Barbers are a specialty type of hairdresser and hair stylist who focus on mens hair. They give haircuts, trim beards, moustaches, and sideburns, and shave men. They also color and highlight hair and fit hairpieces, and more. They follow hair styling trends and give styling advice to their clients. Their days are usually spent in the company of their male clients, and sometimes other barbers with whom they work, and it can be a very pleasant way to spend the day, being around men and talking about topics that men find of interest, such as sports. Barbers can most often be found working in barbershops dedicated to the grooming needs of men, although some work in beauty salons that cater to both men and women, or in special settings such as retirement homes, hospitals, and prisons.
Spending your time catering to the appearance of men can be an enjoyable way to pass the time, and a good way to earn a decent living while enjoying yourself in a social atmosphere. Most barbers tend to develop a loyal following and customers who return month after month, or more often. The relationships that develop over time can be a source of personal satisfaction. Male customers tend to feel better about themselves after they have been groomed and fussed over by a barber, so this kind of work provides a specific service as well as a feel-good experience most men enjoy. The experience of being a barber in the state of Kansas can be a rewarding and satisfying career choice that can enable you to earn a living and enjoy your day, at the same time!
You must take 1500 hours of coursework to be eligible for the state licensing exam which is administered by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology. The licensing exam will test both your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills. When you have passed both and paid the required fee, you will receive your barbers license.
Most states require that students in barber school be a high school graduate or equivalent and attend an accredited barber school which is recognized and acceptable for the purposes of licensing. Most of the curricula in these schools can be completed in under a year, making barbering a relatively quick profession to be able to join. At these schools, you will learn about styling mens hair, cutting hair, coloring, highlighting, and perming hair, trimming beards, mustaches, and side burns, and the different techniques used for shaving. You will also learn about fitting hairpieces. And, of course, you will learn about sanitation and sterilization techniques and regulations in the state of Kansas. A significant portion of the curriculum involves hands-on practice on live customers in real shops.
Kansas licenses expire every two years in the month of your birthday. You must renew your license by the last day of your birth month. The cost to renew any type of beauty license is $45. Continuing education hours are not required but is always recommended to stay current in the industry.
The average yearly salary earned by barbers in the state of Kansas in 2013, the most recent year for which such statistics are available, according to O*Net, was $20,600, a bit lower than the national average of $25,000. However, Kansas is a rural state and the cost of living is relatively low, making this salary a livable wage, The outlook for growth in the barbering profession is expected to be between 8% and 14% between 2012 and 2022, meaning that new people entering the profession should have a reasonable time finding jobs. If you are interested in a career in the beauty industry that takes a relatively short time to prepare for, and where it should not be difficult finding a job wherever in Kansas you live or wish to live, becoming a barber may suit the bill very nicely!
Working as a barber is a relatively low-stress, pleasant occupation that puts you in the company of many men every day and can be a very pleasant way to spend a day. You will probably see many clients each day, some by appointment, others who walk in. Stamina and energy are important for a barber to possess, because they must be on their feet as they work. Being a good listener is also an important skill for a barber. Most clients like to chat about all types of subjects while they are having their hair cut or styled, and being able to listen compassionately and empathically, without judgment, is what most clients want and expect. Most barbers work full-time, although part-time work is also possible. You should be able to have at least some control over your schedule, although you will need to have some scheduling flexibility so that you are available when your clients need your services. This may mean some weekend and evening hours. If you enjoy spending time in the company of other people, and you would enjoy helping people feel and look well groomed and attractive, consider a career as a barber in Kansas!
Kansas State Board of Cosmetology
714 S.W. Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66617-1139
Phone Number: 785-296-3155
Fax Number: 785-296-3002
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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