How to Become a Barber

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Mahesh Hayward, a barber/stylist who has worked in the industry for 25 years, goes through the steps of how he believes one can become a barber.

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  1. Robert harling on November 29, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I signed up for spring quarter at my local barber school. Ill be hitting y’all up for a job in 9 months @beardbrand lol

  2. Big Lew on November 29, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Here where i live in Doncaster (South Yorkshire) the barbering education is absolutely terrible. After being at college for 3 months i found i was regularly teaching my lessons as i was the only pupil who was actually working in a shop at the time. My course tutor was a hairdresser and was clueless about barbering. I pretty much learnt all my skills myself through youtube videos and experimenting. A few years on im now going back to college as an educator and im well established in my home town with my own barbershop, coffee shop and lounge. From what i see from the education system is they will happily take your money and print out a certificate after a year whether your skilled or not. No one seems to care if your up to standard aslong as the moneys flowing in. Kids will be better off in my opinion saving money and learning off the pro’s from Youtube. Im offering day courses as of next month for this very reason.

  3. Greg Thomas on November 29, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Great video mahesh!!!

  4. Martin G on November 29, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    one of my hopes and dreams are onto being a hairdresser and barber after retiring.

  5. Gabriel Andrea on November 29, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Mahesh I love your new glasses

  6. Eric Wysocki on November 29, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I think this type of approach can work for a lot of industries! I know this is specifically for barbering but Im thinking about taking this type of approach into the guitar industry! Maybe finding a local guitar shop and asking the owner or tech if I could do intern work for free in exchange for a tiny bit of education!

  7. Timothy Michael Ripic on November 29, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Good advice

  8. A Google User on November 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    For all the future barbers in here make sure you know how to do long hair. The place I go to only one guy works with my hair the other Barbers just don’t want to all I ever go in for is for split ends and the tape up

  9. DeSilva20 on November 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    is my dude Mahesh wearing a ethics and antics t-shirt? I love it. are you vegan Mahesh?

  10. Terry Davies on November 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Good advice. Thanks

  11. Mr T on November 29, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    You are a class act Mahesh^^ Much love!

  12. Pablo Vallejo on November 29, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Love this channel so much, thanks for making these videos. I’ve been cutting hair since I was 12, I’m 22 now but recently 4 months ago, on April 14th 2017 i decided to take on barbering serious and took barber courses. I love being a barber. Shout out to all the barbers, love from Mexico to all my barber mates

  13. Filipe Pereira Martins Da Nova on November 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for your wise advices !

  14. Maxii Alicious on November 29, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    started Barbering L2 free course 2016 aged 52 just about to finish L3 C&G student loan for this one hope to start my own biz in the next 12 months

  15. Bryan Haywood on November 29, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Love the hat! I need one like that.

  16. Cian Papazian on November 29, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Currently only my last month in my Barbering course. Absolutely loving it so far, I have so much to learn still but that’s what makes this industry so great, you must constantly learn and upskill or you’ll fall behind. Im 24, so for anyone thinking they are too old to start, read this and go apply for the course! You won’t regret it.

  17. Cole the_barber on November 29, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I retrained from banking at the age of 42 through LSB. 4 years on i absolutely love my job but bloody hell like M says it’s hard work but so rewarding 👊🏻

  18. Kenneth Keeton on November 29, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Mahesh, your really seem like such a great guy with all the knowledge, advice and direction you give of yourself. You seem like a person that anyone would honored to be your friend. I have enjoyed the many BeardBrand videos as I have been able to take away something from each video. I have just to say Thank You!

  19. Mike Corley on November 29, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Dont forget to ask him about his eyeglass frames.

  20. Sep vr on November 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    solid advise! i’m a beginner doing all round cutting, men and woman. good to know and learn both. but it is indeed hard work physically. been in school for 2 years, now in a salon for half a year. learning everyday. growing more towards men tho than woman. but i’m glad i know how to cut/dry/colour both genders. hard work but rewarding.

  21. Mike Jones on November 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    This channel is getting old and repetitive you guy upload to much try and cut back with all the extra stuff Eric

  22. Pablo Blue on November 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the advice. I’ll be heading into barbering training hopefully next year, so pumped for it.
    On another note, I live in a small town with like 8 hairdresser/barbershops. I’m not super picky, but they all seem very average. Should I look further to volunteer somewhere else more classy??

  23. Chris Zietz on November 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Another great video. It took a long time for me to get the nerve to go to barbering school. I’ve got many friends that are barbers and they pushed me to go. I’ve always been in love with the culture and so far am happy I did.

  24. Marc Inglese on November 29, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I bugged my barber for 12 Months by going in each day and asking him for work.
    I am now doing a 7 Month full time Barbering course and will work with him a half day Saturday once I get up to cutting.

  25. Abubakar Douglas on November 29, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Excellent video.

    Barbering is very cool atm but probably won’t be in 5-10 years time.

  26. stuffguy666 on November 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Lots of respect to REAL barbers 👌✂

  27. Tar- Ďąvįď Ťêļčøňţăŕ on November 29, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I live in the US and I wish one day to go to the UK, and I really hope Mahesh would do my haircut and beard trim one day

  28. salyonaraPLAY on November 29, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I’m 28 years old and I dont have any experience (barber), here where I live people keep saying I’m too old for learning this job, is it true? 28 is too late for becoming a barber?

  29. Aaron Wyman on November 29, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I’m in my second semester of Barbering school, and I would suggest going to school over anything else. I had never held clippers, or shears a day in my life. And now, I’m cutting 8 heads every 4 days and the number keeps rising. It’s an awesome industry to be a part of, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

  30. Liam Jones on November 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I really like Mahesh and beardbrand but nobody should work for nothing getting coffee

  31. Mick Ryan on November 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Mahesh! At age 47, I’ve just begun my journey into the barbering world. I’ve taken a few classes on an evening course and really enjoyed it. I’ve also volunteered my sweeping and chatting services for work experience in my favourite barbershop. Excellent advice, and I’m happy to say I’m loving my new direction in life. Much respect!

  32. Johnnie McHardseed on November 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    If you go and do an apprenticeship, how would you go about getting your liscence?

  33. Stewart Reynolds on November 29, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    This has been something I have been considering for a while, becoming more and more passionate about it, I have applied to do a course and will be going in to speak to the owner of my local barbershop tomorrow in order to gauge his thoughts and interest on taking me on unpaid for a few days a month!

  34. Nerdbama Rich on November 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Great info..loving those glasses as well..what brand are they?

  35. Mitch Hop on November 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    My barber says he does 12 cuts a day at $20 a piece. If he got a $5 dollar tip per cut he could make 75k a year. That’s 15k a year more than me.

    As far as the working for free thing goes, i think you’re spot on. Sure you may not be making money but a mentorship is priceless.

  36. Mike Corley on November 29, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Im 56 years old. Am I too old to enter the industry as a second career?

  37. Jonathan Scheer on November 29, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I apprenticed in a shop to eventually be put on the schedule two days a week. It took about a year to get to the schedule while keeping up with my full-time office job. My main struggle is that the Barber trade is lumped in with hairdressing. So unless you are able to pass the hairdressing test…You cannot be licensed.
    I liked what Mahesh said about the hair school and barber school being beneficial because the scissor work is something that I am trying to get better at myself but it makes no sense that I would have to pass a colour or perm test to work at as a barber. 

    Because of this regulation though, I feel like the apprentice path is maybe frowned upon because licensed barbers have such advanced skills in general (whether they use them daily or not). It is something that I am working on though and I try and branch out and watch everyone that I can. Networking in this industry cannot be understated.

    Great video and sorry for the rambling comment.

  38. Alexander Chao on November 29, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Mahesh, you mentioned how barbering is much more taxing on the body compared to hairdressing. Why is that?

  39. sleepwalk_this on November 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I have 3 boys in my house that are too young to care, so, practice-practice-practice. 😀 My greatest burden is weak (no better description) clippers that leave way too much hair un-cut with each pass. Is there a base level clipper that you would not go "lesser than" for good cuts?.. thanks for the help!

  40. Michelle Young on November 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Great advice! I was taught by my local barber. I just went in and helped out for 3 or 4 days a week for free, so she could teach me. I was 28yr old makeup artist wanting to add a skill under my belt.
    4 years later, I mainly work as a barber and loving it. Still in the same shop! We’re the best barber shop in Lewes 😉

  41. Seppo_randomhero on November 29, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Hey guys, thank you so much for videos like this. Since a long time Im totally interested in the barber business. I would LOVE to cut hair since Im a child. Now Im 28 years old and a digital graphic designer. Since almost a year Im thinking about changing my career and go to hair dressing/barber. Its sooo hard over here in germany – I would love to learn the business ONLY in a shop by real barbers/hair dressers. Sadly thats not possible over here. Sadly I only find UK Barber Schools which cost a lot of money and gives me no guarantee, that I can use this skills in germany. Sadly. Would love to work for some years in the shop over there in the UK, but hard to find as a german. Thank you for all the inspiration, tipps, tricks and help! Keep up the good work! You guys rock! Cheers!

  42. Ben Mullan on November 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Everyone needs a money in exchange for their time. Not everyone can work for free, even at 18/19/20..

  43. Josh O'Dell on November 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Man I was expecting a insane Gray Bailey comment, anyone else?

  44. Joey Tribbiani on November 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you for this video. I really need this. 😊

  45. Jake Ferguson on November 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I’m flying over to Scotland from Australia to start my SVQ barbering course in may at the Scottish barber school in Glasgow, my passion for barbering burns like fire and I absolutely love it, I’ll make a great barber trust me on that!

  46. Susie Dean on November 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I’m not a barber, but I am a licensed hair stylist. I am obsessed with watching your videos! So much talent! I’ve learned a lot from y’all! Love all you guys!

  47. Wes D on November 29, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Hi there. I’m 33 and looking at a career change. Due to mortgage and having 3 kids I can’t afford work for free etc. In your opinion would I be able to do the NVQ level 2&3 at the London School of Barbering and be able to come straight out and start work competently enough to open my own shop and start cutting hair?

  48. Theodore Panaritis on November 29, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    The new glasses look great! Lennon vibes all the way. Also, great advice, to whoever wants to pursue this career path. Peace and Love!

  49. Don & Amy hype 101 Ross on November 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Awesomeness bro … thank you

  50. Dane Logan on November 29, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I would like to become a barber but I live in Turkey and I am not sure women can become barbers here.
    They won’t even cut my hair here so I cut it myself. How would I become a barber in Turkey?