New barbershops keep popping out in Geneva and if you sometimes wander in its beautiful streets you probably have spotted a few. These small shops are settling in everywhere in the canton. They’re neither actual shops, nor hair salons, but places where you can get your beard shaved or trimmed as well as a fresh haircut. They’re called “barbershops” and their targeted customers are men. In all honesty, who doesn’t love a nicely groomed gent?
If you don’t know how to tell barbershops from hair salons for men, look for the barber’s pole, a white, blue and red sign located near the entrance.
History fans might like to know that the barber’s pole dates back to the Middle Ages in England. At the time, barbers sometimes used their razors for other tasks than shaving. Indeed, they occasionally made use of their blades to perform the job of doctors, nurses or surgeons. That’s why red, alluding to blood, is part of the three colors of the sign. The pole itself was firmly held by patients in order to make their veins more visible, which explains the presence of the color blue. Lastly, white bandages were used to stop the bleeding. How interesting! You sure won’t look at that sign the same way now that you know its meaning.
Right below, team CmG put together a list of the trendiest barbershops in Geneva, but don’t hesitate to share your favorite(s) with us!
Boulevard Carl-Vogt 4, 1205 Genève
Rue Saint-Joseph 43, 1227 Genève
Place du Bourg-de-Four 7, 1204 Genève
Chemin du champ des filles 36, 1228 Genève
Boulevard des tranchées 54, 1206 Genève
Boulevard Georges-Favon 14, 1204 Genève
Boulevard du Pont d'Arve 2, 1205 Genève
Rue du Valais 2, 1202 Genève
Article written by Isabel G.-G and translated by Mathilde Meyer
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