Visiting a Barber
Advantages of Visiting a Barber
A barber knows how to cut mens hair. If youre like most men these days, youre probably going to some unisex chain salon. Most of the time, youd walk out of these places with an average haircut. Sometimes, such a haircut would look decent for the first week or so, but then it would grow out into a horrible bowl. The problem is that many of the people who work at salons are not trained barbers. Theyre cosmetologists. The difference between the two can spell the difference between a good-looking haircut and a great one.
A barber is trained to cut with clippers, the main tool in cutting mens hair. Cosmetologists, on the other hand, are trained to use scissors. Their training is also geared towards catering to womens hair. They are experts in styling, coloring, and perming things a man has no need for. Thats why when you ask the cute stylist at a unisex salon to use the number 2 on the clippers, you walk away with a bad haircut. Shes probably not well versed in how to use them. But a barber can employ the clippers with finesse. Barber is also a guy who also has some interesting stories and who can be a perfect listener. You wont meet a hairdresser with such a skill in other salons these days.
Every time you go to the barber shop, youll just feel manlier. Its hard to tell what it really is. Perhaps its the combination of the smell of hair tonics and the all-man atmosphere. But more so, its the awareness of the tradition of barbershops. Barbershops are places of continuity; they dont change with the shifts in culture. The places and barbers look the same as they did when your dad got his hair cut. Its a straightforward experience with none of the accouterments of the modern age. There are no waxings, facials, highlights, or appointments. Just great haircuts and great conversations.