When you are an actor, things like your haircut become kind of important. You want it to match your headshots. You want it to be hip, but versatile. It's all kinds of crazy. Since moving to Los Angeles, I have struggled to find a great barber to replace, Belinda, my barber from San Diego. I thought I struck gold with CHROME Salon in Culver City, near my house. However, my barber there relocated, and they raised the price to a whopping $50 bucks a cut, which for men is a little high for me.
Enter FLOYD's 99 Barbershop in Studio City, CA. I spend a ton of time up in the North Hollywood area, as some of you know, because I an deeply rooted at the ACTORS WORKOUT studio as a producer, writer and now acting teacher. So, when a fellow writer recommended I check out Floyd's I decided to give it a try.
And I'm glad I did. Boy, am I glad.
Haircuts for me really boil down to the experience. In Los Angeles, there are so many talented Hair Dressers, Stylists, etc. So, many folks trying to cut hair while they get a gig doing it for a TV show. It's the best of the best really in many ways. So, round here you usually can walk into any salon and find a great person to cut your hair. So, for me what sets a spot apart from others are two things... the experience and the price! Floyd's delivers both in spades.
First, the place melds Rock / Punk / Indie culture with good old fashioned 50's barbershop ambiance. The result is a bit overwhelming at first, but once you settle in you feel that your one of the cool kids just for easing into the black patent leather chair. Although the look is carefully crafted, the result is a laid back semi-informal embracement of the individuals slinging shears at each chair. For example, each attendants various tools, scissors, combs, etc. are kept in tool boxes on the stainless steel counters. The sinks for shampoos are right at the station, not in some dank back room. So, when you sit you do not have to get up until the whole process is complete.
Second, it's the whole experience itself that is great. The people are friendly. There are no appointment books. However, you can call in a 30 minute hold as you drive to shop. I do that. However, two things think are cool is how they treat you. Friendly, not rough and tumble or pretentious. Then the fact they do the neck line clean up with a straight razor and hot lather! And they follow that up with a brief little rub down / hair vacuum machine that pounds away the tension while sucking up the loose hairs.
Lastly, the price is pretty good. When I walked in, I expect to just hand over my bank account, but a regular cut is just $25.00 with tip added. It's a great deal for a great cut! I hit the one in Studio City, but there is one in Hermosa Beach, off of Melrose in Hollywood, and another in Santa Monica. Also, there are other locations across the country... so, yes, this is not a hole in the wall joint, but it's not like your walking into a Starbucks, either.
So, I give a thumbs up to Floyd's. Check it out, Gents, if you are close by and need a good trim! Ladies, I'm sure they do all the fancy stuff too.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Posted by Mick Montgomery at 12:27 PM