September 2017

Barber Shop Bliss

Like most guys, I love the feeling of a fresh haircut. Nothing makes me feel sharper and ready to take on the world like the feel of a skin fade and some nice styling product in my strands.

Since moving to Atlanta, I have discovered the barber shop, which is experiencing a revival right now. A barber shop is a refuge for men where you can sit back and be totally still or talk your barber's ear off while getting a perfect fade and your beard trimmed. And most importantly for me: the barber shop is not a hair salon where you may get a towel wrapped around your head like a turban or have your hair styled into meticulous coif. Don't get me wrong, I like a good hair salon - but I prefer the relaxed atmosphere of a barber shop.

Here are my three picks for barber shops in the Atlanta area - and if you have a favorite barber shop, please let me know, I'd love to try it out! 

Atlas Barber Co. by Chapin Mosley
I met this guy when he was at the Shave Barber Shop (more about that next), and a friend of mine recommended him when he decided to go solo and open his own shop (thanks, Nick!). And solo is exactly what he is - there is only one chair in his shop so all of the attention is on you. This dude is literally a master barber so don't forego getting your beard trimmed by Mr. Mosley. He will take you in and he will visualize a plan for your head (and beard), and you're going to want to stick with it because this guy is in the know! And if you play golf it's a plus because he's huge golf fan.
Pros: Expert haircuts, beard trims, and shaves. Easy online booking system. Never any waiting time.
Cons: This guy is popular so book well in advance! Price point is somewhat high, but it's damn well worth it.

The Trophy Room Barber Shop
This neighborhood style barber is located in the East Atlanta Edgewood/Kirkwood area and is owned and run by Rolando who is as fun as he is good with shears. The Trophy Room employs several great professionals, but I feel the time with Rolando is a bit of treat. They're currently expanding to house more professionals and along with the Spotted Trotter (boutique charcuterie next door), they're the reason why the little square is gaining some good neighborhood shopping momentum.
Pros: Great, reasonably priced haircuts, fun atmosphere, and accommodating booking options (call-in or online).
Cons: Seems a little off the beaten path, but you won't regret visiting the other shops on the square or explore East Atlanta surrounding the shop (Edgewood and Kirkwood).

The Shave Barber Shop
The Shave works as a traditional barber shop concept where no appointments are offered, it's all first come first serve. You can check in to see if your favorite stylist is on schedule for the day you want a haircut, but you simply have to show up. Sometimes you're lucky to get in a chair immediately, and others you'll have to wait for a text or call that will give you about 20 minutes to make it back to the shop for a cut. A have tried several professionals (including Chapin Mosley mentioned above), and they're all on a good, high level. The place is usually bustling, especially on weekends.
Pros: Good, reasonably priced haircuts and beard trims, and a good, central location (N. Highland).
Cons: The wait to get a hair cut can mess up your day, and you're not guaranteed the same stylist every time.

Best thing about the whole thing: It's hard not to get a good haircut in ATL. If you have a recommendation, please feel free to comment - I'd love to try it out!




Being outshined is no fun

Yes, I tend to have oily skin, but it's not too bad, and I tend to be able to keep it in check with good, daily routines and a few well-chosen products. My skin is also naturally shiny so even when it's squeaky clean it still has a 'polished' look. Not oily. Polished. And again: A few good products can usually keep it balanced.

And that's exactly what this whole thing is about - balance! Keep your skin clean by washing it daily (nights are preferred, but mornings are just fine too), and give it a gentle (and I mean gentle!) scrub once or twice a week (remember what I said about skin looking polished)? And then always use oil-free products that will moisturize but not nourish the skin to create oily 'run-off.'

Photo: PR

In the past year, I have discovered these three products that have helped me with my shininess. Let's start with the Kiehl's for Men Oil Eliminator which promises 24 hours anti-shine. It's a decent moisturizer, and it does mattify the skin to some degree, but I did need to reapply during the day to keep me shine-free.

Photo: PR

The The Seriously Shine-Free Moisturizer by Formula 10.0.06 specializes in clearing skin, so naturally, anti-shine is in their repertoire. And this product really works when it comes to anti-shine but less when it comes to moisturizing. My skin feels a little taught after a while as if it hasn't gotten quite enough moisture - but I tend to live with it because my skin is matte!

Photo: PR

Finally, there is a little trickster product by Peter Thomas Roth which has proven to be quite the savior many a time. The Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel is a silicone product which should always be used with a moisturizer because it will only lie on the surface of your skin. That being said, you can just apply it on top of your moisturizer once it's absorbed, and if you wear makeup, it also serves as an excellent primer.

So there you have it - no reason to be outshined with a few, select products!