New Tigard barbershop offers a twist on the old shave and haircut
There are a few things you need to know about Eric Cavizo.
The first, and most important, is that he is not your typical barber.
He doesnt sell hair care products in his barbershop. He doesnt want to talk to you about your weekend.
Instead, he discusses philosophy, art, science and metaphysics (sometimes all at once) as he cuts your hair.
I dont know that I am a barber as much as I am a philosopher, he says, sitting in a chair at his barbershop on Pacific Highway.
He offers his customers a beer while they wait and has been known to stand on the side of the road dressed as a giant yellow chicken. When customers walk in, hell come back inside, giving haircuts still in costume.
His impressive moustache curls toward the ceiling. It earned him last years West Coast Beard and Moustache Championship in Portland, and has become his new company logo.
Hes an actor who has who has had documentaries made about his life. He thinks Justin Bieber is a cool cat and he wants to see his life portrayed in a reality TV series.
And he takes his job very, very seriously.
I have changed peoples lives, he says. I love my job, I love my job.
Cavizo, 41, is the owner of Bricks Barber, a barbershop that recently moved from Southwest Portland to Tigard.
A good haircut, he says, can mean the difference between being successful and not.
Its amazing how a bad haircut can completely ruin someones social life, Cavizo says. The difference between having your hair done and not done is enormous.
But theres another important part of the face that most people dont ever take care of, Cavizo said: Your eyebrows.
We communicate through our eyes, he says. You can say a thunderous amount with just a glance.
Cavizo believes that by waxing the blond hairs under their eyebrows, people are able to communicate better with one another.
I wanted to revolutionize the opinion of mens grooming, he says. There was a need for men to step it up and find themselves.
Its an obscure passion, he admits, but one he has been dedicated to for more than 20 years.
Im not normal, not by any means, he says, smiling.
You have probably had a few thousand haircuts in your life and shaved thousands of times, but to neglect the windows to your soul? The place where you project your ideas all day? That doesnt make sense.
Wax on, wax off
Cavizo first had his eyebrows waxed as a teenager living in Washington. He called it a life-changing experience.
It was second to none, Cavizo says. Thats some pretty big (stuff) in my life that Im comparing it to. I know what Im saying, but I dont believe that the other stuff would have happened without this. And it ultimately became my career.
Cavizo said its more than just a confidence boost from seeing yourself looking good in the mirror.
By waxing your eyebrows you become more intelligent, healthier, happier and more capable of communicating your intentions without saying a word.
Men have been slow to accept eyebrow waxing, Cavizo said, but during the past several years he has seen more people get into the practice.
In the last 10 years everyone has found out about waxing and I cant help but think I played a huge part in that, he says. There is nothing in the world you can do that can give these kind of results this quick, he said. You dont have to change your religion, your diet, you dont change the way you work, or career. You just lay down, do nothing, it happens, then you feel better.
A haircut at Bricks Barber starts at about $12. The first eyebrow wax is free.
Come say hello
Where: Bricks Barber is at 11642 S.W. Pacific Ave., under Georges Giant Hamburgers, in Tigard.
Call ahead: (503) 704-2479
Editor's Note: This story originally claimed that Cavizo's first eyebrow wax occured in California. It actually occured in Washington. The Times regrets the error.