This is how one thing leads to another.
I’m sitting in the barber chair in Hecho Hombre and Puma is warming up to bring my scrappy mange under control, my first haircut in months and it has become an embarrassing comb-over of the worst sort. The kind your uncle, the insurance guy, used to wear until he got that really bad toupe.
At the front desk, manager Nacho, the mustachioed son of Tijuana, is cueing up a song, a really good haunting, brooding, menacing song and I know it but I just can’t nail it down.
“Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds,” says Nacho.
“Ah, thanks,” says I. “Why do I know this one?”
“Netflix,” says Nacho. “Peaky Blinders.”
Oh, jeez, yes,” says I. I start babbling on about Irish mobsters in England, when it is really about the English mobs in industrial Birmingham in 1919, right after the war. I swear I have seen it. Well the first season, anyway.
And how I can forget Cave’s “Red Right Hand,” I’ll never know. It is the theme song for the series and it embodies all the mud and blood and violence and intrigue found in “Peaky Blinders.”
So Nacho brings over a photo of the crew at Hecho Hombre, a very stylized photo that suggests a hint of the show in the way everyone is posed around the barber’s chair.
“Peaky Barbers,” he says with a grin.
I crack up.
But this is where one thing leads to another.
While Puma cuts, Nacho starts telling me that the shop is going to be closed for the next two days because the whole Hecho Hombre crew is going out to a village to give haircuts to young kids heading back to school.
And that just blows my mind.
“You are closing up to donate your services to these kids? Two days? That is amazing,” I exclaim, as Puma pulls back so that my bobbleheadedness doesn’t result in a major slice. Puma is a real pro. I stop bouncing around.
Nacho says they are trying to come up with a slogan for the event.
I jump in because I love doing that sort of thing.
“How about ‘Haircuts from the heart’ (Cortes de pelo del corazón)?”
He looked like he was giving it some thought.
“We decided to do this — first time — so the guys can give back to the community,” says Tony. “We want to make a yearly thing and grow it so other barbers can join. We even want to have workshops eventually, once we see the needs of the community.”
Tony says they picked Colonia Presa de la Cantera, “since there is a big focus on education at their community center. (Fundación Comunitaria Don Diego). And by supporting the center we show the kids that school is important.”
Over the two days, the Peaky Barbers from Hecho Hombre expect to cut 200 heads of hair!
Besides Nacho and Puma, the crew includes barber Edgar and a group of apprentices, Manuel, Juan, Germán, and Yolanda.
The team sent these pictures today. I hope you enjoy them. And if you are passing by the shop on Ancha de San Antonio #57, pop your head in and say thanks!
Tony says they have hashtags for the event: #HHlisto #FrescoEleganteSport #HechoHombre . All photos courtesy of Hecho Hombre.