There are different ways to become a barber but perhaps the most faithful to the old traditions is through the route of apprenticeship. Back when barbering was the norm for men (before the dreaded hairdresser took over), apprenticeships were pretty much the only way to learn a trade. Apprenticeships typically involved three to seven years of guided on-the-job training with a skilled mentor helping the young apprentice learn the skills of cutting, trimming, and shaving.
For Boudewijn Jurriaans aka Barber Birdman, the romantic story of barbering caught his attention in a way that only a true craft could and started him on a journey that would change his life. From sweeping up hair and making coffee, to completing barber school and working his way up to senior barber at one of Amsterdam’s best barbershops, Boudewijn found his true calling. Check out the second video of our 5-part series titled ”The Barber Stories” and rediscover the original men’s social club, the barbershop.
Since the release of this video Barber Birdman has gone on to open his own barbershop in Haarlem called Amsterdam Dandy. Men of Haarlem, your hairs are in good hands.
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