Popular hairstyles today mimic the suave flair of past decades – specifically the forties and fifties – and for barbers, that’s an advantage!
The up-and-coming stylish gentleman has rediscovered the haven offered in a traditional barbershop. Barbershops are the new gentlemen’s clubs, where peers can hold their weekly bro-sesh and recharge in manly style.
As the luxury of a barber shop shave makes a comeback, contemporary rallies with traditional, and the modern gentleman is born.
Walking into a barber shop is like being accepted into a secret society–with the wet-shave being the ultimate induction. The sacrament begins as you recline in a plush, old-school barber chair, cozy and comforting.
A steamed towel is applied to your face to open your pores and prepare your skin for the pre-shave oil. This is carefully and liberally massaged into your skin for both protection and lubrication.
As the lubricant works its wonders, the barber will collect the pre-shave cream, which he’ll rub on your face. Depending on the barber, another steamed towel may be applied. As you sit and unwind underneath the warmth, the barber will assemble the whipped shaving soap, having been whisked using a saturated badger brush.
He’ll generously apply this lather by hand or with the badger brush. Only now can the shave commence. Many barbers today use disposable straight razors. These both guarantee the closest possible shave, and adhere to safety regulations
The barber may go over your face for a second or even third round, repeating the pre-shave process as needed. After he completes the shave, and your face is as smooth as it was when you were 13, he’ll apply another hot towel. He’ll likely follow this by applying moisturizer, and sometimes even an after-shave mask.
An after-shave mask helps skin rejuvenation and clarification, which prevents acne, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. When the mask has been on long enough, he’ll use a cold towel to close your pores and soothe your skin. Many barbers will also apply a neck-powder to soak up extra oil in the collar area.
It’s important to remember that each barber has crafted their own unique shaving process – true forms of art!
This means the method described above could (and most likely will) differentiate between barbers. Regardless of the differences, a barber shop shave is one you’ll enjoy. So indulged yourself! When you walk out of the barbershop with a freshly shaven face it’ll put a strut in your step and a swagger in your personality.
The next time you see that proverbial red, white, and blue-striped pole, stop on in; you’ll be happy you did.
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