One has to admit that barbershops can sometimes be intimidating for queer people. With the rise of gender neutral hair salons, it seems that certain barbershops are starting to widen the scope of their clientele to include safe spaces for queer men.
Cue in Daddy’s Barbershop, a barbershop that is “Proudly Gay Owned and Operated.” Their website explains:
“Serving the LGBTQ communities and our allies, Daddy’s provides the long-lost artistry of ‘old school barbering.’ We offer everything you would expect from a barbershop: hot towel shaves, precision cuts, high, mid and low fades, stylistic cuts, pompadours, military cuts, undercuts, naked/bald skin fades, mow-hawks, design cuts, flattops, crewcuts, razor and clipper lineups, razor-cut parts all scissor cuts, scalp treatments, rest-facials, handcrafted beard sculptures, trims and cleanups.”
With their slogan being “We are not your father’s barbershop,” Daddy’s Barbershop fills a gap in the market that could potentially change the landscape of barbershops in the future. The skilled barbers don’t necessarily use stencils, but instead rely on the artistry of old school barbershops, bringing it to our contemporary times.
Located in Palm Springs, California, their promotional video gives you a glimpse of the friendly attitude that these barbers have adopted in order to make their space approachable.
The staff behind the barbershop are involved with The Night Ministry, an organization that provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness. They have also worked with Lava, an organization that provides mobile showers for the homeless.
The owner describes the barbershop’s inspiration as the “gay version” of Steel Magnolias—a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross and starring Academy Award winner Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and Shirley MacLaine.
Another fascinating aspect is the fact that they serve locally brewed beer, and they have a pink pig on the counter that customers can take across the street to Spike’s Coffee for a free coffee.
It seems that a big part of Daddy’s Barbershop is centered on customer experience, making sure that everyone feels comfortable in their own skin both on an external level as well as an internal one. Though most barbershops usually center on the comfort of clients, Daddy’s seem to take that to a whole other level.
Check out Daddy’s Barbershop website for more information and to find out how you can book your appointment if you find yourself in Palm Springs, California.
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Photo via Daddy’s Barbershop