Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Barber Shop - Not a restaurant

Ever since my first real barber shop experience with an "old-man" barber while I was in law school, I have refused to have my hair cut by any other type of salon/procuts/vacuumcleanerwithblades. I think I can finally say, I have a Fort Worth Barber.

Over the past few years I have worked hard to find an "old-man" barber who knows how to cut a young man's hair without asking too many questions about how to cut it. At pro-cuts they always say "do you want it layered, feathered, textured, rounded, blocked, washed, dried, moussed, tousled, fussled, blah blah blah." I don't know! You're the barber, you know how to make me look my best, so do it. If I were to tell somebody exactly how to cut my hair based on what I think would look good, I would look similar to "Sam the Dog".

Instead I just say, short scissor cut and make it look like it wasn't cut today. A good barber knows what that means.

Old-man barbers know exactly how to make a young man look professional. After they know generally what you're looking for, they don't need much help. This masterization of their skill allows them to move onto more important things. Such as discussing the merits of having two divisions in six man football, why its better to take a longer route on a smaller highway than the quicker route on the big interstate when travelling, the location of a good mexican restaurant (review coming soon, hold onto the edge of your seat), why the Cowboys are going to win the superbowl, and why [INSERT COLLEGE HERE]'s coach is doing [GOOD/BAD].

These are the types of barbers young men need. If you have a cool hair style that needs wax, pomade, gel, frizzplus, or some other concoction made from industrial adhesive, an old-man barber is probably not for you. But if you want an old man to talk with about whatever in the world interests you, and you want to only pay 12 bucks for the haircut, AND get your neck shaved clean with a straight razor, you must use an old-man barber. And its important that you start going now. The sooner you start going, the sooner the barber will know how to cut your hair and will begin to remember you.

I'm not going to tell you who my barber is because I already wait long enough to get my haircut. But I will tell you this, if you want a unique experience, a better quality haircut than one of the chain places, and you want to get your neck shaved (who doesn't?), I highly recommend an old-man barber.


Anonymous said...

That was a great review, but I'm dying to know the name. I've been looking for something like this.

FortWorthHoleInTheWall said...

I'll give you a hint. It's not the 7th street Barber and its not the place off of Berry, just east of TCU.

No offense to either of these shops. I've been to both, but I found my Barber Buddy at a different place.

Anonymous said...

sounds like good ol' mingo and bill at the skrrrt~+++%*^ NO CARRIER

Anonymous said...

Mingo has been cutting my hair since I was 7 (24 now) and I am slowly realizing that soon enough I will have to find a new barber. He tells me he has about a year or so left at the *@&@)!*$&%#_)%$* shop so I need some recomendations. Musts include, neck shave, no more than 12$, and three week old sports illustrateds. Please Help

Anonymous said...

I started going to ming about 6 months ago. Best thing I ever did. He does a fine job.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE tell the name! I will give you my personal email address to find out! My boyfriend has been wanting to find a place where they still do straight razor shaves (if this place does that). I want to surprise him for Valentines Day with this so if you could respond ASAP I would be greatly appreciative!

FortWorthHoleInTheWall said...

Anonymous, I'm sorry I missed your post.

The place is the barber shop next to the Original on Camp Bowie.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in El Paso down the street from Fort Bliss. I have had the old time $5 barber experience for the first 25 years of my life once every week. I have now lived in the Fort Worth area for going on 8 years and only find up-scale barber shops. They do a decent job and have decorated their places to have that old time feel but I get the feeling that some fancy decorator was involved. Add that I also paid $17 for a hair cut plus $3 for a tip and I felt duped!!! I typically go to the FTW NAS Joint Reserve Base but I really miss a good old barber. I'm not sure what the "original" is but I will be sure to keep my eyes out. Thanks for the post

Anonymous said...

try the family barber shop
6512 carswell access rd.
just outside the back gate to the base.
hard to find but well worth it!

not an old barber,nor a male however this is what you get

military haircuts/regular cuts
with hot shave/razor
all for $10.

free soft drink/beer
holidays free food!

ask for linda