March 10, 2013

Do Barbers Need A License So As To Run A Barber Shop?

Barbering LicenseIf you want to open your own hair salon, you will need a barbering license. Starting a barber shop is a great way to make money in a declining economy. The *demand for good barber services will always be high, and if you have the right skills, news of your abilities will travel far and wide. Almost all states require a license and several other certifications before starting a salon, so we’ve listed the most important ones below.

*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Barbering License

A barbering license gives a hairdresser permission to make money by cutting customers hair. To get this type of license, a barber must complete a series of courses required by the state. Upon completion, he/she must also pass the licensing exam. All barbers in your salon will need to have this license to legally work there.

Business License

Any business owner is required to register the operations of their business with their local state. It is necessary to specify the business structure (ex: partnership or proprietorship) and to secure an employer identification number. Not all states require a salon to have a business license, so remember to check the requirements in your area.

Owners Barbering License

The owner of a barbershop needs to register with the Board of Cosmetology in their state before commencing barbering operations. This license is to ensure that the shop meets state standards. The shop owner is generally required to submit a fee and license application and pass an inspection of the shop. The inspection is conducted by an employee of the Board of Cosmetology. Once the shop passes inspection, a license can be issued.

A barber shop should be stocked with the follow items before inspection:

  • Sanitizer
  • Sterilizing solution
  • Trash containers
  • Sanitary compartments
  • A container for dirty towels
  • A closed area for clean towels


This is not a type of license, but many states still require it for any business. The most common type of insurance is general business liability, which will protect your business from any liability claims caused by unexpected events, for example a flood or a fire. To find out what type of insurance is best for your store, ask an insurance agent.

Trademarks and Patents

If you are selling any trademark products, you will need to apply for a patenting license to keep someone from stealing your idea. A patent is fairly easy to obtain and can save you thousands of dollars if someone tries to mimic your product. Bear in mind however that patents don’t last forever and once the patent expires, other businesses will be able to use products similar to your own.


Opening a hair salon isn’t as easy as it looks. You will need to worry about land, equipment, employees, and much more. Obtaining a barbering license should be your first step towards opening a store. If you would like to learn more about how to open a beauty salon or a barber shop, contact us at Avalon Institute and we will answer all your questions relating to the beauty industry.

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