Is their a difference between a hairdresser, hairstylist, and
A hairdresser is a universal term
referring to someone whose occupation is to cut or style hair in
order to change or maintain a person's image. This is achieved
using a combination of hair cutting, hair coloring, and hair texture
techniques. A hairdresser is synonymous with hairstylist.
A hairdresser or hairstylist, will typically work in a hair salon or
on location at fashion events, movie sets, weddings, etc.
A barber (from the Latin barba,
"beard") is someone whose occupation is to cut any type of hair,
give shaves, and trim beards. A barber will typically work in what
is called a barber shop.
Some barbers prefer to see
themselves as hairdressers or hairstylists.
There is a common misbelief that barbers do not perform any
service other than hair cutting, and that cosmetologists perform all
coloring and perms. In fact, barbers can cut hair, trim beards,
color, perm, provide facials, and shave. They are also licensed to
work with artificial hair replacement products (toupees, etc). Many
working stylists are legally barbers. There is some professional
rivalry between barbers and cosmetologists, both of which are
licensed and regulated (in the United States). At one time, both
groups were allowed to cut hair, but only barbers were allowed to
shave or trim beards: this required mastering the arcane technique
of using a straight razor. Today, barbers and stylists may be found
working side by side in hair salons.
Hairstylists, hairdressers and barbers seek to
accommodate the modern male and female hairstyle trends. As their
goal is to please their customers, they watch hair trends and do
their best to give their clients a cut that will satisfy.
I am sure that their are more distinguishing
factors between a barber, hair stylist and hair dresser.
Unfortunately, my profession is not either of these. Therefore, I
can not give you a more professional explanation. If YOU happen to
know a better definition or description of the above terms, please let
us know and we can possibly update this page to include your
hair care products.
By the way, if you plan to be in the hair
styling profession, I strongly suggest that you
do not mess with the Zohan.
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