Crystal City Barber & Style

Tucked away in the Crystal City Shopping Center in southwest Tulsa is Harry Don and his Crystal City Barber & Style at 4235 Southwest Blvd., just off old Route 66.

Don’s been there well over 30 years, but the barbershop in that location goes back even further. There are seven hair-cutting stations — indicative of Crystal City’s former glory days as a big shopping destination. Save for occasional part-time help, only one barbering station is used now, and that’s Don’s.

Don knows his shop is a throwback to an earlier era. That’s why he recently acquired this hair-cutting chart from 1950:

Other vintage hairstyle illustrations line the other wall, along with original artwork by a local, including this American flag painting. He also hung a “BARBER” neon sign in his window a few months ago. The sign paid for itself in a matter of weeks, he said.

Until fairly recently, Crystal City Barber was one of the last bastions of the under-$10 haircut. It’s still inexpensive: regular haircuts are $10, flattops are $11, hair styling is $16, and a beard trim is $8.

Don is a good source of neighborhood news and history amid the gospel music that plays from his radio. As a barber, he’s fast and neat.

Crystal City Barber is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You can call 446-1049 for an appointment, but walk-ins are always welcome.

~ by Ron Warnick on April 6, 2007.

5 Responses to “Crystal City Barber & Style”

  1. The big question: Does he do shaves?

  2. That hairstyle poster was on TV a couple of days ago. We were watching an old Andy Griffith rerun and he was in Floyd’s barber shop. Lo and behold, there was the same poster on the wall behind him!

  3. OK, that’s too weird. One day when I pulled up to go into Med-X, they were sitting in the barber shop watching The Andy Griffith Show and Floyd was on the screen. I just had to laugh.

  4. Can you tell where he found the poster like the one in Floyd’s barbershop in Andy? I have been looking for one for a long time for my barbershop collection. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
    Carlo DeStefano

  5. Hi – I’m also looking for a copy of the Barbershop poster. Please let me know if you have any idea where one might be found.

    Thanks, Ray

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