Viridiana Lopez

Extraordinary Attention to Detail, Expect the Exceptional

Viridiana giving a traditional mens haircut

I’ve always loved doing hair and am consistently motivated to succeed with each of my clients. I want my clients to truly enjoy their time with me, and after every visit I want them to feel like they just got the best haircut of their life. When I was 5 years old I chopped off my sisters hair, my mom told me I couldn’t cut hair again until I took some classes, the rest is history! Now I love doing hair... my sister even lets me cut her hair again. I landed in GQ, and it's an amazing place to work, the atmosphere is conducive to creativity and a one of a kind experience. This is no ordinary barber shop. I always try to start each reservation with a comprehensive consultation to ensure I know exactly what my clients want. I like to ask the men in my chair when their last haircut was to understand their hairs natural growth pattern, than we talk about length, style, texture and influences. Before I get started, I always check in with my clients to make sure we are on the same stylistic page before getting started. I take the time to focus on the details that distinguish a good haircut from a great one.  As an artist I love innovating with my clients from ultra-modern to traditional styles, I believe successful artists always think outside the box.

Viridiana's Essential Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to push the limits.
  • Be open explore the type of hair you have and what style goes best with your lifestyle.
  • Change is good, don’t hesitate to try new products!

Viridiana's Training:

  • Patrice Academie, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Colorado Cosmetology License
 

Lanae Lile

It's All About Trust

Lauren starts simple haircuts for men

Outer success comes from inner success and that's where I come in. I got into styling from my family. It's always something I've been passionate about because I see the way it changes a persons attitude. When you can trust the person holding scissors to your head, great things happen. I have always been someone people can trust because I'm super easy to talk to. It's not always just the haircut that changes a persons day - sometimes its just conversation. 

The truth is, this isn't just a job for me. It's what I love to do. I still have the fire and passion in my spirit to make sure each person get's the best of me and my work. 

Lanae's Essential Tips:

  • Don't be afraid to try new styles. 
  • Ask questions! Always ask questions.
  • It's OK to use a blowdryer. In fact you might be blown away by the difference.

Lanae's Training:

  • Empire Beauty School
  • Training with Wahl's Top Trainer
 

Stephanie Zavala

Details & Precision

Stephanie is awesome with wavy haircuts for men

The art of hair runs in my family, and has for a while. I grew up around the atmosphere of good barbering. I want to you to have a personal haircut. Your hairstyle should be exclusive to you and express your individuality. It's important to me to focus in on details and trends so I apply them to your needs. If you're looking for the latest trend in hairstyles it's important for me to know what you're talking about! I want you to have the “Ah-ha!” moment when you leave my chair.  

I love meeting people. Getting to know different people and their lives is so amazing. I have such a good time with everyone who sits in my chair and most importantly, making everyone look and feel their best. 

 

Stephanie's Essential Tips:

  • Keep up with your hair treatment; conditioning and shampoo.  
  • Check in with your haircut every 4-6 weeks to keep it looking fresh. 

Stephanie's Training

  • Surface Hair Health Cutting Seminar
  • Redkin Hair Color and Cutting 
 

Julie Clark

Commitment to Excellence

Julie giving a classic mens haircut

What I do is not a job. It's a lifestyle. I've been interested in the art of hair a long time because of it's ability to change the way we feel about ourselves. I want to instill confidence in people. Having you leave my chair and being able to take on the world is what is important to me. I want to be sure that I factor in your hair type, needs, lifestyle, and face shape to give you the best look. You shouldn't have to settle for mediocrity. I'm professional but I like to have a good time! I've got a library full of bad jokes, and I'm always looking to add to my collection. 

 

Julie's Essential Tips

  • Maintenance is the key to good hair. "You can't have a castle without a great foundation." 

  • Understand how your hair works. Cowlicks and all.

  • Consider paying a little extra for better quality. It goes a long way. 

 

Julie's Training & Expertise

  • American Crew Training
  • Specialized Training in Razor Cutting and Blending
  • Runner up in "The Look" contest
 

Bill Chrismer, GQ Founder

Bill talking to the best barbers Denver has

This is the servant of the team. Bill left the world of investment banking to become a shopkeeper. He has no desire to build an empire or get rich, rather, his passion is to build GQ Barber Lounge into the best barber lounge for men in the world. Since acquiring the company in 2004 Bill has become very well known in the industry and has the good fortune to develop incredible relationships with the leaders in the grooming industry.

 

Bill's Story: The Birth of GQ Barber Lounge

 

Why a Barber shop? Was it because I have a fetish for cutting men's hair? No, I am not even a barber. Was it because I enjoy looking at men all day? No, I much prefer looking at women. The real question is why didn't I purchase a women's hair salon? I am still pondering that one.

I have always had a romance with small businesses. Couldn't care less about the Apples, the Teslas and the Googles of the world. My heart was captured by the struggling gasket distributor, the small little steak house and the machine shop in the old building on the corner of 5th and Main. For years I banked them. For even more years I consulted with them. But I never was one. Their problems were my problems and I so respected their struggles. And I so wanted to be one.

On August 16, 2004, I closed on the purchase of what is now GQ Barber Lounge. It was a dream come true. I had become a member of "The League of Extraordinary Small Business Owners." Except I wasn't extraordinary. Anything but. And I am still not extraordinary. But "I are one." I am a small business.

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My business friends laughed and continue to wonder why I purchased a barbershop. To me, small is beautiful. I love being a shopkeeper. I love having it all on the line, risking everything, making nothing, all for the remote chance of building something great but small.

I am fond of telling people that I discovered the secret of making a fortune in the barber business. Start with a large one. My "on the job" training cost me a million dollars in blunders, mistakes and bad ideas. A dozen years of 100+ hours a week for no pay. And I wouldn't change a thing. Ok, I would change the million dollar loss thing and a bunch of the blunders and bad ideas. But I have never looked back and I would definitely do it again.

I learned and continue to learn how incredibly hard it is to build and sustain a great business. I learned that I am not nearly as smart as I thought I was. I learned how difficult it is to lead and to inspire others.

I love the people that commit their careers to our business. The barbers that obsess over the details. The guest concierges that call you back and tell you they can get you in. The massage therapists that change the way people feel and move. And our amazing support staff that accomplish the "extraordinary" every single day including the image on the top of this article.

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If you have the slightest inkling to start a small business, to buy a little business, then do it. You can always go back and get a job. I was wrong about the romantic part. There is nothing romantic about being a shopkeeper or a small business owner. Except that it's yours. You live and die by the sweat on your brow, your willingness to get out of bed every day and wage war with competitors, with the government, with vendors and with all the people that promise you the world and want their money upfront.

Vince Lombardi said it best

"I firmly all believe that any man's finest hour his great fulfillment to all he holds dearis that moment when he has worked his heart out and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious."

That is why I bought a barbershop.

Bill's Favorite Products & Services:

I love our fragrances, especially 1 Million by Paco Rabanne and Amber Pour Homme Intense by Prada. Contemporary and subtle, perfect for day or night. For services, nothing beats a massage and our therapists are Top Rank. And I hate to admit it but I appreciate the nose and ear waxing because that's where my hair grows.

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Caitlin Warmoth

Maryanne does awesome haircuts for men

I took over men's hair as a family trade. My grandfather was a barber for over 50 years and taught me an attention to detail and passion for making someone look their best.

I love vintage classic styles and am known for my high and tight!

 A haircut doesn't change the way we look, it changes the way we feel. I want to be able to help someone feel like a million bucks when they leave my chair. Getting to know my clients and allowing them to feel comfortable is so important. I want to get to know about who they really are. 

Everyone is their own walking billboard so it's crucial to sell yourself! 

 

Caitlin's Essential Tips:

  • Knowing what styles work for you 
  • The importance of scalp treatment
  • Condition! Dry hair doesn't look OR feel good!

Caitlin's Training:

  • Attended Christina and Company Education Center
  • Trained by my Grandfather, a barber of 50 years. 
 

Adina Martinez

Friendliness, Reliability & Consistency

Adina starts the best mens haircut Denver has

There are three important traits that make me who I am as a stylist: taking my profession seriously, constantly trying to improve my technical abilities, and my genuine love of taking care of my guests. I want everyone in my chair to feel happy and relaxed, like they just finished catching up with a good friend. 
Producing a great haircut is what I strive for and it's what drew me to the business. I've stayed in the industry because I love what I do and because of the diverse and interesting people, both staff and clientele, that I am so privileged to work with. I am inspired by my peers in the industry, seeing how others improve their work is what motivates me to grow as a barber and stylist. I wish more men knew that it is o.k. to CHANGE. You’re never too old to rock the newest trend!

 

“Adina is the reason I go to GQ Barber lounge. Professional and great stylist.”
– Matt Benn

 

Adina's Essential Tips:

  • Know the pros and cons of your styling products 
  • Know how to properly use your products 
  • Set a time frame for when to return

Adina's Trainings:

  • Licensed Cosmetologist
  • Licensed Barber
  • American Crew Trained
 

Janelle Wages

Seriously, Have Some Fun

Janelle gives a mens tapered haircut

This is very much my career, not simply a job. When you leave my chair, you'll be able to re-create the look I achieved for you at home. I'm dependable and have great listening skills - but most of all - it's fun to be in my chair. I'm notorious for creating a clean neckline and good crisp lines all around, giving haircuts that grow out well. I'll help you work with the hair you have, finding the perfect style that you can both love and maintain.

I am very gifted with clippers and shears, and I enjoy edgier cuts for young professionals as well as adding a bit of style and zip to those old stodgy businessmen’s cuts. Let me sharpen your look and put a smile on your face. 

 

“Janelle does a great job! Really satisfied with the cut, but also look forward to having a great experience with Janelle and leaving feeling refreshed.”
– Tyler Van Eeckhaut

 

Janelle's Essential Tips

  • Conditioner is not just for hair, it's for your scalp
  • Combs work amazingly, use em'
  • Nose hairs do not connect to the mustache!

Janelle's Trainings

  • Paul Mitchell
  • MENSDEPT. training
  • Schorem Barber Training