[quote=“The Dunph”]My current barbers suits me ideally. They are very close to my house, they are generally competent (one of the lads there is excellent), don’t engage in much chit-chat once they realise you don’t go for that, the queues are usually small, and they charge 13 euros for the privilege. I’ve often been to ‘barbers’ that don’t tick any of these boxes.
For some reason though i’ll generally stick with a place i’m happy with for a year or two and then move on. I find that the more they cut your hair, the slacker they get as they think you’re more or less set with them, like you’re signing over your soul or something. I like to keep the barber industry on their toes in that regard. Ye should never let them think your happy with them. I’d this one barber a few years ago who started off great becasue nobody used go there and he was really good, we’d have great chats about gaa and soccer etc, but after a while he was taking the mickey. At the start he used to be showing me the back of my hair with the mirror, asking if i wanted gel etc. By the end he seemed to think all he’d to do was have the bit of chat with me about last nights match and pretend to cut my hair. I wasn’t long saying fook that.
By the way, what do the rest of ye think about enforced chatting to some of them?[/quote]
Good point Dunph. The lad in Leitrim showed me a mirror to see the back of the head because he figured I was a visitor and new to his premises. I was fourth in line for a cut though and none of the others got that privilege - in fact none of them even got asked anything about what they wanted.
I thought the banter was decent craic but it was ages since I’d been to one and I was more listening to general conversations across the shop than contribting myself.