The barber profession is one of the oldest since man’s existence.
In fact, around the year 1200, a barber was known best as “Barber – Surgeon”.
He mainly traveled from village to village and he was not only welcome to trim the hair of the villagers. In addition to shaving and cutting, they bandaged wounds, cut away abscesses and applied long-forgotten treatments such as phlebotomy and leech placement. In the western United States, hairdressers continued to pull teeth up in the 19th century. A barber in St. Louis still placed leeches in 1913.
When the barbers arrived, they usually visited the local inn where they set up shop. To inform the villagers that “The Barber” was in the village, the well-known barber pole was placed in front of the inn.
This not only served as a landmark but was primarily intended to hang the, usually bloodied, bandages after washing.
The barber pole was always painted in the same colors. Spirally it was red, white and blue. White represents the sterility in which work was done, red represents the blood that flowed during bloodletting, etc. and blue probably represents the color of the nobility.
For those who were of the nobility also eagerly used the services of the barber-surgeon.
After his job as a surgeon disappeared, the barber pole remained, it became the landmark of the local hairdresser.
A barber is involved in the shaving, cutting and care of beards and mustaches. He is also often a men’s hairdresser.
Barber is a very old profession that was already highly regarded by the Egyptians. The name is derived from the Latin word Barba meaning beard.