Behind every successful man once stood a barber to ensure that he looked the part to that nine figure business meeting; that selfie that ladies fawned over; that picture that got all the “goals” comments⎯simply put, there are people that go out of their way to learn a craft that is directly responsible for the appearance of men (and some women) worldwide and indirectly responsible for a lot of marital choices that ladies have made spanning centuries, and these people are not easy to come by.
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Many people do not know the sheer determination and tribulation a man goes through in order to get a barber that understands his hair(line) like he does, a barber who keeps to his appointments and makes up with free sessions when he is late; a barber who respects you and does not hold his mobile phone in one hand while using the other hand to navigate your hairline; or even a barber that goes out of his way to make sure that there are no ensuing heartbreaks* from a fade that is out of place, or trim lines are uneven. These people are either women or lucky.
To shed more light on this subject matter, let us open to the book of Probarbs 31 to see what the Bro Bible™ says about barbers:
10  A barber of noble character who can find? He is worth far more than rubies.
11 His clients have full confidence in him and adequately tip him in considerable value.
12 He brings out good look, not baldness, all the days of his life.
13 He doesn’t discriminate caucasian or African and works with eager hands.
14 He is like the trick magician, bringing handsomeness from afar.
15 He gets up while it is yet morning; sterilizing the clippers and heating up the towels… Same temperature for his friends, same temperature for his foes
16 He considers a shop and rents it; and out of his earnings he contributes to his community.
17 He sets about his work vigorously; his arms of course, strong for the task at hand.
18 He sees that his trading is profitable, and his generator does not go out at night. Or mid-haircut
19 In his hand he calms the head of his client, and works the clipper with magical finesse.
20 He opens his doors to the poor and extends free cuts to the needy.
21 When it rains, he has no fear for his clients; for all of them are comfortably seated in the shop telling stories from back in time while waiting for calm.
22 He makes coverings for his clients; and his uniform is always crisp and well pressed.
23 His wife is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 He purchases sporting wave gels and sells them for minimal profit, and supplies the merchants with firsthand knowledge of consumer behavior data.
25 He is clothed with strength and dignity; and in his shop one can laugh at the days to come.
26 He speaks with wisdom, and guidance is on his tongue.
27 He watches over the affairs of his street and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 His clients arise from The Chair and call him blessed; his staff also, they heap endless praises upon him:
29 “Many men do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
30 Wigs are deceptive, and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder; but a barber who restores your hairline is to be praised.
31 Honor him for all that his hands have done, and let his haircuts bring you maidens to your bosom and praise at the city hall.

This passage as a whole is self explanatory, but let us take a look at verses 15 and 20 which shows us the egalitarian nature of the barbershop… A place where every man is seen as a brother regardless of skin color, religion or political leanings.

There’s no long preaching during evening service, so as you ogle that clean shaven man this night at the club, please do not forget to put to practice the ways of the barbershop, pay your tithes, pay your taxes, tip your barber and continue to remain blessed.

Until next time, selah.

Nteoniro.


* Heartbreaks is used intentionally.

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