Garrisons By The Park Barbershop

Garrison’s on Niagara

Our flagship shop, complete with eight chairs.
254 Niagara Street Map
Mon-Wed, Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thu, Fri: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sun: Closed
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Garrison’s in F&O

Our smaller, two-chair location at the back of Frank and Oak on Queen West.
735 Queen Street West Map
Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm
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About our Services

Will Garrison’s wash my hair?

Barbershops tend not to do that, so if your hair’s loaded with last night’s superhold pomade, wash that stuff out first. And if you can’t do that, then we will wash your hair, but bear in mind it’ll eat into your valuable, 30-minute service (and if that’s the case, book a cut for our not-so-busy times, which are Tuesdays to Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.).

I have a problem with my cut, so what should I do?

Speak up, always. We’re not telepaths (even though that would be fun). Be as clear as possible with what you want during the pre-cut consultation. And watch what your barber does during the cut. Our barbers are pros and seek to kill it every time. Still, they’re human, so if you feel your cut didn’t go well, email the proprietor, Hollis Hopkins, at with a detailed description. We’ll take care of you.

I need to save Metropolis and I can’t make my appointment. What do I do?

Relax and just let us know when you know — whether that means emailing us the day of or even an hour before (do that via Calling should be your plan B as sometimes the shop can get too hectic for us to answer emails. 416.703.8602

Say I love my first visit. How often should I re-book ?

That depends on a few things, like the speed at which your hair grows, the style you choose to wear, plus other manly needs. Most of our clients schedule their cuts every three to four weeks. That said, waiting until your hair gets unruly wouldn’t do either of us any good. Your barber will consult you on the frequency of booking post-cut – promise.

Will you guys cut my kid’s hair?

Of course we will. But if you want to prevent junior from hearing conversations with *ahem* mature subject matter, come in on a morning of a P.D. day. Hey, this is a barbershop, after all.

I want to become a barber. How do I learn to do so?

Easy. Book a cut with us and pick your barber’s brain. Ask them anything. Where did they study? How long till they started nailing it? They’ll tell you the good and the bad. Barbering is an timeless, honourable craft that’s back on the upswing, but one that still requires time, dedication and patience to master. Again, just ask.

Could I host a private event at the barbershop?

Hell, yes. We love sharing our space with good people for great causes. Just contact the proprietor, Hollis Hopkins, at

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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