The Lady Barber
Overworked male execs who can barely break for lunch, let alone linger at the salon, keep Kathleen Giordano’s number in their Palm Pilots. The Lady Barber, as she is known, cuts the locks of first-time clients in 45 minutes max. Visits after that take less than half an hour. She meets the frazzled corporate raiders in their offices, fully armed with shears, razors, shaving cream, towels, and a hair dryer. They supply a clean head of hair (“I can’t bring my sink with me,” she says, laughing) and $75. The secrets to her success? A talent for cuts that look modern, not hipper-than-thou, and a headside manner so unobtrusive that clients let her snip away in office conference rooms during meetings.
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