Many people consider becoming a professional barber each year. This can be a rewarding profession to many who enjoy learning how to cut and style hair. For the uninitiated, this includes far more than just standard haircuts as you will also learn how to groom men’s mustaches and beards and can other services like facials, massages, and more. It also offers a unique career that is unlike many other jobs. Here, we assume you already have an interest and instead look at what you can expect to find in Barber shop supply school and what you should be on the lookout for.
1. Check out the reputation of the school.
What you want to find out here is are their graduates learning the skills that you want to learn. The easiest way to find this out is to talk to the graduates of the school. This can be done by talking to the school admissions or career center and get some names. This can also give you some insight to see where they are working and make sure those jobs are in line with the places you want to work. An alternative to this approach that can be effective is talk to barbers that work in the places you would like to work and find out where they went to school. This can be a treasure trove of great information where you can find out whether a certain skill can likely help you get the jobs you want. Pay special attention to find out if they liked the quality of the teacher’s training. If not, you will likely need to get either additional training or should consider some other schools.
2. Visit barber shops and salons to find out what skills you want to learn.
By visiting at different barber shops and salons, you can get a feel for what type of skills you may want to learn. This can be particularly helpful prior to entering barber school as you can tailor your education to make sure you learn those skills. It also doesn’t hurt to make some contacts in the field in these areas as you can follow up with them as you graduate from school to help find the best job for you in those areas. After all, some of those very same people may now be in a position to hire you.