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It was the height of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and I wanted to celebrate the finals in style. My coworkers encouraged me to get a Fade Design, and the more I thought about, the more I liked it. I was in search of someone who could bring out my rebel personality while keeping the style appropriate for the office.
I found Hi-Definition Barbershop Co-Owner, Kevin Arredondo, while scrolling through the Vagaro app. It didn’t take long for me to decide that Kevin would be the guy for the job – his stellar 5-out-of-5-star rating sealed the deal!
My experience began right as I arrived to my appointment. The door opened to a barbershop with old-school chairs, framed photos on the walls, and stunning straight blades lined up on the counter. The smell of leather and pomade filled the air, and the sun poured into the room from the back window, filling the entire shop with light. It felt as if I had been transported onto a Hollywood movie set. I knew Kevin was a professional artist right away when I met him; his confidence and down-to-earth personality were reassuring. I was becoming more excited about getting my first fade design.
“Talk to me, what are you looking for today, Alejandro?” Kevin asked as he draped me with a black and white stripe cape.
“I’m not exactly sure what to get. I want something cool, but professional because I work in an office,” I replied.
With his pinky finger, he drew imaginary lines along my scalp, “Not a problem. I know exactly what you need.”
Snip. Snip. I watched the patches of hair fall to the floor with satisfaction. He meticulously sharpened the design with a straight blade and finished with a shoulder massage. “Alright, Alejandro, I’m going to spin you around, so you can take a look at the cut now,” Kevin said as he pulled the chair. There it was. The design was clean, and it gave me the edge I hadn’t felt in a while. I couldn’t think of anything else to say other than, “dude, that is awesome. Look at that!” I imagined myself sprinting from one end of the soccer field to the other.
In the past, my go-to spot for a haircut was a generic salon down the street from where I lived. I liked it, because they have me in and out of the door within 15 minutes. But after my eye-opening experience at Hi-Definition, I realized it takes time to look and feel good. Kevin immediately understood and catered to my needs, and I liked that.
I walked out of Hi-Definition feeling sharp and confident. It’s not often that I treat myself to a professional barber experience, but now I can’t wait to go back for another fade design.
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