Greetings and happy holidays to all my readers. Kinda crazy weather in some parts of the world, heavy snow in Ireland and flash floods in Los Angeles County. So, here's a treat: 1940s Mohawks. Yes, a lot of folks have heard or read about US airborne troops parachuting into Normandy in '44 with shaved heads and Mohawks. But you never SEE images of these guys... well here goes:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Courtesy of fellow barber blogger Frank Reiland I came across this new clip of Donny Hawley talking at his shop. It's beautifully shot - kudos to whoever put this video together. I find it very interesting that Donny talks about the hardships of barbers from the 60s to the 80s. This is exactly what Liam Finnegan, veteran barber and owner of the Waldorf talks about. Damn hippies ruined it for all of us!!! Anyway, a new Golden Age of traditional barbering seems to be back. Incidentally, in Donny's shop there's a b&w photo of his grandad motocross bikeracing in Dublin back in the 50s in "Shelbourne Park." This is only a couple of miles from me - I messaged Donny about this but I'm not sure he got it.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I wanted to share this neat image I came across on the net of a Victorian gentleman shaving himself. It struck a cord because it reminded me of the video below of me shaving with a straight razor. What strikes me as unusual in the picture (or is it a painting) is that the subject is shaving - a mundane gentleman's task. Normally pictures from the period were more staged.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Hello friends. I've been meaning to put together a shave video for a while and have finally done it. Shaving yourself at home with a straight razor is a different experience than shaving or getting shaved in a barbershop. You need to learn the basics, then figure out what works for you. Traditionally at a barbershop, one would start from the jawline and do the neckline later. I've found that doing the neck first works best for me. To keep this video as easy and practical as possible, I'm using a shavette (which we looked at in an earlier post) and I'm using a cheap shaving brush and palmolive soap - yes, that's right, just a bar of plain old soap. That's why it drys in a little faster than palmolive shave paste would do.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Below is a great clip about a barbershop in the late 50s. You can see that the barber is using a barrel type clippers.
Monday, April 5, 2010
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