Women have always had some sort of relationship with barbershops, even if it’s bringing their sons in for a weekly or bi-weekly haircut. But now, more recently women are gravitating to the barber for the same reasons as men: they want quicker, less expensive sessions for half the price.
For some women, it’s all about the cut.
“People have a negative stereotype about clippers because they feel like [they’ll impart] too much of an edge,” says Josh Livingston, a barber at Freemans Sporting Club, the Lower East Side of New York in a recent Refinery29 article. “But it doesn’t have to be so severe — it can be soft and short.”
Most barber shops are still predominately male, but the community vibe is still prevalent and many barbers are welcoming the opportunity to showcase their skills sets on women.
Overholt, a female barber at Freemans lets her female clients know first-hand, “I’ll give you a great haircut, but I don’t have a round brush, I don’t have styling tools…we don’t have volumizing spray. We just have pomade, a really light styling cream; it’s slim pickings,” she says. “It’s rough-dry, and then you’re gone… We’ll give you a good, solid technical haircut, but it won’t be fancy.”
What about you? Would you go to the barber for a cute cut?