Why Do Men Love Barbershops? If you’re like most men these days, you’re probably going to some barber shops. I used to do it too. Most of the time, I’d walk out of these places with a crappy haircut. Sometimes, my haircut would look decent for the first week or so, but then it would grow out into a horrible bowl.
The problem is that many of the people who work at salons are not trained barbers. They’re cosmetologists. The difference between the two can spell the difference between a dopey-looking haircut and a great one.
A barber is trained to cut with clippers, the main tool in cutting a man’s hair. Cosmetologists, on the other hand, are trained to use scissors. Their training is also geared towards catering to women’s hair. They become experts in styling, coloring, and perming — things a man has no need for. That’s why when you ask the stylist at the other barber shops to use the number 2 on the clippers, you walk away with a bad haircut. They’re probably not well versed in how to use them. But a barber can employ the clippers with finesse.