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Barbers on Broad
9/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Barbers on Broad

The modern barber bears little resemblance to the barber-surgeons of the middle ages who were just as happy to pull your teeth or slap a few leeches on your arm to let out the bad humours as they were to cut your hair and give you a shave.

Thankfully, barber-surgeons eventually stopped the minor surgery and bloodletting and are just called barbers today. Still, saying they’re just barbers is underselling the profession a little bit.

Of course, it all depends on the barber. If you’re used to going to one of those chain stores where you sit and wait in uncomfortable plastic chairs while questionable music floats in the background like a rough blanket trying to muffle the unyielding cries of seven hyperactive kids bouncing around the place like drops of water in a hot skillet while their mom pretends not to notice, then yeah. They’re probably just barbers.

However, if you’re tired of that kind of assembly line experience and long for the days when going to the barber meant something more than just getting your haircut over with as fast as possible, then try going to an actual barbershop - you know, one of those places with the cheery red, white, and blue pole outside. You might never go back to the chain establishment again.

One great example of a place offering the old-fashioned man-pampering of a bygone era is a new barbershop called Barbers on Broad that recently opened in Lake Charles.

You’ll notice the differences when you first walk into the place. Instead of flimsy plastic chairs, you sink into the lush folds of an overstuffed leather couch while you wait. Actual hardwood furnishings and cabinetry line the interior while an authentic shoeshine station sits in the corner, manned by a friendly guy with a thousand-dollar smile who’s always ready to polish up your dress shoes or dancin’ boots for a night on the town.

The whole place looks like whiskey, leather, and mahogany smell. It’s the kind of barbershop Ron Swanson would go to, complete with an American flag and the bleached skull of an old bull on the wall, with a complimentary beverage served with every cut.

Speaking of haircuts, you can get those too, but why stop there? Have you ever let your beard grow so wild it began developing its own ecosystem? They’ll fix that for you. Don’t have a beard, but still want a little something extra? Try a straight razor shave administered by the gentle, steady hands of a professional barber and you’ll soon despise that old disposable razor you’ve been using for the past three weeks while you wait for payday.

However, if you really want to go all out and get your face impossibly smooth, you’ll need to get a men’s facial wax, with need being the operative word there because no one ever wants to get their face waxed. Still, there’s no faster way to ridiculously smooth skin than slathering it with hot wax and ripping out those pesky stubble hairs by the root, which is something you really want to have done by a skilled professional, for obvious pain-related reasons. Noses and ears can also be waxed.

Kids are welcome too, while seniors, active military personnel, and college students with ID enjoy a special discounted rate. Give them a try. Treat yourself!

Located at 102 W. Broad St., Barbers on Broad is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. 337-429-5588.

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