Part 1 – The Barber

The Barbershop – one of the last bastions of manhood – a place where men go to get a man’s look, right? Is it?

For centuries men have been going off to the local barber for a shave and a haircut. And in 2018, most men still see that as their only option. I’m here to tell you, Gentlemen, it’s not.

More and more men are discovering the advantages of trying a salon as the source for a new look. It’s true, if you go to the barbershop for the social aspect of it, then the salon will be lacking something for you. But if you feel like you want a new cut or a professional coloring, maybe a salon is worth a closer look.

Let’s face it, we all want to look good. Not just for our spouses, girlfriends, partners, businesses – but for ourselves. Looking good makes us feel better. There’s no shame in that. Where we choose to go to get our look is the key.

Both the barber and the hair stylist are professionals that attend school to be certified to do what they do. If they are passionate about their craft most continue that education throughout their careers. Each has their own strengths with regard to giving you the look you are seeking.

Let’s start with the tried and true – the barber. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? So, if the barber has always been your choice, why change now? There are certain strengths a barber has over a hair stylist. The first and most obvious one is, PRICE. On average, a cut at the barbershop will cost less than any services at a salon. The reason for this is simple – barbers cut hair differently. They don’t use scissors as much as a stylist. They can shave hair with both razors and clippers. If you’re looking for a buzz cut or the gladiator cut, then the barber is for you. Simply put, the barber’s way of cutting hair does not normally require as much time or creativity. There are exceptions, of course. I don’t want to get any barbers out there upset with me. But for the average person who frequents the barbershop, the time and effort is somewhat less than the hair stylist would take at a salon.

You can also get a shave at the barbershop. We’re talking a close shave with a straight-edged razor. A professional shave is something some men liken to a manicure or a pedicure for women. It’s kind of a thing you do for yourself. I hesitate to use the word “pamper” lest you all think I am trying to turn you into puffballs but this is a type of pampering. Men work hard, their skin can take a beating and a shave at the barbershop, with the suds and the hot towel can feel so good.

The last advantage to seeing a barber is facial hair, ala mustaches and beards. Facial hair is BIG in 2018. Beards are back with a vengeance and the barbershop is totally equipped to help you learn how to take care of that hair. There are beard oils and beard and mustache sculpting tools you can purchase at the barbershop. All of this is necessary if you want your facial hair to add to your look and style. Scruffy beards may be great if you’re camping or off on a guy’s weekend but when you’re back to the real world, well-cared-for facial hair is a huge turn-on. I know some women whose hair stands up on the back of their necks when they see a sculpted beard.

In the second part of this article, we’ll look at the advantages to trying out a salon, the new frontier, so to speak. Whether the hair stylist is a man or a woman, the salon can offer you options that are unique to their style of cutting hair. Make sure you look for that.

And, as always, whenever possible, choose a local business. Everyone has a head. Believe me, there is enough business to go around. The shop in your neighborhood, whether it be a barbershop or a salon, will be truly grateful for your support.

Until next time, Eyes to the Sky.