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Requirements to Become a Barber

Updated on June 18, 2013

Have a Career as a Barber

Have you ever wanted a job that you can set your own hours?

Make as much money as you want?

Become your own boss?

Become a entrepreneur?

A good artistic field to join is becoming a barber. No need to have a degree, just a barber's license and cutting skills to jump start your career. Once you have a license, you have options of working in a barbershop or owning your own shop! Oh the possibilities! Enjoy making other people look and feel good about themselves!

In this article, I'll share the requirements to become a professional licensed barber.

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Join a Barber School

In order to become a licensed barber, you must attend a barber school

Once you've decided that you want to become a barber, you'll need to enroll yourself in a barber/beauty school. At a barber school you'll learn the necessary skills in becoming a barber.

Usually schools has a requirement of 1500 hours to prepare students for entry-level employment in the barber or hair styling field.

Once in enrolled, your teacher will give you a list of the barber products you'll need for your coursework.

Andis SpeedMaster II Hair Clipper with Adjustable Blade, Silver, Model PM4 (24145)
Andis SpeedMaster II Hair Clipper with Adjustable Blade, Silver, Model PM4 (24145)
This clipper is quiet and easy to grip. Also works great on wet hair.
 
Oster Professional Hair Clippers, Classic 76 for Barbers and Hair Cutting with Detachable Blade, Burgundy
Oster Professional Hair Clippers, Classic 76 for Barbers and Hair Cutting with Detachable Blade, Burgundy
This clipper is very powerful. Works on all kinds of hair like thick, thin, wet hair, and more. Also it's quiet.
 
Andis 17010 Professional Profoil Rechargable Shaver
Andis 17010 Professional Profoil Rechargable Shaver
This shaver is rechargeable and easy to clean.
 

Barber Supplies- Shaving Brushes

Barber Chair
Barber Chair

Barber Students Will Get On The Job Training

Once you're deep into your coursework hours, you'll get on the job training at your school. The general public like to go to barber/hair styling schools to get their hair cut or done because it cost half the price then going to a regular barbershop or hair salon.

The general public that come in for a hair cut must sign a contract stating they're about to get their hair done by a student so if anything occurs, they can not hold the school accountable. Pretty much they're getting their hair cut at their own risk. But there are instructors standing by just in case a student needs help.

Also students can get on the job training at an actual barbershop and become a apprentice, meaning you do not have a license yet but getting training from other licensed barbers. A lot of barbers in training like this option because once they do get their Master Barber License they already have a barbershop to work at and may already have clientele they've build up during their training at the shop.

Once students completed their coursework hours, it's time to complete the test to get a state issued license. Once the student pass the test, they can apply for their state issued license and become employed at any barbershop.

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Is It Really Necessary To Get A Barber's License?

In this YouTube Video, Alex C. Campbell explains the importance's of getting your Barber's License.

How To Get Clients

Once a student becomes a license barber, he has options of working at a barbershop, a unisex shop, own their own shop, etc. If you're hired at a barbershop you either pay the shop owner booth rent or commission. Some shop owners will work with you to build up your clientele before they raise your booth rent to regular price. A great barbershop to start working at is one with a lot of incoming traffic from off the streets and has good advertisement of their business.

Building up your clientele may take some time, but you'll build up a following if your good at what you do. If a customer received a good haircut, they'll more than likely come back and get a haircut from you again.

Other great ways to build up your clientele is to pass your business cards out to people, build a website and add pictures of your work, and also create a YouTube video of you showing others how to cut hair.

Continue With Your Barber Education

Even though you may have a barber's license, always stay educated to learn about the newest styles and techniques.

Get additional training and also attend trade shows to stay up to date with the latest fashions, styles, and products. The hair industry is always changing so you must always stay above the game!

Barber Supplies- Comb, Brushes, and Mirrors

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