The beauty industry has recently experienced huge growth in the men’s sector! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has also predicted that job opportunities for barbers and cosmetologist will grow 14% over the next decade. This means going to barber school and starting a new job as a licensed barber may be a lucrative career move!
While women spend more money when they’re at the salon, men usually visit their stylist or barber three times more often than women. A new study by the Professional Salon Industry Haircare found that men’s barber services and product sales saw nearly twice the growth as unisex salons from 2011 to 2012.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys working with your hands and being creative, working in the beauty industry and tapping into the male market may be a smart decision for you. Becoming a successful barber starts by choosing a good barber school.
- Experienced Instructors – Before you enroll in a barber school, it’s a good idea to take a school tour and ask lots of questions. You want to be positive that the instructors have experience with all different types of men’s styles. You also want to make sure that the teacher-to-student ratio is small enough that you’ll be able to get plenty of personalized instructions and one-on-one time with your instructors.
- Practice, Practice, Practice – The only one way to get comfortable doing clipper cuts is by performing clipper cuts. Once you get about halfway through barber school, you should begin putting your new skills to work by taking on real clients. Not only will this get you more comfortable with clipper cutting, it can also help you master your communication and customer service skills. The best barbers always have the gift of gab and know exactly how to make their clients feel comfortable in their chair.
- Business 101 – A good barber school will prepare you for life after the State Board exam. It should teach you valuable business skills so you may be able open your own barber shop someday. Good programs also help you prepare your resume, land an externship, and begin your job search.
The instructors at Salon Success Academy have years of professional experience with men’s cuts and styles! Salon Success Academy has six convenient locations across the Inland Empire area of California. We offer extensive, hands-on training in our high-end school salon and financial aid assistance to students who qualify. See for yourself by taking a quick tour of the Salon Success Academy campus near you! Fill out our form or call 1-877-987-4247 to learn more.