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Boyfriend Finds Cure for Haircut Phobia at Crows Nest Barbershop in Kensington

By Caitlyn Holroyd

My approach to getting a haircut has always been of the carefree variety; stylist gets free reign of my hair and I almost always like it. My boyfriend on the other hand is far more of a drama queen (sorry, hun).

The buildup to his haircuts is always a month-long process. First comes the contemplating and scouring of men’s magazines for that perfect cut and even when he finds one he likes, he’s always insistent that it won’t look good on him. Next comes another week or two of finding excuses why he can’t get his haircut this week. When the day finally comes and the deed is done, he’s never satisfied and his hair disappears beneath a hat for the next few weeks until it’s grown out to his liking.

Fast-forward to last week and it’s about that time again – me coincidentally receiving an invite to a Facebook group for the new Crow’s Nest Barbershop opening up in Kensington Market. Maybe it was the young Fonzie look-alike in the photos section or the line “Pomps, Fades & Straight Razor Shaves”, but I was totally sold. I insisted my boyfriend go and after a week of hemming and hawing, he complied.

Yesterday marked the big day and as I braced for the typical reaction, I instead received an enthusiastic text reading, “Caitlyn, I am sold. That place is amazing.” Turns out, my boyfriend had the kind of experience a haircut-phobic man only dreams of: fulfilling conversations over a free tallboy of PBR, a straight-razor shave, and a decent price tag of $25 (half what he was previously paying).

If this place can please a man such as mine, there’s no telling what it will do for the far less picky men out there.

Crow’s Nest Barbershop

35 Kensington Ave.

647-346-4333

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 16, 2011

    It’s funny that picky men can so easily be sold on the coolness factor rather than a quality hair cut. John the barber from Crows Nest Barber shop doesn’t have a license to cut hair, nor has he any formal training and in my opinion, he preforms below the standard level of junior stylists or apprentices. Pumpin out the same hair cut over and over isnt hard but I challenge someone with long hair to give him a shot. My hair was butchered not barbered, he’s a farce and a hack.

  2. Anonymous
    March 16, 2011

    It’s funny that picky men can so easily be sold on the coolness factor rather than a quality hair cut. John the barber from Crows Nest Barber shop doesn’t have a license to cut hair, nor has he any formal training and in my opinion, he preforms below the standard level of junior stylists or apprentices. Pumpin out the same hair cut over and over isnt hard but I challenge someone with long hair to give him a shot. My hair was butchered not barbered, he’s a farce and a hack.

  3. Anonymous
    March 16, 2011

    It’s funny that picky men can so easily be sold on the coolness factor rather than a quality hair cut. John the barber from Crows Nest Barber shop doesn’t have a license to cut hair, nor has he any formal training and in my opinion, he preforms below the standard level of junior stylists or apprentices. Pumpin out the same hair cut over and over isnt hard but I challenge someone with long hair to give him a shot. My hair was butchered not barbered, he’s a farce and a hack.

  4. Seann
    April 5, 2011

    @anonymous
    Did you know what a barber shop was before walking in?!

    Long haired guys probably should keep going to salons or First Choice since they specialize in cutting women’s hair. Crowsnest is the best place in the city to get a traditional barber cut and shave.

    I’ve been going here for months and receiving the best cut I’ve gotten since moving to the city five years ago. I used to pay as much as $80 for a cut and shave at other places. The crowsnest offers a much better experience. I’ve introduced a lot of my friends to the Crowsnest and they love it!

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