What is a Barber, the word Barber is derived from the Latin word “Barba” which means beard.
The modern day Barber’s occupation is to cut, trim, groom, style and shaves men’s and boys’ hair.
Hair in the above is a general term as the hair can be on the head, eyebrows, ears, back of the neck, face etc etc and so not limited to just hair on your head.
Throughout history all people who tend hair were considered Barbers and it is a relatively new term with people calling themselves hairdressers.
In Australia the Barber is making a comeback as a place for men to get their haircut as men have been only really able for a long time to get their haircut at a hairdresser where they may have a Barber on the staff.
The Barber moniker has a long history and association with the razor too, this can be the difference between a hairdresser and Barber.
Barber’s razors have been found in the Bronze Age relics around 3500 BC in Egypt and the Barbers of that era and also in many other times in history were highly respected individuals.
Through the middle ages the Barber’s job changed slightly and they were surgeons and dentists too, probably part of expanding their portfolio to make a little more cash, these were called Barber Surgeons.
This is where the Barber’s pole started, it was an indication as the Barber and the Barber Surgeon roles were separated of which type of Barber you were, in England a blue and white pole indicated a Barber and the red and white was the Barber Surgeon.
In modern times I have seen probably more straight red and white poles more than anything so over the centuries the pole colour has lost its relevance and meaning.
There you have a quick look at the meaning of the Barber, the Barber Shop has throughout history been a place to meet and talk for men and this angle and ways seem to be coming back into this here in Australia too, as I am embarking on my Barber crawl through Brisbane I have been doing a bit of research and seeing what was on offer in the Brisbane Barber dept and there are a lot of them around with old school feel and values.
So it looks like the Barber is in resurgence and the history is going to be kept alive in some way, shape and form by the modern day Barbers popping up around our cities here in Australia.
So what is a Barber, it means many things these days but over history the Barber was the place to meet and get your hair cut.
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