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5 Skills That Make a Successful Barber

Barber Skills

With increased attention to hair and beard styling in men, barber shops are making a comeback and those with proper barber training are in high demand. Barbers cut, trim and style shorter hair, typically in male clients but women with shorter hair can also see a barber for styling. Professional barbers are also skilled in the art of facial hair services, including shaping and styling custom looks for their clients.


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If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a barber, learn what you need to know to stand out in the crowd:


Hair Cutting

Hair types vary from person to person. Learning the difference between hair types and how they respond to cutting is an important first step in becoming a successful barber. Along with learning the different types of hair, barbers must learn cutting techniques and stay up to date on the latest trends in men’s and short hair styles. Learning to cut and shape hair to the desired style each client prefers is key in succeeding as a professional barber. You must learn to listen and interpret your clients wishes.



Hair maintenance is just as important as hair cutting. Once your client has a style they like, they’ll want to keep coming back to you for maintenance and trimming. Learning the techniques of trimming to maintain a clients preferred style will not only help increase repeat business for your barber shop, but also increase referrals from happy clients.



Styling techniques are needed to ensure barbers are equipped with the skills needed to provide for a client’s wishes. Clients may come in with a certain look in mind and rely on their barber to make it a reality. Styling techniques for barbers are similar to those learned in a traditional cosmetology program, just with a twist. In a program focused on men’s styling, you’ll learn the ins and outs of traditional styling, along with on-trend styles, to give you the skills needed to perform all levels of styling techniques.



Shaping is an imperative skill to master for those hoping to become a successful barber. Ensuring sharp, straight lines on both the beard and hair lines of those with short haircuts is key to a successful cut. Clients seek out professional barbers for the clean lines and precise shaping they offer.



Straight razor shaving has become increasingly more popular in the past decade. Men enjoy the clean feel of a close shave and are seeking out professionals who offer this service. Learning the techniques of shaving, not only straight razor, but other methods, will help your business stand out from other barber shops.


Become a Skilled Barber at Pivot Point Academy

Becoming a successful barber takes training and the development of specific skills dedicated to the art of men’s styling. Pivot Point Academy offers the specific training needed to perfect these skills, giving you an advantage in an increasingly competitive field. Enroll today and learn the techniques you’ll need to begin a successful career as a barber.


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