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The Strand: January 2014

Posted on Thursday, 01 January 2015.

The Strand: January 2014

This months article is all about the art and history of barbering.

A landmark on every high street in Britain the Barber shop, a business which has been through its ups and downs over the years. Traditionally know as barber surgeons, this art form has not only been attached to the British Army and Royal Navy tasked with cutting men's hair short but also commissioned to preform surgery, bloodletting and leeching, fire cupping, enemas and the extraction of teeth.

Once a place where gentlemen would not only come for a shave but to also socialised with like minded gentleman, where they could discuss current affairs, the barber shop was a gentleman only place. It was once a weekly and sometimes a daily place to visit until the release of the safety razor, creating men the option to shave them selves at home.

Not such a far cry from the tradition that once was, Chelmsford has many barbers from the traditional to the more modern which men can choose from. Still there is the option for most to have a traditional shave, and still is a wonderful place for men to socialise.

The barbering techniques have changed over the years but the fundamental training in the cutthroats and clipper cuts are the same. With old styles coming back into fashion the barbering industry can give it a modern twist to create something outstanding.

Something that every man should try… apparently.

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