Mid-winter barber advice: plenty to enjoy
Alex Smith, barbier, Local Barbier/Barbershop
The holidays have passed and we’re now in midst of winter! After the holiday rush we are returning to our regular pace at the barbershop. Patrons are returning for their first trims of the year, some with a few extra pounds (myself included) from having overindulged in Turkey dinners and shortbread cookies. You’re in luck however because getting a haircut is probably the easiest way to lose weight.
Many have resolved to go the extra mile and get back to gym, exercise and make healthier life choices. Let’s hope those resolutions stick! It’s always inspiring to see the positive changes people can make when they are determined to do so. A gentleman came into to see me with his oversized pants hanging on thanks to a tight belt after having lost 40 pounds recently! Let us recognize that it’s not always easy to get started on a wellness journey. Winter is particularly difficult for those who struggle with seasonal depression, and those experiencing other mental health issues. Indeed, the last few years have been a struggle for many of us, the uncertainties of a pandemic and the upsetting of our normal routines has exasperated anxiety and depression across the board. Thankfully our society is beginning to shine light on these issues and discussing them is a step in the right direction. I’ve been pleasantly shocked at times with the conversations that happen in the barbershop about the struggles we or those we care about encounter in our day to day lives. Who knew that exchanges between a barber and a client could have a therapeutic benefit? We might not have all the solutions, but we are good listeners and perhaps that is the secret. May the new year bring you all the best of health and wellness.
Pro tip: If you’re to grow your hair out, the best thing you can do is let it grow! See your barber when you notice split ends, or the thickness become unbearable.
Sit back relax and see you next time.