For many, the phrase “barber shop” brings back memories of a time when men gathered to talk sports or politics in places where the air was thick with snips, buzzes, and the peppery aroma of aftershave. Kentucky has close to 3,000 licensed barbers, many of whom have been in the business their whole life. But their popularity is decreasing as many consumers pick hair salons and chain stores over barber shops. It doesn’t help that a barbering education is getting more difficult to find. As Angela Hatton reports, to become a barber in western Kentucky these days, you’ve got to really want it.