If hairdressing is a circus, barbering is the heart-stopping trapeze act – you have got to tread carefully here! Precision is the beginning and end of every good barbering session – needless to say, an intense passion for attention-to-detail is one of the foremost qualities a barber has. Master the finesse in barbering and there isn’t a thing in hairdressing you can’t pull-off.
Evolution of Modern Day Barbering
In the briefest terms, the evolution of modern day barbering wasn’t the smoothest of journeys – though it is one of the oldest professions in the world. During the 1800s and up until 1940s, barbering represented class and status while barbershops were a place where the gentlemen hung out. Later, the world wars came, the hippie-revolution happened, unisex salons were opened, and even safety razors were invented. Barbering went from necessity to luxury to optional. But now, with more and more men realising the value of a well-groomed look, the profession is back on the rise. And what really sets barbering apart from other salon services – high-level of quality and efficiency.
Why delve into Barbering?
Hairdressing professionals who look at their career as a path to greater height never stop improving their skills. Specialisation or no specialisation, having a few in-demand and unique tricks of the trade up your sleeve can do wonders to your reputation and popularity among the clinetle. Barbering is one of those branches in hairdressing, which when done right gives you guaranteed success with improved opportunities.
Now, as mentioned before, attention-to-detail is an absolute necessity when it comes to practising professional barbering – efficiency and the patience to perfect your work is much appreciated too. Don’t just look at it as cutting hair – Barbers are image consultants. Your art and skill could determine the confidence and self-esteem of a client. Today, most people who are conscious about maintaining good personal grooming, have a fair understanding of what they want their hair, beard or mustache to look like. However, a good barber has the duty to take that expectation and turn them into an extremely satisfying experience on the chair, so that the client is urged to return on a regular basis.
Also remember – barbering does not restrict you to men’s grooming. The heightened understanding of short hair behavior can pave ways to short hair design for women as well. Hair art is a versatile skill that requires constant upgradation. No one can be an absolute master in any aspect of hairdressing – it is a continued learning process that incorporates the latest trends and styles in the industry.