Barbershops were popular from the 1880s to the 1940s, when men would frequent these spots and hang out with other like-minded individuals. A trip to the barber was a frequent thing, with men going one or twice a week and sometimes even on a daily basis. It wasn’t just a place to get a haircut – it was a bonding experience and a chance to speak with others and “chew the fat”.
Over time, barbershops lost their popularity and were on a slow decline until now. Barbershops are making a comeback – and for good reason.
Barbers know how to cut your hair
If you’ve ever gone to someone else to cut your hair in a salon, then you know how different a haircut is when it’s done by a professional in a barbershop. Many times, the haircuts from salons won’t be satisfactory because the individuals are not trained as barbers. Instead, a cosmetologist is doing your hair and making a right mess of it. If you’d prefer working with someone that can use clippers like a pro and give you the desired style, then a barbershop is much more ideal than a salon.
It’s an amazing social experience
Going to a salon, it can be hard for men to make conversations with the women cutting their hair. Many times, men feel awkward in salons and opt to sit there quietly and read a magazine or surf the web on their phones. When visiting the barber, the experience is completely different. There are stories to tell and stories to hear throughout your haircut, giving you something to look forward to. You can feel at ease and enjoy an environment where you can say what’s on your mind and talk about absolutely anything with no judgement and no pressure.
You can get an impeccable shave
There are many barbers that use traditional shaving methods and can give you a fresh shave using a single blade razor. This is one of life’s greatest pleasures – an experienced barber using an incredibly sharp knife to get rid of stray hairs and stubble. Once your shave is over, you could even get a dose of rare and discontinued men’s cologne patted onto you. These colognes smell heavenly and aren’t included in salon services. It’s the perfect way to end your visit to the barber and get on with your day.
Feel more like a proper man
There’s just something about the atmosphere of a barber shop that makes you feel more like a man. It’s unclear as to whether it’s the smell of tonics in the air or being surrounded by men of all creeds coming together with one simple goal – to get a deluxe haircut by a professional barber. Either way, the barber shop is a staple and will remain so for years to come.
If you’d like to experience what a genuine haircut and shave feels like, visit your local barber and sit down for the experience of a lifetime.