Women in Barbering
Female barbers do more than cut hair—they must cut through traditional stereotypes. Unfortunately, there is a long-standing assumption women can’t cut men’s hair properly because of their gender. The truth is women can find major success in the field and build a very large and faithful client base. At American Institute of Beauty, our barbering program welcomes male and female students to pursue their passion for men’s grooming.
If you are a woman and want to become a barber, don’t let the stereotypes stop you. Take a look at the reasons why being a barber could be a great career choice!
The Benefits of Being a Female Barber
Barbershop clients can be extremely loyal. If they like your work, they could become a long-time client. Also, men require more frequent trims than women. While women may visit a stylist only quarterly, men make the trek to the barbershop on a monthly basis.
Another benefit of working as a female barber can be conversations with clients. As a female barber, Ashley Overholt said, “It’s much more casual, like party banter instead of therapy talk. It never gets personal. And, for me, that’s a breath of fresh air.”
Female barbers tend to be detail-oriented and have a flair for creativity. These traits appeal to clients who are bored with their same old hairstyles. Female barbers can increase their clientele by sharing their Instagram-worthy cuts and shaves across social media. Barber competitions are also trending and can be a great way to get your name out there.
How to Prepare for a Career as a Female Barber
Getting a cosmetology license isn’t going to get you hired as a barber. Barbershops want to see that you have gone through the training to become a state-licensed barber. Barber courses will help you master the following skills:
• Men’s styles
• Clipper cuts
• Beard and mustache shaping
• Hair coloring
• Hair designing
• Chemical services
The important thing is to get an education that prepares you to cut, style, and treat all hair types. Don’t be discouraged if you find clients don’t want you to cut them because you’re a woman. You’ll be surprised to find that there are many men out there who will request you because of your fabulous skills with a razor.
Enroll in a program that will help you become a master barber in no time at all. American Institute of Beauty has a highly respected barber training program at their St. Petersburg campus. Call 727-826-0969 now for more information.