Ten Reasons to Switch to a Barber

This is Dylan.

Dylan is an important person in my life, for he is the one who cuts my hair. Being a hairdresser means that I can show his face! He has been cutting the kids hair for years. Dylan is not your average hairdresser. He is a barber. One day, he had finished cutting their hair when I asked him whether he could have a crack at mine.

And I have never looked back.

If you are a short haired lass like me, I would like to present some key findings that have made themselves apparent, after I ditched the traditional hairdresser, for a man’s barber.

Now, before we begin, I must preface by saying that this will not be for everyone. I have a mate, Annie, for whom a visit to her hairdresser is counted as a social night out. She takes a bottle of wine, picks up some Thai and spends hours gossiping with her hairdresser. She is also blonde so THAT alone takes some maintenance.

But for me, that time spent was irritating.

Switching to a barber has been a god-send. I do not have to make appointments EVER. I just am out and about doing errands, when I may walk by the barbers to find there is no one waiting. They don’t have a “file” on me. There is no fucking around getting my hair washed, and the consultation is thirty five seconds. There are no trashy magazines to read, telling me how shit I am. There is no chatting with the apprentice about her trip to Bali. There is no pressure at all to buy expensive hair products because jesus woman, “You cannot use Pantene!”

The actual cut takes just minutes. He is like Edward Scissorhands.

Having shirt hair is truly one of the biggest favours I have done for myself recently. Summer was a joy! A quick towel off at the beach and I was done. On the rare occasions that I have the need to get dolled up, a quick wash, a blast with the dryer and a spray of whatever, and I am good to go. It used to take me an hour! Plus it always looked bad because I had so much hair that would not comply within the suggested follicle behavioural guidelines.

“I wish I could cut my hair off!”

So many people have said to me. Once I tell them that DER THEY CAN they ALWAYS come back with this line…

“I am worried I will look like a lesbian…”

And then it takes all my will-power not to karate chop them in the neck. Stupid stereotypes.

Anyway, yes back to the barbers. I do get quite a few weird stares from passers by, but slowly the word is getting out that there is an excellent barber in Chatswood who likes cutting women hair into cool, short styles. So please, keep this between us and I would hate people to discover The Groomsmen in Chatswood because it will ruin it for everyone.

Oh and I forgot. The other two benefits? The big, traditional barbers chairs are perfect for napping. And it costs $35 a cut. CHER-CHING!

Would you consider going to the Barbers?

Who cuts your hair?

Bonus Question for ten points. Why is the barber pole red, blue and white?

PS Just re-read this and if you are about to write some long-winded comment about how awesome hairdressers are and that I am anti-hairdresser,  save your time. I also think they are amazing. After all, I have been going to them for 43 years.


  • Tracey

    I do go to the hairdresser but a) my hair is blonde and b) underneath the blonde my hair is completely gray. Fucking high maintenance crap; I blame my mother. I did have short hair once and I looked like Moonface from Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series. Not good.

  • happychappy

    Just last week my son (aged 11) says “what is the difference between a barber and hairdresser? I reply, barber only does mens cuts. Soon as we walk into the barber I notice one of your sort having a cut 😛 Son says “does that look like a man to you?” no. He laughs and replies “perhaps a gender neutral then”. Oh for simpler days.

  • Cate Lawrence

    I have a hairdresser visit my home for 20€. I don’t have to worry about glaring mirrors, making an appointment auf deutsch ( I live in Germany) or the neck breaking washbasin-I wash my hair beforehand. I can save photo ideas on pinterest and show them to the hairdresser when she visits

  • Cath Sheehan

    I did the ‘lady di’ in 1982. My hair is naturally thick, wavy and has anti-gravitational properties, not well suited to that style. My hair has been long ever since (was actually fashionable in its natural state back in 1987). I spend a ridiculous amount every 6 weeks, and straightening is a pain in the arse. One day I’ll go short… One day.

  • Emma

    All I’ve ever wanted in life (almost :p) is wash and wear hair. Unfortunately I have frizz with many cowlicks and a double crown meaning my hair has a mind if it’s own and is therefore the furthest thing from wash and wear if you have any shred of vanity at all. Short hair is a disaster – I need the weight of long layers! My hairdresser charges me a different amount each time depending on how he appraises his job and what he’s done – sometimes a trim is not deemed worthy of a charge! It keeps me interested.

  • Kristy Diffey

    I’ve been going to a barber for over a year now. Same reasons as you Mrs Woog and I love it. I also do the blonde/empinkening myself which mostly works.

  • Annie

    Ah no, sorry, just no. There is nothing nice about your hair, and I think you need to reconsider this.

  • Jane

    I love your hair, Mrs Woog.

  • All the males in my life go to a barber. Short and I aren’t friends. I shouldn’t make a self depreciating comment about the shape of my face but that is why I will never go back to the bowl cut I was given in 1986. x

  • Kate

    I have had so many hairdressers over the years struggle to give me the cut that I want because they think it is too short or are not used to doing short cuts for women. I used to point at one of the men’s pics on the salon walls and say just give me that cut and they would look horrified.

    So I started going to a barber and had no problems. I have to agree with you, Barbers do good short cuts on women. Then sadly my barber retired. Fortunately I have found a local mum hairdresser who works from her home and she does a good short cut.

    Also, being a short haired woman of the lesbian variety it doesn’t bother me if people think I look like a lesbian but the whole stereotype drives me nuts. Besides we all know to check out the nails if we need confirmation (wink).

  • Emma

    I had short hair for most of my childhood, NEVER again. With short hair I look like a toilet brush, this look is not pleasing to me.

  • CC

    Leeches on site. And all the sensible short haired women (my aunts) go to the barber. I have long hair and trim it myself & do a box dye job. I fondly remember the VERY expensive head massage during the wash that makes me consider going back to the hairdresser.

  • merilyn

    barbers are good mrs woog!
    back in the day when I trained as a hairdresser! a 5 yr apprenticeship!!!
    I decided to do a men’s haircutting course 1yr! leart to strop a razor even! loved thos days when things were done properly!!!
    it was great! I learnt a lot and I’ve always cut men’s hair and my own which is v short and no nonsense! you would have guessed that!;))
    I worked in a salon once where the a guy did men’s haircuts every 15 mins!!!
    in sit cut blow all the hair away then NEXT!
    had to laugh!
    much love m:)X

    • merilyn

      be good if I could type though! didn’t learn that ever! mxx

  • William

    Hi Everyone,

    I went to the The Groomsmen Shop Chatswood today, they said Dylan already resigned. Can any1 tell Me which salon/barber he now work?

    I really like the way he cut my hairs ( and I think one of you touched by Dylan skills ?)

    • Not sure but I am going to use Leo from now on.

    • James

      William – did you find out where he’s gone?