Preparing for the Barber Profession


Many things in life especially professions and careers such as doctors and lawyers require that we should first be properly educated and trained before we can legally and lawfully become practitioners. Becoming a professional barber is also the same in this regard. Anyone can learn how to cut hair but not all who do are certified and qualified.

To become a licensed barber, one should first complete an academic program from an accredited barber or cosmetology school. Before enrolling to such programs, the aspirant must at least be 16 years of age and has finished secondary education. Some schools may even require students to qualify from a physical test. The advantage of completing a formal barber’s education is that you will be able to learn everything about the hair cutting and grooming trade more than what you can learn from apprenticeship to other old barbers.

In school you will learn about how the hair should be properly held, how to assess its condition and what to do to make the best look for your client’s hair. You will also learn in school what tools are to be used in hair cutting aside from the basic scissors and clippers. The techniques in cutting hair are among the things which will be taught in barber schools. As a barber, it is essential that certain techniques are learned because these are what will probably set you apart from other hair stylists or cutters.

When the program has been completed, only then can you apply for a licensure. In some areas licensure is not necessary this is why anyone can easily set up a barber shop and cut hair. However it is imperative that a license be obtained by any service provider because this will help protect the rights of the consumers. Before a license is obtained, an aspirant professional barber may be required to qualify and pass a written examination or ac actual test on hair cutting.

When a license is already obtained, the barber is then credible to apply for a position in a known hair grooming establishment or set up his own barber shop. In a barber shop with regular clients, a barber may earn (inclusive of tips) approximately from $20,000 to more than $20,000 a year. Yet as barbershops and hair salons are growing in numbers like mushrooms these days, competition in acquiring clients can pose a serious problem in earnings. This is why a barber must not only rely to his talents, his basic skills, training and education.

With so many hair establishments found everywhere, a barber must know how to market his trade in order to attract clients. A barber cam promote his business through many marketing and advertising strategies like enlisting the business in printed ads, social network sites and others. You may also offer special promos which are sure to draw interests of the public such as discounted price, freebies and perks. Moreover as a professional barber, you must not be satisfied with just the basic education you have obtained. There are other programs in hair grooming that you can enroll to and participate to learn the new trends of the business and enhance the quality of services you can provide.

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