The Origin of the Barber

“What one experiences in a barber’s shop the first time he enters one is what he always experiences in barbers’ shops afterward till the end of his days.” –Mark Twain

Did you know… that the Barber has been a highly respected tradesman since Ancient Time? It’s true! Relics of barber’s tools used for trimming and cutting have been found dating back to ancient Mesopotamia, Sumer and ancient Egypt.

Fun Fact: Barber comes from the Latin word ‘Barba’ meaning beard.

Barbers can be traced back to the primitive man where the medicine men and priests were also the barbers. Each tribe sported a unique haircut that served a superstitious or religious purpose. The belief was that there was a connection between your hair and spirits, both good and bad.

Ancient Egyptians strictly groomed their Pharaohs and priests, seeing the hair as messy and dirty.

The ancient Greeks would visit an agora, which served as a type of barbershop – a place to gossip, socialize, and (most importantly) get groomed, have their beards trimmed and shaved.

In Ancient Rome, it was considered a “rite of passage” for a young boy to have his first visit to the tonsor, another form of barbershop. Eventually becoming a daily visit for a shave, since it was believed that not having a beard separated the “free” men from the slaves.

Impressively in the Middle Ages, barbers were known as barber-surgeons. These barbers were not only cutting hair and shaving; but also pulling teeth, healing wounds and performing surgeries.

Taken in the early 1900s in Southern Colorado. If you look closely, you can see the client’s shaving mugs in the cabinet at the back. Another thing to notice is one sink for all and the shoe shine boy. He’s using a cobbler’s stand to work on client’s shoes. The stations are quite ornate.

Our Barbershops of today would not come about until the late 1800s, with the emergence of modern day conveniences, such as electricity. Early on, these barbershops would also serve as a gathering place to get a shave for very dapper gentlemen. A personal shaving razor, shaving mug, shave soap bar and personal brush would be kept in a cubicle at the shop. Beer, wine and whiskey were commonly served. In addition, shoeshines were prevalent and seen as well-respected traits… again, dapper!

Cabinet of Barber Mugs

Which brings us to Namaste Salon…

“When I was in high school, a person that I had looked up to had just returned to my small town to open up a barbershop, right across from the high school. The barbershop would eventually become a social place where everyone interacted as equals. This deeply impacted me. Not only did I love hair, but add the barbershop’s atmosphere of openness… a place to feel accepted and cool! Unlike a typical hair salon, guests face away from the mirror and towards each other for social reasons.”

-Rick Van De Riet, founder of Namaste Salon

Earth Month

Namaste Hair Salons in Denver and Aveda Support Earth Month

Earth Month Namaste Salons

“Clean water is pure happiness to children, animals and the planet itself,” says Aveda’s president Dominique Conseil. Everyone at Namaste Pure Design Hair Salons heartily agrees, as we head into Earth Month, April 2015.

That’s why we’re working hard to support Aveda’s goal to raise $6 million for the fight for clean water for people everywhere on the planet. Since 1999, Aveda and its network of salons have raised more than $38 million for Earth Month. More than $32 million has gone toward clean water projects.

Raising Funds for Clean Water

Every year more than 30 countries around the world participate in Earth Month programs, raising funds for clean water. Aveda works with its salons, spas, institutes, stores and supporters each year to collect money for assorted programs.

This year’s motto is When you protect water, you protect what you love: animals, kids our environment—everything. There are numerous teams raising money for water projects. You can check them out and donate if you like at

The White House Goes Green

Earth Month is April each year. It is tied to Earth Day, which happens each April 22. The event began on a very small scale on April 22, 1970, a date that many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement.

It has gotten bigger each year. In fact, this year the White House will be painted earth green for the entire month of April. It will be repainted the traditional white in May.

Support from All Sides

Earth Day from its beginnings has been one event that brings together Republicans and Democrats. The first Earth Day was the idea of Gaylord Nelson, the Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, who teamed up with Congressman Pete McCloskey, a Republican from California.

Their goal was to promote a range of events around the country. Nelson wanted to focus attention on environmental protection after seeing the massive destruction from an oil spill off Santa Barbara coast.

Earth Day is now Earth Month, and Namaste hair salons in Denver are proud to be part of it.

Namaste Aveda Salons in Denver Win Again

2015 Salon Today Winner

Namaste Pure Design Aveda salons in Denver were featured in Salon Today’s magazine for the top 200 salons in the industry. Salon Today is a leading publication for salon and spa owners. Namaste’s Aveda salons in Denver were awarded a spot on the top 200 in two categories: growth and recruitment & training. The January 2015 release profiled the selected salons in their 18th annual top 200 issue.

Aveda salons in Denver 2015 Salon Today WinnerStacey Soble, editor-in-chief of Salon Today, stated, “The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2015 not only proved they excel in one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational sales-building ideas.”

Namaste Pure Design Salons has three locations in the Denver area. They are affiliated with the Aveda Corporation, whose mission is to promote global wellness and a sense of community. Their salons are dedicated to providing clients with a salon visit that gives them confidence and creates a beautiful new style. Their stylists are professional, talented and knowledgeable. Owners Rick Van De Riet and Tommy Pernell continue to foster a spirit of growth for employees and present guests with the haircuts and style skills they are looking for.

If you are interested in learning about our spot in Salon Today’s top 200 list you can click here to read more or give us a call at (303) 777-5914.

Background:  Namaste Pure Design Salons is a group of Aveda salons in Denver, CO. We have three locations and are partnered with Aveda, a pioneering brand of botanical hair, skin, and beauty products. The salons offer each customer a personal and rewarding experience every time they visit. Our goal is to provide haircuts and salon experiences that leave men and women feeling better than when they arrived.

Interesting Facts About Your Hair

Our Denver Hair Salons Have Some Cool Info

Curious about your hair? Read these fun facts that our Denver hair salons have put together. Need a haircut or other hair services? Call us now to schedule your appointment, (303) 777-5914.

Fun Facts About Your Hair

Aveda Gift Sets

Aveda Gift Sets: Beautiful, Stylish, Changing the World

At Namaste Aveda salons in Denver we’re happy to partner with our company. Aveda understands that the world is a fragile place; and is dedicated to making a difference. So much so that our company bought almost 2 million sheets of paper that are used to wrap our limited edition gift sets since 2007. This humble endeavor has made a large leap for some of the poorest people in Nepal; even going further to help provide healthier, cleaner drinking water to create a better, happier and healthier environment in Nepal.

Curing Humanity, One Job at a Time

By wrapping our Gift Set Line in the carefully produced, unique and beautiful paper we’ve managed to hire over 5,500 men and women to make paper that provides a way for their families to be able to make ends meet. By our investing in Nepal’s high quality paper, over 2,400 families are able to do more for their families; like buying food, repairing their homes, sending their children to school and saving for the future; as well as providing simple things for their families- making a huge impact on this country.

This handcrafted and beautiful paper is changing life for entire families (men and women, some even in single parent families with multiple children). Now, Fathers don’t have to leave the country to find work, and women can further help support to provide more for the household. This means that children have been able to receive education that might have been previously affordable. All because of this simple Lokta paper bark that has been used for centuries handed down, from family to family; in the time-honored traditions of the ancient ways.

The Very Best Paper You Can Find, the Process

First, the women collect bark from the Lokta bark from small shrubs with their bare hands; working it down, heating it up and cooking into a thick pulpy paste. Next, they are worked through the trough and pressed through screens that are dried and stretched in the sun. The color comes from the dyeing, which is completely natural, and which comes last.

Not only is this paper making such an impact on life for these people; but the Nepali people say that it’s of such strong, acid- free quality that it lasts for over 1,000 years. One of the best parts about it is that not only is it such quality paper but that it’s also great for the environment. After buying the almost 2 million sheets of paper; we’re saving trees- protecting over 34,000 acres of forest to fight climate change, reducing as much as 25 percent of greenhouse gasses that are caused by deforestation.

At Aveda, as we continue to fight poverty with paper; you can purchase our limited edition and very high quality natural products at affordable prices in our exclusive and beautiful gift boxes. This small step to fight poverty has created a prosperous tide in Nepal: Making education accessible and fighting poverty for its people.

You can feel good purchasing these great gifts knowing that you’ve contributed to a very worthy cause. Sometimes, it’s hard to decide where to start looking at this huge global problem of poverty and illiteracy. The important part is to simply take that first step- which is something we did as Namaste Aveda salons in Denver; and we aren’t looking back at all; helping the people of Nepal live better, buying paper for their popular gift lines that feature anything you could imagine: a gift of spa nights, a retreat from stress, a gift of pure invigoration, a gift of smiles; maybe a gift of relief?