So you’ve decided you want to become a barber, huh? In the previous article, we went over some of the pros of becoming a barber and getting in to hair cutting. Now, with every pro, there comes a con. While the pros make the job sound super awesome, there are some cons to take in to consideration. This will help you see the whole picture and decide if barbering is really the end goal for you.

First off, we have to talk about the liability. When becoming a barber, you are liable for every thing going on with your client’s hair. That includes cut, scraps, bruises, and even patches. You’re responsible for your own work, and anything you do to your client’s hair is on you, regardless of what may happen. Take extra care when working with clients, and this should not be a major issue.

Next, we’re going to talk about the stability of the job. In the previous article, we talked about “being your own boss” and basically not having to worry about being unemployed. Now, while that was very true, there is no such thing as a 100% guarantee. With being a barber, there stiff competition for high-end jobs. This means there are a lot of barbers in the industry and it’s hard to keep a well-balanced clientele because you may never know who could take your next client.

Workdays can also be a con. Once again, in the previous article we talked about how a barber can make his or her own hours. Although a barber may choose how long he or she may work, his or her busiest days are going to be the weekends and holidays, which are days usually people really don’t want to work. Most people tend to get their haircut around these times so barbers have to work on holidays and weekends which cuts into their free time. If you want a job where you don’t have to work holidays or weekends, well, this career can also be for you, just don’t expect to make much money if you don’t work during peak periods.

Physical health is also very important if you are considering becoming a barber, trust me. Barbers spend almost 100% of their time on their feet, which can be damaging to their back and legs. This can actually affect them in the long run and cause their careers to be shortened, which is obviously devastating if you can no longer do what you love! Even if they feel as if they can’t cut another head, they still have to keep the job going. So you will want to make sure you are cut out for a physically straining job such as being a barber. There are also ways to help alleviate any damage that could be caused from the constant standing. Good shoes, and a proper floor mat that acts as a cushion.

So there you go, these are some cons of becoming a barber. Do you feel up to the challenge to face these? Then you may be cut out for barbering, pun may or may not have been intended.

Check out Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design for more information!