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Become A Barber

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Working As A Barber

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $23,660

    Average Salary

What Does A Barber Do At Navy Exchange Services (NEX)

* Provides barbering hair care services for clients which include shampooing and conditioning, cutting, shaping sideburns, nape of neck, middle and top part of the head into various haircuts and styles to suit client; shaves face, styles mustache and beard.
* Massages neck, face and scalp.
* Checks client's scalp and hair for visible disorders such as sores, abrasions, diseases which might interfere with requested barbering services.
* Consults with client on matters pertaining to their hair care needs.
* Maintains combs in solution and sanitizes equipment in chemical or physical agent.
* Responsible for the upkeep and cleanliness of designated work station and shop.
* Makes necessary preparations for shampoo and towels to be used to minimize delay of customer services.
* Makes minor repairs on equipment such as replacing switches, plugs and cords, etc.
* Operates cash register; prepares hair care chits, collects and accounts for cash received from clients; balances daily sales using Salesperson's Daily Cash Report.
* Sells hair care products to clients and maintains Daily Appointment Book by name of client, time and Stylist/Barber assigned.
* May open and close shop.
* Assists with monthly inventory.
* Carries out policy of courtesy and customer service.
* Ensures 100% client satisfaction.
* Works under the general supervision of a designated supervisor.
* Carries out assignments with independence within prescribed policies and procedures, exercises tact in dealing with clients.
* Work is reviewed in terms of quality of services provided and client satisfaction achieved.
* Performs other related duties as assigned.

What Does A Barber Do At Jiva Lifestyle Salon and Spa

* Provide professional quality hair treatments and services for salon guests.
* Incorporates retail sales into services.
* Commits to the various Aveda rituals provided to guests.
* Maintains extensive knowledge of Aveda products.
* Participates in regularly scheduled salon meetings, cross-training opportunities and Aveda Advanced Trainings

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How To Become A Barber

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required for some positions. In addition, every state requires that barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists complete a program in a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school. Programs in hairstyling, skin care, and other personal appearance services are available in postsecondary vocational schools.

Full-time programs in barbering and cosmetology usually last at least 9 months and may lead to an associate’s degree. Most of these workers take advanced courses in hairstyling or in other personal appearance services to keep up with the latest trends. Those who want to open their own business also may take courses in sales and marketing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must obtain a license in order to work. Qualifications for a license vary by state, but generally, a person must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Reached a minimum age of 16
  • Received a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Graduated from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school

After graduating from a state-approved training program, students take a state licensing exam that includes a written test and, in some cases, a practical test of styling skills or an oral exam.

In many states, cosmetology training may be credited toward a barbering license and vice versa, and a few states combine the two licenses. A fee usually is required to apply for a license, and periodic renewals may be necessary.

Some states have reciprocity agreements that allow licensed barbers and cosmetologists to get a license in another state without needing additional formal training or state board testing, but such agreements are not common. Consequently, people who want to work in a particular state should review the laws of that state before entering a training program.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must keep up with the latest trends and be ready to try new hairstyles for their clients.

Customer-service skills. Workers must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.

Listening skills. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists should be good listeners. They must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.

Physical stamina. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must be able to stand on their feet for long periods.

Tidiness. Workers must keep a neat personal appearance and keep their work area clean and sanitary. This requirement is necessary for the health and safety of their clients and for making clients comfortable enough so that they will want to return. 

Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services. For example, routine haircuts do not require the precise timing of some other services, such as applying neutralizer after a permanent wave. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.

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  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Swahili

  • Portuguese

  • Uzbek

  • Japanese

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Lingala

  • Thai

  • Italian

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Real Barber Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Barbers Rockaway Townsquare Barbers, Inc. Rockaway, NJ Jul 16, 2010 $31,451
Barber John Troncelliti Barber Shop PA May 19, 2015 $28,267
Barber Salon Simis LLC Fairfax, VA Apr 22, 2016 $26,832
Barber Raymond Francom DBA Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Jan 04, 2008 $26,541
Barber Raymond Francom DBA Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Dec 13, 2007 $26,541
Barber Raymond Francom (DBA) Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Oct 09, 2007 $26,541
Barber Raymond Francom (DBA) Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Oct 10, 2007 $26,541
Barber Haircut 2000 Langley Park, MD May 29, 2009 $21,120
Barber Instructor ASM Beauty World Academy Inc. Davie, FL Apr 23, 2009 $20,244
Barber/Hairstylist Eva Lo Giudice DBA Commack Corners Hair Stylists Commack, NY Nov 12, 2010 $18,907
Barber Roberto's Barber Shop West Melbourne, FL May 04, 2009 $18,782

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Top Skills for A Barber


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Top Barber Skills

  1. Current Hair Styles
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Scalp Treatments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cut and trimmed hair according to the client's instructions or current hair styles using the proper equipment.
  • Practiced and demonstrated customer service skills.
  • Provide facial massages and hair and scalp treatments.
  • Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
  • Promoted and sold salon services and products.Recommended home care hair regimens and treatments.

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