Career Lifecycle of a Barber

No two barbers have the same career but barbers typically all go through 3 stages: Training stage, Development stage, and Mastery stage.

Training stage:

  • The training stage is the most important stage in being a barber since it establishes the fundamental techniques that a barber will use for decades ahead. Bad training can lead to bad habits, and quite often we encounter students who received poor training that we must help unlearn their bad techniques.
  • Beginners should seek training from professional barbers who can devote sufficient time and resources to teaching newcomers. The best way to learn is to have a professional show you techniques, and then to practice them repeatedly until you perfect them. This takes time, patience, and a whole lot of real haircuts.

Development stage:

  • Next is the development stage. Here a trainee puts his or her training to use as a junior barber doing paid haircuts at a salon or barbershop. This is where you learn more styles, refine your technique, and build your confidence and client base.
  • We recommend that an individual finds a shop with experienced colleagues from whom they can continue to learn.
  • In this stage we recommend that you take advanced courses in areas such as wet shave, skin fades, patterns, and whatever else is in demand by your clients. There is always room for improvement, and that extra training can help give you an edge and keep your craft progressing.
  • Barbers with lots of gusto quite often find competitions to visit and perhaps even participate in. This is where pride to be one’s best really shines.

Mastery stage:

  • After about 5 years’ time and over 20,000 haircuts you will gradually creep into the stage of a master barber. Many barbers at the high-end shops around London are at this stage or beyond, with some barbers sporting over 20 years of experience! They’ve just about seen it all.
  • In this stage a barber could start training juniors and pass on their knowledge.
  • A barber will still continue to learn within this stage, as there is always room for improvement.
  • Many barbers at this stage branch out to opening their own barbershop, which can be a very lucrative decision.
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