The Most Interesting Barbering Jobs to Consider

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An unfortunate number of people are interested in barbering, but never actually pursue it because they think it’s a “one-trick pony” type of job. After all, barbers just work in a barbershop and cut hair, right? As a matter of fact, going through a barbering course can actually give you access to a variety of careers that don’t end at just “barbershop worker.” Here are a few of the more unique barbering jobs you might want to consider.

  • Correctional Facility Barber

Many correctional facilities employ a barber like they would any other staff member. These barbers may not work as self-employed individuals, but instead as salaried workers. Plus, while it may feel dangerous to work at a correctional facility, it might surprise you how many of these individuals are working toward bettering themselves. If you’re interested in meeting a variety of new people and working as a salaried individual rather than a self-employed one, consider looking into a correctional facility to see whether they have any openings.

  • Luxury Barber

On the other side of things is a luxury barber. These barbers work for luxury resorts, spas and salons, and their goal is to make sure that every person who comes through the door has a truly stellar experience. As a luxury barber, you’ll become used to working with high-quality products, paying close attention to detail, and catering to your customers’ every need. This career can help you meet very interesting people, and you might end up with a better salary.

  • Personal Care for Retirement Communities

Retirement communities and nursing homes contain individuals that still care about how they look. For many of these individuals, keeping themselves well groomed is a way for them to maintain a sense of dignity. That’s why many of these communities hire barbers and cosmetologists. It can help these individuals maintain a sense of normalcy, which is often immensely important for people who can feel as though their world has been turned upside down.

  • Barber Instructor

Especially once you’ve been a barber for quite some time, you might want to move into being a beauty instructor for barbers. After all, for you to become a barber, you first had to learn barbering from someone else. It only makes sense that some people would want to complete the cycle and become a barber instructor themselves. To become a barber instructor, you’ll have to go through additional classes so you can teach the next generation of barbers.

  • Barbering for Specific Hair Types

Some barbers specialize in specific hair types. Many barbers work mostly with hair that’s fairly thin and straight. If someone’s hair type is outside of that, especially if it’s incredibly thick or incredibly curly, a traditional barber might not know what to do with it, and that can cause serious hair problems for months. If you go through some special training, you may be able to advertise your barbering services for specific hair types that aren’t well served by many other barbers.

  • Barbershop Owner and Manager

Maybe you have more of a manager’s mindset. If you’re interested mostly in becoming an owner and manager, you may be able to do that through barbering. Barbershops need owners and managers just as much as salons do, and the basic concepts are very similar. Most barbershop owners and managers have gone through barbering school and do barbering alongside their workers, so you’ll be most well suited to this job if you still love barbering and you also have an eye for business.

  • Men’s Stylist or Personal Stylist

A personal stylist is someone who attends to an individual rather than a job. As a personal stylist, you’ll help someone with a wide variety of problems, which may include helping them with their wardrobe as well as their hairstyle. Personal stylists may see only a few people, helping them constantly keep their style up to date, or they may see many people, scheduling short appointments to assess their style. Either way, this is a luxurious job that draws on barbering as only one part of it.


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As you can see, barbering jobs are about much more than a barbershop and a pair of clippers. As a barber, you have the capacity to change people’s lives. That’s why you need a high-quality barbering school to start you on your journey. Look into the barbering program from Evergreen Beauty College if you’re looking for a great place to start.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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