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A Long Way Back To The Barbershop:

You would have to be very lucky to have survived the earlier methods of hair styling, there once were gruesome to style, using rocks and other sharp objects to style your hair in ancient times. Later in life, you weren't supposed to just have a hairstyle of your own choosing, some were only supportive of your class, race and other divides that plagued society. Let's let our hair down and have a look at how far we have come.

What is the history of the hairstyling industry?

In the very distant past around 300 CE, the ancient Egyptians would ward-off signs of graying hair by using a natural dye on their hair called Henna. This is an extract from a plant. Further on as civilization got wiser, Greeks and Romans developed their own permanent hair dyes to keep up with the latest trends- only to find that it was toxic. After some adjustments, they found a way to take the toxic stuff out and expanded beyond just using black colors, going into an assortment of colors for everyone to enjoy a hundred years later. As time progressed, the length of the hair evolved too in Egypt, length was a symbol of the age. Tying hair in golden tiaras was used as a symbol of wealth, this was also extended to threading of golden tubes into their hairstyles. Barbers were once surgeons who also attended to hair in the 1400’s, the Pope Alexander lll passed a law later on that separated the two practices. Hairdressing as a profession only took off in the 1600’s, this is when Queen Elizabeth the first had requests made for her natural red hair and Charles II made the male hair wig popular in England

What caused the decline of the barbershop before it's return?

The barbershops' decline started to kick-in in the 1900’s when technology made it easy to just buy your own grooming kit and do it yourself.. This was also brought about by the trend of a man having long hair & beards in between the 60’s and 70’s. This made the barbershop industry suffer a massive collapse. The enhancement of hairstyles through the times saw men opting for salons to don some urban retro hairstyles than bother with the barbershop. The 21st century has brought this all back, with the widespread of promenades, gels, and dyes to add some chic styles to mens hair ensemble. Grooming has returned the culture to the barbershop to relive and realign the masculinity in the younger hippie cultured male

What did metrosexual culture do to men's hairstyling.

The hipster's culture consists of men who are typically coming out of their teenage years and into middle-aged men. They are influenced by the heavy backdrops of pop-culture and punk rock fueled lifestyles, donning a taste for retro looking hairstyles and outfits to go along with the culture. This is a male that is tolerant of the effort that grooming requires, investing both time and attention to taking care of their appearance. This is a young adult male who is equally polarized, treading between masculinity and a dash of feminine preening to express themselves. Having the time to get under the hood of a car & fix an engine, while finding the means to indulge in some promenade and hair gel to bring back life to their hairstyle after washing up.

Who is the rebel saving masculinity with a pair of scissors?

One who is dedicated to keeping the masculinity in men intact is Matty Conrad. Who's artform is based on giving men their confidence back through their hair? Giving them classic gentlemen's haircuts to guide back towards restoring their masculine polarity with a pair of scissors and some machinery. A self-confessed patriot of gentlemanly characteristic that was inspired by his grandfather's way of life.

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