I look at it as a right I have as a man. Not a misogynist thing at all. I want and find trained barbers. I don't need or want a cosmetologist. I happen to be a pretty "masculine" guy. And I am in fact gay. But I have real traditional male taste. To each his own.
: There have been no barber schools here in
: Maine for twenty years. Very few in all of
: New England. So most barbers are
: cosmetologists who may have also apprenticed
: under a Barber, if lucky. Almost none are
: trained Barbers and those that are tend to
: be old enough that their skills are
: --Previous Message--
: Thanks. The big difference normally between
: barber college and cosmetology is barber
: colleges teach how to cut hair. Men's, but
: also women's. Cosmetologists are plentiful,
: ever since the advent of long hair for guys
: decades ago it's become harder and harder to
: find a LICENSED barber. Lots of women open
: up "barber shops" with cosmetology
: licenses here in California.
: I gave up decades ago having a cosmetologist
: cut my hair. An honest barber will tell
: you, as a group cosmetologists don't know
: how to taper well, work on mens' beards with
: straight razor's etc. Not to knock their
: skills, they are just different. But they
: have been somewhat deceptive at times at
: advertising just what they can do. They
: cannot do the kind of traditional all
: clipper crew cut I wear. Or a flattop, etc.
: Maybe a few can, but very few.
: --Previous Message--
: As licensing is done at a State level, you
: would get a lot of different answers, I
: suspect. Observation on my part-immigrant
: barbers tend to be trained in the really
: traditional ways. Young US trained it
: really depends on whether the
: barber/cosmetology training is really fully
: integrated. If not, I get a sense that a
: lot of young barbers and stylists learn
: their clippering skills OTJ. I find the
: haircutting skills from the cosmetology side
: and the clippering, tapering/fading skills
: from barbering blend well together, no pun
: --Previous Message--
: Looking at some older posts by guys here,
: talk about how barbers get trained
: differently now.
: Out of curiosity, I'm wondering what people
: mean. I talked to my barber the other day
: about Barber Colleges here in Southern
: California. There's really maybe a total of
: four real barber colleges in all of So Cal.
: When guys talk about training I'm wondering
: what they mean. Here, they are still doing
: essentially what they have always done from
: what I can tell. A girlfriend I had in high
: school did the barber college route (her dad
: was a famous haircutter to rock and roll LA
: people back in the 1970;s (a stylist). So
: I've been around both old school barbers and
: Beverly Hills stylists when I was younger.
: Not that I was wealthy, you don't have to be
: to get a good haircut at many of those
: salons, actually. For decades I've gotten
: military cuts at very "guy" type
: shops. I have no idea where the hipsters
: actually train???
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