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What is Barbering?

„A barber is a person whose occupation is mainly to cut, dress, groom, style and shave mens and boys hair.“ – quoted from Wikipedia 

Basically, barbering has been around for almost as long as we have. Razors have been found among relics of the Bronze Age (around 3500 BC). But a barbers image is no longer what it used to be. Until not that long ago, barbershops were more like corner shops; people would meet there, talk politics, play boardgames or just have their hair cut, beards groomed or even wounds treated. A Barber was basically a doctor who also took care of your looks, and provided you with ’news‘. We like to think that we do some of that too (just not the stuff that you should go to the Klinik for!).

 

The Barber Pole

The symbol of a barber shop, a pole with a helix of red, white and blue coloured stripes is a type of sign used by barbers to signify the place or shop where they perform their craft. This represents the staff that the patient gripped during the medical procedure to encourage blood flow.

barber pole

The official symbol of a barber shop. The barber pole.

 

Nowadays  it’s different. The only thing in which a barber shop and a hair dressing salon really differ, is that the latter covers services for every gender  and the the former solely treats men, boys, and anyone with a beard . Today a barber is to a man what a hair dresser is to a woman. Somebody who talks to you and takes care of your looks.

Men are said to be a lot more vain now than they used to be. Or maybe they just didn’t speak about it in public and met in hiding to get groomed and do some chit chat. Nonetheless men also like to be spoilt sometimes. And who can blame them?

 

Meet Rayan – Barber at Greta Kahn

Rayan waiting for walk-ins.

Rayan isn’t just any barber. He’s a damn good barber. And, on top of his big bag of skills, he’s also a really decent guy. He started learning the craft of barbering shortly after his career as a football player for the national team in Irak ended. When all the trouble and the war started, he somehow managed to pack his things and make his way to Innsbruck. Whilst studying business and management in english he also cut hair for free in an asylum center. Just for the record he speaks fluent German, English and of course Arabic.

Apart from his love for the craft of barbering there is probably nothing he likes more than seeing his favourite teams win at football. You should’ve have seen his face when we set up a tv in the salon for him (and our clients, of course) to watch the World Cup. At 30 years of age he definitely counts as a grown up, but like the rest of us, when push comes to shove, he’s just a big kid.

Rayan is, without a doubt, one of the top barbers in Innsbruck.

From wet shaves to machine cuts to hot towel massages, he does everything with compassion and precision. He even does that thing (you know, that thing) where he burns the hair off your ears with a cotton bud attached to a stick. The only difference here is that in our barber shop you won’t find just men. The other half of Urban Cuts is a place where, no matter who you are, you can escape the rat race. For a while at least.

So, if you are looking for a great hair cut, we have 6 great stylists to choose from. If you are looking for a Barber – Meet Rayan!

 

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