The History of The Barber Pole

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The History of The Barber Pole

It’s no secret that our industry dates back as far as the history books can tell, but do we know the history of the iconic spinning barber pole?

Way back when surgeons and barbers were one of the same, bloodletting was the “go to” solution for most patient’s concerns. Obviously, this often lead to infection or worse, however this was strangely the birth of the modern barber pole.

When performing bloodletting, the barber surgeon would instruct the patient to hold a staff. Now, bandages were expensive so were often reused, so the patient would be asked to return their bloody bandages once they had finished bleeding. Often soaked in claret, the barber would rinse these and wrap them around the staff, to dry outside. This was a sign to any prospective patients that the barber surgeon was ready to conduct another “operation”.

Modern day sees a similar ritual, although without the blood and the surgery. A spinning barber pole let’s a gentleman know that the barber is in. Traditional barber poles are red and white, to represent the blood and the bandages, with America introducing the blue stripes to represent the national colours. A somewhat unreliable source interprets the blue as venous blood.

As you walk through any town or city, you will see plenty of barber shops, but what always makes them stand out is a barber pole. That’s why here at MirPlay, we have brought you a quality and affordable pole. It needn’t cost thousands of pounds to tell your community that you are open, you can make a fantastic investment whilst saving in cost. 

Mirplaysalon UK Pole for sale

Priced at just £80

Supplied with screws and dowels, it is perfect for both interior and exterior installation. We pay homage to the most popular barber pole and incorporate red, white and blue.

And with the money you save, why not check out our styling units? 

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