Old 13 is one of those throwback barbershops when barber shops were more than just a place to get a haircut, but rather a touchstone in a community where guys gathered to catch up and tune out. Somewhere down the line, the classic barbershop gave way to the ‘Salon.” The barber gave way to the stylist. And the cold beer and newspaper gave way to cucumber water and a scalp massage (I enjoy both, by the way).
Alongside simple matter of practicality, the return of the barbershop seems to be closely associated with a larger cultural desire to link back to a simpler time. Even trends in men’s haircuts – with substantial favor given to the pompadour and vintage ‘high and tight’ styles – favor the barbershop, where the styles originated in the 1920’s through to the 1950’s. To create these ‘vintage’ styles requires a barber, who often specializes in creating the perfect ‘fade’ line characteristic of short men’s styles. It’s a technique that when mastered over many years is highly coveted and sought out by those who are in the know. It’s one of the reasons that in street and urban cultures the barbershop never went away: a proper ‘fade’ requires a near-religious devotion to a barber to be properly maintained and looking its best
In fact, artists such as Kanye West have been known to employ a full-time traveling barber exclusively to cut his hair as often as every few days. For those of us not as financially endowed as Yeezy, the primary reason barbershops have been popping up with such frequency is their economic practicality for both the owners and their customers. Without the need to provide full-range spa services and complex cut and coloring products the overhead cost of a shop is substantially lower, meaning the proprietors can pass those savings on to you. Old 13 Detroit Barber Company’s prices are right in line with everyone else. As men pay an increasing amount of attention to their grooming regimen, the barbershop will continue to evolve to serve their clients. For many that suffered through the salon era, it’s a welcome shift. A trip to the barbershop is often not only more affordable but also allows you to experience the kind of attention to men’s grooming that only a barbershop can provide so well. Visit Top Detroit Barber, Old 13, today and sit back, relax, and enjoy the best haircut you’ve ever had. ~ Detroit Grooming Lou
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