So what is the difference between a barber and a hairstylist?
A barber specializes in cutting men's hair, both on the head and on the face. Traditionally, barbers offered expert shaves of the face and neck. But like the waistcoat and the snap-brim hat, that part of the barber's role has largely faded to obscurity. Still, a few old-school barbers continue to offer it. Today Home of Wealth features on such company, Barber on Pearl, as a reminder of traditions gone by.
Barber on Pearl is one of the old-style business. It is evident that 57 Pearl st and Barber Shop is of historical significance to Dumbo and the surrounding area. As with many old buildings and people of the past, it has a rich history. Finding it out can be as easy as just talking to people.
The modern barber belongs to an ancient vocation, whose earliest beginnings trace at least as far back as 3500 BC in Egypt That's more than 5,000 years - a lot of haircuts.
Barbers train in the cutting of men's hair and do not receive the other, more expansive training in coloring, texturing, or otherwise chemically altering the hair that hairstylists receive. If this makes you think barbers are less skilled than hairdressers, think again: like a doctor specializing in one system of the human body, barbers are trained and re-trained to deal with men's hair and all its weird tendencies and adjustments.
Choosing whether to go for a hairstylist or a barber is for the most part choosing where you feel most comfortable. There's a sense of masculine confidence to the work of a good barber. On the other hand, if your preferred hairstyle requires an awful lot of artificial enhancements (perm, highlights, etc) you're better off in the care of a hairstylist.
A barbershop like Barber on Pearl is a place where men can unwind, tell a joke, and enjoy one another's company - it is an hour spent "with the guys." The old school barbershops still keep that atmosphere, and plenty of new shops uphold that tradition. Some are beginning to merge the barbershop atmosphere with hairstylist versatility, giving their male customers a "best of both worlds" approach to better grooming.