Ten Reasons Why I Like A Proper Haircut

Christopher Fowler
Here's why I want my hair cut here... And not here... 1. Mr Aaron Biber has been cutting hair in his Tottenham salon for 78 years, and still uses the scissors his father gave him when he was twelve. 2. I have Bloke Hair. So long as I get my neck shaved and I don't end up looking like Simon Cowell I'm not that fussed about a style. 3. 'Pimps & Pinups' is probably the worst name for a shop I've encountered since the Greek shoe shop 'Achille's Heels' opened near me in the Caledonian Road. 4. Mr Biber lost everything when rioting looters mindlessly smashed up his shop and stole the lot. An internet campaign restored it. 5. I do not wish to pay more than a pony for a haircut performed in the dark to Lady Gaga. 6. Mr Biber remembers the Battle of Cable Street and met Winston Churchill. He will probably not ask you which former X Factor contestant will go on to have a successful singing career. 7. I want to feel the touch of the badger and an edge of cold steel, not warm leather trousers pressing into my back. 8. One asks if you want Something For The Weekend. The other asks if you want Stiff Man Matt Hair Gel-Finish Fibre-Putty No.2 on that. 9. If Mr Biber gives you an asymmetrical haircut it will probably be by accident. 10. A barber's should not look like an Olivia Newton-John video set from the 1980s. My thanks to Spittalfields Life and Londonist for spotting Mr Biber in the first place.
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Amy (not verified) Fri, 08/06/2012 - 13:02

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That's as bad as the coffee shop named "Bean Counters." Who thought that was clever? It's really just annoying. Any coffee shop name with the word "bean" in it is immediately on my "Will Not Try Due to Lack of Imagination" list. There are some things that will always change: technology, my age, the amount of hair on my head as opposed to my nose. There are some things that should stay the same for comfort's sake. My hairdresser's basement shop with the drippy sink, the lukewarm water, and the TV you have to get up to adjust manually (Her dauther threw the remote in the toilet and she never replaced it. I keep promising to buy her a universal, but I always forget). My aunt's hugs...way too tight. :) My mom's 7-up cake recipe that tastes like heaven.

Speaking of going for a haircut, I cant wait for you to review Cosmopolis. Is that movie on your radar?

Susan Shepard (not verified) Fri, 08/06/2012 - 14:33

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Mr. Biber is real. Places like P & P just aren't.

I.A.M. (not verified) Fri, 08/06/2012 - 19:26

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Thank goodness I now know where to get a decent haircut if needed whilst in the UK.

J F Norris (not verified) Fri, 08/06/2012 - 21:55

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Wish I could still go to a real barber in Chicago. There was a place where I got my hair cut for a mere $5 up until 1997 when I moved out of that neighborhood. All the barbers are gone. We only have stylists now who always want to experiment on my hair and always ask me "Do you want any product?" when they're done. I always politely decline.

Gretta (not verified) Fri, 08/06/2012 - 23:48

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"One asks if you want Something For The Weekend"

Do barbers still say that? Bless. And good on those peeps who helped get Mr Biber's shop back up and running.

Helen Martin (not verified) Sat, 09/06/2012 - 21:01

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The barber in our neighbourhood here was Italian. The background music was Italian opera or a soccer broadcast. He was there until he took ill and the business was sold to a woman - who was not a stylist - but (I think) she got pregnant and someone else is there now. My great nephew wouldn't let them cut his hair until he agreed that a fourth birthday was the right time. I wish he could have gone to Julio and felt he'd really grown up.

Alan Morgan (not verified) Sun, 10/06/2012 - 07:14

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You and your prohibitive standards of hygiene. And all that dancing. :0)

Ken M (not verified) Mon, 11/06/2012 - 13:09

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Touch of the Badger, An Edge of Cold Steel, Not Warm Leather Trousers: Titles for my urban fantasy dark romance trilogy now sorted - thanks.