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How to Get a Job at a Barbershop


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If you've ever dreamt of becoming a barber or working in this vibrant industry, you're in the right place. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to get a job at a barbershop, helping you embark on a rewarding career in the world of grooming and style. Whether you're fresh out of barber school or considering a career change, this guide is for you.


What is a barber? A barber is more than just a haircut expert. Barbers are skilled professionals who specialize in grooming, styling, and maintaining hair, beards, and mustaches. They create unique looks, offer advice on hair care, and engage with clients in a social and communal setting. Being a barber isn't just a job; it's a passion for making people look and feel their best. To rock it in the barbering world, you've got to have a bunch of crucial skills in your toolkit. These aren't limited to just one or two things; we're talking about nailing top-notch customer service, showing off your keen eye for detail, bringing out your creative side, mastering how to talk with folks, and having the lowdown on all those different hair types and styles. A fantastic barber isn't only about giving a killer haircut but also making sure every customer has a super memorable time. And let's not forget about having some wicked hand-eye coordination, letting your creativity shine, and being all about precision.


Since you'll be working with a whole bunch of different people - all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life - you've got to be a friendly face, super patient, and a smooth talker. Now, when things get crazy, like when there's a line out the door, that's when you need to stay cool under pressure. That's the name of the game! How to Become a Barber: Qualifications

To become a licensed barber, you'll need to meet specific qualifications, which can vary by state or country. Generally, you'll need to complete a state-approved barbering program or apprenticeship, pass written and practical exams, and satisfy age and background check requirements. Check with your local licensing board for the specific qualifications in your area.

For Houstonians;

Before applying for a Class A Barber license, you must complete a Class A Barber course consisting of 1,000 hours of instruction at a barbering/cosmetology school licensed in Texas.


Students enrolled in a barbering/cosmetology school licensed in Texas will be issued a student permit while in training. Step-by-Step Guide

Here's a step-by-step guide to becoming a barber:

  1. Research and Passion: Start by researching the field of barbering and determine if it aligns with your passion and career goals.

  2. Barber School: Enroll in a reputable barber school. Choose a program that offers comprehensive training and hands-on experience.

  3. Meet Qualifications: Ensure you meet all the necessary qualifications, including age and background checks.

  4. Complete Training: Dedicate yourself to your training, learning haircutting, styling, grooming, and customer service.

  5. State Licensing: Pass your state's barbering exams to obtain your license.

  6. Build Your Portfolio: Create a portfolio showcasing your skills. Include photographs of haircuts, styles, and grooming work you've completed.

  7. Network: Network with other barbers and professionals in the industry. Attend industry events and seek out opportunities to learn and grow.

  8. Apply for Jobs: Start your job search by applying to barbershops that align with your career goals and values.

  9. Prepare for Interviews: Be ready to interview for barber positions. Practice your responses to common interview questions and be confident in your skills.

  10. Start Your Career: Once you've landed your dream barber job, embark on your career journey with enthusiasm and dedication.


barber doing man's haircut in Houston

As you set out on your barbering journey, keep in mind what the entrepreneur Arnold Glasgow once said, "Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time." The barbering world is all about creativity, personal growth, and making a real difference in people's lives. So, have fun, stay creative, and remember that doing the right thing in the right way at the right time can lead you to success in this fantastic field!


If you're ready to take the next step in your barbering career, we have great news for you! Cutthroat Barbers currently has an opening, and we're looking for passionate individuals like you to join our team. We also offer scholarships and apprenticeships! Our barbers and apprentices roles offer 50% base pay and 50% commission with barbers earning up to $70K/year. We also offer benefits to our leadership team.


We value creativity, professionalism, and a commitment to providing top-notch grooming experiences. If you're excited to begin or continue your journey in the world of barbering, we invite you to explore the opportunity at Cutthroat Barbers.


Join us and let your passion for barbering shine!


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