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Floyd’s Barbershop: A Cut ‘n Shave The Barbershop Way

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7.5 Real Treat

A fun experience that I would definitely consider for special occasions or when in need of some 'manpering'.

  • Experience 8
  • Price 7
  • Ambience 9
  • Manliness 6

Mantality.co.za received an email from a fellow a while back looking to give his soon to be wed (my condolences) bachelor buddy a full-blown ‘Old Bond Street’ cutthroat style shave, in preparation for the big doomsday. Although, currently such shops here in SA are tricky to track down, more and more salons/spas are popping up and offering this kind of service – but only in addition to what’s already offered to the ladies.

Now bless those tweezer -wielding, gossip-mongering ‘hair and nail technicians” little hearts but that’s not ideal for us men now is it – we don’t enjoy simply being an afterthought; we men want our own ‘harems of masculinity’, ‘temples of manliness’, places where a man can go – free from the tainted clutch of our less than manly oestrogen-soaked counterparts – to have our beard shaved to a smoothness not unlike that of tot’s arse; whilst discussing the finer points of a tiptronic paddle-shift gearbox or the multi-use benefit of a titanium open-lofted wedge.

One such place that is doing pretty good job of filling that gap is Floyd’s Barbershop in Fourways Crossing, which from the second you walk in, gives you a rush of sensory wonderment. The shop boasts bright colours, pumping sounds, lofty ceilings, and 60’s pop-come-Hardrock style kick in the teeth decor, by way of wall-to-wall posters from bands such as The Beatles, The Doors, AC/DC, Guns n Roses and Pink Floyd – quite distinct indeed.

It’s a far cry from the barbershops of late century London, but is unique nonetheless, and offers everything from buzz cuts and hot shaves to head shaves and tinting. I must mention that what I found quite neat is that your hair is washed and cut all from the comfort of a single chair. No walking over there to wash then walking back to cut.

Loads of products are also available to buy from the same counter you pay from, brands like American Crew, GHD and Redken Men are stocked.

Also ask about the unofficial promotion: where if 800 smackers worth of hair care is bought they’ll throw in a free cut.

I received a trim and a hot towel shave which I have to say was a real treat. Lying there wrapped in a hot towel, I could literally feel my beard softening and the follicles lifting. That was then followed by pre-shave oil and shave cream lathering. I have to be honest, I was a little apprehensive about Noma and her treacherously sharp cutthroat razor. I soon relaxed after she demonstrated here adept knowledge of a man’s facial contours by gliding the blade methodically (whilst stretching in places) over my well oiled skin. And once I loosened my white-knuckled grip, stopped kicking nervously and no longer wailed like a cat about to be dunked into a bucket of water, began to settle in and enjoy the shave. Oh, and to finish off you’re given a complimentary back and neck massage which was an especially nice touch.

All round a most enjoyable 40 mins was spent at Floyd’s and I can safely say I will be going back for more.

Floyd’s Barbershop

Tel: 011 467 1150
Fourways Crossing
Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen Rd
Fourways, Johannesburg

Also check out Crew Men’s Grooming (011 883 8184) in Sandton and Rivonia who do hot towel shaves, hair cuts as well as massages and treatments specifically for men.

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Lover of gadgets, men's culture, cool stuff, Earl Grey tea and all things manly. An optimist in his prime. When he's not keeping the wheels turning at Mantality HQ you'll find him trawling the web, and visiting trade shows to find the newest and coolest gadgets. During his down time he's usually with his 2 dogs, on the golf course, cycling or basking in the literary company of Oscar Wilde, Bret Easton Ellis or Martin Amis whilst drinking espresso strong enough to strip paint.

2 Comments

  1. Michelle Stephen on

    Hello,

    i wonder if you could please assist me. i am running a promotion at 3 malls in JHB in May June and needed 2 barbers to be present at the malls at our Nivea for men stand doing cut throat shaving for the men that come to the stand.
    please could you kindly let me know if you would be able to assist me and then i would contact you to discuss it further.

    Kind regards,
    Michelle Stephen.
    031 201 5606

  2. hi Michelle!
    i just found that you needed some barbers then,so please next time if you need any kind of help concerning shaving just contact us at 0748181222 and fifi 0781463500

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