17
Jun

ART OF SHAVING AND HAIR CUTS

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RECENTLY WHEN WALKING DOWTOWN DC  BETWEEN 17TH ST NW AND 18TH, I NOTICED A BUSINESS CALLED “THE ART OF SHAVING” THAT DID NOT HAVE

THE APPEARANCE OF A NORMAL BARBER SHOP.

I WALKED IN AND INQUIRED ABOUT THEIR SHAVING ADVERTISEMENT.

I WAS TOLD THAT THIS BUSINESS OFFERED THE BEST SHAVING FOR MEN AVAILABLE,BY EXPERIENCED OPERATORS-THE ADVERTISED PRICE  OFFERED

A ROYAL SHAVE WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR $55.00, TRADITIONAL SHAVE $35.00, HAIR CUT $40.00,BEARD/MOUSTACHE TRIM $35.00

I RECALLED MY SHAVING DAYS WHEN I WAS A WORLD WAR II VETERAN–WE USED A SHAVING BRUSH, A GILLETTE RAZOR AND SHAVING SOAP- NO SHAVING

BOMBS ,LIKE RISE, BARBASOL , OLD SPICE ETC. AND QUITE OFTEN THERE WAS NO HOT WATER AVAILABLE.

I REMEMBER ONE GI WHO JUST SHAVED HIS  CHIN!!

ALSO, I REMEMBER GROWING UP IN SW D.C.,713 4 1/2 STREET ,NEXT DOOR TO SAM’S BARBER SHOP–HAIR CUTS ABOUT 25 OR 35 CENTS. ONE BARBER WHO WORKED

FOR SAM, HAD ONE LEG, AND SLEPT IN THE BARBER SHOP DURING THE NIGHT.

WHEN THE BARBER SHOP CLOSED DURING THE EVENING HOURS, THIS BARBER (I FORGOT HIS NAME) WOULD PLAY SOLITAIRE, ON A LEDGE OF THE FRONT

WINDOW. HE DIDN’T LIKE FOLKS LOOKING AT HIS GAME,BECAUSE OCCASIONALLY HE WOULD “CHEAT” A BIT.

TODAY, JUNE 17, 2014 I PAY $16.00 FOR A MAN’S HAIR CUT PLUS A TIP-TOTAL USUALLY AMOUNTING TO AROUND $20.00

YES, THAT’S A BIT HIGHER THAN 35 CENTS–BUT– I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PRICE OF WOMEN’S HAIR CUTS FLUCTUATE FROM AROUND $20.00 TO

A HUNDRED BUCKS DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY GO AND THE SIZE OF THEIR PURSE.

I RECENTLY ASKED MY BARBER WHAT HE CHARGES FOR A SHAVE-HE SAID ABOUT $20.00 BUT NO STRAIGHT RAZORS USED!!

YES -THINGS CHANGE!!!

P.S. I JUST RECALL AN ARMY GI HAIRCUT JOKE–AFTER A GI RECENTLY INDUCTED INTO THE ARMY WAS DIRECTED INTO A HAIRCUT FACILITY TO RECEIVE

A GI HAIRCUT (A HAIRCUT THAT DOESN’T LEAVE MUCH HAIR ON THE CUSTOMER’S HAIR) WAS ASKED THE USUAL QUESTION BY THE BARBER–DO YOU

WANT ANYTHING ON YOUR HAIR??(LIKE HAIR TONIC OR SPRAY)-THE SCALPED CUSTOMER’S REPLAY WAS -NO, MOST OF MY HAIR IS NOW ON YOUR FLOOR!!!!

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