Dapper Society Review by JC: Secret Sauce February 26 2013

"I’m checking out another hair cream today. This time I’m using Barber Side’s Secret Sauce, it’s a “natural hair creme.” After trying out their shaving cream, I wanted to stick to their products and finish out what all I had. So this one is next, here we go..."

"This creme comes in very unique packaging. It’s in a clear, soft-plastic ketchup bottle, like the ones at burger stands. This is really rad!! I love this bottle, it really stands(no pun intended)out in my collection. I really like unique or different packaging, they make collections more fun looking and interesting. The layout of this one is kind of similar to the shaving cream. Red ink, with a cream colored background, because of the product..."

"Now this stuff isn’t like most hair creams, it washes off you hands with just water unlike most. Also unlike most it didn’t wash out of my my hair with just water. However one quarter size dollop of any regular shampoo gets it out no problem. My hair was super soft after using this cream too! I think it’s going to be my go to conditioner to use in between pomades..."

"I highly recommend this hair creme! Even if you only use it as a topper or conditioner, it’s definitely worth having. I will be using it very often in the future, plus the unique packaging makes a great addition to my collection. So head on over to - - and grab a bottle or two of this stuff. And while you’re there, check out their other products. I will be continuing the Barber Side hair care line with the Bubble Gumm pomade next, so stay tuned!..."

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Dapper Society Review by JC: Sandalwood Vanilla Shaving Cream February 23 2013

"Alright gentleman, here’s a new shaving cream. This one is by the guys over at Barberside, and it’s a cream made for brushes. It’s their Sandalwood Vanilla Brush Cream..."

"When you unscrew the lid you see a nice white shaving brush cream. It’s not a really super bright white, but it’s not an off white either. It is just a dull white if that makes any sense. The scent of this cream is exactly what the name describes, sandalwood and vanilla, with a nice fresh scent in there as well. I really really like the smell of this shaving cream! I would love to find a mint and oatmeal scented one!! That one would be my favorite if it exists..."

"Now you don’t need a whole lot of shaving cream, not like you do with a canned cream. You just need a little bit, and that will give you more than enough lather on your face to shave with. Once you figure out which way you want to apply the cream, lather up your face with your shaving brush. I just take the brush and swirl it right on my cheeks and neck to get the lather going. Once I got the lather up and most of my face covered I get my lip covered..."

:This cream makes a very rich lather, which for me is just how I like it! If you like it a little less thick, you can add some water to your brush/face and rework the lather on your face. You can also not put quite as much cream in or on your brush. I personally like nice thick lather, it seems to help me shave easier. This cream lathers up really quickly too. I have used some that take a lot of swirling to get the lather good..."

"After shaving my face and rinsing up, I could still smell the creams scent in the bathroom and on my face. Once I was finished smelling the air, I felt my face and noticed that it was really soft! Winner!! Now I really love this shaving cream..."

"I highly recommend picking up this shaving cream. This stuff is just awesome! You get a lot, it has a great scent, lathers up wonderfully, and leaves your face nice and soft after you shave..."

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CityBeat Article by Jim Ruland: Where Everybody Knows Your Mane January 15 2013

"Imagine it’s 1899 and you want to know what’s going on in the world. You really only have two options: buy a newspaper or head to the barber shop."

"In the days before indoor plumbing, electricity and cheap, disposable razors, regular stops at the barber shop were essential to good grooming. But hygiene wasn’t the only attraction. Barber shops were places where a gentleman could spend an hour socializing, reading the papers, catching up on local news and, of course, getting a first-class shave and a haircut. And because the barber shop was often the first stop for weary travelers riding the rails, they were a great place to acquire out-of-town news, too."

"But somewhere along the line, men lost their way. We stopped going to barber shops and started going to hairdressers in anonymous, interchangeable salons."

"Instead of clippers and straight razors, stylists used scissors and blow dryers. And a shave? Forget about it. But they’d happily highlight our tips or change our hair color for a hefty fee."

"Marvin Attiq, proprietor of Barber Side, had seen enough. He decided to bring back barbering with a distinctly old-fashioned feel."

"Barber Side (3506 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights), is packed with Americana. From the barber pole out front to the diamond-patterned floor, Barber Side is as old-school as it gets."

"'The barber chairs are from 1948,' Attiq says. 'I got three of them in Colorado. Rebuilt the others that I found in old barber shops. I found a lot of stuff online, yard sales, alleys. I searched everywhere.'"

"Attiq, who sports a handlebar mustache that looks like it’s straight out of the Gilded Age, has been a collector all his life. He got his start cutting hair as a kid by giving his friends mohawks..."

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CityBeat Article by Jim Ruland: Best Old-School Feast for the Senses for $16 October 01 2011

Excerpted from CityBeat's 2011 Best of San Diego edition. Section written by Jim Ruland.

"You’ll be greeted by a barber as soon as you enter the shop. Conversations are carried out over the droning buzz of clippers. The smell of pomade hangs in the air with the occasional whiff of menthol and wintergreen. Whether you go for a full-on shave or a regular haircut, the scrape of a straight razor on your skin feels different than any other shaving experience. And is there a more bracingly pleasant sensation than a hot-towel treatment?..."

"Barber Side has been in operation since 2007 but has doing business out of its 3506 Adams Ave. address in Normal Heights since December 2009. The décor is a confusing mish-mash of pre- and post-war Americana. Boxing illustrations, bowler hats and cigarette signs. It’s a like a depository for cool, useless stuff that a man reluctantly parts ways with when his family outgrows its house. Even the barber chairs are relics, marvelous hunks of metal with ashtrays built into the arm rests..."

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