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Friday, February 25, 2011

Lucky 13 Hair Salon

Lucky 13 is the best hair-cutting experience I've ever had. I can say that honestly and without question.
I was going to write up a nice little review using all the review techniques they teach you in school. But I hate writing like that, and I hate reading sanitized, boring reviews. Most people agree with me. So here we go.

I needed a haircut. For the past couple years I always went to Great Clips or other McDonalds-like chain places. I have always been completely unsatisfied with these hair-cutting experiences and figured that I just hate getting my hair cut. So I posted a status update on Facebook asking for any recommendations for a new place to get my hair cut. I got 4 responses within about 20 seconds, all of which said "Lucky 13."

Being a guy who doesn't pay attention to such things, I had no idea what "Lucky 13" was or what it meant. So I Googled it to find out. Sounded hip, cool, and therefore not like something I would like at all. So I mulled it over for a few days before I decided, "Aw, what the hell. Why not?"

I had a bunch of other errands to run so I put Lucky 13 at the end of my list for the day. When I finally walked in, a very pretty blond woman (can't tell from the pictures on the website who she was) smiled a genuine smile at me and asked me to sign in. She informed me that there was a 45 minute to an hour wait, and I was welcome to wait inside or leave and come back. I was Famished, so I left and got a Reuben at the Deli down the street. That isn't important. What is important is when I walked back in, a completely different woman (I'm assuming Lane) said, "Tim?" To which I replied, "Yes?" She told me I was up next. I had only been gone for a half hour, so I was pleasantly surprised.

A quite attractive, smiling (perfect teeth) young woman named Angie walked up, introduced herself and extended her hand for a shake. She led me to her chair, and asked me what I wanted done.

This is always the part of getting a haircut that I hate the most. I never have any idea of what I want done. All I know is that I look horrible, I despise my hair, and I just want to get in, get a haircut, and get out as quickly as possible. I don't like to chit-chat, I don't like being sociable with people I don't know, and I do not like haircuts.

So I say, "I dunno."

She laughed, which made me laugh, and Angie proceeded to start making suggestions while we were facing the mirror (Another issue I've had with every past barber or stylist I've ever had is that they always face me AWAY from the mirror so I can't see what they are doing). She made me feel comfortable; the most comfortable I've ever felt while getting a haircut. I talked, I chit-chatted, and I never once cringed and thought, "Oh God, what is she doing?"

I even mentioned my past experiences of horrible haircuts with her and how this was so much better. She replied that she thinks it's probably because unlike the people at other places like Great Clips, she actually likes what she does and where she works. She's been working at Lucky 13 for three years now and loves it. (Angie was pretty fascinating; she's backpacked through the jungles of Costa Rica, has a tight rope in her backyard that she performs yoga on, and other ridiculously cool things that I can't seem to remember right now)

This made me recall that every employ I came across seemed genuinely happy and friendly. I think that means quite a lot.

So, I think I've found my new hair-cutting place. I don't want to say my new barbershop because it doesn't sound right, nor do I want to say my new salon because, well, I just ain't gonna say that either.

Lucky 13 is the best hair-cutting experience I've ever had. I can say that honestly and without question. I like my haircut, I liked my experience, and I will definitely go back.

Also, I thoroughly recommend Angie. While it certainly seems like I've been gushing about her, you just can't understand how much I hate getting my hair cut, nor how much this experience made me realize that getting my hair cut doesn't have to be an awful experience.

One last thing; they give you a card which they punch out every time you are in. Get 12 punches and your 13th cut is free.

As an aside; what is the proper amount to tip for a hair cut?

[Photos were pulled from Lucky 13's website. I do not make any claims to ownership of photos, and if you want them taken down, just tell me]
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