These Photos of Barbershops Around the World Capture the Bond of Brotherhood

Dana Oliver
Beauty Director

The barbershop is a cultural center in communities around the world where men and young boys gather for fresh shaves and haircuts, as well as unfiltered talk on everything from politics and pop culture to learning how to tie a bow tie.

That very first trip to the barbershop is an experience many fathers share with their sons, and it’s come to represent a rite of passage into manhood. The profession itself bears a tremendous amount of responsibility, as clients flock to these styling hubs in the hopes of not only looking good but feeling good.

As men and boys settle into the barber’s chair for a fresh trim ahead of Father’s Day, we invite you to take a trip across the globe for a glimpse inside barbershops in Cuba, Israel, and beyond.

All photos by Getty Images.

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Cuba

Barber chairs are all occupied at this barbershop in Camagüey, Cuba.

Zambia

A barber works with precision at a shop in Maramba, a township of Livingstone, Zambia.

Israel

A young Palestinian man gets a haircut in a barber shop while others watch and wait in East Jerusalem.

Ethiopia

A barber and his client pause and smile for a photo at barbershop in Addis Ababa.

New Delhi

A young Indian man has a close shave in a barbershop in New Delhi, India.

Virginia

A well-dressed barber stands in front of his barbershop.

North Korea

A barber inside the 45-story Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Northern Ireland

A customer of the Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland gets a haircut from station master Nigel Johnston.

Serbia

Barber gets low for a haircut at a barbershop in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

Virginia

Barber William Moore gives 4-year-old DJ Alexander a haircut at the Hands On Barber Shop in Mount Rainier, Md.

Turkey

Ali Marili, 62, uses a chopper basin after shaving a man’s beard at his barbershop in Kilis, Turkey.