The other day, I went to Groom for Men's Third Ward location in Milwaukee, WI for a haircut and a beard trim. I'd like to walk you through my experience with this barber shop.
With a quick Google map search, it was immediately evident that it would be easy to get to as it is just a block and a half down from the Milwaukee Public Market. The only concern was parking in that busy area. Luckily, Groom's website shows a free parking lot specifically for Groom customers! The parking lot was small but there were a couple spots open. They also have a location in Shorewood but the Third Ward is easier for me.
As I walk in the door I notice a busy atmosphere with a lot of stylists and customers. The decor has a lot of dark wood, white brick, and iron fixtures for a warm, stylishly rustic feeling. I walk to the reception desk to check in. She directs me to a bar area stocked with beer, soda, wine, and water for me to help myself to a drink while I wait. I helped myself to a glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey and have a seat. After a short wait of whiskey shipping and people watching, Kia meets me at the front to introduce herself as my stylist.
She started out with the haircut. But first, the wash and scalp massage which was much more relaxing than most other salons that I've been to. I hadn't gotten a cut in about 7 weeks so she had plenty of material to work with! She asked what I wanted and I basically told her that I'd like to keep it longer on the top and shorter on the sides. She asked a couple clarifying questions and got down to business. A short while later, she was done and the results were just as I had hoped. Kia then put a little bit of product in my hair to finish. As far as hair stylists go, she is less talkative than most. I like this about her because she seems to show a higher level of focus than some other stylists that I've been to and it allows me to relax instead of think of things to talk about.
The Beard Trim:
Kia paused to allow me to take a sip of my whiskey before whiskers started to get everywhere; a very considerate action as nobody wants whiskers in their whiskey. As I sipped, she asked what I would like done for my beard. I asked her to keep it styled and trim it a little bit to help get it back in control. She shortened and shaped it up precisely to my specifications and I was done before I knew it.
The haircut was $35 and the beard trim was $15; so $50 plus tip was a little steep for my taste. But the complimentary drink, great atmosphere, professional service, and great result justified the price for me.
Overall, it was a great experience. I will definitely be going back and I'd certainly recommend it to any friend looking for a beard trim or a high quality barber shop.
Check out my before and after photo on Instagram!
Get more information about Groom for Men here: http://groomformen.com/