The History and Evolution of Barbering to Modern Day
Many people think of Barbering as just another average occupation, but the history behind barbering has prestigious and important roots.
Barber, or Doctor?
Barbering is one of the oldest professions in the world. Cutting hair was only a portion of a barber’s repertoire. Barbers were often referred to as barber-surgeons. Ever wonder where the barber pole design came from? The white spirals represent blood, white was for bandages, and the blue has been loosely interpreted to represent the veins in a human.
Barbers performed various tasks such as minor surgery, dental work, bloodletting, and diagnostics of various health problems. Imagine going to the barbershop to get a haircut and your teeth pulled in the same day...kind of bizarre, right?
What makes the art of barbering even more impressive is the fact that back then, they didn’t have any fancy or motorized clippers and gadgets.