Before the profession of the Oak Brook barber landed where it is today, the term “barber” encompassed many unusual and surprising tasks. The earliest records of this profession show that barbers have accomplished what modern day doctors, surgeons, and dentists undertake. In addition to this, they played key roles in hygiene and fashion throughout the years. The following elaborates a brief history of where the barber has been.
The earliest record of the barber shows that they often served as medicine men and priests of their respective tribes. The people of these tribes believed that evil spirits could enter their bodies through their hair. When the tribe’s barber performed marriage and baptism ceremonies, he would cut off the peoples’ hair in order to rid them of these evil spirits. It was in this way that barbers were some of the most important members of their tribes. Continue reading