Starting a Barber Shop/Male Grooming Salon

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

A barber shop/male grooming salon provides a range of hair and grooming services, including basic haircuts, colouring, beard trims and wet and hot towel shaves. Some also provide facials, skincare treatments, pedicures and manicures. They often stock and retail a variety of hair styling and grooming products.

Barber shops are typically based in traditional high street premises, or are located in health clubs, spas and hotels. Appointments are not usually required for basic haircuts, which are typically offered to clients on a 'walk-in' basis.

Barber and male grooming treatments are not generally subject to statutory regulation. However, some local authorities impose licensing requirements on barber shop proprietors if they also provide special treatments such as massage and waxing. Individual barbers must also meet minimum qualification requirements needed for registration as a State Registered Barber with the Hair Council. The Council was set up under the Hairdressers (Registration) Act 1964, which applies in England, Wales and Scotland and provides for the voluntary regulation of the hairdressing and barber profession.

This profile provides information about starting up and running an independent barber shop/male grooming salon. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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