A barber knows how to cut a man’s hair
If you’re like most men these days, you’re probably going to some unisex chain salon like Supercuts instead of a real barber. We all did it. Most of the time, you would walk out of these places with a crappy haircut. Sometimes, our haircut would look decent for the first week or so, but then it would grow out into a horrible bowl.
Barbering versus Cosmetology
The problem is that many of the people who work at salons are not trained barbers. They’re cosmetologists. The difference between the two can spell the difference between a dopey-looking haircut and a great one.
A barber is trained to cut with clippers, the main tool in cutting a man’s hair. Cosmetologists, on the other hand, are trained to use scissors. Their training is also geared towards catering to women’s hair. They become experts in styling, coloring, and perming — things a man has no need for. That’s why when you ask the cute stylist at SuperCuts to use the number 2 on the clippers, you walk away with a bad haircut. She’s probably not well versed in how to use them. But a barber can employ the clippers with finesse.
It’s a great place to chat with other men
When you go to hair stylists, we hardly ever talked to the woman who cut my hair. You will chat about family and theirs and that’s about it. The woman who cut your hair usually ended up chatting with the other women in the salon, while you sat there awkwardly.
Barbers, on the other hand, are interesting guys with interesting stories to tell. On your visits to the barbershop, you are more likely to meet interesting men having fascinating stories to share. There is conversation about politics, cars, sports, and family. Guys read the newspaper and comment on current events. In between the banter, jokes are told and laughs are had. And everyone is involved: the barbers, the customers getting their haircut, and the customers waiting to get their haircut. Adding to the enjoyment is that a variety of men take part in the conversation; young, old, and middle-aged join in the mix.
A social place
There is a good argument that barbershops are among America’s last civic forums. Where do people go today just to talk with others in the community? Coffee shops? Every time I go to a coffee shop, people are at their own tables minding their own business. The only other place that I can think of is a bar, but bars are now co-ed instead of being bastions of manliness. Studies noted how political debate in barbershops can be vigorous and engages young and old alike. Unfortunately, white Americans are missing out on this experience. So, if you’re wanting to get your thumb on the pulse of civic life in your community, head over to the barbershop.
You can get a great shave
Many barbershops still give traditional single-blade razor shaves. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the pleasures of a great shave at a barber. You need get to a barbershop in town to get a shave.
Straight razor shaving- the process
Recline in the plush old school barber then your shave will start. The barber first will wrap a hot towel around your face. Next, the barber massaged in a cream to clean out your pores.
After that, several more hot towels were application then, you will feel nice and relaxed, on the verge of falling asleep relaxed. Then he will massage in some oil to soften your beard. Next, he will took a piece of razor sharp metal and scraped your beard off for the closest, best shave you’ve ever had. Allowing another man to hold a razor to your neck is a good way to remind yourself that you’re alive.
To finish it all off, you got another hot towel wrapped on your face along with a final face massage with a soothing post shave cream. When you will step out of the shop feeling like a new man, ready to take on the world.
It’s a great activity to do with your father or son
Men need traditions that can help bond them together. Visiting the barbershop with your father or son is a great tradition to begin in your family. Many men have been going to the same professional all their life and have introduced their sons to the same chair and the same barbershop. What a great way to bond with the men in your life!
You’ll feel manlier
Every time you go to the barbershop you just feel manlier. You don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s the combination of the smell of hair tonics and the all-man atmosphere. But more so, it’s the awareness of the tradition of barbershops. Barbershops are places of continuity; they don’t change with the shifts in culture. The places and barbers look the same as they did when your dad got his hair cut. It’s a straightforward experience, just great haircuts and great conversation.
When you walk out of the barbershop with a sharp haircut, you can’t help but feel a bit of manly swagger creep into your step. So next time you spot that familiar red and white striped pole, stop in. You’ll be glad you did.