I'm a member of this fair city, working in events and PR, I'll literally do anything PG.
Published June 21st 2012
For me, a trip to the barber is about as fun as a trip to the dentist. Having wild, unruly hair and an odd fashion sense has meant that every time I step into one of those bleached, pungent salons I receive suggestions like "Clippers?", or just sighs of disgust at the thought of conquering my usually unkempt mountain of hair. I eventually stopped getting haircuts and became a lion.
One day I decided to become a man again, and have since found two salons that give you a completely different treatment, one I'd recommend for men, and one for anyone with curly hair. One northside and one southside.
Dr Follicles is a barbershop from the past with a flux capacitor jammed into it, pushed into the now, passing through a brewery and a warehouse party. You're not gonna be offered $50 cream that will ensure your volume is boosted and maximised, you're not going to be asked questions about layering and texturing you can't answer.
You are gonna crack a beer and have a quick chat about what you want your hair to look like, then kick back in a relaxed environment and get the classic treatment with awesome tunes, they even do traditional shaves.
It was just a cool place, cool stuff to read and interesting staff, clearly run by chilled and creative people. Having the Doors taking me through the doors of perception in the background helped eradicate any existential worry that came from cutting my hair.
So a comfortable environment combined with the soothing effects of beer, has made the entire haircut experience much less of a thing to avoid.
Dr Follicles were great for guys, but Cherry Bomb gave me my first haircut in like two years.
It took me a while to work up the courage.
But I knew it was time for the mane to go.
I love the thought...
I googled 'curly hair'. I found the Jonas Brothers. I googled "good red curly hairstyles" and I found Mick Hucknall in his nouveau-romantic stage. I googled "good curly haircuts in Melbourne" and found message board upon message board of people who have had the same devastating experience as me. A few satisfied curlies pointed me to Neil and Kate at Cherry Bomb.
I don't want to look like any of these guys.
I nearly turned around twice, after pawing at my hair, trying to imagine myself with short hair, putting it into a top bun, psyching myself up, singing AC/DC in the car, and then nearly turning around at the door.
But I stepped in.
The first thing that struck me was the decor, a fun funky relaxed environment, with fake grass and a little dog just chilling, there to soothe you and keep you company.
The cut itself was awesome; she cut it dry, spiralled it all funny, and did all these neat tricks I'd never seen. She also gave me some cool advice on how to manage my curly hair. For the first time in my life I walked away from a haircut un-traumatised, and it didn't turn into an afro straight away.
Giuseppe's House- Party Cuts
If you want to save money and you love playing guitar this is the place for you. A team of skilled professionals will be able to talk to you about what you need, get an idea for your fashion and style, and then give you a flat top haircut. As opposed to Dr Follicles you need to bring beer, but if you bring enough you can have any haircut you want.