Barber brings tradition to Minden
By Sue Tiffin
Minden’s new barber, Cody Nasby, was only 13 years old when he was inspired by western movies to learn how to use a straight razor.
westerns with my father, I saw the shoot-outs and all that stuff like
that, the barber would be standing there with his razor and he would be
the only one alive in the room,” laughed Nasby from his new shop located
on Minden’s main street. “I kind of went, I want to be that guy!”
With encouragement from his dad, Nasby is now that guy.
dad kind of said that’s a barber, he’s straight razor shaving, so I
asked for a straight razor,” Nasby said. “He reluctantly got me one and
made me shave balloons for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks, months
and months, until I was able to shave 10 balloons in a row, and as soon
as I was able to shave 10 balloons in a row without popping one, my dad
started letting me shave him. That’s literally what got me into
When Nasby went to high school, he said the passion for haircutting came with him, and he became the “friend in the group that gave haircuts,” offering him more opportunity for practice.
Though he became a ticketed ironworker, he said he became a barber for his daughter.
“I would have been away a lot, if I kept being an ironworker, and so I decided it would be the best choice if I became a barber. It was actually an easy choice.”
Nasby went to a traditional men’s barber school in Edmonton to further learn the trade, before moving to Haliburton to be near his daughter’s extended family. He began working in Nov. 2017 as a local barber first at the Hair Lounge with the support of Mark Christiano, and then at his own Haliburton-based shop. He was looking for a perfect main street spot for his shop when Paul Roy and Mike McKeon from Up River Trading Co. told him about space available at 116 Bobcaygeon Road. On Nov. 4, Nasby opened Traditional Barber on main street and said he has had “non-stop drop-ins” since doing so.
to Minden, there was no barber here, so it just kind of worked out
fantastic,” he said. “Minden’s been extremely welcoming, I’ve had so
many business owners come in and say welcome, I’ve had people message me
on line and say welcome to Minden, I’ve had people just stopping in to
say hello to meet me, and it’s been fantastic.”
Nasby is excited about the new opportunity, and having the space he has been looking for to welcome clientele – many who followed him from Haliburton.
“Everything in this shop is exactly what I love doing,” he said. “It’s not a job for me, it’s exactly what I love doing and I take a lot of pride in every haircut I do.”
Though his clients are generally men, he will see women who have shaved hair, or design work.
“The difference between stylists and barbering, is definitely the way we cut hair, and what we get trained on,” he said. “We get extensively trained in straight razor shaving, health and infection prevention, so we get taught how to clean and everything, and men’s shorter hair styles.”
Nasby is also good at working with children.
“I’ve adapted to cutting kids’ hair, they can move and thrash,” he said. “That being said, if a kid comes in very upset and crying and doesn’t want it done, I don’t do that. At the same time, I’ve never not been able to cut a kid’s hair. I’ll sit there for the 10 or 15 minutes, whatever it may be, to ease him in to get to know me so he allows me to cut his hair.”
Nasby loves specialized work, like fading, and still has quite the passion for straight razor shades.
“It’s pretty much like a spa for men,” he said. “You come in, you get a couple of hot towels on your face, I mix up fresh warm foam for every client, I make a new mixture for every client, so it’s nice and fresh and warm. You sit back, it usually takes half an hour from beginning to end.”
It’s something his clients seem to love too – Nasby estimates most of them fall asleep in the chair during the experience.
“I would say about 70 per cent of my clients fall asleep when I’m shaving them, because they’re getting a mixture of me putting nice oils on their faces with some warm foam with two hot towels, and I have them laid back nicely on my chair,” he said.
“There’s gentlemen that come in that want to [converse], and then there’s gentlemen that want to come in and just relax and turn their brain off while I’m cutting their hair or shaving their face,” he said. “Whatever they prefer is what I go with. I’m great at conversation, I love talking. At the same time, I’m very much OK with sitting back and giving you your half an hour of your time on your lunch break while I give you a shave and you have a nap.”
Alongside Nasby, Sydney Feir has been preparing the shop, a few months in to training next to him.
“I like working with my hands, I’m a certified welder,” she said. “That’s what I went to college for, but to be a welder I’d have to leave this town, and I love it here. I didn’t want to leave. I like using my hands, I love customer service, so barber is the perfect mix of both.”
Feir said she has always loved cutting her dad and brother’s hair, so learning how to barber was a natural fit.
“I get to, at the end, see a finished product,” she said. “I’ve changed someone, and I’ve been able to be social, [converse], make friends, so it’s the best of both worlds for me.”
Nasby said Feir will have a station set up in the shop as well.
“I’m going to be the one doing the shaving, but she is just as much a part of the shop as I am,” he said.
Traditional Barber, located at 116 Bobcaygeon Road in Minden, is open six days a week: Monday 10 a.m. till 4:30 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. till 5:45 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. till 5:45 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. till 430 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. till 5:45p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. The shop is closed on Sunday.
The shop is walk-in, though Nasby will welcome appointments
made between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. For more information, call 705-457-7222
or visit Traditional Barber on Facebook and Instagram.