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Barber Training

Barber Training

Typically, Barber training is geared towards cutting and styling hair for a male clientele. In addition to cutting and styling, barbers may also practice hair coloring, highlights, fitting of hairpieces, and shave or contour facial hair.

In barber training, you will learn techniques for shampooing, cutting and styling hair; however, barber students learn skills exclusive to male clientele. You will become skilled at working with different types of men's hair. Additionally, you will learn about male facials, and both modern and traditional shaves. You will be taught to analyze growth patterns on the head and face instruction in skin analysis, hair texture and grain of facial hair; in addition to beard and mustache trims, crew cuts and flat tops. Specific techniques such as clipper cutting, razor cutting, and clipper over comb and shears over comb are also taught. Instruction and demonstration of standard cutting strokes and positions is provided; shaving and after-shaving products are discussed.

You will also be taught all of the necessary safety and sanitation procedures. As a barber, you will be required to do a lot of standing and walking. There will also be some contact with chemicals, and possible injury from razors and scissors. Also, in barber school, you will learn accepted safety and hygiene methods.

When you first begin, you will practice on mannequins or other students; eventually you will shift to real clients. The majority of schools will provide you with the basic tools; such as scissors, clippers.

Most barbers work in barbershops, but then some prefer to work in resorts, spas or even luxury hotels. Although a few barbers travel to their clients’ homes, many barbers lease space in a shop owned by someone else when they first begin after graduation. Barber students also often learn about business management, ethics and entrepreneurial skills. Some schools include courses in managing a small business, since many barbers own their own shops. After you gather enough experience and have a stable clientele, you will most likely want to own your own barbershop.
The majority of barbers are employed full-time; with your busiest times during evenings and on weekends. There are many barbers who choose to work more than 40 hours a week simply because they love their job!

Once you are a graduate of a barber school, you will be equipped to work with male hair and skin, in addition to short hairstyles for women. Many barbers offer their clients steam facials and foam shaves.

Barbering programs are available at privately owned schools, community colleges and vocational schools. Every state in the U.S. demands that barbers fulfill specific requirements and training programs at licensed cosmetology schools or barbering schools. Requirements vary from state to state, but all every state requires you’re you must be licensed to practice barbering for money. After you graduate from barber school, you will pay a fee to the state to take a written examination of your barbering knowledge. You may also be required to demonstrate your hair cutting skills, and/or take an oral examination.

About Kit

Every Barber student at a beauty school needs crucial supplies (Barber Kit)in order to succeed. Being prepared with a kit means you have all the supplies necessary for each course, so you can focus on the Barber training itself.
Items needed for your Barber Kit are:

  • Mannequin head
  • Rat tail comb
  • Pick
  • Neck strips
  • Shampoo cape
  • Rubber gloves
  • Cotton wool
  • Towels
  • Applicator bottles
  • Spray bottles
  • Butterfly clips
  • Duckbill clips
  • Hair clipper
  • Hair and beard trimmer
  • Thinning shears
  • Cutting shears
  • Blades (of various sizes)
  • Blow dryer


Except for the mannequin, all of the items are used in large quantities, so be sure to stock up on them. Beauty supply outlets and online beauty supply stores have great deals and quantity discounts.
Some of the tools that you will need for your barber kit may be a little costly. However, they absolutely necessary,so purchase the best quality tools you can afford. Working with superior barber tools always saves time and money in the long run.
Besides your barber toolkit and assigned textbook, look for other helpful study materials,such as the following:

  • Flashcards: to help with cuts, styles and definitions.
  • E-books: for added and more in depth information on barbering.
  • DVDs: for facial hair sculpting, design techniques, and latest trends.
  • Trade Shows: to view live demonstrations and speak to professionals.

Learning the art of barbering at a barber school or beauty school is exciting, rewarding, and inspiring. Buy the best possible tools that you can afford for your barber kit so you will be prepared, focused, and ready to learn.


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