Barbering is the art of haircutting that dates back to 1852 and a barber named Jacob Schram. He moved from Germany to New York and spent several years barbering in the United States. Today barbers are located in every town and offer services, such as hair cutting, shaving and scalp treatments, generally for men. In addition, some barbers offer nail and skin care for their clients. To practice as a barber, you must posses a high school diploma and a state license. Teaching a barber takes time and requires practice from the trainee.
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Begin teaching barbering by showing him basic men's haircuts. Barbers use clippers as well as shears to cut hair. Various types of haircuts are available and each one requires knowledge of fading and cutting techniques. Review books and videos that offer haircutting tips.
Supply the individual learning the art of barbering with the tools required to perform the job. This includes clippers, combs, shears, a cape and any other supplies a barber may use. Make sure the shears are of good quality and the clippers are heavy duty.
Use a mannequin for a potential barber to practice haircuts. These are available at many beauty supply stores or online auction sites. Have the trainee start with long haircuts and work up to shorter cuts.
Find individuals willing to receive haircuts or shaves as practice for the person you are training. Generally this will be family members or friends of the barber trainee. The trainee needs practice with various hair types as well as shaving others.
Have the trainee work as an apprentice under a barber or trainer. This allows on the job training and gives the barber trainee the opportunity to ask questions and receive assistance.
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