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Many times, barbering and cosmetology are lumped together and are thought of as almost the same. The only difference many people think is that barbers work only with men while cosmetologists work with women.

The difference, however, goes beyond that.

The differences between barber styling and cosmetology is a lot different than what you may think. Some aspiring hair stylists have trouble deciding whether to go into cosmetology or barbering. Others think they can quickly and easily transition from one to the other.

In barbering, one can offer clients certain services cosmetologists can’t while the same is true for cosmetologists.

All in all, many aspiring hair stylists find barbering more rewarding. In barber styling, one learns more skills involving hair and may receive a higher pay.

What does Barber Styling Include?

Below is a run-down on the services that barber stylist provide:

  • Hairdressing
  • Cutting-Edge Hairstyling
  • Hair coloring
  • Foil and highlighting
  • Perming
  • Straight-Edge Shaving
  • Clipper-art
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Anatomy
  • Merchandising Techniques
  • Sterilization and Safety

What do Cosmetology Include?

Below is a list of services cosmetologists provide:

  • Hairdressing
  • Hairstyling
  • Hair coloring
  • Foil and highlighting
  • Perming
  • Esthetics
  • Facials
  • Makeup
  • Nails
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Anatomy
  • Merchandising Techniques
  • Sterilization and Safety

 The Advantages of Barber Styling

Specialization and mastery in one field.  Barber Stylists focus specifically on hair, while cosmetologists must divide their time, and energy among multiple services such as esthetics, facials, makeup and nails. This exclusivity of barber styling enables barbering professionals to fine-tune their craft as well as have more freedom to get creative and establish their own style.

Barber Styling requires schooling and licensing. Barber styling is not to be considered less than cosmetology. Barber stylists, like cosmetologists, must pass state board certifications in order to obtain their licenses to practice. Graduating from an accredited barber college is also required.

A good fit for the less multitasked.  Cosmetology is highly competitive, and many clients expect their cosmetologist to know a variety of beauty procedures. The added stress can deter some students from pursuing a career in the beauty industry.

Barber Styling is great for anyone.  Despite the common belief that the barbering profession is only for men, there are no boundaries on who can become a successful barber stylist. The industry warmly welcomes anyone. Also, even though barber stylists offer more hair and grooming techniques than cosmetologists such as clipper-art and straight-edge shaving, they also have the skills and knowledge of a cosmetologist and offer hair services for anyone – not just men.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a barber or barber stylist, contact us at Boise Barber College a d.MARTiN Academy! We will discuss with you our barber styling programs and what a career in barbering looks like. Let us help you begin your journey to a fulfilling career.