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To Shave or Not to Shave

Posted 12/13/2014

Hey guys, Phil from The Den here. These days it's common for guys to grow big full beards. A lot of times though, because of work or personal reasons, they need to shave those beards down. Before you go and completely shave off the beast you have grown to love, have some fun with it first. I just recently shaved off my beard. Over the course of a three-week time, tho, I did a lot of different fun beard styles. I started by shaving just my chin area down to a half of an inch (a number 2 in barber terms). This left me with...

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Veterans Day Remembrance

Posted 11/11/2014

History of Veterans Day

(from the US Dept of Veterans Affairs)


Armed Forces

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

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Old School New Age

Posted 9/25/2014

These days, there’s a barber shop or hair salon on nearly every corner in town. Some guys pop in to the first one they come to when they need trimmed up, while others have been with their stylist or barber for years. At the Barber Den, we have clients who drive across town for not only the cut they like, but also for the home town feel of bygone days. Coming to the barber shop ...

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Labor Day at the Barber Den

Posted 9/1/2014

Change begets change

Labor Day Weekend has always marked the end of summer fun and the beginning of the fall season, with schools back in session, football season gearing up and shorter, cooler days. The shop closes for the Labor Day holiday, and for a number of years, I volunteered to help out at the local MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, another Labor Day staple.

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Getting the Cut You Want

Posted 8/19/2014

Hot summer days send guys running to their barber for something cooler, shorter and off the ears. The cut you have in mind might not be what you get, if you aren’t able to communicate your wishes correctly. “A little off the top and sides” might mean a ¼” touch-up to the barber, while you were expecting something much shorter. If using shears, your barber will measure with his or her fingers at one to two inch lengths. This gives you a good overall blend.

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Koken Barber Chairs

Posted 7/27/2014

When you step into The Barber Den, the first thing you will likely notice is that the walls are covered with sports memorabilia. Once you’re greeted by the barbers, however, you will see what makes this a truly vintage barber shop. 

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Do-It-Yourself Haircuts

Posted 7/12/2014

Every couple of months, we get someone in the shop who wants his hair cleaned up or fixed. Either a family member tried to save him a few bucks since his last cut, or he attempted to use the clipper on his electric razor to give himself a buzz cut. One of the barber’s best business boosts involved people buying an adjustable clipper attached to a vacuum. That brought in more business than your momma’s bowl cut!

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Let Freedom Ring

Posted 6/30/2014

Dateline July 4th, 1776. It had been a busy month. In June, the Virginia delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress, Richard Henry Lee had proposed that “…these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." From those words, the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The 13 colonies voted to accept it on July 2nd and finally, with edits and copies made, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed his…well, “John Hancock” to the document that would ultimately create a democratic government unlike any the world had known. 

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To Clip or Snip!

Posted 6/23/2014

ToolsThe tools of the barber trade – clippers and shears. The Master Barber is skilled in using either or both of these haircutting tools depending on the style of cut as well as the texture to be achieved. The more you know about how each is used, the better you can communicate your preferred haircut to your barber.

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Barbers vs. Cosmetologists

Posted 6/16/2014

A lot of people think that the biggest difference between a barbershop and a hair salon is that barbershops cut men’s hair and salons cut women’s hair. Pretty simplistic thinking, and not quite true. Hair salons, sometimes

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