A place that only old men frequent and kids dread embarrassing crew cuts, old-school barber shops have been marginalised in the lifestyle hierarchy since lot of men, especially the metrosexual generation, have opted for unisex salons where speed and fashion meet. In recent years, however, the red-and-white barber pole, the nostalgic buzz of electric hair clippers, the thick layer of lather and the masterly handling of the open razor while the customer is on a reclining chair - all of these have made a trendy comeback.
It looks like the barber shop is on the rise again, with a number of new places popping up around the city demanding their share of the lifestyle spotlight.
While some places have retained the old-school charm of thorough male grooming services, a few places have pushed the setting beyond its traditional definition, making the barber shop more than a male community but also a subculture in itself - lately with the influence of hip hop flourishes - where kindred spirits share ideas, fashion, music, culture and lifestyles.
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