell, they can even put it up to $12 eventually, though just giving them a ten buck bill is easier), every few weeks until the proverbial cows come home. Probably literally as I will have moved to the country by then.

Personally I think modern marketing gurus could learn a thing or two from this little barber shop.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anaglyph
    Feb 26, 2008 @ 11:25:13

    Did you learn nothing from Sweeney Todd?

  2. Universal Head
    Feb 26, 2008 @ 11:38:01

    Still haven’t seen the film dammit – you-know-who is afraid of the blood (actually I am a bit too, cut-throat razors freak me out as a rule).

  3. pil
    Feb 26, 2008 @ 15:09:08

    ooo, cut-throat razor! Do they strop it up and down on the leather thingy?

  4. Universal Head
    Feb 26, 2008 @ 15:24:53

    Strangely enough, I’ve never seen them do that … it seems to sit permanently in a glass of some strange blue liquid.

  5. Network Geek
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 08:40:20

    That strange blue liquid is an astringent disinfectant. Keeps you from getting whatever the last guy they nicked had.
    I’ve been going to the same barbershop for several years now. The first guy died of cancer, but now the wife of the owner, who’s been properly trained as a barber, cuts my hair. Same price as your barber, but I tip her a buck.
    BTW, you know me from the Tekumel list and the ProFantasy list, too. I got here via your design website, after looking at your Bugwise site in the portfolio. Brilliant work that! The graphics of the insects are gorgeous!
    Didn’t know you had a blog, though. You should mention it on the Tekumel list!