The very recognized symbol of the red and white barber pole is associated with the barber-surgeons, and evolved from the procedure of bloodletting. Historically, it was a representation of bloody bandages wrapped around a pole. The bottom cap was used a basin to either catch the blood during the bloodletting or to mix lather for shaving the face. The original pole had a brass wash basin at the top, which represented the bowl in which leeches were kept.
The barber pole itself represents a staff that the patient gripped during the procedure to make the veins prominent and encourage blood flow. The white bandages used during surgery were washed (as best possible) then hung on the staff to dry. The stained bandages would then twist around the staff in the breeze, forming a red-and-white pattern.
The colors of the barber pole have also been interpreted that red represented the blood, blue, the veins, and white, the bandages. Others opinion is that the red, white and blue format represent s the colors in the US flag.
Barbering is one of the oldest professions in the world. We know through paintings and artifacts that Egyptians began barbering in 5000BC with early cutting tools of bone, flint, antler and shells. With the advance of civilization, barbering and hairstyling developed from its early culture into a recognized profession of the educated and honorable holding high status with the elite. The cultural, esthetic, and technical heritage they developed provides the basis for the prestige and respect accored to the barber title and its services today.
As a profession, barbering has risen from tribal beginnings to carry the practice of haircutting, styling, and shaving to all parts of the world. Barbers have served as surgeons, dentists, and wig-makers. They have adapted to the eras into which they were born by using the tools at hand from the earliest scissors to the hand clippers of the 1890s or the high-quality electrical tools available today. Barbers have had to adapt to trend, politics, and technological advances to maintain their profession and their livelihoods. Some of these changes were challenging, such as the change brought about by kings who mandated the wearing of wigs, while other changes have served the profession by enforcing state barber laws and the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Learn the art of shaving, clipper-cutting and beard trimming!
This course teaches the student all aspects of Barbering in both theoretical and practical applications. You will be prepared to pass the State Board Exam.
Class Schedule: Tuesday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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