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Barbers vs. Hairdressers: What’s the Difference?

Consumers around the world are still unsure of the differences between barbers and hairdressers. This is a shame as some consumers would benefit from choosing a barber over a hairdresser. As a general rule of thumb barbers specialize in cutting mens hair.

Barbers vs. Hairdressers: Are Barbers for Men and Hairdressers for Women?

Barbers have been around for over 5,000 years. They traditionally acted as dentists and surgeons. In fact, the yellow and white barbers pole was used to hold leeches which drew blood from the patient. Eventually barbers began to give up medical pursuits and started cutting hair. Men prefer to use barbers as barber shops have a very masculine environment. Unlike hairdressing salons, they have simplistic decor and a number of male employees. That being said, women are welcome at barber shops. However, most female consumers opt to go to a hair stylist. Barbers are trained in cutting hair into simple styles. They do not color hair hair or use complicated cutting techniques. Men that need to have their hair colored or want a fashionable haircut tend to go to hairdressers.

How to Train as a Barber

Barbers need to undergo different training than hairdressers. People in this job need to train intensively for 10 to 12 months. The training is available from specialized beauty schools and includes a written exam and a practical demonstration. In the United States, every state has its own Barbering Board. This board often includes certification for cosmetology. Graduates will have to come to the board and apply for a license. This license will need to be renewed regularly. If a barber is very experienced, he or she may become certified as a master barber.

Hair Stylists

Unlike barbers, hairstylists do not focus on specific haircuts. Instead, they spend their time crafting new looks for their clients’ hair. Hairdressers are not trained in trimming neck hair or shaving the face.

Ultimately, the needs of the client will determine whether or not they choose a barber over a hairdresser. Unless women want a simplistic cut, they will generally be better off with a stylist. Men who need to get their hair cut quickly and efficiently should consider using a barber. Those who want color, highlights or the latest trendy hairstyle are unlikely to get these services at a barbershop.

Barbering School

If you are considering a career in hair cutting, you should contact us. Evergreen Beauty college offers courses in both hairstyling and barbering. The staff at the school will be able to talk to you about our courses and how taking one will impact your career path. If you cannot afford to study, we can advise you of various grant and scholarship opportunities.

About Sam

Sam has been covering the fashion and beauty industry for over 5 years. Since graduating from the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Sam has almost written exclusively for the web.

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