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World Cup Hairstyles – Coming to a Barber Shop in Portland Near You?

Although many people are interested in the FIFA World Cup to catch some great world soccer action (including an increasing number of Americans) the tournament always interests those who follow mens’ hair fashions as well and so far the 2010 tournament is not disappointing them.

Considering that the participants come from all corners of the globe that there is a wild variation in mens’ hairstyles on the pitch is hardly a surprise. The World Cup has certainly seen its fair share of outlandish ‘do’s (perhaps most memorably of all the sprawling blond voluminous perm of Carlos Valderrama in the 1990s, not quite the style that was walking out of barber shops in Portland at the time)

Certain teams seem to be favoring the long flowing locks look as a whole, notably Argentina and Switzerland (although Argentinian coach and soccer legend Diego Maradona’s new Santa Claus beard is a little odd and far from flattering.) while disgraced former England captain John Terry is sporting a spiky new mohawk that is stylish enough to no doubt have more than a few Northwestern men headed to their barbershop in Portland to copy the look.

Tamest of all though is former hair fashion icon and currently injured (but cheering from the sidelines as a team ambassador) England star David Beckham. Over the course of his career Becks has been bald, sported the kind of blonde flowing hair that WAGs would die for and most recently gone for the mohawk look himself. However seated next to boss Fabio Capello and his poodle perm  in the dugout he is now showing off a rather boring short back and sides.

If Beckham is a little boring perhaps the biggest hair shocker of this year’s competition so far was Spanish star Fernando Torres’ decision to ditch his trademark long blond hair and headband in favor of a stark brunette crew cut. Based upon his lackluster performance in Spain’s first game, when the team, co favorites to win it all, fell to the lowly Switzerland, some people wondered if the decision might have “Samson” type repercussions and that Torres may have jinxed himself by finally hitting the barber’s chair.

Who do you think has the best World Cup haircut? Is there a hairstyle that might tempt you to visit a good barber shop in Portland soon? Let us know in the comments section.

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The Renaissance of Barber Shops in Portland

These days most men care every bit as much about the look and condition of their crowning glory – their hair – as the ladies do. Hair coloring, intricate styles and other high end services such as conditioning treatments and straightening can all by on the stylish gent’s agenda nowadays, as long as they can find someone who is actually skilled enough to do it. Most big hair salons are still geared towards their lady clientele and hairdressing for men is a sideline if not even just an afterthought. What stylish gents really need is a good old fashioned barber shop but they are disappearing all over the country. However if you live in Oregon (or Washington) you might have more luck, since when seeking a great barbershop Portland has the solution.

The term “barber’ comes from the Latin for beard “barba”.The earliest practitioners of the craft were leaders in their tribes since most people, from all over the globe, held the belief that evil and mischievous spirits could enter the body via the hair on their heads, and that only a good trim could set them free.

Over the decades and centuries that followed barbers still held an important place in society. Aside from attending to various male grooming needs, which meant keeping up with ever changing fashion trends they also served as surgeons (as the old fashioned barber pole represents) and dentists. Once the medical profession was better established barbers were banned from surgical practices and lost a little of their high social standing perhaps, but their focal services remained in high demand.

At the dawn of the 20th century barber shops began to change and they became not only a place where a man could get a haircut and a good shave but also a place to socialize as well. This is exactly the kind of convivial atmosphere one finds at Antonio’s Barbershop Portland based, within the confines of another well-known gentlemen’s haven, Estes Men’s Clothing Store. Here men can receive the very best and the very latest grooming techniques in a uniquely relaxing environment.

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