Edited 1 year, 6 months ago

Poll: Hair Stylist or Barber? (156 votes)

Stylist 33%
Barber 34%
Cut your own hair 17%
Don't cut your hair 3%
Don't have hair 2%
Friend/Family cuts it for free 9%
BOWL CUT! 2%

Hey duders,

So i just had my hair cut today (left it waaay too long) and it sort of dawned on me while en route that i had never gone to a regular ass barber before. Growing up my parents always took me to their stylist and i just sort of continued with him into my adult life, it's a bit pricey but the man can do a darn good cut. So i was just wondering, how does the giantbomb community go about maintaining their manes? Do you go to a stylist or barber? Or do you cut it by some other means?

#1 Posted by MikkaQ (10317 posts) -

Yeah I'm the same way, I've always went to salons instead of barbershops. It's a huge difference, especially with hair like mine that is very fussy. It costs me a fortune each time but it's worth it. Plus you know, getting your hair washed by someone feels amazing.

#2 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3882 posts) -

@mikkaq said:

Plus you know, getting your hair washed by someone feels amazing.

Aint this the truth.

It's like a "masturbating vs hand job" level difference.

#3 Edited by Winternet (8025 posts) -

I've been going to the same barber for almost 20 years (I'm 23) so why stop now?

#4 Posted by Donkeycow (556 posts) -

@mikkaq said:

Yeah I'm the same way, I've always went to salons instead of barbershops. It's a huge difference, especially with hair like mine that is very fussy. It costs me a fortune each time but it's worth it. Plus you know, getting your hair washed by someone feels amazing.

It does feel pretty great, but i've also heard good things about the hot towel shave you get at barbershops.

#5 Posted by ThePencil (390 posts) -

I shave my own damn head. No way I'm letting a stranger that close to my neck with a pair of scissors!

#6 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Barber. But only if you can get a proper straight-razor shave too.

#7 Edited by Aegon (5702 posts) -

I've been going to the same barber for almost 20 years (I'm 23) so why stop now?

Did you get your first hair cut at the age of 3?

#8 Posted by Winternet (8025 posts) -
@aegon said:

@winternet said:

I've been going to the same barber for almost 20 years (I'm 23) so why stop now?

Did you get your first hair cut at the age of 3?

I said almost. Also, 3 year olds don't get haircuts? I don't know.

#9 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

I have dreadlocks, so only my specialised dreadlock stylist will suffice.

#11 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

I run a set of clippers over my head about two or three times per year. It makes no difference to me what my hair looks like.

#12 Posted by ShockD (2409 posts) -

Stylist. I care about my hair.

#13 Edited by Cameron (603 posts) -

Every barber I have been to seems to think there is only one haircut and everyone should like it. I've been going to a salon for years because stylists will actually listen to you. Maybe I've just been to crappy barbers, but I can't imagine any of them giving a haircut that doesn't look straight out of the decade they learned to cut hair in.

#14 Posted by bennyboy (329 posts) -

I went to stylists for the longest time before realizing that the best hairdresser in the world wouldn't be able to mold my coarse, pubic, unwieldly excuse for head hair into anything resembling a decent hairstyle, so now I just go to barbers and get $8 haircuts.

#15 Edited by natetodamax (19212 posts) -

When I get my hair cut I get my head shaved (not completely, but pretty short) so I don't really care who does it. No styling or anything like that involved.

#16 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

I go for the Vinny haircut, so no need to pay someone for it.

#17 Posted by Pr1mus (3951 posts) -

C at the moment. E in a couple years at best.

#18 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4638 posts) -

I cut my own hair. The only type of haircut I have ever gotten since I was a wee lad has been a buzzcut and it's simple to do it myself so I do.

#19 Edited by MooseyMcMan (11299 posts) -

Barber for life! The only way for a dude to get a plain-ass haircut. I don't want to make an appointment, I don't want it to be the kind of place where anything fancy happens, it should just be a place of hair being cut.

But man, if I had some sort of hair cutting robot, or could do it myself, I would. I like the barber I go to, he's a great guy, but I'm just so lazy!

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#20 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Stylist.. I think. What's the difference.

#21 Posted by 49th (2783 posts) -

Used to go to a stylist but the last time I was there they charged me £40 and barely did anything so I just go to a barber now. Barbers definately vary in quality a lot more though and the last few times I've been they've given me not great cuts.

#22 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

i just shave my head every couple months

#23 Posted by PillClinton (3291 posts) -

Clippers with 1'' attachment on top, 3/4'' on sides. Easy, free, looks ok if you know what you're doing.

#24 Posted by jdh5153 (1034 posts) -

Try having your hair cut by this guy...good times.

#25 Edited by translucentfish (127 posts) -

Mix between the two. No wait-list, fast, cheap, good styling, friendly. And like someone said before, having a stranger wash your hair for you is a one-of-a-kind experience... every few months.

#26 Edited by Geralt (327 posts) -

This topic makes me think about barbershop quartet and the movie "Punchline".

#27 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I've cut my own hair for over 25 years.

#28 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1856 posts) -

My hair is very poofy, so I should probably take it to a stylist to get something done with it. I usually just get it cut down to two or three inches but it may be time to try out getting it thinned and trimmed. So far now, barber, but in the future, probably a stylist.

#29 Posted by SMTDante89 (2599 posts) -

Shave my own beard, but for haircuts, it depends on a few things, mostly money. If I don't have a lot, family will do just fine. If I have a decent amount of spare money, sometimes I still go with family, but sometimes I'll go out to a barber.

#30 Edited by RioStarwind (562 posts) -

I usually wait like 3 or more months before getting a haircut at a barber shop. My hair grows super slowly so it is never that long even after waiting 3 months just to get another haircut.

#31 Posted by Jams (2962 posts) -

@claude said:

I've cut my own hair for over 25 years.

I've started cutting my own hair about 3 years ago and I'll never look back. $45 quality Whal clippers, a brush and some oil to keep it in working order. Damn thing pays for itself in 2 or 3 cuts.

#32 Edited by HerbieBug (4212 posts) -

@jdh5153 said:

Try having your hair cut by this guy...good times.

I trim my hair a bit longer than that with a guard attachment, but if this guy had a shop in my area I would definitely go. Fast, accurate, no chit-chat. Done in five minutes. It takes me about 15 minutes and a shower afterwards to do it myself. :p

#33 Edited by Blu3V3nom07 (4234 posts) -

@jdh5153: I know what Lackland Airforce base is. Cool!

No, i get my cousin to cut it for me. Its usually a couple of inches shorter than Maxwells' from GameSpot. Little bit of conditioner lasts me a couple of months.

Edit: Who the hell gets a bowl cut??. ~ I used to get a like a fake bowl-cut when I was like four..

#34 Edited by Donkeycow (556 posts) -

@artemesia: I have a similar issue, i have wavy poofy hair, that is one of the reasons i still go a stylist. When I decide to grow it a bit on the longer side he can really thin and layer it properly to make sure it stays in control and doesn't just turn into a voluminous mass. And when i do get it cut short (like i did yesterday) he still is able to give it some style. Although that being said it runs me $40 Canadian every time i get my hair cut... and that is a lot for a part time working student.

#35 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

I stick my head in a blender 3 times a year.

#36 Posted by i_got_an_F (25 posts) -

I tend to let my hair grow for about 6 months before getting it cut or trimmed up but when I do it's a stylist. Barbers around here have steadily become accustomed to receiving only two types of styles: buzz or crew.

#37 Edited by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

I go to a dude who cuts it so it looks the same but shorter, and he's a barber-bro.

#38 Posted by Hamst3r (4520 posts) -

@jams said:

@claude said:

I've cut my own hair for over 25 years.

I've started cutting my own hair about 3 years ago and I'll never look back. $45 quality Whal clippers, a brush and some oil to keep it in working order. Damn thing pays for itself in 2 or 3 cuts.

This.

I started cutting my own hair around 12 years ago. Super-easy to do right after a couple tries.

#39 Posted by mikethekilla (328 posts) -

Barber

#40 Edited by Stonyman65 (2764 posts) -

Haircuts for men = Barber

Haircuts for women = Stylist

For a while I went to an old-school military barber shop run by some old Navy and Marine Corps guys. This place was just like what you would see in an old noir film - a bunch of older men just hanging around just shootin' the shit and you get a nice haircut with a with a shave by a straight razor with hot shaving creme and a warm towel across the back of your neck. Full-service haircut and shave for $13 (and I give them a $2 tip).

I've always had my hair cut short - usually around 1/4 inch, or the "high and tight" with 1/2 inch on the top and 1/4 inch on the sides.

Recently I bought a $30 Whal hair trimmer and just started doing it myself. I still prefer the barber shop, but using the trimmer myself works okay if I just need a trim and don't want to spend money on a whole haircut.

#41 Edited by Nights (615 posts) -

I personally go to a stylist, but it all depends what you want out of a haircut. If you want a basic haircut, by all means, go to a barber. If you want a style with texture, layers, etc, you're not going to get that from a barber. A good salon is the way to go. They also tend to know what's "in fashion," if that sort of thing is important to you. If you have medium/long hair and want to stick with that length, you shouldn't set foot near a barbershop unless you want them to take it all off. At that point, I would buzz my own hair.

#42 Posted by Sergio (2160 posts) -

Up until I moved from home, I would go to barbers. First one was part of a store that sold comic books and candy, so that was great when I was younger. The third one was an old guy who's reading material consisted of Sports Illustrated and Playboy magazines, so that was great when I was a teenager.

Now I either just go to a SuperCuts or cut it myself.

#43 Posted by LackingSaint (1832 posts) -

My mother is a trained stylist so I get my haircuts from her and I tend to be happy with it. It'd be more helpful to be the son of a billionaire but a hairstylist is cool too.

#44 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1856 posts) -

@artemesia: I have a similar issue, i have wavy poofy hair, that is one of the reasons i still go a stylist. When I decide to grow it a bit on the longer side he can really thin and layer it properly to make sure it stays in control and doesn't just turn into a voluminous mass. And when i do get it cut short (like i did yesterday) he still is able to give it some style. Although that being said it runs me $40 Canadian every time i get my hair cut... and that is a lot for a part time working student.

Ugh, yes. That is my problem. Just poofs out and is an unmanageable mess. I've only recently started REALLY caring about my personal appearance so I think going to a stylist will be worth it.

#45 Posted by StarvingGamer (8376 posts) -

Stylist. My haircut is too complex. Barbers always fuck it up.

#46 Posted by RandomHero666 (3181 posts) -

I used to go to a stylist, but these days I don't really go out much or have a need for nice hair. I usually just run a trimmer over it every few months.
Usually once I start noticing grey patches

#47 Edited by ajamafalous (12035 posts) -

I haven't gotten my hair cut in something like 4 years.

When I do eventually get it cut (should be sooner than later tbh): stylist, because long hair.