Getting a haircut is one of the few grooming activities that all men do across the board. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fashion-conscious male who’s meticulous about your appearance or a shirt-and-jeans kind of guy whose idea of grooming is a Gillette razor – it’s a given that you get a haircut every now and then. That’s why we have a feeling every guy can find something to appreciate in Phaidon’s upcoming The Barber Book.
A fun look at the most popular men’s hairstyles of the last century, it documents everything from undercuts and afros to mohawks and the classic Madison Avenue look. Whether you’re interested in barbering, looking to change up your hair game, or just want some light reading about men’s hairstyles, this hardcover should cover plenty of ground to satisfy your curiosity.
More than a compendium of hairstyles, The Barber Book focuses on the personalities, fashion trends, and cultural events that inspire each one. As such, it doubles as a handbook on the cultural meaning behind hairstyles and how each one fit within the era where it found its way onto most men’s crowns. Over 192 pages, it combines lively essays with vintage photographs and quirky illustrations that detail what items to pair with each hair to achieve the complete look, along with instructions on how to cut each style for any aspiring barber. Obviously, a book named as much won’t be complete without a look at the guys who cut your hair, along with an updated directory of the finest barber shops around the world.
Slated to come out March 22, The Barber Book is priced at $14.85.