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My First Time At The Barbers

Updated: Sep 30, 2018


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When I was around 23 it seemed like magic when a full beard grew in, seemingly overnight. One minute I was a bleached brow, baby-faced alien and the next I could have been cast on the hit show Vikings. I never expected that I would be able to grow such a full beard in my life but I guess it makes sense when you look at MR Sexton aka my father with his epically full mustache. At the time I was not ready to let go of my genderless persona, but after almost a year of my pores bleeding from shaving too much for gigs, I decided to embrace the new look that genetics had decided to give me. It was exciting to play even further with gender expression and how to find a balance with a beard when it is considered so hypermasculine in many people’s eyes. Since embracing my beard, I have had to learn how to trim this wild forest and it's been a struggle. I was so excited when Barber & Co reached out to give some love and pointers to myself & my beard.

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I stopped into their Ossington location here in Toronto and sat down with barber Craig. I was very excited for him to give my beard some grooming as I can’t seem to stay on top of trimming since I started taking hair growth supplements. I was immediately taken by the ambience of the shop, It has a modern yet classic neighborhood feel that is unapologetically itself. To add to the experience, the back of the barber shop is equipped with a stylish cocktail den.

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I watched as barber Craig transformed the pomeranian on my face into a sleek pointed fox. I loved the way he used a comb and a small hand-held trimmer to pull my beard hairs forward and achieve a uniform trim. At home I always hack away at my beard without a comb and end up with holes, I didn’t realize that a technique existed to ensure such precise results.


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Barber & Co also have their own beautiful line of grooming products which includes beard oils, aftershaves, and beard balms. I have a very wavy beard texture and always find that my beard goes puffy during the day. Barber Craig suggested that instead of using beard oil to style and hydrate my beard, I should try a beard balm (which I have never tried before). I always assumed that beard balms were not as conditioning as the oils. My beard also gets extremely dry and flakey in the winter, I loved the way Barber & Co’s beard balm hydrated the skin under my beard with natural shea butter, argan, grape seed and jojoba oil. I also noticed this product gave a smoothing hold to my beard without feeling like I had product in it. You all know from my social media that smells are important to me and I really love how natural the aromas of all the Barber & Co products are. With hints of sage, black pepper, and lavender flower you will not smell like your grandfather but something more modernly sexy.


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If you live in Toronto or Vancouver be sure to stop by a Barber & Co to try many of the services they offer. All of their products are also available on their website if you want to check them out. Thank you Barber & Co for the wonderful experience at your shop and for all the extra attention I've been getting since I left rocking my newly sculpted beard.



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Photos by Julian Ross

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