Today’s increasingly gender-neutral world is changing the face of many historically male dominated professions and the workplace has evolved to welcome women into formerly uncharted territory. Women are joining the police force, the military and yes, the one place you may never have thought you’d see a woman. The barber shop. And not just behind the chair. Women around the world are stepping into the local barbershop as barbers and patrons. And they’re taking the field by storm. You might ask yourself why now? Why forego the long-standing tradition of women in the beauty salon and men at the barbershop? To understand the rise of women in the barbering industry, let’s break it down.
Why would a woman choose to be a barber rather than a cosmetologist? While both careers require licensing in most states, barbering certainly has a different and more specific array of services. And for women who enjoy wielding clippers and a straight razor more than a flat iron and a blow dryer, (although a barber does use a blow dryer at times too) barbering may have a stronger appeal. Or perhaps you’re just a woman who has always been a guy’s girl, one of the boys or simply prefer to work amongst men. It all comes down to personal preference.
Regardless of the reasons more women are joining the barbering industry, one major reason their presence has substantially grown is because men are digging it. Ever heard the term “man-handled?” Kind of self-explanatory and let’s face it, a lot of men like a softer touch. It’s also important to note that with male beauty products and care becoming an increasingly large part of the beauty industry as a whole, the demand for barbers who can deliver on making guys look and feel their best is on the rise. Where there is demand, there is opportunity. And not only are women making the most of those opportunities but the ones who prefer a less traditionally feminine haircut are seeking out barbers to achieve the style that works for them.
It’s a brave new world in barbering with room for everyone and the talented women ready to give you a great shave or the perfect fade are definitely breaking down all the barriers. So the next time you walk in to your local barbershop, embrace the change and don’t be afraid to trust your next cut to one of the girls. You just might like it! For more information on barbering schools or programs offered in your local area, contact your state licensing board for a list of schools near you.