Before we had in-home "man caves," there was the barbershop. Over time, the old-school barber shop -- Playboys and racing forums on the counter, combs steeping in bright blue Barbicide, the air filled with Old Spice and dirty jokes -- was largely replaced by Supercuts and pricey, unisex salons. Slowly but surely the iconic barber pole is starting to reappear (though nearly every city seems to have a few that somehow survived as tiny time capsules). Some in the media have tried to pin the resurgence on hype for the TV series Mad Men, which fetishizes '60s styles. A better explanation may come from the Roosters Barber Shop chain, which has marketing materials crediting its multi-state expansion to a longing for "the return of the classic American barbershop." (A competitor, Floyd's 99 Barbershop, has used its retro looks to expand from Denver to become a 50-store chain in 10 states, but serves men and women and touts a rock 'n' roll style that breaks from the past. It has its own in-store radio station more likely to play Lil Wayne than Sha Na Na, and assures customers of "kick-ass" service.) "During the late 1950s, the local corner barbershops ... the local bastion of urban masculinity, began to disappear as the 'flower-power' age brought about changes in men's hairstyles," the Roosters website says. "Today's man deserves better than the 10-minute haircut from discounting competitors. He is not interested in the metrosexual approach to services offered in their wife's unisex beauty salon. Men want the good, old-time barbershop." But they want it with the modern conveniences. Razors, a shop in Somerville, Mass., will teach you how to shave with a straight-edge razor right out of the 1950s -- or the 1850s -- but because "a gentleman's second home is the barbershop," wants customers to feel comfortable when they "kick back in one of our leather recliners in the waiting area, watch a game on our flat-panel TV, play one of our guitars off the wall or sip some coffee and enjoy fresh Italian cookies." -- Written by Joe Mont in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joe Mont. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/josephmont. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.