By Braddah Lance
Last Saturday I needed to get a haircut but I was finally fed up with Supercuts.
I've been going there since I was 15 and had more than my share of bad haircuts from their "stylists". They're either new and inexperienced or they just cut and be done with it. Their prices have gone up a few times and their once "everyday value" went from $9.99 to a whopping $18 (without tip). For da wahine, dat may not seem like much but to us guys, dat's a lot wen most times it's just a buzz and a trim on top - nothing fancy.
They've also gotten rid of their "get 12 haircuts get 1 free" card. It used to buy 8 get 1 free, then buy 10 get 1 free (I think) and then 12 and now nada.
In fact, a few months ago wen I went down to da Kaahumanu location, my "stylist" (who I could barely understand but have had cut my hair several times) asked me if I shampooed my hair after a haircut. I said, "not right away, but after I get home I do."
At the end of my haircut, she directs me to the back and I follow. It was a very slow day as I was da only person there so I thought she was just being nice and giving me a shampoo hookup...... then I got da bill.
Boy was I duped. Suckah.
Wasssap Wit Dat!
I didn't even want to bother arguing and just paid the little extra and went on my way but boy did Da Wife hear my...... opinion.
So last Saturday I took a chance on a barber shop I see almost everyday and always told myself I'd check them out. They're on da corner of Kamehameha Hwy and Waimano Home Road in the Pearl City Medical Building which is very ironic cause there isn't a single medical office there..... WWD!
I walk in and immediately they ask, "Haircut?".
They point me to a chair and there I was, hoping my hair wouldn't get butchered and praying I didn't make a mistake.
Right after I tell the "barber" wat I wanted, he buzzed and snipped away. I then began noticing that it's a quaint little shop with about six or seven chairs and each with their own "flare" ranging from equipment to Christmas pictures of their frequent patrons.
Then the fun began.
People started flowing in and the wall to wall bench seats were filled up. A little keiki was watching a movie on her dad's iPhone, a couple of others texting, the rest either reading The Honolulu Advertiser or magazine. A barber (are wahine barber's called barbers too?) took a quick second to grab a jar of candy on her shelf, opened it up and asked da keiki if she wanted one.
A big smile gleemed from da keiki's face.
Then da boss lady asked one of her barber's if he could work some extra days that he wasn't scheduled to and it was entertaining to say the least. If you've ever watched da movie Barbershop starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, it was just li'dat. If you nevah saw it, you missed out on a fun movie.
It was exactly like the movie where they were arguing and quipping back and forth and all the patrons are laughing.
Well my hair wasn't butchered and I was very impressed at the attention to detail my barber had. He even busted out the shaving razor - da kine with da huge blade and handle - and trimmed all da edges to make sharp lines! He was handsomely rewarded for attention to detail and he surah earned his tip.
And da $13.61 price for da haircut didn't hurt either.
Pearl City Barbershop and Hairstyling is in a prime location next to Longs, Don Quixote, banks and McDonald's and yet they are still able to keep their prices down.
Looks like I found a real barber now.
How's yours lookin'?