Barbershop Vs. Salons

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Barbershop Vs. Hair Salon: What’s The Difference?

When we think of a Barbershop and a Hair Salon, most would immediately think men vs. women.



This is not true because both places serve both men and women.  So what then is the difference?

Here’s my take on it.

The truth is, men’s relationship with beauty has been increasing over the years. This has led to many beauty products designed for men and many spaces optimized to suit men’s needs. In that manner, the classic barbershop experience evolved to men’s hair salons. But what’s the main difference?


Did You Know

Barbers have been around for more than 5,000 years. In ancient times, the barber also acted as a dentist and surgeon. Eventually, barbers began to give up their medical expertise and started cutting hair only. As the world (and with that styles) evolved, their list of services has grown and they started offering more and more services.


Evolvement continues to expand the differences between barbershops and men’s salons.  For instance, let’s look at the atmosphere, menu of services and skill sets offered. Barbershops are usually packed with people, where appointments are not allowed and it is a first-come-first-serve basis. Generally, barber shops are pretty much reserved for laid-back clients with simple needs where the ambiance is a much more relaxed.  What’s listed in a typical barbershop menu includes haircut, beard trim, shave and (occasionally) shampooing services.  Barbers are trained and perfectionists when it comes to straight razor shaving.


On the other hand, men’s hair salons offer a wide variety of services. Their extensive menu includes chemical services, hair styling, hair cutting etc..  The environment is often sophisticated, polite and esthetically pleasing.  In addition, hair salons offer scheduling perks for their clients, allowing clients to save their appointment ahead of time. Often, hairstylists hold great pride in their passion for the art of scissors cuts and they are knowledgeable in a wide range of hairstyles. The frequent visitors of hair salons include men who have more complicated hairstyles.


Barbers vs Hairdressers training

Both Barbers and hairdressers need to undergo different training before turning their interest to a full-time profession. The training for both professions is estimated from 10 to 12 months intensively and available from specialized beauty schools and courses. Still, there are a lot of barbers who are self-taught and developed a sense for cutting hair in a simple way.


In the end, we can all agree that the 21th century is making a lot of efforts to separate barbershops and hair salons – as well as distinctively set a different type of meanings for both places.


No matter what place you decide to go, the most important thing to remember here is investing (more) time into your grooming routines is far more accepted by the masses than ever before. So go ahead and make your grooming regime a priority.  Make an appointment today.


Cheers to a more confident and well groomed you.  #lookhandsomefeelempowered always.



Yours Truly,







PRESS Men's Hair

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