Learn How To Become A Barber – Invest In Your Education
Investing in your education does not always mean a financial investment. There are a few things you can do that do not cost money but take time, effort and practice.
The first step to any good education is the proper schooling. Going to a good barber school will build your foundation as a barber. When selecting a school it is a good idea to visit more than one. Do not pick a school just because it is the shortest commute or the cheapest. This is your career you are about to begin. When visiting a school ask permission to talk to a couple of instructors and pick their brains. Ask them why they chose a career in barbering and why they would recommend one to you. Ask them what positive impacts attending their school will have on your career as a barber.
Before your visit ends talk to some of the students and ask them a few questions about their experiences so far in barber school or cosmetology school. Why would they recommend their school and how do they feel it will have a positive impact on their future? Are they happy with the student kit or do they feel they would benefit from additional tools? One of the most important things to find out is how much practical experience you will get before you graduate school. Theory is extremely important but you can only learn how to cut hair by cutting hair.
Make sure to get the most out of your experience. Take every advantage you can to take in the knowledge and experiences of all of your teachers. Watch and learn from all of your fellow barber students. Be humble and leave your ego at the door. There is something to be learned from everyone you come in contact with even if it is what not to do. In many cases this is just as valuable a lesson as anything else you will learn. Work on as many clients as possible while you are in barber school. Learn how to cut as many different hairstyles as possible to get the most out of you barber education. Ask your clients a lot of questions as well as your teachers to get a good feel for the male customers’ likes and dislikes. All of the above suggestions will go a long way in giving you an excellent jump start to your career.
After school, make sure to go to as many industry trade shows as you can. Take advantage of all of the free classes offered at these shows. Most of the major clipper manufacturers as well as men’s product lines offer some incredible free education at their display booths and in sponsored classes. Sign up to take some continuing education courses from these companies. You need to keep constantly advance your skills and learn how to deliver new and up to date styles.
Last but not least, find a good mentor. This person can come in the form of an owner or manager of the barber shop you work in, a co-worker, or someone you know and respect from another shop. The first thing to look for in a mentor is a barber’s ability to teach (really teach) you the barbering trade. Make sure they can explain and are willing to explain everything in an easy to understand manner.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect?” I can still hear my high school football coach screaming in my ear, “You play like you practice.” The best at anything in life are the best because they are never satisfied and continue to practice. Make sure to get extra repetitions on those haircuts or services you are the most uncomfortable providing when you are in school. If you are out of school, offer free services when you are not on the book or the clock. Once you get these services down in your practice sessions you will be able duplicate them on paying customers. One last thing, don’t ever be embarrassed to go back to the mannequin. I still do it from time to time when I want to get a new haircut perfected or work on a new styling technique. One of my favorite quotes is from the best college basketball coach of all time. He said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that is most important.”