ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT BARBERING? SHOWCASE YOUR TALENT ANYWHERE!
We’re all so used to sitting down on fancy chairs with the freshest towels to hand but have you ever thought of what the barbering experience would be like in another country…on the street?
We came across an article that is unique and gives us a full visionary experience of what street barbering is like in Vietnam. Take a read…
Article by miguel Gutierrez
In Vietnam’s Hanoi, the street barber is a familiar and certainly favourite sight. Day in, day out, the often ex-military men are cutting hair, not only to provide an income for their families, but also to enjoy the social side of things…
You can find a decent haircut anywhere in the world, right? Especially with salons and barber shops popping up all over the place, with the ever-increasing trend of male grooming taking over the world. Well, scrap any idea you have in your mind about trendy, hipster barber shops, with beard creams and pomades galore, and begin to open your mind to a world of simplicity and incredible value for money.
Welcome to the world of the renowned Street Barber.
All over the world, the mighty street barber has battled the elements for centuries in order to provide the masses with a quick, cheap, yet decent haircut. And, in countries like India and China, where money can certainly be an object, these street barbers have continued to provide this valuable service to the public, despite the lack of resources that a typical barber shop can offer. We have been looking at images of street barbers from all over the world, and the similarity is striking. The simple set-up, the bare necessity of barbering does not differ, no matter where you are. Here is a shot of street barbers at work, in Ecuador…
Vietnam’s Street Barbers: In Vietnam’s Hanoi, the street barber is a familiar and certainly favourite sight. Day in, day out, the often ex-military men are cutting hair, not only to provide an income for their families, but also to enjoy the social side of things… There have been street barbers in Vietnam since the 18th century, when French colonists apparently encouraged the Vietnamese men to wear their hair ‘short and tidy’. In the early 1900’s, when the popularity of barbers was at its peak, there was even a ‘barber village’. In Kim Lien village, generations of families followed the tradition, and produced many of the countries barbers for a long time.
Although no longer functioning as a ‘barber village’, each year the village and surrounding areas hold a festival, where visitors are offered free haircuts and lots of hair stylists and barbers gather to celebrate the history of this special place.