Mar 18, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
Clockwise from top left: the author gets lathered up by a Moroccan barber at a market in the Atlas Mountains; a barber with a customer on the streets of Beijing; a neighborhood shop in Istanbul; Jazz’s Barbers in West London, where Freeman was a regular when he lived in the city.
This is a travel monologue on the theme of understanding cultures through caring for a beard. A trip to the local barbershop, from Beijing to Beirut, gives one man an entree into the customs and people of each country he visits — as well as a smooth shave.
Have you had your hair or beard cared for in foreign lands? How was it?