How to thin a moustache. The Work We Do: Chris Angielczyk, A Sharp Fella Barbershop - Riverhead News Review

How you doing? My name is Chris Angielczyk from A Sharp Fella barbershop in downtown Riverhead. I opened the business last spring. Skinny mustache.

Usually, I’m hustling in the door. The first thing I do is turn everything on: make sure there’s towels in the warmer, lather in the machine, which is my pride and joy; it’s from the 1940s.

We do hot-towel shaves the old-fashioned way. We also do scissor cuts, razor shaping. It’s nostalgic in here. [This shop] is basically the image, if I closed my eyes, what I had in my head when I first walked into a barbershop in Brooklyn around 1983. That shop was probably there since the ’40s.

Riverhead has always been a second home for me. I started cutting hair here in the early 2000s in downtown, actually, then in Polish Town. I’m happy to be a part of the revitalization and thought I had something good to offer.

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Looking back, [barbering] was always meant to be. I would be doodling in class a guy, scruffy, hair messy and next to him would be a guy with slicked-back hair and a skinny mustache and I wrote before and after. So it was brewing.

Around 16, a friend of mine in his basement, we used to cut each other’s hair, perfecting the facial hair — back then it was a chin strap. It wasn’t perfect starting out. That came over time. After I did a couple years in the U.S. Navy, I went to barber school in Hells Kitchen at the American Barber Institute. I’ve done it ever since. There was a time or two I thought I’d try something else but always came back.

As for the styles, timeless is forever and trends come and go. In recent years I’ve seen more of a renaissance. People are really into the pompadours, executive contours, even flat tops.

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It’s very rewarding, seeing the reaction. They feel confident, they’re going to go out there and get that job or ask somebody out on a date or whatever they’re going to do. They walk out of here with a little extra pep in their step, feeling good, and you know you did that.

“The Work We Do” is a News-Review multimedia project profiling workers around Riverhead Town mad possible by Peconic Landing.

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