03-28-2013, 08:53 AM
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I woke up this morning suddenly remembering - I think - that when I was a kid in the 1950s, the barber who gave me haircuts used shaving cream and a straight razor to finish up the edges of the hair around my neck, giving the finished haircut a sharp margin in back. Or did I just dream that?

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 03-28-2013, 09:00 AM
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(03-28-2013, 08:53 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I woke up this morning suddenly remembering - I think - that when I was a kid in the 1950s, the barber who gave me haircuts used shaving cream and a straight razor to finish up the edges of the hair around my neck, giving the finished haircut a sharp margin in back. Or did I just dream that?

No you didn't, John. You were raised in the greater Los Angeles area, I believe, and I in Brooklyn and the procedure was exactly the same. Actually, my barber here in San Diego does that, with a shavette, but it really isn't quite the same. It certainly beats an electric razor, though, which I have had done in the past.

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 03-28-2013, 09:08 AM
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Ah, it's reassuring to know that I'm just living in hazy memories rather than delusions. Thinking back now, I remember that razor finish as one of my favorite parts of the haircut. (My only displeasure then with the haircuts was that I always got them on a Saturday morning, so that I missed some TV cartoons.) My current barber uses an electric to finish, which is just blah.

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 03-28-2013, 09:12 AM
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Bob still does it that way. But.... He'll also give you White Walls if your not alert!!

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 03-28-2013, 09:29 AM
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My barber still does this as well, warm lather from the machine and a shavette. Goes all along my hairline, including around my ears which always makes me nervous...as I have several moles in there. Biggrin He never has cut them though, not a single time in over 3 decades.

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 03-28-2013, 09:29 AM
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Only a barber in PA is licensed to give shaves with a straight razor. They must use a shavette. Neck shaves and trimming around ears using hot lather is standard with most barbers in my area of PA. It is my favorite part too!
My brother in law is getting his PA barbers license and he will be tested on using a straight (shavette) for face and neck shaves.

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 03-28-2013, 09:45 AM
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All the barbers I have gone to recently to get a haircut finish up with a shavette. Its pretty nice. They usually use the Lather King machine, but one place (La Flamme barbershop in Harvard Square) used an Omega Pro 49 and some lather from a shave soap (I think it was Proraso). However the next time I went in, the guy used Foamy.

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 03-28-2013, 09:47 AM
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See, John, we're not getting older...we're getting better! Thumbup

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 03-28-2013, 09:50 AM
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(03-28-2013, 09:45 AM)jpakstis Wrote: All the barbers I have gone to recently to get a haircut finish up with a shavette. Its pretty nice. They usually use the Lather King machine, but one place (La Flamme barbershop in Harvard Square) used an Omega Pro 49 and some lather from a shave soap (I think it was Proraso). However the next time I went in, the guy used Foamy.

FOAMY!!!!! A47 That's a punishable offense! Angry

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 03-28-2013, 10:21 AM
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My barber uses a shavette and does the side burns too.

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 03-28-2013, 10:58 AM
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I can remember getting straight razor (hair) cuts in the mid-late 1960's. At my current barbershop, they use a shavette for trimming around the ears and neck. They also trim my eyebrows and any stray nose or ear hairs.

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 03-28-2013, 11:07 AM
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I'm another here whose barber uses a straight to clean up around the ears & neckline after a haircut. It's my favorite part of the experience.

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 03-28-2013, 11:13 AM
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Most barbers today mine included are afraid to use a straight razor for trimming or shaves because of liabilities resulting from immune
diseases. In fact when basketball players get cut they must come out of the game and have it taken care of before they are allowed to play again.

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 03-28-2013, 12:00 PM
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Hot lather machine, strop the old razor a few strokes, and trim. If a "barber" does not offer that service, he/she does not have my business.

No dream John. It is the way it should be.

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 03-28-2013, 12:04 PM
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(03-28-2013, 09:29 AM)jfmii Wrote: Only a barber in PA is licensed to give shaves with a straight razor. They must use a shavette. Neck shaves and trimming around ears using hot lather is standard with most barbers in my area of PA. It is my favorite part too!
My brother in law is getting his PA barbers license and he will be tested on using a straight (shavette) for face and neck shaves.

Here in central PA, my barber uses a shavette as well for trimming the nape of the neck, around the ears, and sideburns. Along with the warm lather, and the hot towel afterwards ... very nice! Biggrin

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 03-28-2013, 01:28 PM
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(03-28-2013, 12:00 PM)Johnny Wrote: Hot lather machine, strop the old razor a few strokes, and trim. If a "barber" does not offer that service, he/she does not have my business.

No dream John. It is the way it should be.

Some states have legislatively banned straight razors in barber shops.

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 03-28-2013, 01:36 PM
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(03-28-2013, 01:28 PM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(03-28-2013, 12:00 PM)Johnny Wrote: Hot lather machine, strop the old razor a few strokes, and trim. If a "barber" does not offer that service, he/she does not have my business.

No dream John. It is the way it should be.

Some states have legislatively banned straight razors in barber shops.

I also refuse to live in one of those states. Biggrin

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 03-28-2013, 02:41 PM
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I think it's absolutely brilliant that so many of your barbers still do this. Over here it's pretty rare, at least in my area of eastern Scotland. Usually the only places that would do that are Turkish barbers but you'd have to go into Edinburgh for that and I'm no city boy.

I used to go and get a haircut at an old barber's here in Penicuik - Martin's it's name was. Great old boy with his neat, slicked back, combed hair, navy blue barber's 'coat' and big sterilising jar in the corner. You'd walk down the street and open the old wood and glass pane door then a wee bell would ring as it closed. Up the stairs to a wee room with a TV in the corner and mostly older fellys sat round smoking, some chatting, some reading magazines of a dubious nature or a newspaper and the clip, clip, snip of scissors in the corner plus the usual, "Something for the weekend, sir?. Even by then though, the old boy had moved over to an electric but he still made a far better job round the back of my neck than any hairdresser ever has since.

Ah, memories....Cool

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 03-28-2013, 03:24 PM
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(03-28-2013, 02:41 PM)Gairdner Wrote: I think it's absolutely brilliant that so many of your barbers still do this. Over here it's pretty rare, at least in my area of eastern Scotland. Usually the only places that would do that are Turkish barbers but you'd have to go into Edinburgh for that and I'm no city boy.

I used to go and get a haircut at an old barber's here in Penicuik - Martin's it's name was. Great old boy with his neat, slicked back, combed hair, navy blue barber's 'coat' and big sterilising jar in the corner. You'd walk down the street and open the old wood and glass pane door then a wee bell would ring as it closed. Up the stairs to a wee room with a TV in the corner and mostly older fellys sat round smoking, some chatting, some reading magazines of a dubious nature or a newspaper and the clip, clip, snip of scissors in the corner plus the usual, "Something for the weekend, sir?. Even by then though, the old boy had moved over to an electric but he still made a far better job round the back of my neck than any hairdresser ever has since.

Ah, memories....Cool

Love your avatar. Haven't been to Penicuik since Edinburgh Crystal went belly-up. How sad.

I remember when every barber in Brooklyn had a strop hanging by the side of the barber's chair. In my youth, going into a barber who didn't have a straight was unheard of. Those days are long gone in most of the U.S., sadly. Sad

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 03-28-2013, 03:46 PM
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Very sad on both counts, Freddy. Sad

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