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Barbers vs. Hairdressers: What’s the Difference?

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People everywhere are unsure of the differences between barbers and hairdressers. That’s OK! Sometimes, the lines can seem blurry. We’re here to educate you on their differences!

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A Brief History of Barbering

Barbers have been around for over 5,000 years. They traditionally acted as dentists and surgeons. In fact, the red 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. The history of barbering is full of fun facts and interested information. Who knew that barbers were once considered healthcare professionals?

Are Barbers for Men and Hairdressers for Women?

Some men prefer to use barbers because barber shops usually have a 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.

Is The Training for Barbers Different Than Hairdressers?

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Barber Training

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 go 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 in some states.

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Hairdresser Training

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.

Should I Go to a Barber or a Hairdresser?

Ultimately, your needs will determine whether or not you 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.

I Want to Become a Barber or Hairdresser!

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.

Financial aid is available to those that qualify.

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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