Maxx Montoya

Take Pride in Feeling Great

max giving a new mens haircut

Interestingly enough, I got into the styling and cutting through sculpting actually. I have an intense passion for the arts and found that cutting and styling hair was an art all on its own. It's one that's always changing and growing. 

I love this profession because I love interacting with people. I find meeting new people to be a great experience. When people are in my chair, I want it to be a personable and relaxing experience. My key ingredients are knowing how you work with your hair and what you like and don't like to do. If there is something new you want to try, I want to help you get there. 

Maxx's Essential Tips

  • Start with a good shampoo and conditioner. The extra money will be well spent

  • Try something new and wear it with confidence

  • Find a product you can work with and works with you in return. 

 

Maxx's Training & Expertise

  • Paul Mitchell School of Denver
  • Clipper Technique Education with Freddy Barber
  • Hattori Hanzo Education

Dawn Allen

Kindness and Cooperation

Dawn giving a new mens haircut

I was 16 when I made the decision to be a stylist and 26 years later, I'm still here. I love the craft and I take pride in my work. I want to give you a look that can define you. It needs to be something that makes you feel proud and makes you feel like your best self. I want your visit with me to be a game changer. The cooperation between the person with the clippers and the person in the chair determines the outcome. I strive to ensure that our interaction is fun, efficient, and effective. Let the 45 minutes with me take a little weight off your shoulders. Literally and figuratively. 

 

Dawn's Essential Tips:

  • Know your natural growth pattern and work with it. 
  • A hairdyer is important. It can be the difference between an okay look and an amazing one.  
  • Don't be afraid to try new product.

Dawns's Training:

  • Continental School of Beauty and Barbering 1991
  • Northwest Beauty Academy - 1994
  • Licensed in six U.S. States. 

Lanae Lile

It's All About Trust

Lauren starts simple haircuts for men

Outer success comes from inner success and that's where I come in. I got into styling from my family. It's always something I've been passionate about because I see the way it changes a persons attitude. When you can trust the person holding scissors to your head, great things happen. I have always been someone people can trust because I'm super easy to talk to. It's not always just the haircut that changes a persons day - sometimes its just conversation. 

The truth is, this isn't just a job for me. It's what I love to do. I still have the fire and passion in my spirit to make sure each person get's the best of me and my work. 

Lanae's Essential Tips:

  • Don't be afraid to try new styles. 
  • Ask questions! Always ask questions.
  • It's OK to use a blowdryer. In fact you might be blown away by the difference.

Lanae's Training:

  • Empire Beauty School
  • Training with Wahl's Top Trainer
 

Jordan Dennler

Passion, Curiosity & Style.

Barber Stylist Jordan Dennler providing a mens scissor cut

I am intrigued by nearly everything about this industry and I have been since a young age. There are always new mens hairstyles, barbering techniques and tips for creating a remarkable look. I'm inspired by other barber artists and want to give men awesome haircuts. It's important to me to always be conscious of contemporary hairstyles and how to make them applicable. You can have a classic cut and modernize it with new details. I want to be able to provide people with any haircut they want, and make it the best they've ever had. 

Jordan's Essential Tips

  •  Know what grooming products you need and how to use them. Ask me, I can help you out! 
  • A blow dryer can help give volume for styling.
  • Never underestimate a good conditioner or moisturizer. 

Jordan's Trainings:

  • Paul Mitchell School of Denver
  • Hair Cuts for the Homeless
  • Styled for TedX - Boulder

Stephanie Zavala

Details & Precision

Stephanie is awesome with wavy haircuts for men

The art of hair runs in my family, and has for a while. I grew up around the atmosphere of good barbering. I want to you to have a personal haircut. Your hairstyle should be exclusive to you and express your individuality. It's important to me to focus in on details and trends so I apply them to your needs. If you're looking for the latest trend in hairstyles it's important for me to know what you're talking about! I want you to have the “Ah-ha!” moment when you leave my chair.  

I love meeting people. Getting to know different people and their lives is so amazing. I have such a good time with everyone who sits in my chair and most importantly, making everyone look and feel their best. 

 

Stephanie's Essential Tips:

  • Keep up with your hair treatment; conditioning and shampoo.  
  • Check in with your haircut every 4-6 weeks to keep it looking fresh. 

Stephanie's Training

  • Surface Hair Health Cutting Seminar
  • Redkin Hair Color and Cutting 
 

Julie Clark

Commitment to Excellence

Julie giving a classic mens haircut

What I do is not a job. It's a lifestyle. I've been interested in the art of hair a long time because of it's ability to change the way we feel about ourselves. I want to instill confidence in people. Having you leave my chair and being able to take on the world is what is important to me. I want to be sure that I factor in your hair type, needs, lifestyle, and face shape to give you the best look. You shouldn't have to settle for mediocrity. I'm professional but I like to have a good time! I've got a library full of bad jokes, and I'm always looking to add to my collection. 

 

Julie's Essential Tips

  • Maintenance is the key to good hair. "You can't have a castle without a great foundation." 

  • Understand how your hair works. Cowlicks and all.

  • Consider paying a little extra for better quality. It goes a long way. 

 

Julie's Training & Expertise

  • American Crew Training
  • Specialized Training in Razor Cutting and Blending
  • Runner up in "The Look" contest
 

Ralph Erickson

Honoring Tradition, with an Eye on the Future

Ralph specializes in high fade mens haircuts

I want you to feel like you never knew your hair could look so good. You'll leave my chair with higher self-esteem. My hope is that over time you'll gain creative trust in me, and the process. You deserve to look your best, and I know how to make that happen. How did I get on this path? I lied to people that I already knew how to cut when I had really learned on a beard trimmer! That white lie is what motivated me to be the best, I knew I had to put my money where my mouth was. Then I gained an apprenticeship after years of persistence at Pugsley’s Barbershop. I'm known for tight, technically detailed cuts, beard shaping and being straight forward. I'm serious about my craft. I'm dedicated to mastering traditional barbering and keeping old school-traditions alive until I die.  

Ralph's Essential Tips

  • Do NOT settle for a mediocre cut. Go to a truly skilled Barber. You deserve better.
  • Be consistent with your routine, whatever it is, make it steady.
  • Take a moment and style your hair, it's good for your presentation and your self-esteem.
  • Don't try shaving at home with a straight razor!

Ralph's Training & Experience

  • Apprenticeship at Pugsley's Barbershop 
  • Specializing in Straight Razor Work & Gentleman's Cuts
  • Coached the 2016 Beacon Hairstyling #1 Winner
  • Lead mentorship & apprentice programs
 

Melissa Crist

You'll Get A Quality Haircut EVERY time

Melissa is great at haircuts for thick hair. 

I love to make you feel good about yourself. I enjoy some creative freedom working with my hands and suggesting styles that will make you happy when you leave. I’m interested in meeting new people all the time and sharing stories, eventually developing relationships with my clients that last. I truly do the best work I can for everyone in my chair, everyday. I want you to feel and look your best: very relaxed, hopefully in a happier mood with laughs shared. I had done nails for years and always wanted to go back.

I went back to school for esthetics, not intending to do hair, but I fell madly in love with cutting men's hair.

Being a barber, it’s such satisfying work. Time goes by quickly because I genuinely enjoy what I’m doing. Mostly, I want people to enjoy my conversation and love their haircut. I hope to have people love the way they look so much, they recommend friends and family. 

Melissa's Essential Tips:

  • Women really do appreciate a clean, nice smelling man who is concerned with grooming & looking his best.
  • Pick a style that works with your type of hair:  know how much time you are willing to spend on it.
  • Do NOT fear product, I can show you how to use it. It makes life easier.

Melissa's Trainings:

  • New Castle School of Beauty – Cosmetologist Pa Board of Cosmetology
  • Cosmetologist Colorado – 5/1/16 - 4/30/18
  • Academy of Cosmetology Technicians – Licensed Nail Technician
 

Bill Chrismer, GQ Founder

Bill talking to the best barbers Denver has

This is the servant of the team. Bill left the world of investment banking to become a shopkeeper. He has no desire to build an empire or get rich, rather, his passion is to build GQ Barber Lounge into the best barber lounge for men in the world. Since acquiring the company in 2004 Bill has become very well known in the industry and has the good fortune to develop incredible relationships with the leaders in the grooming industry.

 

Bill's Story: The Birth of GQ Barber Lounge

 

Why a Barber shop? Was it because I have a fetish for cutting men's hair? No, I am not even a barber. Was it because I enjoy looking at men all day? No, I much prefer looking at women. The real question is why didn't I purchase a women's hair salon? I am still pondering that one.

I have always had a romance with small businesses. Couldn't care less about the Apples, the Teslas and the Googles of the world. My heart was captured by the struggling gasket distributor, the small little steak house and the machine shop in the old building on the corner of 5th and Main. For years I banked them. For even more years I consulted with them. But I never was one. Their problems were my problems and I so respected their struggles. And I so wanted to be one.

On August 16, 2004, I closed on the purchase of what is now GQ Barber Lounge. It was a dream come true. I had become a member of "The League of Extraordinary Small Business Owners." Except I wasn't extraordinary. Anything but. And I am still not extraordinary. But "I are one." I am a small business.

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My business friends laughed and continue to wonder why I purchased a barbershop. To me, small is beautiful. I love being a shopkeeper. I love having it all on the line, risking everything, making nothing, all for the remote chance of building something great but small.

I am fond of telling people that I discovered the secret of making a fortune in the barber business. Start with a large one. My "on the job" training cost me a million dollars in blunders, mistakes and bad ideas. A dozen years of 100+ hours a week for no pay. And I wouldn't change a thing. Ok, I would change the million dollar loss thing and a bunch of the blunders and bad ideas. But I have never looked back and I would definitely do it again.

I learned and continue to learn how incredibly hard it is to build and sustain a great business. I learned that I am not nearly as smart as I thought I was. I learned how difficult it is to lead and to inspire others.

I love the people that commit their careers to our business. The barbers that obsess over the details. The guest concierges that call you back and tell you they can get you in. The massage therapists that change the way people feel and move. And our amazing support staff that accomplish the "extraordinary" every single day including the image on the top of this article.

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If you have the slightest inkling to start a small business, to buy a little business, then do it. You can always go back and get a job. I was wrong about the romantic part. There is nothing romantic about being a shopkeeper or a small business owner. Except that it's yours. You live and die by the sweat on your brow, your willingness to get out of bed every day and wage war with competitors, with the government, with vendors and with all the people that promise you the world and want their money upfront.

Vince Lombardi said it best

"I firmly all believe that any man's finest hour his great fulfillment to all he holds dearis that moment when he has worked his heart out and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious."

That is why I bought a barbershop.

Bill's Favorite Products & Services:

I love our fragrances, especially 1 Million by Paco Rabanne and Amber Pour Homme Intense by Prada. Contemporary and subtle, perfect for day or night. For services, nothing beats a massage and our therapists are Top Rank. And I hate to admit it but I appreciate the nose and ear waxing because that's where my hair grows.

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Mitzi Crowl

I Want You to Feel Confident & Hot!

Mitzi starting a new mens modern haircut

After college I knew I wanted to go into a more artistic and fashionable career direction. I love that styles are always changing. I like forming relationships with my clients. My career is fun; it doesn’t feel like work. I'm known for my attention to detail, eye for style and incorporating what works for your lifestyle and personality. I will help you find a haircut you love, that is easy for you to maintain, and feels effortless. If you are having any concerns or problems areas with your hair or scalp, I can help! Let's chat. I want to be remembered as a barber who cared about her guests, took the time to listen, and continued to learn to be the best.

Mitzi's Essential Tips

  •  Don’t fight your cowlicks, find a style that works with them.
  • 90% of the time your product works better and looks better when applied on dry hair.
  • Store brand shampoos and products are the worst thing you can do for your hair and scalp.

Mitzi's Trainings

  • Cosmo School – Academy of Hair Design
  • Art of Shaving Training
  • Aveda Color and Cut Classes
 

Caitlin Warmoth

Maryanne does awesome haircuts for men

I took over men's hair as a family trade. My grandfather was a barber for over 50 years and taught me an attention to detail and passion for making someone look their best.

I love vintage classic styles and am known for my high and tight!

 A haircut doesn't change the way we look, it changes the way we feel. I want to be able to help someone feel like a million bucks when they leave my chair. Getting to know my clients and allowing them to feel comfortable is so important. I want to get to know about who they really are. 

Everyone is their own walking billboard so it's crucial to sell yourself! 

 

Caitlin's Essential Tips:

  • Knowing what styles work for you 
  • The importance of scalp treatment
  • Condition! Dry hair doesn't look OR feel good!

Caitlin's Training:

  • Attended Christina and Company Education Center
  • Trained by my Grandfather, a barber of 50 years. 
 

Paul Reyes

Creatively Passionate and Out of the Box. 

Paul offering the best denver mens haircut

I have a deep respect for my clients and their hair. You should find yourself attractive when you leave a barber seat and that is my ultimate goal. I want to make you feel like an amazing you. 

Hair doesn't just occupy our head, we have a relationship with it. Since we may be stuck with our hair forever, or at least quite a while, we need to know how to make the relationship work. 

It's my goal to make sure I understand how your hair works, how you want it to work, and find the meeting place where you can have the best experience. I'm a creative person so I can always find a solution. 

Paul's Essential Tips

  • Know the correct amount of product and which product is right for you. 
  • Invest extra time in getting the right look. 
  • Use product and styling aid.

Paul's Trainings

  • Vidal Sassoon
  • Ruth Roche
  • Tony & Guy
  • American Crew
  • Goldwell Color Academy
 

Adina Martinez

Friendliness, Reliability & Consistency

Adina starts the best mens haircut Denver has

There are three important traits that make me who I am as a stylist: taking my profession seriously, constantly trying to improve my technical abilities, and my genuine love of taking care of my guests. I want everyone in my chair to feel happy and relaxed, like they just finished catching up with a good friend. 
Producing a great haircut is what I strive for and it's what drew me to the business. I've stayed in the industry because I love what I do and because of the diverse and interesting people, both staff and clientele, that I am so privileged to work with. I am inspired by my peers in the industry, seeing how others improve their work is what motivates me to grow as a barber and stylist. I wish more men knew that it is o.k. to CHANGE. You’re never too old to rock the newest trend!

 

“Adina is the reason I go to GQ Barber lounge. Professional and great stylist.”
– Matt Benn

 

Adina's Essential Tips:

  • Know the pros and cons of your styling products 
  • Know how to properly use your products 
  • Set a time frame for when to return

Adina's Trainings:

  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Licensed Barber
  • American Crew Trained
 

Janelle Wages

Seriously, Have Some Fun

Janelle gives a mens tapered haircut

This is very much my career, not simply a job. When you leave my chair, you'll be able to re-create the look I achieved for you at home. I'm dependable and have great listening skills - but most of all - it's fun to be in my chair. I'm notorious for creating a clean neckline and good crisp lines all around, giving haircuts that grow out well. I'll help you work with the hair you have, finding the perfect style that you can both love and maintain.

I am very gifted with clippers and shears, and I enjoy edgier cuts for young professionals as well as adding a bit of style and zip to those old stodgy businessmen’s cuts. Let me sharpen your look and put a smile on your face. 

 

“Janelle does a great job! Really satisfied with the cut, but also look forward to having a great experience with Janelle and leaving feeling refreshed.”
– Tyler Van Eeckhaut

 

Janelle's Essential Tips

  • Conditioner is not just for hair, it's for your scalp
  • Combs work amazingly, use em'
  • Nose hairs do not connect to the mustache!

Janelle's Trainings

  • Paul Mitchell
  • MENSDEPT. training
  • Schorem Barber Training