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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The Ultimate Guide to a Better Beard

The last decade's been kind to beards, thanks in large part to trailblazers like playoff hockey players, and even our own unshorn clients. Today, beards are so ubiquitous that we're used to them. Think about that, especially since looking like a viking would've gotten you canned not long ago. Let's preserve these glorious times. Let's keep our beards beautiful. Here's how to do just that, featuring an unwitting Jake Gyllenhaal.
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1. Scruff: The edgier cousin of the five o’clock shadow, scruff needs little in the way of maintenance, yet it tells society, “I will not be shorn.”

Trimming Technique: Buy a quality beard trimmer and use it every other day. We like the stuff that WAHL makes. And, go with the grain first, just as you should when you’re wet shaving. Settings wise, WAHL’s trimmers are idiot-proof — they offer “stubble,” “medium,” and “long.”

Best Product: Balms are inapplicable here, but don’t think moisturizing is, too, Rambo. Give your mug a quick wash post-trim, then rub a fingertip’s worth of T.O.’s own Rebel’s Refinery Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer ($17) onto those drier areas. Then you’re good.

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2. Heft: This is a nice, solid beard—not too short, but not too long.

Trimming Technique: The aforementioned WAHL trimmer’s still the best for this job, but here’s the key to smoother runs: Comb the hair downward to detangle it, then against the grain to expose all those damn stragglers.

Best Product: Ever used regular shampoo for that thing? Good, don’t, that stuff’ll dry out your face. Instead, use this charcoal-activated beard soap by Griffin Brand. Charcoal’s a skin-friendly antibacterial agent, plus it doubles as a fine body wash. We’ve got some at our shops for $16 a pop.

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3. Mountain Man: A beard in full glory, and if you can wear this without getting called into a dress code meeting, then, dammit, you’ll wear one.

Trimming Technique: Something this big should be left to the pros (like us), but not everyone has time for that. So, starting from your sideburns, “comb the hair towards your face,” instructs Alex Berry, our Master Barber. “Then, using a pair of cuticle scissors, trim whatever pops out the teeth of that comb. Finally, use the bend on those scissors to trim the moustache hairs along the contours of your upper lip.”

Product: Big beards call for more control, so cream’s your best bet (too much oil makes large beards look shiny, not good). We sell a great one in this Bergamot and Ylang based mix from Barrie’s own Always Bearded ($25). Massage a bit in while drying off post shower and nary a hair will pop out thereafter.

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A Few Bonus Tips on Beard Upkeep:

  1. Be Realistic. Grow what you’ve got, and be proud of it. And if that means nothing but a ‘stache and some chin fuzz, D’Artagnan had the same thing. Ok?
  2. Don’t be that Guy With the Neck Beard. No excuses.
  3. Invest In a Good Beard Comb. Next time you’re at one of the shops, grab this guy ($15). Wooden combs keep static away from your precious.
  4. Pay Attention to Your Face Shape: If you’ve got an oval face, congratulations, you model for genetic perfection. Now, sit down. To the rest of you, “keep that beard tighter in the cheek area and fuller around the chin,” says Berry. “This will slim your mug, and it just generally looks better.”
  5. Keep It Soft: No one likes making out with steel wool, so grab some quality beard oil. We stock this eucalyptus and lime infused solution from, again, Always Bearded ($27). Just rub a couple dabs through your whiskers right after showering, which conditions and softens them.

 

 

By Leo Petaccia: Editor

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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.