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Scissors and Sinners offers inclusive barbering in Old Town

Three barbers stand against their shop's entrance in the daytime.
Three Scissors and Sinners barbers, Tabitha Petersen, Mikki Maddalena and Rachel Reed, pose outside of the shop located at 112 E. Laurel St. in Old Town, Fort Collins, Nov. 4. (Kota Babcock | The Collegian)

Located at Laurel Street and College Avenue in Old Town, Fort Collins, Scissors and Sinners offers customers a unique and affirming barbering experience. Since barbering experiences are often tailored to men, the barbers and stylists at Scissors and Sinners strive to work with a variety of lengths, styles and gender expressions in their work. 

The waiting area at Scissors and Sinners includes a few leather couches and chairs, along with art and plants for customers look look at while they wait.
The waiting area at Scissors and Sinners Nov. 4 includes a few leather couches and chairs, along with art and plants for customers look at while they wait. (Kota Babcock | The Collegian)

“(Scissors and Sinners is) an inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable getting their hair cut, whether it be feminine or masculine or nonbinary styles,” said Rachel Reed, owner of Scissors and Sinners and barber of 13 years.

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While many shops charge more for women’s haircuts than men’s, Scissors and Sinners charges based on length, ranging from buzz cuts to long cuts, with options for fades and other specialty barbering services. By charging based on length, the shop avoids overcharging based on gender stereotypes.

“We specialize primarily in haircuts and beard work, whether it’s for men, women, children or whoever,” said Mikki Maddalena, manager of the shop with 13 years of barber experience. “The beard work we do (includes) straight-razor shaves … and regular beard trims as well.”

The Scissors and Sinners barbershop interior features four barbering booths and a collection of art on each wall.
The Scissors and Sinners barbershop interior Nov. 4 features four barbering booths and a collection of art on each wall. Owned by Rachel Reed, the shop provides a variety of inclusive services to people of all genders, ages and expressions. (Kota Babcock | The Collegian)

From basic beard trims starting at $10 to the “Royal” package at $60, Scissors and Sinners offers a variety of services for just about any occasion. 

For those in serious need of a haircut on a budget, the shop offers quality short cuts for under $30 and an even more affordable buzzcut option for $20. Regardless of what style you go for, Scissors and Sinners’ barbers work to make everyone in their shop feel comfortable getting any style they want. 

“We’re not just limited to the masculine side of barbering,” said stylist Tabitha Petersen, who has been barbering for 15 years. “Most of us are both cosmetologists and barbers or at least worked in a barbershop for an extended period.”

All of the barbers and stylists said one of the most rewarding parts of their job is the relationships they form with others. 

“You just form relationships with people when they come to you time and time again,” Petersen said. Each of the barbers agreed that the feeling of giving someone a haircut they like after they’ve been struggling to find a good barber is one of the best feelings. 

While barber-client relationships often seem more focused on an adult getting a service from another adult, Maddalena said one of her college-aged clients has been going to her since he was in elementary school. Seeing him drive himself to his own barber appointments reminded her how strong and important a barber’s relationship can be with their client.

In addition to offering a variety of services from experienced barbers and stylists, the shop hopes to provide an experience and space where clients can enjoy themselves and potentially start that relationship.

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“We just want a place where people can come in and (experience) an updated classic barbershop,” Maddalena said. “It’s a super laid-back environment, and we’re such a small crew that I think that really helps.”

To book with any of the barbers or stylists at Scissors and Sinners, visit their website or check them out on Instagram @scissorsandsinnersbarbers.

Reach Kota Babcock at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @KotaBabcock.

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Kota Babcock
Kota Babcock, Arts and Culture Director
Kota Babcock is the 2021-22 arts & culture director for The Collegian and began the role in summer 2021. He's a fourth-year at Colorado State University studying journalism and media communication. Babcock grew up in Denver and immersed himself in the local alternative rock scene in middle and high school, looking up to writers at Westword. Additionally, he participated in marching band and won fifth place in the Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver's Failure Awards after creating a sculpture out of a book. While he originally planned to study creative writing at art school, Babcock found his home in student media at CSU. Currently, he serves as a mentor with All The TEA (teach, empower, advocate), an HIV-focused group within a Denver LGBTQ+ space. He works with KCSU as the news director. In his free time, he takes fun pictures of his bearded dragon, Sunshine, and makes dioramas of movie and video game scenes. In his work as arts & culture director, he hopes to feature CSU's cultural centers and lesser-known local artists and musicians in ways they haven't been previously. He looks forward to a year of writing and working with the local community to express their stories accurately. Kota Babcock can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @kotababcock.

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