History of Barbershops


Barbershops in Charlotte NCRoosters Barbershop Charlotte presents the history and rebirth of barbering, one of the world’s oldest professions.  Archeological studies have turned up crude forms of facial and hair adornment practiced by prehistoric people in the glacial age.

Barbering tools including combs, cosmetics and razors made of tempered copper and bronze came from the tombs of Egypt.  These relics and many written records indicate that the nobility and priesthood were regular customers in barbershops over 6000 years ago.  Even in those ancient days barbers’ services included shaving, haircutting, beard trimming, hair coloring and makeup.

During Moses’ time barbershops were available to the general population as well as nobility; but, people under Mosaic law were required to follow instructions which prohibited them from cutting the hair and trimming the beard in imitation of others who had adopted the custom.

When barbershops were introduced in Rome the art of barbering became further advanced and Rome became known for its fine baths and barbershops.  Barbers were popular and prosperous and barbershops were centers for daily news and gossip.  The free men of Rome were clean-shaven while the slaves were forced to wear beards.

Early Christen Era barbers assisted the clergy who were not allowed to perform the surgery of those days.  Barbers performed bloodletting procedures.  Later they pulled teeth, and for centuries this service comprised the whole art of dentistry.  Barbers also administered herbs and other medications.  For more than a thousand years barbers were known as barber-surgeons.

As time went on and the practice of medicine and surgery advanced, barbers were restricted to only the medical practices of bloodletting, tooth-pulling and simple cauterizing.  Later, medicine advanced through science and research and greatly overshadowed the ancient and dying practice of bloodletting. 

The year 1745 marks the end of along and glorious period in the history of barbershops.  The art of barbering continued to decline economically, technically and even morally.  By the end of the 19th century barbershops became unsanitary and undignified as they were known as centers for cheap gossip and reading rooms for risqué magazines.  Barbering became a disrespected craft and barbers were grouped in the lowest social strata.

Barbershops Come Back and Organize

Late in the 19th century a few barbers who were men of high ideals took action to lift the art of barbering from its degraded position to its rightful level of professional and personal service.  Barbers began to organize into employer organizational services known as “boss barber” and “master barber” groups and into employee organizations known as “journeyman barber” groups.

In 1887 the Journeyman Barbers International Union was formed in New York.  Affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, this employees’ union is now called the Journeyman Barbers’, Hairdressers’, Cosmetologists’ and Proprietors’ International Union of America, with its headquarters in Indianapolis, IN.

In 1893 Mr. A.B. Moler published the first text book of barbering, “The Moler Manual of Barbering.”

In 1897 the first barber license law was passed in Minnesota to prescribe sanitary practices for barbering and to stipulate minimum educational and technical requirements for barbers in that state.

In 1924 the Associated Master Barbers of America was organized in Chicago with the leadership of Louis E. McIlvain.  The name of the organization was later changed to Associated Master Barbers and Beauticians of America.

In 1927 the National Association of Standardized Barber Schools was formed to develop co-operative efforts with the National Educational Council of the Associated Master Barbers and Beauticians of America to standardize the operation of barber schools.

In 1929 the National Association of State Boards of Barbers Examiners was organized in St. Paul, Minnesota, to standardize qualifications of applicants for barber examinations and to standardize methods of examining applicants.  This organization of State Barber Boards was also a clearing house for information valuable to all State Barber Boards.

The 21st Century Barbershops in Charlotte

Roosters Barbershop in Charlotte NCunderstands and values the difference a precision hair cut can make to a man’s appearance.  Men who have experienced the 10 minute haircut from discounting barbershops in Charlotte appreciate the value of Roosters service.  Today’s man is not interested in the Metro-sexual approach to grooming found in their wife’s Uni-sex beauty salon.  Men want the good old-time Charlotte NC barbershop that caters to all their professional grooming needs.

Roosters understands that a bad haircut is generally more apparent to those viewing the victim, especially women!  A bad haircut is a poor reflection on the victim, indicating he cannot afford to spend money on his own appearance or he doesn’t value spending time or money on himself.  Bad haircuts can be a poor reflection at job interviews, promotion consideration, etc…

Roosters serves clients in North and South Carolina, South Mecklenburg County, South Charlotte, Northern Lancaster County, Indian Land, Fort Mill, Pineville, Charlotte and neighboring cities and communities.  28277, 29707, 29715, 28134, 28210, 20226