Q: Is The Fading Theory open during COVID-19?

A: As of Friday May 15th, at 5pm The Fading Theory Barber Shop is open to all. Please see the complete list of COVID-19 policies on each of our appointment pages, and our home page.

Q: Where are you located?

A: Our Baltimore, Maryland location is DIRECTLY on Harford Road in the Lauraville section of Baltimore. The address is 4534 1/2 Harford Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21214. The Baltimore location is 1.5 blocks from Moravia Rd and is between Moravia Rd and the fire station. We are NOT on ANY side streets. Our Aberdeen, Maryland location is at 32 N. Parke St , Aberdeen, Maryland 21001. We are directly beside Comcast, and two buildings from city hall.

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 be fees associated with paying with a credit/debit card, or any other form of electronic payment.

Q: Will you cut anybodies hair?

A: In order to maintain a pleasant, safe environment for staff and our clients, The Fading Theory WILL NOT provide services to disruptive clients, clients that smell of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes/pipes, or cigars, that do not wear a mask, or refuse to practice social distancing. We  no longer service clients with personal hygiene issues (body odor, etc.), as this has caused issues trying to clear the air for our staff, other clients, and cutting capes.

Q: Do you cut white and black peoples hair?

A: There is no such thing as “white people hair, or black people hair!”  Please do not continue to promote that narrative. There is however straight hair, curly hair and variations of both. The Fading Theory Barber Shop cuts straight, curly and combination 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: Can you recommend any products for my hair?

A: Sure we can! Here at The Fading Theory we have our own line of hair-care products and would be glad to help you select one that works for you.

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

A: As of Friday May 15th, at 5pm The Fading Theory Barber Shop services clients by appointment only. This policy is from Governor Hogan directly. Please note, we DO NOT rush services and we enjoy bonding with our clients, so sit back and relax.

Q: I tried to make an appointment one day, but the online service would not let me. Whats going on?

A: Due to COVID-19 requirements are schedule has become fluid and subject to change. If you do not see an available date, or time on our schedule, please select another date and time.

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

A: There are several places within walking distance to grab a bite to eat and drink at both of our locations. Please consume all food/drinks prior to arriving at our shops.

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

A: Here at The Fading Theory Barber Shop we understand that first, or early hair cuts can sometimes be scary for the child, so we will not cut children’s hair, that are younger than 12 years old, unless they are just getting a regular (all even) hair cut, however they will not receive a shape up. We try to work through the child’s haircut experience as best we can, but their ability to remain calm and still during the process can sometimes prevent the service from proceeding. Fades, style cuts, etc. will NOT be done on children under 12 years old. Toddlers and infants  (yes people try to cut infants hair) will NOT receive hair cuts at The Fading Theory.

Q: Do you offer gift cards?

A: Both of our locations offer gift cards that can be used at either location, or at both locations. Gift cards range from $15 to $100 and can be reloaded, or thrown away when the funds have been depleted. Gift cards are not replaceable if lost, or stolen.

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, as well as the people working there. Formal training and higher education “usually” will 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 the following Maryland Barber/Barber Shop link. https://www.dllr.state.md.us/cgi-bin/ElectronicLicensing/OP_search/OP_search.cgi?calling_app=BAR::BAR_qselect, or the Salon/Cosmo link https://www.dllr.state.md.us/cgi-bin/ElectronicLicensing/OP_search/OP_search.cgi?calling_app=COS::COS_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! “Some” things that should give you pause when going to a shop are.

  1. Not following Maryland policy for COVID-19.
  2. Barbers shops just letting people walk-in for service, without an appointment.
  3. Not wearing a mask inside the building.
  4. Any signs of illegal activity in the facility that is not being addressed.
  5. Lack of valid barber licenses with the barbers picture attached to it at each work station.
  6. Lack of a valid store license posted in the shop.
  7. The state barber boards rules and  regulations NOT being displayed in the shop.
  8. Foul and inappropriate behavior, language, or activities that is not being addressed by staff.
  9. Unprofessional staff, employees, or contractors.
  10. Upon entering the facility there is no greeting from staff.
  11. Any use of disparaging terms, such as the “N” word, or using the “B” word to describe people, or women.
  12. An unsanitary facility, that shows no thought of maintaining a high level of cleanliness.
  13. Any pets living in, or roaming the barber shop.
  14. Any signs of a person living in the barber shop.
  15. The barber NOT cleaning their clippers, work area, hands and floor after EACH hair cut. Sweeping hair in a corner for later clean up is not permitted!
  16. Barbers and staff that are more interested in putting down other facilities and barbers, rather than letting their facility and services speak for themselves.

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 (we will be getting rid of this as Yelp continues to pick and choose which reviews to post.
  5. Youtube: The Fading Theory Barber Shop
  6. Twitch: thefadingtheory

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 only permits licensed barbers, apprentices and cosmetologists to service clients. For more information about obtaining a barber’s license please click this Maryland government link How to become a licensed barber

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.