In order to revisit a personal barbershop experience I must go back at least 2-2.5 decades to my childhood. My head has been kept clean-shaven since 1992 so when it comes to barbershop recommendations I am the last person anyone should consult.
It seems every few weeks some new person to the area sends email to fellow employees asking for barbershop referrals. The distribution list at work with the highest traffic of this type is by far the one that is composed primarily of Black people (Americans, West Indians, Nigerians, etc.) Apparently, like their female counterparts, the gentlemen on this list are serious about their grooming.
I have seen several establishments recommended but none more often than one named Chop It Up. Every time the inquiry is made I know the Chop It Up referral is not far behind yet I always get a chuckle when it finally arrives.
I have never visited Chop It Up but from the recommendations of its patrons — at least the ones on the distribution list — they must do excellent work. However, if I had hair that I remotely cared about I
doubt I would seriously consider going to a barbershop named Chop It Up.
Maybe I will start a facial boutique and name it “Scrub It Off” or there is always the waxing parlor I could name “The Rip”.