4 Modern Day Barber Shops With Vintage Style

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For some people, vacation priorities involve world-famous restaurants, historical landmarks or luxurious hotels.  While all of those things are fine and good, you won’t get far without being well-groomed.  And for those of you for whom grooming is a special activity onto itself, you may want to consider these vacation destinations that are home to some of the country’s best barber shops.  We’ve even included travel tips to help you channel the spirit of each place.

Britain’s Best Barber Shave

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Bluebeard’s Revenge (Dreadnought in North America) recently sponsored a contest to find the best barber shave in Britain.  Here is a video of the event:    

Lucky Tiger’s Success Comes From Decades of Consistent Quality

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In an industry where positioning a brand as retro vintage is suddenly new and trendy, Milwaukee’s Lucky Tiger doesn’t even need to even try.  Trademarked in Kansas City in 1935, the iconic men’s brand actually stretches back to a barber shop from the 1920s, when it was a very large line of tonics and hair products.  Amazingly, many of those exact same formulations exist today.

The Sub Culture of Barber Shops

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You know what’s great about subcultures? Many of them highlight and rely on traditions. You can hate them, you can love them, but you cannot deny the fact that various subcultures revived so many forgotten things and brought them to a new level with a new modern twist.

Mama Bear Soaps – Ye Olde Barbershoppe Shave Soap

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Ye Olde Barbershoppe is a rather nice combination of woodsy and spicy scents (mostly amber and bay rum, with a bit of musk according to Mama Bear’s website). Does it smell like a barber shop? Well, I guess that depends upon the barber shop. I guess the problem is that there isn’t any real agreement on what a barber shop scent should smell like, even amongst the experts. I can say it doesn’t smell a thing like Taylor of Old Bond Street’s Shaving Shop cream. Which overall I think is a good thing, I do prefer this scent.