What Qualifications Do I Need to Be a Barber?

Becoming a barber in the UK is not that hard since there are different ways, classes & routes that you can go for. Here’s all that you should know!

  1. Your earnings can vary

An average salary for a barber is anywhere from £14,000 – £25,000 per year. However, qualified barbers and ones that have a higher form of education may earn even more!

  1. You can choose three different routes

You could get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

–  working towards this role (some barbering courses) 

  1. What qualifications do you need?
  1. College

If you are off to college you will master it and receive either your Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Barbering. Your entry requirements to get into college are:

2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

  1.  Apprenticeship

If you wish to work at a barber salon you can ask one of the owners to take you in. An apprenticeship is a free program, and its requirements are:

some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

  1. Finish a fast-paced course

Lastly, you can finish some at-salon as well as online barbering courses. At CPBA when you graduate, you’ll receive an internationally recognised VTCT Level 2 Diploma certificate, recognised by the UK’s leading barbering association (BBA).

CPBA offers free employment advice and guidance to their barbering learners. They also offer free   barbering courses and work placement

How The ‘Diamond Gap’ Fingernail Test Can Help You Determine Early Signs Of Cancer

Push your nails together and press your index fingers against each other. Once you do that, tell us – can you see a small tiny diamond-shaped window of light?

This unusual test will tell you if you have lung cancer, according to Cancer Research. The so-called ”finger clubbing” happens in 35% of people with non-small cell lung cancer and with 4% of people who have small cell lung cancer.


So, how can this show you anything? Well, the finger clubbing means that the base of your nail bed is a lot softer and the skin will become super shiny around the nail. The ends of the fingers can also change and become larger as well as longer. All of these factors can contribute to your diamond gap test, and can cause your nails to lose their shape.

If you can easily press your nails against each other, you have the Schamroth’s window and your nails are not clubbed.

Of course, having curved nails does not necessarily mean that you have lung cancer. If you have been coughing for up to 2-3 weeks, or even worse – coughing blood, been experiencing a lack of energy, as well as the loss of appetite, you could and should visit your doctor.

Also, always talk about your nail shape with your manicurist. If they are experienced enough, they will give you some insight.

The Fastest Ways To Heal Sunburnt Skin

 Your Clients Will Love You For Sharing This Secret With Them. Sunburnt skin can be tricky to heal. Not only that you look swollen and red, but you are actually experiencing pain & an itching sensation. Here are the top 6 tips on how to prevent redness & calm down the sunburn.

  1. Cool Baths

heal sunburnt skin

Frequent cool baths or cold showers will calm down the redness of the burnt skin. You should only pat dry your skin once you’re out of the shower, but leave some bits of water on top. They will soak in a lot faster & will leave you feeling hydrated.

  1. Aloe Vera

aloevera sunburnt skin

A moisturizer which contains Aloe Vera or almond oil will calm down the redness. Try to use as much as possible of natural products before you reach for pharmacy solutions.

  1. Drink A Lot Of Water

Restore back the hydration by drinking at least 2 liters of water daily. Your skin will crave moisture in every way shape or form. Also, use a lot of skincare items which are filled with water.

  1. Don’t Pop The Blisters

Although you may be tempted you should never pop a blister. These are actually second degree burns which are protecting your skin from other environmental factors. Leave them as they are and maybe settle for some ibuprofen if you are experiencing real pain.

  1. Natural Remedies

Don’t apply perfumes on top of the sunburnt skin, even though you may be craving them. Scents & fragrances can further irritate you, and this also applies to soap & scented shower gels. Instead leave them aside and make some remedies for your skin, such as the lavander & chamomile oil. Add a few drops of these to your bath and let them relieve your pain. Not only this, but lavender will also leave your skin smelling refreshed.

Most important things to do when you are self-employed in the UK

Being self-employed in the UK has a lot of benefits and is recommended if you feel like you have the potential to run your own business. Here is how to become successful, what you need to sort out before starting your company, and some of the most frequent questions.

Sort your taxes

Being self-employed means paying taxes as well as your National Insurance. Everyone can do this but only up to 5 October of your business’ second tax year.

The tax year starts on April 6 and lasts till the 5 of April of the following year.

You will need to calculate on your own how much tax you need to pay, or you can higher an accountant to do this for you. Nowadays there are also some online accountants which may be a bit more affordable.

Self-employed FAQ

 What is NICs?

NICs stands for National Instant Criminal Background Check System which checks a person’s background to see if they are eligable to start their own business.

You should pay £2.95 a week for the 2018/19 tax year. Only those business which make less £6,205 in the 2018/19 tax year will not have to pay for the NI contributions.

If you are self-employed you will also need to pay the 4 NICs. For the 2018/19 tax year, this is 9% on your annual profits which you make anywhere between £8,424 and £46,350.

What is VAT?

VAT stands for value-added tax and is something which you should register if your business makes more than £85,000 annually.

Should you open a business bank account?

Try to keep your business records and finances separate from any personal affairs. Try and open a business bank account where you will pay around £6-£10/month.

Do I need insurance?

You are actually obligated by law to have an insurance policy. The fees will be different depending on the type of business you are, so it is different for everyone.

Have a look at CPBA’s government funded beauty courses here: OUR COURSES