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It’s only recently that the world is paying attention to men’s skincare and hairstyles.

But that doesn’t mean that we’re alien to the word ‘grooming.’

Men in Ancient Egypt were all about grooming and looking impressionable. There are razor blades that date back to 3500 B.C. And in Ancient Egypt, barbers held the same level of respect as priests.

Today, barbershops are very different from what they used to be like in the Middle Ages. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how barbershops started and their importance today:

The Barbers Shop Pole

The Technicolor pole, in all its glory, is a symbol of a barbershop. But have you ever wondered how it came into being? You might remember its references in the Canterbury Tales or movies.

But most people don’t know the origins of the barbershop pole. It started in the Middles Ages when people would visit a barber for teeth pulling, shaving, haircuts, and bloodletting. During those times, barbers would offer medical services as well.

They would advertise their services by placing a bowl of their clients’ blood in front of the window.

But in 1307, covering a shop’s windows with blood became illegal and barbers needed a new way to advertise their services. Since most people were illiterate, they needed to be creative.

That’s how the classic pole was created; the red signified bloodletting. The white was for bandages, and blue signified non-oxygenated blood.

In 1745, barbers were banned from performing surgical procedures. But the pole still remained and became a symbol of the services barbers offered.

Modern Day Barber Shops

It was in the 1800s that schools for barbers started opening. By the 18th century, barbers were known for shaving and everything related to men’s grooming.

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In 1880, you could buy tools and equipment for $20 and open your own barber shop! Barbers became the go-to experts for hairstyling and shaving. They continue to play an essential role in men’s grooming and beauty trends.

If you’re planning to open your own barber shop/salon, then you’ll need to order salon furniture online! After all, it’s the equipment and tools that make all the difference when it comes to providing your clients with exceptional-quality services!

The good news is that Empire Salon Equipment offers a wide range of equipment, furniture, and tools for barbershops in Brooklyn, New York. 

Feel free to call us at (718) 395-2030 to talk to our customer service representative and learn more about our services.