How To Become A Barber
Becoming a barber is really not that hard. I think the real issue is learning how to cut hair. The reason I say that is because if you don't know how to cut hair as a barber, you’re not going to make money. Then you're going to just quit. We don’t want that, so in this blog, I will show you the steps you have to take to become a successful barber. I have over 20 years of experience in this industry myself. I built a shaving brand cold EZ BLADE Shaving Products. I wrote a book titled The Barber Code and created my own barbering instructional DVDs called Barber Quest. I've sold thousands and changed the lives of people all over the world. Hopefully, this article will change yours. Enjoy!
Getting a barber license
Let's start with getting a barber license. Obtaining a barber license can be kind of tricky. There are different rules in every state. Some states will want you to go to barber school or even beauty school, and some states like New York allow you to practice barbering as an apprentice. If you're an apprentice, you can practice under a master barber for a few years, and after completing a certain amount of hours, you can then go ahead and take the test for your master barber license. But like I said, some states require you to go to barber or beauty school. In fact, some states don’t even offer barber school. You would have to get your cosmetology license. Some people would think that's a bad thing; I think its cool. If you go to beauty school, you would not only know how to do men’s hair, you will know how to do females hair as well. MORE MONEY! So the best thing to do is Google your state and find out what your state requirements are for practicing barbering.
The Best Barber Tools For Beginners
Ok, so after you signed up for a school or earned your apprenticeship, Its time to get some tools. Some barber or beauty schools do provide you with tools. But in my opinion, they never give you the best tools. I've done classes in tons of barber and beauty schools, and most schools never seem to have it together. This leaves you the student confused. It's extremely hard to learn if your barber tools are not correct. Think about when you try to fix something in your house and you don’t have the correct tool. Not having something as little as a screwdriver can really mess things up! We all had that time in our life when we just grabbed a butter knife hoping it will do the job. LOL.So getting a professional pair of barber clippers is key to your success in this industry. Look like a professional barber and get paid like one. Would you let a mechanic with a bag full of spare tools fix your car? I don’t think so. So below I’ve attached different barber hair clippers you can choose from. One is the T-outliner. Having a great outliner is key to getting sharp hairlines and shaping beards and necklines. The next is an Andis Master great tool, one of the best for fading hair. Also, the purple magnetic clips for the Andis work great with the Andis Master. The Walhl machine is equally great for fading hair. It’s all preference. Some people buy all of them and see which one they like. I've attached the Amazon links to all of the hair clippers below. These are the best prices you will find.
Practicing Cutting Hair
So you have your barber tools, and you're ready to roll. If you’re a barber that's going to barber school, you’re going to get a bit more practice than an apprentice. If you’re an apprentice, you're going to have to work harder. The best thing to do is find your own recruits. To be honest, even if you're in barber or beauty school, you're still going to need to practice as much as you can. Most schools won’t have enough customers coming in daily for you to practice on. My advice to you guys is to put an ad on craigslist. Offer free haircuts. People will come! You can also ask friends and family to let you practice on them. Remember guys, practice makes perfect. I'm sure you’ve heard that a thousand times but it’s true. You're going to have to indulge yourself in this industry. It’s the only way to make it to the top!
Finding A BarberShop To work At
So you finish barber school, you have been practicing on everyone. Your tools are on point. It's time to make money! Finding a barbershop could be very tricky. Here’s why there are tons of barbershops out there that are not professional at all! You want to work in a good environment. Look for a barbershop full of people who don’t mind helping you learn. The real world and barber school are completely different. When you’re working in a barbershop, people will be hard on you. So you need to be around a team that helped you. You're going to have to be the guy that sucks before you become the great guy. Learning how to cut hair takes time. Just because you have a license and good tools won’t make you good, experience will.
Good luck guys. If you’re interested, I’ve attached the link to my digital book “the barber code.” We also carry instructional how-to haircut DVDs along with premium men's shaving products.