New Tigard barbershop offers a twist on the old shave and haircut

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Eric Cavizo's barbershop is as eclectic as his personality, and he is ready to talk topics ranging from philosophy, art to quantum mechanics.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 doesn’t sell hair care products in his barbershop. He doesn’t 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 don’t 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, he’ll come back inside, giving haircuts still in costume.

His impressive moustache curls toward the ceiling. It earned him last year’s West Coast Beard and Moustache Championship in Portland, and has become his new company logo.

He’s 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 people’s lives,” he says. “I love my job, I love my job.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Eric Cavizo is on a mission to change the way men thinking about their appearance. The Tigard barber runs Brick's Barbershop on Pacific Highway which offers beer and eyebrow waxes to customers looking to get their hair trimmed.Cavizo, 41, is the owner of Brick’s 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.

“It’s amazing how a bad haircut can completely ruin someone’s social life,” Cavizo says. “The difference between having your hair done and not done is enormous.”

But there’s another important part of the face that most people don’t 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 men’s grooming,” he says. “There was a need for men to step it up and find themselves.”

It’s an obscure passion, he admits, but one he has been dedicated to for more than 20 years.

“I’m 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 doesn’t make sense.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Eric Cavizos moustache has won him awards, but he said that eyebrows are the most important part of the face. We communicate through our eyes, he said. 'You can say a thunderous amount with just a glance.'

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. “That’s some pretty big (stuff) in my life that I’m comparing it to. I know what I’m saying, but I don’t believe that the other stuff would have happened without this. And it ultimately became my career.”

Cavizo said it’s 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 can’t 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 don’t have to change your religion, your diet, you don’t change the way you work, or career. You just lay down, do nothing, it happens, then you feel better.”

A haircut at Brick’s Barber starts at about $12. The first eyebrow wax is free.

Come say hello

Where: Brick’s Barber is at 11642 S.W. Pacific Ave., under George’s Giant Hamburgers, in Tigard.

Call ahead: (503) 704-2479

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Editor's Note: This story originally claimed that Cavizo's first eyebrow wax occured in California. It actually occured in Washington.

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