Differentiating a Men’s Hair Salon from Women’s
2/5/2015

Many people, especially the men get confused differentiating a barber shop from a men’s hair salon. Historically, barber shops were used only to provide hair care for men, while salons were exclusively for women. However, today, both men and women can visit either a barber shop or a salon for their beautification needs, depending on the complexities and expertise that they might require.

Barber Shops

Previously, and perhaps until today, barber shops have become a gathering venue for men. They usually go to barber shops for their regular haircuts and facial hair shave. Basically, barbers make use of simple tools and equipment during men’s haircuts, such as shavers or razors, and shaving creams. Barber shops have also become a discussion or debate place for men in a community. Also, in barber shops, men learn how to become men, finding camaraderie among other men. However, as time passed, it is difficult to differentiate a barber shop from a men’s hair salon, considering the barbers today who are similarly apt with complex hair care services for men.

Beauty Salons

On the other hand, salons have become meeting grounds for the women within the community. In fact, salons were believed to be designed only for the elite, considering the price rates in upscale salons. However, these days, many beauty salons are offering more flexible and more affordable services, not restricting their services only to the rich people. Today, beauty salons have become a gathering place for both men and women, regardless of what beautification services they need as salons are no longer limited to servicing women. The same is true with barber shops.

When to Visit a Barber Shop and a Salon?

It is ideal to visit a barber shop, rather than a men’s hair salon if men are looking for some kind of traditional haircuts like a military style, flat top, or buzz-cut. During a limited budget, it is also perfect to go to the barber, not a hair stylist from a beauty salon. Overall, simple hair care needs and shaving needs can be provided by barbers, along with very affordable price tags. Men with longer hair might need salon services than the barber’s expertise. Salon stylists are generally more experienced in cutting and styling long hair than short hair. Salon stylists are also expert is coloring and more cutting-edge hair styles, thus, a beauty salon can also be considered as a men’s hair salon.

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