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Barbers cut and trim customers’ hair, beards and moustaches, following instructions or copying example styles.

Potential salary

£14,000 to £25,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 40 a week

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • concentration skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As a barber, you might do the following as part of your daily routine:

  • welcome customers and find out what they want
  • give advice to customers on hairstyles and grooming
  • cut and style hair
  • shave, trim and shape beards and moustaches
  • provide scalp, face and neck massages
  • clean and sterilise equipment, like combs, razors and clippers
  • take payments, keep records and make appointments
  • keep up to date with new styles and techniques

You could work in a barbershop, at a client's home or on a film set.

Your working environment may be physically active.

With experience you could become a senior barber. If you take further qualifications, you could move into training or assessing student barbers.

You could also open your own barbershop, either independently or as a franchise.

You can find out more about how to become a barber from the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority and National Hairdressers' Federation.

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