I love the look of an old fashioned barber shop. Back in the day, this classic American institution provided a refuge from the world as well as place for a shave and a haircut.
In the later part of the 19th century, U.S. barbershops were like community centers – a place where men would gather to socialize. It’s this comradery that truly draws me in. If you’ve ever watched The Andy Griffith Show, you know what I mean. In fact, if Mayberry were a real town, you just know that Opie would be at their local barbershop, Floyd’s, right now getting a trim!
From the barber shop came the tradition of barbershop quartets. The fact that the men were able to form a quartet and perfect their harmonies tells us just how much time they spent together. In fact this tradition originated with African American men harmonizing while waiting their turn with the barber.
Providing that type of bonding experience is something I strive for with my male clients now. Although I’ve yet to start a barbershop quartet, getting back to the roots of grooming while maintaining cutting edge techniques is what I’m all about. After all, a good barber is like a bartender or a therapist, you just can’t replace them.