Category: Hair

As the best barbershop in New Orleans and Hammond, Louisiana, The Parker Barber as a team of high-skilled, friendly barbers who deliver exceptional haircuts, beard details and grey blending.

WHY GO TO A BARBERSHOP?

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Living in a city like New Orleans, there’s no shortage of places to get your hair cut. In fact, we’re willing to bet you’ve tried more than a few of them—and that more often than not, they keep you searching for something new rather than becoming a regular.

Well, we know what the problem is—and we have a solution. You need to stop frequenting theoretically unisex salons and make your way to a barbershop. Read on to find out why.

WE GET MEN’S HAIR
Or perhaps more specifically, men’s haircuts. Because while it’s true that there’s not a significant biological difference between men and women’s actual hair, men and women do tend to opt for different cuts. And just as long, flowing waves aren’t exactly our specialty (though ask the right person, and you might be surprised), cropped cuts and sharp fades aren’t in the average salon stylist’s wheelhouse.

All of our barbers are trained to cut men’s hair specifically—and not just in a casual, way-back-when sense. Our team continually pursues additional education through the barbering curriculum Aveda developed with men’s grooming expert (and former VP of Education at American Crew) Kurt Kueffner, ensuring we’re up to date on the industry’s latest trends, techniques and tools.

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YOU CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION (OR NOT)
Look, we’re all men of the 21st century here. We’re not going to pretend—or worse, assume—that you’re incapable of carrying on a conversation with a woman while surrounded by other women. However, the generally busy nature of salons that primarily cater to female guests often functions as a roadblock to enjoyable conversation. When dozens of hairdryers are buzzing at once, it’s frankly hard to get a word in edgewise.

In contrast, our shops are relatively small operations—small enough that it’s easy to carry on a conversation not only with your barber, but also with the people in the chairs next to you and even the ones waiting to take their places. In fact, part of our mission in launching Parker Barber was to recreate the kind of community gathering place so many old school barbershops functioned as. Our hope is that you see us as a place you can stop in for a chat or a drink—even if you’re not getting a cut.

That being said, the last thing you should feel is obligated to chat if that’s not your thing. If you want to get in, enjoy the relative quiet, and get out, we get that, too.

Quality products make a difference. 👌 (Try them, you’ll see.)

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WE STOCK PRODUCTS YOU’LL ACTUALLY USE
Believe us: quality products make a difference. The reason you might think otherwise is that you probably haven’t been directed to enough of them in your lifetime. Fortunately, the fact that we work almost exclusively with men’s hair and the Aveda Men product line means we’re able to recommend exactly the product you need.

We also know to ask (and if necessary, explain) the questions you probably didn’t even know existed. For instance, do you want a product that gives you a matte finish or one with more shine? Are you looking to maximize your texture, or try would you rather play it down? Do you need a light or strong hold? Knowing the right answer is the difference between looking like a bad Gordon Gekko caricature and rocking hair you actually like—every day.

WE HAVE WHISKEY & BEER
Enough said.

How Often Should You Cut Your Hair?

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As with anything else of value, you should expect to get reasonable mileage out of a good haircut. But how much?

Ask three people, and there’s a solid chance you’ll get three answers. This is not without reason: hair length, type, and desired style all impact the right one for you. That being said, we put our heads together to come up with a few general pointers to keep you looking exactly the way you want to.

THE RULE OF THUMB

Let’s start with the simplest answer—which, in this case, isn’t necessarily the best one. Plan on paying a visit to your barber every 4-5 weeks. This is assuming you’ve got a fairly classic cut that doesn’t change or deteriorate too much as it grows. Stopping by roughly once a month will keep you looking put together—without overburdening your schedule. (Just do it on your lunch break.)

THE RULE FOR PERFECTIONISTS

Certain cuts—no matter how well executed—will be looking solidly unkempt by week 4 or 5. If you keep your hair on the extreme side of short or have a distinct style or element (like a fade), once a month probably won’t cut it. For a consistently crisp look, stop by every 2-3 weeks. More than that, and you’ll be chasing an elusive style that was only available to you one half of an inch ago.

THE RULE FOR PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY HATE RULES

Then, of course, there are those of you who didn’t come here for looking for an answer to “how often should I get a haircut?” but “what is the absolute maximum amount of time I can go without one?” Sound familiar? Take our advice and avoid making a stranger of yourself for longer than eight weeks. If you’re growing your hair out and don’t want to lose length, just let your barber know—they can keep you on the stylish side of scruffy in the process.

Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that not every visit has to be for a full cut. At Parker Barber, we offer both a signature and express cut—as well as beard trims, neck trims, and shaves. Sometimes all you need to whip your style into shape is a quick something.

THE LONG & SHORT OF IT

We’ll leave you with this: when it comes to getting the most out of your cut, you can’t do better than making the most of your pre-cut consultation. The more your barber knows about how often you want to come in for a refresh—in addition to how you style your hair, how long it’s been since your last cut, and what you want it to look like—the better equipped he is to deliver a cut that meets those needs.

And if all else fails, stick with this foolproof technique: at the end of your service, ask your barber when you should come back for a refresh. Book that appointment on the spot and check it off your list. Works every time.

Lose Your Greys with this Five-Minute Fix

With all the stress life can bring, grey hair tends to crop up faster than you think. While going grey is an inevitable fact of life for many, we’re looking to change things here at The Parker Barber.

We get it—you don’t want to be stuck in a chair for an hour with color on your hair. Or, the idea of coloring your hair never really occurred to you because … well, it just hasn’t. But if you’ve got five minutes to spare in the barber chair, we’ve got a fast, discreet and practically perfect solution.

The Menu.

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The Details

Aveda’s new 5-minute Natural Grey Blending service quickly, easily and subtly adds some pepper to your salt. In five minutes, it removes some or all of the grey in a way that looks natural.

Ask for it along with your regular trim—it’ll only cost you $30 more, and is done in 5 minutes at the shampoo bowl. And yes, beards and sideburns are definitely part of the deal.

Serving up style at the shop all weekend. ✌️ Walk-ins welcome.

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The Product

Aveda’s new Natural Grey Blending color line comes in different shades that closely match your natural color (well, the color you had back in the day, anyway). The 95% naturally derived* formula is a combination of sunflower, castor and jojoba oils to nourish and color at the same time. The clean, outdoorsy Aveda-esque aroma adds major bonus points. It’s completely non-damaging. Your hair is left fresh and shiny without the fuss, and the greys are severely diminished: the ultimate win-win-win.

The Results

This low-maintenance option will last you about a month—just in time for your next visit. Repeat the cycle, and you’ve found yourself a personal fountain of youth.

While grey blending isn’t a completely obvious change, it’s a subtle difference that makes a big impact. Like the confidence you exude after a beard detail or sporting a tailored suit, you get a similar boost from hair that looks like you turned back the clock 10 years.

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The best part is, you’ll be done before you even finish the drink we made you, to which we invite you to sit back and stay a while (and maybe have another).

Cheers to our youth (and to never looking back).

*From plants, non-petroleum minerals or water.

Take Back Your Lunch Break

A proper lunch break is a dying art. Even here in New Orleans, it seems that more and more people are choosing a solo desk sandwich over real food, real people and real conversation. And look, we get it. You’re busy. Sometimes, working through lunch is a necessary evil. But we’re here to implore that—every now and then—you step out of the office. Do something you’ll enjoy. Take back your lunch break. (The emails will still be there when you get back, we promise.)

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The Cut

As you might imagine, we propose you start with a good haircut. Fortunately, we know some guys who can help with that—and walk-ins are always welcome at the Parker. We’ll fix you up with something to drink, something to read, and someone to talk to who definitely won’t be assaulting you with questions about that spreadsheet you slaved over all morning. Most importantly, we promise to get your look right—whether that means giving you something new or just not messing up what you’ve already got going on. The way we see it, you need a haircut anyway. Might as well use your lunch break to check something off your to-do list, especially if you can have a good time doing it.

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The Meal

There’s nothing wrong with having a sandwich couriered to you by bike (saves time) or hitting a salad bar (keeps you healthy). But every now and then, you need a real lunch. You know, the kind that slows you down and fills you up. As luck would have it, grabbing a cut at our Warehouse District location positions you right in between plenty of places where you can do just that.

Just across the Ace Hotel lobby from us, you’ll find Josephine Estelle, where you can never go wrong with their house-made pasta or excellent burger. A few doors over, you can step into Seaworthy for some fresh seafood eats—or head down the block to Balise for some memorable port city fare.

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The Linger

The thing about eating a real meal the middle of the day is that it’s admittedly hard to force yourself to return to your desk. In our experience, tacking on just one more activity soothes the transition. If it matters, we don’t think your boss will notice the extra fifteen minutes—but don’t hold us to it.

Drop into block favorites DNO or Friend to consider making some zero-regret purchases. Alternately, hop on the elevator in the Ace lobby and head up to Alto, the rooftop bar and pool. Warning: the poolside vibes might prevent you from returning to work, and at least one major CBD office building has prime views of the roof.

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Assuming you manage to drag yourself away, make your last stop Stumptown Coffee for a necessary jolt of high-quality caffeine. It does an ace job of fighting the 3 o’clock slump—though in our experience, so does a midday escape.

Give it a try. You’ll see.