Garrisons By The Park Barbershop

Garrison’s on Niagara

Our eight-chair flagship shop. If booked, try our Frank & Oak location just around the corner.
254 Niagara Street Map
Mon-Wed: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thu, Fri: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sun: Closed
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Garrison’s in F&O

Two-chair location in Frank and Oak, Queen West. Barbers: Vi, Patrick, Miguel
735 Queen Street West Map
Mon - Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sun-Mon: Closed
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The Only Moustache A Man Should Wear

Just because Movember’s over doesn’t mean you have to part ways with your moustache. Look around — from your co-worker’s upper lip to Europe’s biggest menswear runways, these little bastions of follicular fortitude are back. It’s a bold look, so here’s one that’ll always work. Plus, some tips on how to keep it handsome.
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“The Superman”

“Superman’s moustache.” Two words that, once Googled, will yield not only a flurry of reviews on Justice League — Warner Bros.’ polarizing new superhero film — but just as many articles about the guy who played Clark and his duster. British thespian, Henry Cavill, had to spend summer 2017 flying back and forth between JL‘s set for some reshoots as the Kryptonian and Mission Impossible 6’s as some still-to-be-announced good guy, the latter of which required his ‘stache for the role. And because Cavill was contractually obligated by MI’s people to keep the thing, Warner Bros.’ CGI people had to get rid of it. And according to Variety, the combined amount of the computerized shave and reshoots cost Warner Bros. a cool $25 million. For a moustache.

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Good thing all you’ll have to do the replicate this bad boy is the following:

    • When shaving around the edges, be sure to let both ends spill about a centimetre over both creases of your mouth, but not too deep that you’re in handlebar territory. Some people will tell you handlebar moustaches are cool. They are wrong.
    • Keep some moustache wax on hand, and never go overboard with it. This stuff is for taming stragglers, not shining them. We like this wax Always Bearded makes for mo’s
    • Always get yours routinely maintained when booking with us, or suffer the misfortune of growing a food collector.

*Yes, wearing a moustache takes balls. So heed these choice words from a man who had ‘em. “Do you girls like this moustache? Do you boys like this moustache? Well a lot of people hate it. I don’t give a #*%$, though. It’s my moustache and I’m going to keep it.” 

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— Freddie Mercury, former lead singer of Queen, during some random night on their 1980 world tour.

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How To Talk Barber

Ever wondered what a “number two” or a “taper” meant? Here, a few key terms you should know to get just the cut you want.

Fade

For short cuts, where the sides and back meet seamlessly with the top. Starts as quite short at the base of the neck, then gradually lengthens while going upward to the temple.

Number One

Refers to the clipper grade, or how short you want the barber to go. The lower the number, the more cropped the cut (ours go from four to zero).

A little off the top

Another way of saying “just a trim.” Bear in mind that said trim will be relative to the rest of your hair’s length. Applies to shorter cuts.

Texturize

A technique used to leave the top of the hair thicker and more layered, rather than flat and thinned out.

Nape

This is the back of your neck, and the hairline there should always be kept tidy, whether that means a defined hairline or natural fade.

Fringe

Also known as bangs, this is that bit of lengthy hair that grows over the forehead, effectively covering it. Fringes are usually swept to one side.

Layer

A technique in which a barber cuts hair such that it appears more voluminous, and layered (hence the term). Our barbers do this by employing impeccable work with their scissors.

Arch

The space behind your ears where your hairline forms an upward curve. This part should be kept as natural as possible — not too high, not too low.

Taper

A taper leaves no visible hair lines at the nape, only a gradual fade that goes from cropped at the top to barely visible at the bottom of your nape.

Disconnected

When the top of your hair is starkly contrasted by the sides and back via a clear line rather than a fade, we call this a “disconnection.”

Choppy

“Choppy” refers to a desired texture, which, when achieved, resembles a nonchalant, messy look.

Crown

Your crown is at the top of your head and near the back, where your hair growth starts out as a slight swirl.