During the 18th century wig makers rose in popularity and had what was widely known as their golden age. Following the French revolution however, wigs fell by the wayside and natural hair became king. In courts and parliaments however, powdered wigs were still widely used, at least for a little while. Things were about to change.
Barbershops existed in those early days, of course, but they served as far more than just simple barber shops. They actually worked in the art of bloodletting, which is an old method of removing blood from an individual in the hopes of ridding them of infection. In addition to that, barbers would handle dental extractions. This of course was handled mainly in towns where medical professionals were nowhere to be found, but in 1850, the practice was phased out. Re-organization of the profession would see it based solely on hair care.
Following the second half of the nineteenth century, babershops could be found in all cities and in all small towns. Barbers quickly gained social prestige and as time went on new standard and regulations would be developed to make the profession more reliable.
In 1886, in the city of Columbus Ohio, the Barbers’ Protective Union was founded, and the year 1887 would see the founding of the Journeymen barbers International Union in the city of Buffalo, new York. With their new associations, various barber schools was founded, and in order to a barber, one had to obtain these licenses as well as substantial training and education.
It was only a matter of time before science would begin to play a role in the profession, and the scientific interests would be studied by a number of different professionals including:
In 1924 the Associated Master Barbers of America (AMBA) was founded in Chicago, though it would later be remained to hair International. Barbershops in fact became so popular that they were offered before the boarding of transoceanic cruises so that passengers could look their best before crossing the ocean.
Throughout the 20th century barbershops were widely split into two branches, one for men and one for women. Times change however, as did hairstyles.
Near the end of the 1970’s men began to wear longer hair, and the traditional male barbershops simply were not equipped to deal with it. Barbershops would respond by offering services to both genders, and unisex barbershops became more common in the 80’s.
Today almost all barbershops offer services to both genders, though you can still find a few holdouts. Barbershops have changed greatly over the centuries, and they are sure to change even more in the future. It’s hard to tell what that future holds, but you can be rest assured that it will be quite interesting, and it will evolve with the times.
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