Gents Grooming – A History to Present!
For centuries male grooming or barbering has been an essential day to day for most men, therefore relying on their Barber to help keep all beards and hair in check.
A barber is a person whose occupation is mainly to cut, dress, groom, style and shave men’s and boys’ hair. A barber’s place of work is known as a “barber shop” or a “barber’s”.
Barber shops are also places of social interaction. In some instances, barbershops are also public forums. They are the locations of open debates, voicing public concerns, and engaging citizens in discussions about contemporary issues. They were also influential in helping shape male identity.
Starting from the Middle Ages, barbers often served as surgeons and dentists. In addition to hair-cutting, hairdressing, and shaving, barbers performed surgery, bloodletting and leeching, fire cupping, enemas, and the extraction of teeth; earning them the name “barber surgeons“. Barbers received higher pay than surgeons until surgeons were entered into British warships during naval wars. Some of the duties of the barber included neck manipulation, cleansing of ears and scalp, draining of boils, fistula and lancing of cysts with wicks.
The barber pole, most commonly featuring red and white spiraling stripes, symbolized different aspects of their craft. In 1540, the law required barbers and barber surgeons to distinguish their services by the colours of their pole. Barbers used blue and white poles, while barber surgeons used red and white poles. In today’s modern world some poles show red, white and blue, some say it goes back to the red representing arterial blood, the blue represents venous blood and the white represents the bandages. When the barber poles are spinning the red stripes are meant to move in a direction that makes the red (arterial blood) seem as if it is flowing downwards, as it does in the body.
In the modern world, Barbers would not attempt surgeries, their work however can and will be just as precise and ‘Cut Throat’ as that of a surgeon.
Male Grooming has dominated the industry over the last 5 years, with many traditional barbering techniques incorporated in the modern world. Both Male and Female Hairstylists specializing in all aspects of barbering with many colleges and training centers running courses specifically tailored to barbering.
During almost all the 20th century, barbershops were only for men and hair salons only for women. At the end of the 1970’s, men started to wear very long hair, long sideburns and perms. The traditional male barbershops, did not offer those kinds of services, and it was more related to the women’s salons, and, in consequence, the barbers’ reaction was to expand their clientele and to offer their services to both men and women. In the 1980’s unisex barbershops started to be every day more common, and in the 1990’s, almost all salons were giving services to both genders and today all hair salons offer services for both genders.
In all major towns, cities and small villages you will come across a huge array of barbershops and hair salons, all of which have their own specialist services. Traditionally today in barbershops, services are more commonly known and male grooming.
Male Grooming services are huge for male clientele in today’s day and age, offering not only haircuts but services such as beard shaping and colouring, hair replacement services and facial waxing.
All of our stylists at Gaudi continue to develop their personal skills to meet the needs of all aspects of male grooming, from NVQ certificates in barbering and individual courses across the country with the top barbers and groomers in the industry.
Our stylists Lorelle and Maisie have recently enrolled in a barbering course at Reflections Training Academy, they are learning all forms of modern and traditional barbering. Soon to complete, the girls are using their new found barbering skills in the salon. They are keeping the whole team in the know with their new skills and knowledge by regular in-salon training and tutorials.
Just recently our senior stylist Sinead and Lorelle visited the L’Oreal Hammersmith academy for a specialist barbering course with the award winning barber Sheriff Mehmet and his team from Envy Barbers, London. They spent the morning learning all about Sheriff’s successful business and his male grooming services he offers. They had a deep insight into the barbering world and learnt all about different tip and tricks you can use to help you along the way. They then watched a demo from the master himself showing off his skills on two male models, opening it up to a question and answer session for all those burning questions the students may have had.
In the afternoon the girls were given there own models to work on, it was encouraged by Sheriff to try out techniques learnt that day on the models. Both Sinead and Lorelle found this really helpful to try out the skills they learnt that day on a one to one basis with the whole team. Here are their finished looks;
Here at Gaudi we offer a huge variety of male grooming:-
- Contemporary cutting.
- Traditional barbering.
- A complete men’s hair product range.
- A full consultation before every cut.
- New suggestions for your hairstyle.
Whether you choose to maintain your current look or go for a complete restyle, you can feel at ease and enjoy:
- Complimentary refreshments.
- Tips on styling your hair at home.
- A relaxing shampoo and condition.
- Optional upgrade to our luxury shampoo and conditioning treatment with relaxing head massage.
No appointment necessary, although we do recommend you book an appointment to avoid disappointment. Click on the BOOK NOW tab to register for online booking and make your own appointments at your own convenience.