Here at Kensington Barbers, we are passionate about the artistry and the history of the barber shop.
One thing we have noticed, however, is that while more and more men are happily spending extra time and money to make sure they get a high quality haircut, the number of men happy to let a barber look after their facial hair is considerably smaller.
This seems like a massive mistake to us. Most of you would never cut the hair on top of your head yourself, instead trusting in the skill of a professional – so why should you trwat your facial hair differently?
But before we tell you why you should be letting your barber trim your facial hair, let’s first take a quick look at the long history of barbershops.
At the height of the barbershop’s popularity from the late 19th to the early 20th century, they were more than just places to get your hair cut. Barbershops were places men would visit to socialise with one and other, rivalling the popularity of pubs and taverns.
Just think about how many times you’ve seen barbershops used in films and TV shows as a place for men to bond or repair damaged relationships.
Nowadays, we are also starting to see some of that same social aspect work its way back into barbers, as more and more shops are adding features like coffee makers, miniature sweet shops and even micro golf in some extreme cases.
So, here’s why you should definitely consider letting a barber trim your facial hair the next time you are getting a haircut:
Get a professional’s input
As we’ve already said, a professional is always going to do a better job than an untrained layman. So, having a barber trim your facial hair means you will get a professional, clean cut to a degree that you could never achieve by yourself at home.
Keep up to date with styles
If you always trim your facial hair yourself, it can be easy to fall into a pattern and always cut your hair the same way, time after time, for years on end. One benefit of the social nature of barbershops is that you are able to interact with others and see what different styles are popular at the moment. You’ll also be more open to trying new styles of facial hair you wouldn’t know how to style by yourself.
Avoid the mess
Anyone who has tried to shave or trim a decent sized beard in their own bathroom knows one thing for sure: it makes a giant mess. Hair clogs up your razor and your sink and no matter how tidy you try to be, stray hairs seem to make their way onto every surface in the room, and you’ll find yourself cleaning them away for days afterwards.
All of this hassle is avoided by visiting a professional to get your beard trimmed. Not only will your face look great, you’ll avoid having to perform any clean up.
Treat. Yo. Self.
At the end of the day, one of the best reasons to let a barber look after your facial hair is just to do it as a treat for yourself. You deserve a little pampering and luxury, after all.
So, if we’ve inspired you, why not come on down to Kensington Barbers for a haircut and a shave today!