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Barbers

If there are any barbers on here, I would appreciate any advice you can give me about the business. I will be starting barber college this spring.

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Re: Barbers

I don't know, but I can tell you that I'm pleased to hear that someone is interested in the trade. None exist in my area. Iast went to one of the few remaining barber shops about 12 years ago. I moved out of the neighborhood and since learned to cut my own hair. I simply wear a butched crew cut anyway. I grew up going to old fashioned neighborhood barbershops with my dad to get a haircut when I was a kid. Wasn't that long ago, '70s and early '80s. Most of those guys retired and eventually passed away. They were real oldschool barber shops too, the kind where the dads took their sons to get a haircut, not the mommies like you see today. The barbers were guys who had been cutting hair for decades, had bowling trophies on shelves along the walls of the shop, they even smoked while cutting your hair. The tables had the daily news paper, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Illustarted, and yes Playboy. Ah I still remember the smell of those places, musty with the heavy smell of cigarette smoke, talcum powder, and shaving soap. Oh yeah and that all so important detail that defines a barbershop, the barber pole outside the front door. This was one heck of stroll down memory lane Big smile

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Re: Barbers

That is exactly the type of shop I will be working in. One of the guys is down to working 1 day a week (he's 80 something), another man is 65 and will cut back to 2 days a week after I start. I used to coonhunt around an old retired barber that could'nt understand why none of the young men were interested. I mentioned that one day while getting a haircut and the third barber in the shop said if you'll go to school we have a chair open for you. So this spring I'm starting barber school. I'm 36 and sick of shiftwork and want to be home at night with my wife and kids. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Barbers

Ahhhh I do remember those Barber Shops described by WesternHunter.
I do, in fact, get my hair cut at an old school Barber shop and have introduced my son to it also.
My Barber won't even consider cutting a woman's hair and holds nothing back if a woman should stumble into the shop.
He has the Candy Stripe barber Pole out front, the magazines,yes playboy and other, ahem, gentlemans magazines, he still uses a straight razor to slick off the back of your neck after a haircut, and will even shave your face with it for a total old fashioned experience.

we have several here about town but we also have a heavy military presence here with Hurlburt Field, Duke Field and Eglin AFB all squished in around here and all those Officers, Airmen and Pilots need to look sharp at all times.

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Re: Barbers

I remember haircuts...and combs. Haven't needed either for quite some time now. I'm like a human smilie. Big smile

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Sometimes not having hair is actually a blessing Expat Yes

Yup I also recall those old barbers using a genuine straight razor to shave around the ears and back of then neck. I recall how they would lather up the area with a badger brush and warm shaving soap then strop that razor with absolute finess and skill prior to shaving ya. However after the scare of HIV and Hep C my barber back then knew I didn't want the razor used on me. A shave in a barbershop is a nice luxury, but just too risky in todays world with the blood borne pathogens we know of today.

My hair grows so darn fast that I need a haircut about every 2 1/2 weeks anyway. I sure miss going to those old fashioned barbershops, but I've saved so much money just cutting my own hair over the last 12 years or so. Plus I like that I can do it at my own convenience. The down side to it is that now my wife raggs on me for leaving any small amount of hair in the bathroom sink. lol