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For the fellas... - October 5, 2006, 03:04 PM

In Fairfax, Bikinis and Buzz Cuts




By Chris Kirkham
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 2, 2006; Page D01


Mike Blot and Rudy Lilly were fed up. They wanted decent haircuts but hated the available options.

It was either endure the modern unisex hair salon, with its flowery smells and complicated gels, or put up with the cigarette-smoking barber down the street

Their solution: Girls in bikinis, cutting hair in a beach-themed salon.

"Life's too short for an ugly barber," Lilly said.

When their Paradise Cuts salon opens later this week in Fairfax, Blot and Lilly, both 43, hope it solves a problem that is enticing entrepreneurs in cities nationwide. They think men want the same pampering as women -- whether it's a pedicure or a body wax. But they don't want it done in mixed company or in an atmosphere that's too feminine.
The result has been a boomlet in salons designed for macho appeal. An evolution beyond the corner barbershop and the one-size-fits-all metrosexual boutique, they range in tone from sports kitsch to boardroom serious. The bikini-clad stylists at Paradise Cuts are a variation on the theme found at Knockouts, where men get trimmed in a boxing ring by women in boxing shorts and can channel-surf in the process. Sport Clips as a locker room theme, widescreen televisions and women stylists trained to make sports-related small talk. The Grooming Lounge, which has two locations in the area, features leather couches and free liquor.

The salon and barbershop industry, ranging from high-end lounges to bargain-franchise operations like the locally based Hair Cuttery, was worth more than $28 billion as of 2002, according to U.S. Census estimates.
On a recent Saturday in Fairfax, Paradise Cuts stylists wearing pastel bikini tops and flowing sarongs chatted with friends at an open house. The styling mirrors hung from surfboards. A mural of a Hawaiian beach scene with palm trees and dunes decorated the wall.

Stylist Sheryl Cubbage leaned against the faux-bamboo haircut station. "Men like visuals, so why not have a good haircut and a . . . good conversation," said Cubbage, 36, who also plays guitar in a local rock band. "It's about being pampered. Women get it all the time, so why shouldn't men?"

Aside from atmosphere, many of the services in these male-centric businesses are identical to those offered by high-end salons that cater to women. They offer pedicures, waxing, highlighting and massages, along with haircuts. Prices range from $20 to upward of $50 for a simple cut. There's a discount for children.

"What's still happening for men is that we want vestiges of our old barbershop, we want the feeling of other men being around us, but we want the goods and services of what's being offered in a wider array," said Gregory Fairchild, a former fashion industry employee who is now an assistant professor at University of Virginia's Darden Business School. "They still want to have the male-bonding experience in a comfortable way."

Like the other male-focused chains, Paradise Cuts has franchising in mind.
Knockouts, with such aptly titled trims as the Heavyweight and the Uppercut, started in Dallas in late 2003. It has since has expanded to eight states and has sold more than 40 locations.

Sport Clips, also based in Texas, got its start in the '90s. The franchise has expanded to 425 stores throughout the country, but is new to Northern Virginia and much of the East Coast. The franchise had locations in Manassas and Stafford that closed last year, but a new one in Ashburn is set to open this week. Its stores are more geared toward families and don't offer additional spa services. But the goal is the same.


"We want to do for haircuts what Starbucks did for coffee," said Gordon Logan, the chain's founder. "It's creating an experience around getting a haircut, which most men don't look forward to."

Admittedly, Blot and Lilly take the concept a bit further.
Finding the right employees was an obstacle. The newspaper ads they placed simply called for stylists. When the responses came back, Lilly had to explain the concept and the dress code over the phone. Some chafed at the idea, but others were sold.
"One girl just liked the idea of wearing less clothes to work," Blot said.
Although Blot and Lilly don't consider the premise racy, any potential backlash may work to their advantage.

In Salt Lake City, a similarly themed store called Bikini Cuts used controversy to its advantage. After protests from local politicians and representatives of the Mormon Church, customers flocked to the salon.

"[Salt Lake] is odd, but in a way it's the perfect place. It's nothing but free advertising," said Bikini Cuts owner Clint Jensen. "The more taboo it is out here, the busier you are."

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October 5, 2006, 03:09 PM

This too closely resembles my idea of the "Bar Bare Shop" A fully stocked sports bar with big screens and hair cuts by women in lingerie. Rip off artists.
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October 5, 2006, 03:14 PM

What's the address? and do they trim beards too?


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October 5, 2006, 03:17 PM

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What's the address? and do they trim beards too?
Please note thread title...For the fellas

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For the dipshits
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In the immortal words of the house in the Amityville Horror....


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October 5, 2006, 03:20 PM

I saw this the other day in the Post so I did some research. A haircut is $40! Damn. Griff - they do all that shit - they'll even bleach your anus - but its all pretty expensive.


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FACK YO BLEACHED ANUS

40 dollars because those fat bitches are in bikini tops? I'll keep going to hair cuttery and spend 12 dollars from the 170 year old asian that cuts mine.


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40 dollars because those fat bitches are in bikini tops? I'll keep going to hair cuttery and spend 12 dollars from the 170 year old asian that cuts mine.
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40 dollars because those fat bitches are in bikini tops? I'll keep going to hair cuttery and spend 12 dollars from the 170 year old asian that cuts mine.
Old Korean women are the best at cutting hair.

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October 5, 2006, 03:27 PM

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Please note thread title...For the fellas

Not:

For the dipshits
For the desperate
For the pathetic


In the immortal words of the house in the Amityville Horror....


"Geetttttt Outttttt"

Yeah, but who do you think actually goes to these places???

the dipshits
the desparates
the pathetic



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Old Korean women are the best at cutting hair.

If this post was really for the fellas it would have had more then one picture and 3/4 less to read.
AHAHAHAHAHAA

those are the two most true statements I have read all day!


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Please note thread title...For the fellas

Not:

For the dipshits
For the desperate
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In the immortal words of the house in the Amityville Horror....


"Geetttttt Outttttt"
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Yeah, but who do you think actually goes to these places???

the dipshits
the desparates
the pathetic

Exactly!

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No thanks, I'll go to a strip joint for strippers, and continue to get my hair cut by my wife with the buzzer-thing.

Women worry about hair. Men get buzz cuts.


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