Garrisons By The Park Barbershop

Garrison's on Jarvis

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Mon 10:00am – 7:00pm
Tue - Sat 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm
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Garrison’s on Niagara

Mon-Fri: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sat: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sun: Closed
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New Product Alert: OSiS’ “Powder Cloud,” the Matte That’s Sprayable

We've got a new product, people — a tiny black tube that, once sprayed, leaves a matte finish and a flexible hold you can barely feel, all thanks to a special powder. Here, two of our barbers talk proper application and why they pushed us to stock it.

No, this isn’t the kind of product you’d find at your typical barbershop. Some cop’s medicine cabinet in an axed Blade Runner scene, maybe, but not your average shop. Seeing as we’ve never endeavoured to be such, that’s partly what sold us on OSiS’ Powder Cloud — released by hair product heavyweights, Schwarzkopf, early last year. The other part was our shop manager and product expert, Jared Quast.

“It’s really not like any other product we stock,” says Quast, who pushed us to buy some for our shops. “The powder creates a pure matte finish with completely weightless volume and texture. You could style a natural-looking, high pompadour without it weighing your hair down like a pomade would.” Plus, if you’re thinning up top, this guy’s got the ability to make “shorter, finer hair look and feel fuller.” How? Crushed lava rocks (or “silica silyalate”) infused into the aforesaid powder, which not only sounds cool, but thickens hair. There’s also some glycerin in there, making the product flexible and “easier to wash off.”

“This gives your hair a nice, natural, ‘you’re-not-trying-too-hard kind of look,'” says Josh Geniole, who works at our Niagara shop (and who’s featured in the photograph above). “It’s actually got a pretty strong hold for having zero weight, but I wouldn’t be shy with the amount of sprays.”

How To Use The Powder Cloud: Getting the best out of this styler is something of a science, but thankfully, a relatively simple one: “Keep it a couple inches away from the scalp then lightly cover the roots and hairline,” explains Quast. “Then, work it in a little with your fingertips, don’t just dust it on top .”

OSiS Session Label Powder Cloud, $20; available at our flagship shop at 254 Niagara Street and our Frank and Oak location at 735 Queen Street West

Check out Schwarzkopf on Instagram here


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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.


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.