Barbers perform haircuts and offer styling and other related services to their clients. Typically, the term "barber" is used for a percentage of male hair stylists, and still generally refers to men's hair styling, shaving, and similar processes. Barbers are typically customer-friendly individuals who interact and converse with clients while taking care of their hair needs. As such, many clients return again and again to the same barbershops, and good barbers typically make their facilities something of a hub for friendship and conversation within their respective communities.
First and foremost, a barber must be skilled at cutting hair and understanding his customer's wishes to do so in a timely manner. As some barbers do not offer services such as shampooing and conditioning, many customers now prefer to do so before proceeding to the cut. Barbers not only use clippers and scissors, but also items such as straight razors which are not so common in other stylist salons. Many barbers use these razors in both shaving and hair-grooming for customers.
Barbers must also maintain their work space throughout the day by sweeping, ensuring proper sanitization of hair-cutting tools, and other cleaning procedures. Many barbers also stock hair care products and ensure that all stock is replenished and visible for sale to clients.
To work as a barber, a person will typically attend a barber or styling school after high school. Barber schools often provide training emphasis on male-specific hair care and styling needs, including shaving and razor techniques. Barbers may work regular hours with or without weekend shifts, and some shops may be open at night, as well. Barbers should expect to spend most of their workday standing or walking.
Drape and pin cloths around the customers' clothes.
Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, and clippers.
Cut and trim a variety of types of hair according to customer's instructions or desired hairstyle.
Clean work stations and sweep floors.