Quinte, On. real estate agent: My New Haircut - It's a Lot of Work.

My New Haircut - It's a Lot of Work.

Occasionally I must drive to Toronto for a meeting or to attend one event or the other. While I love the little town that I live and work in, it sometimes can be fun seeing the sights and sounds of the city. This particular meeting was taking place in the area near the intersections of Yonge and Wellesley. It's an interesting area, lots of neat stuff to see and do. Since I had parked the car uptown and taken the subway down, I had about an hour to spare. Who knew - public transport saves time.


After glancing at my reflection in a store window it was obvious I needed a haircut. I felt a little shabby walking down the streets in the neighborhood and seeing all the smartly dressed men zipping by me. They seemed all so well groomed. Fortunately there were a lot of haircutting places around, every third storefront was dedicated to the cutting of hair and the grooming of men. It was serendipity that I happened to be in this neighbourhood when I was in dire need of a trim.

Not being a particularly fussy fellow, I just walked into the closest barbershop (I think they are still called that). It wasn't at all like the ones I'm used to, it was brightly lit, upbeat music could be heard in the background, and there were a few men in there, some cutting hair and some getting their hair cut.

I was a little surprised at the enthusiastic greeting I recieved "Well hello there, you're new here", I don't ususally get that when I walk into stores at home. I knew I had come to the right place, everybody's hair was just so perfect, I was confident they'd do a good job. I was introduced to a young man named Kevin who had such exceptionally smooth skin that I almost summoned up the courage to enquire what kind of moisturizer he uses. His face glowed. Kevin was going to cut my hair.

Kevin was a very careful barber, and my haircut took about five times as long as the ones back at home do. Usually it's just clipper #2 and straighten the rest out with scissors, but Kevin used all kinds of clippers, scissors and implements that I had never seen before. We chatted while he cut my hair, and I managed to talk right through a couple of uncomfortable crotch to elbow contact moments (the chair was much narrower than I'm used to). Not only did Kevin cut my hair, but he trimmed my eyebrows, shaved the hair that grows out of and all around my ears, and trimmed my nosehairs. Now that's service. After it was all done and I had paid, I even got a big hug from my barber. Wonderful, nobody is ever that friendly at home.

And my hair, my hair looked marvelous, I would have to say that it's the best haircut I ever had. I even have a little tuft of hair in the front that Kevin had managed to tease out and gel to perfection. After promising to ask for Kevin the next time I came back, I left the store and went to the meeting feeling like a new man.

Boy oh boy, this haircut did wonders. There were a couple of fellows at the meeting whom I had seen on previous occasions and never talked to before who paid a great deal of attention to the things I had to say. This new cut seemed to make me a lot more interesting to them. An otherwise boring meeting about policies and funding turned into a rather social occasion for me, as afterward both of these fellows offered me a ride back up to where my car was parked at the Sheppard Centre. I declined and took the subway back, I didn't want to ask too much.

Alas, I have already let Kevin down. This morning while driving to work, I glanced at myself in the rearview mirror and my hair was already a mess. I just can't work the same magic with hair gel that Kevin can. Apparently being fussy about one's appearance is quite a bit of work, and it's something that I'll have to get better at if I want my power haircut to remain effective.

Next time I'm in that neighbourhood (hopefully around haircut time - once every three or four months), I think I'm going to buy some clothes too. It's time I had a new look, and some of the clothes on display were remarkable for their bold statements. I can imagine coming into work wearing some of those fashion statements, everybody would take note of me then, and not just because my hair look so darn good.


Comment balloon 13 commentsMalcolm Johnston • February 01 2013 03:13PM


What! No picture of this wonderful do!? Malcolm, you should have had Kevin take a photo with you phone!

I'm sure you'd look great in that camo outfit LOL.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Sounds like you had a great experience with Kevin.  Glad you really like your new power haircut!

Posted by Ki Gray, SkiHomes.com - the ultimate snowsport home search! (SkiHomes.com LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Janice, no picture yet, but the public unveiling will be soon. I've kinda already ruined it by my mishandling of the tuft. It's not as easy as it would seem.

Hello Ki, I did have a great experience, he really knows how to cut hair. I do like my haircut, I'm frightened I might not be up to the responsibility of managing it.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 6 years ago
Malcolm it's always fun to get a great haircut! I know this sounds silly but a bad haircut gives me terrible headache. Whenever I find some who gives me a great haircut, I would go to the same person for years until this person quits the job or moves away.
Posted by Wika Hutchinson, Broker, CRIS, SFR, CDPE over 6 years ago

Consider yourself lucky to still have hair!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Malcolm, I totally get the rural goes to town thing. How awesome to get a new doo...even it it does not last the night! Ok, pictures and especially if you buy clothes next time!!

Posted by Paula Bradfield, Your Salida Colorado area Realtor Team (Bradfield Ramsey Group) over 6 years ago
Malcolm, clothes make the people and appearance does matter. You experienced it first hand! Anyone who does a great job like Kevin, the barber, deserves keeping! Women would die for a good hair dresser!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 6 years ago

Ok, spill the beans we need to know where Kevin is!! I agree with Janice, where's the pics! Next time you're in T.O. let us know, we can meet up!! After the hair cut!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Hi Wika, yes, it is fun, I never noticed this before. Unfortunately it might be a bit too far for me to go regularly, and chances are the next meeting will be in another part of the city, but I can see why so many ladies become attached to their hair care professionals.

Gabe, yes, I suppose I am, although I probably wouldn't really care too much if I didn't.

Haha Paula, I'm not really going to buy an outfit like that, I'm a bit too self conscious. It's fun to roam around and see some of the things that people who live there take for granted though.

Hi Silvia, yes, I can see why ladies are fond of their hairdressers, it's like meeting a friend for a coffee and a chat.

Hi Al and Peggy, it's on a side street just north of Wellesley west of Yonge. Yes, it would be fun to meet up, especially if I get to show off my new haircut.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 6 years ago

Oh, this is too good to be true.  And, I will have to reblog this tomorrow.  You are so funny....but good luck with the next trim and the new duds.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 6 years ago

Sounds like you had fun Macolm. You will definately have to go back and visit Kevin. Was it much more expensive than your local barber?


Posted by Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) over 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story.  It is great to find outstanding personal services.  When we feel better about ourselves, we tend to stand a little taller and have greater confidence.  Buy a couple of new outfits on your next trip.

Have an outstanding week!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

A marvelous looking haircut is the best!  Sounds like you wandered into quite the gem of a barbershop.  Looks like you will be having more frequent trips to the city!  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) over 6 years ago