What Do Barbers Do?
Barbering combines art, skill and most importantly passion. If you decide to be a barber, you need to be highly creative, have the patience/customer care skills, possess a strong passion towards hair styling and more. Nowadays, barbers are expected to have marketing skill as well.
Earlier, all hairdressers were considered as barbers. However, in the 20th century, cosmetology branched off from barbering. Today hairdressers may be licensed as either barbers or cosmetologists, depending on their education and specialization.
Barbers generally have the following responsibilities, they:
- Analyze hair quality, density, and facial features
- Suggest a suitable style or follow the customer’s order
- Cut/shape/color/condition hair
- Shave beard/mustache/temple/ neck.
- Massage face/ neck/scalp
- Wash, condition and set hair
- Maintain inventory
- Promote various services/products/cosmetic supplies
- Handle billing
In addition to the above, they also perform or use: relaxers, perms, curling, reconstructing, straightening, weaving, etc.
How to Become a Barber?
Barbers are required to have/possess/be:
- A high school diploma or equivalent
- Certificate of completion from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school
- Current and valid licenses, certifications, and registrations (according to the state requirement, as it varies from state to state)
- At least 16 years of age
Most Used Barbering Equipment and Tools
Listed below are some of the most commonly used barbering equipment and tools:
- Various electric clippers and razors
- Hair irons/hair dryers/curlers/rollers/brushes
- Hair salon stations