Mad One Jacks

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My hair and I have quite a history.

Back when I was in NROTC at Villanova, I had the high and tight hair, parted on the side. Once the program was terminated, I grew my hair long, went to Italy and came back as Eurotrash. Then I cut it for graduation, since my parents pleaded with me to do this.

When I moved up to town, a co-worker told me about a place 092005c.JPGon 22nd and First called Sigfrido's. I loved this place, it was an italian barber shop, open 7:30am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday. I think a haircut was $12, and they did the hot shaving cream and straight edge shave, too.

Then, I got a roommate from London named John, in 1999, and it was downhill from there. Sad to say, but he was the first guy I saw with the "bedhead" haircut. I was a fan, and knew that my italian barbers wouldn't have any idea what i'm talking about.

I have two rules when I shop for things - one, I like to buy the best I can. Two, I want to be as efficient as possible when I shop.

This was true for choosing a new place to get my haircut. I did a few internet searches on Metro New York. I really couldn't decide on a place, and finally broke down and chose Vidal Sassoon and met a great stylist named Barbara.

Yes, I know i'm going to get grief over this. We all spend money on what is important to us but frivilous to others. Clothes, hair, golf, food, wine, cars, PS2 games, whatever.

Expensive? Very. Great hair cut, loved it. Barbara was a cool woman, older - used to be in the punk rock scene at CBGB's in the 80's and had great stories.

I went to her for the last 5 years and each year Vidal kept upping the price of a haircut. As a guy paying for the haircut and tip every 5 weeks drains your wallet after a while.

I decided to try something local. But, i'm not the kind of guy that is going to go to Supercuts and get my hair trimmed by a pimply 17 year old kid from North Bergen who secretly hates yuppies.

I discreetly asked around to some guy friends about where they get their hair cut.

As a guy, have you ever tried to ask 092005b.JPGANOTHER guy where they get their haircut? It's breaking all sorts of hetero-guy rules. I may as well say, "Hey did you see the score of the Giants game...and by the way your ass looks great in those jeans, Bob!"

Alright. Maybe it's not that bad. You just have to make sure you ask someone you know.

If you are a guy who doesn't relate to my story, see if Sigfrido's is still open, 212-475-9513, and get a $12 buzz cut there (don't forget to tip!). If you are a guy who relates to my dilemma, I have a place for you in Hoboken to try: Mad One Jacks.

I called there and first checked how much they cost. They have stylists that range from $45-65, or Jack himself, who will cut your hair for $70. I decided to try out the man, myth, machine and legend known as Jack. After all the money I spent on Vidal haircuts, this wasn't that expensive. What was tricky was trying to find a good time to get my haircut, they are very busy and are booked with appointments.

They have a modest studio located at 89 Madison Street, with two sinks and 5 chairs. I get there and meet Jack, who was an amiable and soft spoken man. We sat down, I rambled on about how I liked my messed up hair to look, and he listened and commented when needed.

I think what will impress most people about this place is how everyone there instantly puts you at ease. They are obviously a cool group of people that work at the salon, and they seem also very friendly with each other. They did a great job washing my hair, which included a hot towel compress for my face, it was very relaxing. Plus they give you a quick head and shoulder massage before the haircut, which, for me, is a bonus because i'm a big fan of massages.

Jack worked his magic & we talked a bit. I found out that business is booming at Mad One Jack's and he is looking at possibly opening a new salon uptown, close to Washington Street. He has been cutting hair for a long time in Hoboken, and even plays in a punk band on the side for fun. 092005a.JPGHis wife works at the salon, and you can see pictures of his adorable pixie of a girl, Jade, adorn the edges of his mirror.

On Oct 8th at 10pm, MOJ is having a 5th year anniversary party at Quiet Woman Bar (557 1st Street). All the pizza you can scarf down, along with musical guest U.S. Chaos performing.

Things like that - having an anniversary party, says that Mad One Jacks isn't just about taking your money, its about being a part of your life. Like Barbara at Vidal was for me for the last 5 years, she wasn't just my haircutter - she was a friend who I would see once a month. She knew about my roommates, my girlfriends, my family, my job. We talked about her family, her son, her ex-husband, drugs and how much she likes "Dead Like Me". Vidal Sassoon never had an anniversary party!

Hip, edgy and a fun place to lose your folicles for an hour, Mad One Jacks lacks any sort of pretensousness that other hairstylists may carry. I joked with Jack, telling him about my massage story, and asked if he was a "Folicle Engineer" and not a stylist. He assured me he was just a stylist, and proud of what he has accomplished in Hoboken.

I think the business speaks for itself, they are booming with clients and if you are interested in trying it for yourself, here are the details:

Mad One Jacks
Hours - (Please confirm) Tue-Thu 12noon-10pm, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm
Address - 92 Madison St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-7816
Telephone - (201) 656-1010

8 Comments

You really ought to get paid for doing advertisements like this and putting your manhood in question.

:)

So my next entry about quiche isn't a good idea, then?

I think you should focus more on flowers.

That was truly a great and unique review. If I ever have to find a new place to get a cut, I'm going to Jack's.

I've been with the same gal for about 7 years. She used to work over at Supercuts but defected with several others to Hoboken Buzz Cuts on 2nd & Washington which was opened by an ex-Supercuts manager. I followed her over there.

I'm not afraid to admit that I've thought about getting $50+ cuts by an honest-to-goodness stylist instead of the $15/15 minute affair that I'm used to. But I get a cut every 2-3 weeks.

Something for me to think about. I really might have to try it.

It reminds me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry has to sneak around to get his hair cut to avoid insulting his regular guy. There is definitely a loyalty issue for me.

Thanks Derek for saving me from me from looking "completely gay" to just looking "somewhat gay". Next article - The Cage Fondue Party hosted by Furey.

I think you should do an entry about that tupperware party you were thinking about hosting... Or the "how to give a blowjob" seminar you were contemplating bringing Andy Dick in for. ;)

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I worked for Mad One Jack's as a receptionist and I can tell you that you will not find a better salon owner than Jack. He is 100% dedicated to his clients and his employees.
Some salons have "attitude" when you walk in but not MOJ. The staff (when I worked there) was family. The clients felt it too.
I can't speak for the current employees as they have had 100% turnover since I worked there but I can tell you that Jack's work is outstanding. He really listens to what you want to have done and gets it dead on almost every single time.
If it isn't what you wanted, rest assured that he will do whatever he needs to do make it right.
You can't go wrong at Mad One Jacks.

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