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How To Get Into Barbering

Dom Bonham

It’s that time of year again when people are making their career choices. In the past couple of years there has been a huge increase of interest in barbering courses and for the first time ever colleges are receiving more enquiries about barbering than hairdressing. Barbering is currently deemed the cool trade to be in, so how do you get into this industry?

Education is the foundation of this industry so invest some of your time finding a good college or training provider. The National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) and Vocationally Recognised Qualifications (VRQ’s) are some of the best qualifications in the world. The key is finding a college or training provider that have a passion for the industry and don’t just want to tick a box. Typically, the Barbering NVQ 2 should take you a minimum of 12 months to complete to ensure you are gaining enough skills and knowledge to begin working in the industry. Throughout the course, you should look to be doing at least 150 men’s cuts – remember practice makes perfect.

So how do you get this training?

You have three options:


This is a great option if you have the money. There are many barbering training  centre’s that offer NVQ’s and VRQ’s and they should cost anywhere between £2000-£5000. The most expensive is not always the best so do your research and shop around before you invest your time and money. Have a look around the centre, meet the staff and ask lots of questions! You will normally get a good sense if it feels right for you. Make sure you are gaining an accredited qualification.
Remember there is no quick fix - barbering is a trade and it takes time to perfect your craft.


An apprenticeship will give you in-house training from a barbershop and a recognised qualification from a college or training provider. The only problem is barbering apprenticeships can be hard to find and you need to be prepared to work hard for little money – the national minimum wage for an apprentice is currently £3.30 per hour. There are also government incentives in place to support employers in recruiting apprentices. From 2017, new apprenticeship standards will be introduced that have been designed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’. This means that employers will be at the forefront of the development of apprenticeships helping to create a workforce that has skills relevant to the industry.
An apprenticeship is really solid way to get into the industry so really try and sell yourself to the barbershop. 

Full-Time Study

The key to full-time study is to find the right college or training provider. Make sure when you go to the college, you don’t get sold a different course to the one you want. Class sizes can be big in these environments so ask them about their client base – will there be enough clients to go around the class? In a lot of colleges you will be expected to bring in your own models. Also, make sure that your tutor has barbershop experience – this is important so that you can ensure you are receiving the best training. Learning in a college environment can be fun and rewarding but you have to make sure the college you choose take barbering seriously.

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A Good Year for Barbers

Dom Bonham

Firstly, myself and my partner in crime - Hannah Grigg, spent a week on the road going all over the country promoting the BBA National Student Barber of the Year Competition, sponsored by Denman. We started the journey off in Newcastle, then went down to the midlands, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich. We are also very much looking forward to going over to Ireland in March. At the colleges, we did some demos and gave a presentation about the history of barbering, where it’s come from and compared it to the barbering of today. All of the colleges we visited were great and really welcoming so big thanks to them for making our jobs really enjoyable. 

There's a lot in the pipeline for 2016 that I'm really looking forward to.


  • Hosting Scottish Barber of the Year in April
  • Trade exhibition in Dubai in May with my good friends Chris Foster, Erik Lander and Gary Machin & Judging UAE's Best Barber & Shaver Competitions
  • Barber UK in May where I will be hosting the industry renowned Student Barber of the Year Competition finals and helping compare in the boxing ring for the sensational Britain’s Best Shave Competition
  • I am proud to be on the panel on the Barber Council Question Time event at Barber UK. This will give barbers a chance to fire their questions regarding state registration at a panel of Barber Council members
  • I will also be doing some stage work at Barber UK on the Habia/VTCT stand which I am really looking forward to
  • Finally, I will be going to Barber Connect in May

As well as being busy working with the BBA, I also run my own training company - Mike Taylor Education. We had a busy year last year and at the end of 2015 we started to be able to gain government funding towards courses for learners, so I am pleased to say we are packed out with students wanting to learn the craft. It also looks like Mike Taylor Education is going overseas and teaming up with a training company in Holland which I am really excited for.

If you get time, please try to catch the latest edition of Professional Hairdresser Magazine and Barber NV magazine which I will feature in.

So the start to 2016 has been massive for me, but when I speak to my fellow barber friends it seems 2016 has just been as big for all of them. So that means one thing - barbering is here to stay!! This is our time now and lets all enjoy it and share our craft together.

This year will be the best year yet for barbering and lets enjoy it, lets all unite and have a great time.

I hope to see all my barber buddies at Barber UK and Barber Connect this year. I think these shows will be epic and they show the world how far British Barbering has come.


Knowing Your Worth

Dom Bonham

Guys please lets make a stand and make a new years resolution to put our prices up by at least 10%, if we all do this what will happen? Nothing we will all just earn 10% more.

The BBA held a get together for its members at the London Barber Surgeons Hall late in October, attended was a lot of keys members so we could all network together and share ideas.
In the morning we had speakers which I was one of them I spoke about the BBA in general and what we have planed for 2016 which will be our most exciting yet! Just wait we will blow your socks off, good times ahead for barbering.


This building is fantastic and must to visit, you will love the history and memorabilia. Visit to find out more.
Normally November is quiet time in the barbering world but not for me I have been in undated with people wanting to learn barbering.

Who could of predicted that my loved trade would be the most popular trade know to man in 2015?

This brings me to my point which is, we all see barbershops opening up everywhere, so why are we all still charging to little for our trade?

I know when I speak out about this some barbers get on their high horse and say its my area or I like to give back…. 

Yes, I get it London prices will be more expensive then the rest of the UK, but nobody in 2015 should be cutting hair for less then a tenner. The problem is that it is not only bad barbers charging the low prices, I know excellent barbers doing this.

The other day I was in my local gym and saw a guy with a good cut, when I see a good cut I always ask who done it. When I asked the guy he said why whats wrong with it? I said nothing its just a really good haircut, then he went on to tell me that he only pays £8 for his cut.

Guys please lets make a stand and make a new years resolution to put our prices up by at least 10%, if we all do this what will happen? Nothing we will all just earn 10% more.

Remember we are the second oldest trade in the world and the first legal one ;)