We will show you friendly, professionals and a professional barber shop environment. You can bring your children to us without fear of a inappropriare atmosphere, and we have CCTV security video recording. At The Fading Theory Barber Shop LLC, we appreciate you, and we want to earn your business. We want you as a repeat client for many years to come. Heck, we will even say thank you and count your change back to you like the good ole days.


Q: Where are you located?

Picture of front of The Fading Theory Barber Shop in Lauraville, Maryland

A: The Fading Theory Barber Shop LLC is located DIRECTLY on Harford Road at 4534 1/2 Harford Road, Baltimore, (Lauraville) Maryland 21214 next to the Harford-Belair Community Mental Heath Center Inc. and 1.5 blocks from Moravia Rd. We are between Moravia Rd and the fire station. If you have reached Safeway then you have went to far in that direction, and if you have reached McDonalds you have went to far in the other direction. Take the #19, or #33 bus and get off at Harford road on the 4500 block. Our building is directly on Harford Road. Our building is pictured here, however we no longer have the grand opening sign up. Our building has columns, a barber poll on the front of the building, and a glass door. When we are closed there is a metal security gate covering our front door.

Q: Do you accept credit cards, and if so, which ones?

A:  The Fading Theory Barber Shop gladly accepts American Express, Master Card, Visa and Discover, however there may fees associated with using these cards.

Q: Do you cut different types of hair?

A: The Fading Theory Barber Shop cuts straight and curly hair.

Q: Do you accept Apple Pay, or Samsung Pay?

A: Yes, The Fading Theory Barber Shop accepts NFC (near-field communication) payments from Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, as well as others, however there may fees associated with using these options.

Q: Do you have a mobile phone app?

A: Yes, we are the first Barber Shop in Maryland to have its own dedicated mobile phone app. You may download our app free on our home page, or search The Fading Theory in your app store.

Q: Do you know of any schools that I can contact for more information on learning how to become a barber?

A: The Fading Theory Barber Shop recommends Avara’s Academy of Hair located at 16 N. Dundalk Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21222. (P) 410-285 7820 http://avarahairacademy.com

Q: Do you take appointments as well as walk-ins?

A: At The Fading Theory Barber Shop, we HIGHLY recommend booking an appointment online in order to streamline your experience. We DO NOT rush services and enjoy bonding with our clients, so sit back and relax. Wait times may be lengthy for walk-ins.

Q: I came by the shop at 5:30pm and the shop sign said closed, but I thought you closed at 6pm?

A: We close at 6pm daily, however once we have more appointments, or walk-ins then we can finish by closing we stop accepting new clients for the rest of the business day.

Q: Are there any places nearby to grab a bite to eat or get a coffee?

A: There are several places within a few minutes, walking distances to grab a bite to eat. There are snacks and drinks available for purchase at our shop, as well.

Q: It is my child’s first hair cut. What can we expect?

A: Here at The Fading Theory Barber Shop in Lauraville, our licensed barbers understand that first hair cuts can sometimes be scary for the child. We try to work through the child’s first haircut experience as best we can, but the age of the child, or their ability to remain calm and still during the process can sometimes prevent the service from proceeding. If the service can be completed we will provide a first haircut certificate that is signed by the licensed barber that completed the work. The certificate will include a lock of the child's hair for historical purposes. (sniff, sniff they grow up so fast)

Q: Do you offer gift cards?

A: The Fading Theory Barber Shop in Lauraville, has gift cards ranging from $15 to $100.

Q: How can I be sure that the place and person I currently use is licensed, legit and legally permitted to work on me, or my loved ones?

A: Well, we all know when something doesn't look, or feel right so take a look around the facility inside and out. Formal training and higher education "usually" tends to lead professionals to act and carry themselves a certain way, however you may confirm that ANY barber, barber shop, or salon in Maryland is licensed and legally permitted to service clients by searching via the following state link. https://www.dllr.state.md.us/cgi-bin/ElectronicLicensing/OP_search/OP_search.cgi?calling_app=BAR::BAR_qselect

Q: What are some things that I should look out for as a customer when entering a barber shop? You know, things that should be RED-FLAGS to me and my loved ones?

A: Common sense is king! These are "some" things that should set off RED FLAGS when going to a shop:

  1. Any signs of illegal drug activity in the facility that is not being addressed.
  2. Lack of valid barber licenses with the barbers picture attached to them at each work station.
  3. Lack of a valid store license posted in the shop.
  4. Foul and inappropriate behavior, language, or activities that is not being addressed by staff.
  5. Unprofessional staff, employees, or contractors.
  6. Upon entering the facility there is no greeting from staff.
  7. Any use of disparaging terms, such as the "N" word, or using the "B" word to describe people, or  women.
  8. An unsanitary facility, that shows no thought of maintaining a high level of cleanliness.
  9. Any pets living in, or roaming the barber shop.
  10. Any signs of a person living in the barber shop.
  11. The barber not cleaning their clippers, work area, hands and floor after EACH cut. Sweeping hair in a corner for later clean up is not permitted!

Q: Which social media accounts do you have?

A: The Fading Theory Barber Shops ONLY social media accounts are listed here. Click any media badge at the bottom of any page to be taken there. We also have ONLY 1 web site and you are on it.

  1. Twitter: @thefadingtheory
  2. Instagram: thefadingtheory
  3. Facebook: The Fading Theory Barber Shop
  4. Yelp: The Fading Theory Barber Shop
  5. Google +: The Fading Theory Barber Shop
  6. Youtube: The Fading Theory Barber Shop

Q: I know how to cut hair, but I do not have a license. Can I cut hair in your shop?

A: For the health and safety of our clients, as well as upholding our image and operating within the law, The Fading Theory Barber Shop in Lauraville only permits licensed professional to service clients. For more information about obtaining a barber's license go to http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/barbers/barberslic.shtml