Columbus Clippers: Lisa Perkins and Abby Hickman of Holy Moses

Jim Fischer

It's not complicated - Lisa Perkins and Abby Hickman at Holy Moses barbershop like cutting men's hair.

Which is not to say cutting men's hair is not complicated. In fact, these ladies say it's just the opposite.

"Everyone probably thinks it's the same cut over and over but it's not," Perkins said. "For me, it's a challenge, and I like my challenges."

"There's way less margin for error" with men's hair, Hickman said.

Perkins, a Dublin native, has cut men's hair exclusively for nine years; Hickman, originally from Worthington, for five. Both have been at Holy Moses since it opened last August.

"I like being with a startup. It's fun being part of it growing," Perkins said.

The Grandview shop is clean, spare and well-lit. The waiting area, which can be accessed through a garage-style door when the weather cooperates, is welcoming enough to serve as a hangout before or after a cut and shave, and provides a spot for enjoying one of the benefits of Holy Moses' location - it's adjacent to Zauber Brewing Company.

"We typically have a growler in the back," Hickman said.

Owner Justin Perkins said he's styled the shop as a combination neighborhood hangout and destination shop for top-notch barbering.

"We're totally focused on hair cutting and shaving," he said. "As the barber thing has gotten more popular, we wanted a place that took a more comprehensive approach to barbering."

That includes having two women on staff, both of whom apprenticed with Perkins at other shops.

"The employees are like a family," Hickman said.

Both women vouched for the existence of the traditional "talk" in a barbershop, and how it differs from that of a salon that caters to women.

After searching for a word to describe the difference, Perkins settled on "simpler."

Hickman said that the chatter is not the starkest difference between working in a men's shop compared with a salon.

"Men, while they can know what they want to do with their hair, are more trusting," she said. "Sometimes they're just tired of the same style, and are open to suggesting something different."

"With beards really being in, they want to know how best to match what they're doing with their hair and beard," Perkins said.

"And they want you to tell them what they need to know before they leave, how to take care of their cut and what kind and how much product to use," she added.

"Guys just need a place to get a good haircut," Hickman said.

And it doesn't have to be from a guy.

Holy Moses barbershop

909 W. Fifth Ave.