Father and son Garry
Father and son Garry "Crinkle" Hattley and Cameron Hattley at work at Crinkle Barbar shop at Tweed City. John Gass

Hey guys, Tweed Heads barber shop is strictly lady-free

CLICK go the shears at Garry Hattley's Crinkles barber shop at Tweed City Shopping Centre.

He's been snipping away since the '80s and 12 years ago he was joined by son Cameron.

They cater for both the traditional cuts and today's pop culture because it's important to keep up with trends. But the atmosphere still retains the essence of a '60s traditional country barber shop.

It is a place where metaphorically customers can let their hair down - before they lose it.

At Crinkles 32 years later it's still unashamedly a bastion of male testosterone and a grapevine for the community, and mums still bring in their sons with curly ringlets for their first hair cut, a rite of passage.

About the shop, Garry said: "It's an Aussie institution, we've always had an important role in the community, especially now."

"Men are in retreat, since for ages, women drink in the public bars, the men's clubs, and so on. Crinkles is a place, where for over 30 years, men can relax, drop in, have a chat, a good hair cut, and catch up and with local goss.

"We're the keeper of secrets on tips on stocks, cattle sales, with football and cricket always the main topic."

As for politics and predicting election results, there's nothing like the goss from the local barber.

I sat there surrounded by the memorabilia of football heroes until an attractive woman in her mid-40s popped her head around the door: "Can you fit me in for a quick trim?"

Garry replied, "Sorry, we only cut men and boys' hair. Try the hair salon."

I wondered why he would turn away business.

"Well this is one of the few men and boys-only barber shops operating for over three decades, and it's why customers from 30 years ago still come here and have become more like friends," he said.

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