History of Barbers
Have you ever asked your barber about the history of barbers?
Barbers have been around for a long time and their history is as rich as it is long. Archeologists have discovered barber tools that date back to the bronze age, 3500BC.
In ancient Egypt, the rich had personal barbers who lived in their palaces to perform grooming services on demand. They also performed religious duties and other rituals.
In Europe, around the middle ages, barbers didn’t only cut hair and shave. Because of their skills with blades, they also performed many surgical tasks giving them the name barber-surgeons. They were apprentices to Monks who cared for the ill and became experienced in pulling teeth, setting bones, bloodletting, and changing bandages. Barbers were more trusted than doctors at one point to perform surgeries.
The Barber Pole
When I was younger, I thought that the colors in the barber pole represented the American Flag. However, the true history of the pole is a testament to barber-surgeons. Before the pole barber-surgeons placed jars of actual blood in the window to let clients know the services offered. The practice of putting a jar of bold in shop windows was outlawed. Barbers resorted to the now-famous barber pole. Originally it was red and white representing blood and bandages. According to History.com Later a variation added blue to the color to represent veins or patriotism.
Today the barbers use a variety of clippers, scissors, and razors, most have numerous clippers and clipper guards to give the perfect haircut. Earlier tools included sharpened flint and oyster shells.
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