Barbers were employed exclusively to tend the haircutting and shaving of men. Typically they picked up the craft as apprentices with experienced barbers. Their first customers were usually friends or relatives after attending seasoned barbers at work. The barber profession must have been especially popular in the 1960s as there were in Mytilini approximately 45 barber shops. Many barbers practiced their trade away from their shops as they offered their services to customers at the kafeneia. After the 1970s the barber’s profession was organized in two powerful guilds, the Barbers and the Handymen Unions; but this came to an end in 1975 with the establishment of one single unified trade union shop, the Barbers and Hairdressers Union. Barbers are now becoming obsolete as they seem to have been absorbed by hairdressers, both male and female.