3 Tips for Apprentice Barbers

Published 07th Feb 2024 by Josie Jackson

Josh Lamonaca, winner of All Round Barber at the Modern Barber Awards 2023, is one of the most respected barbers in the industry, and this Apprenticeship Week he has three key points of advice for young barbers.

“It’s all about being the best you can be, learning the fundamentals and taking your time. With my business partner Sam Palmer, we started Menspire 10 years ago and we are only just starting our journey. It’s not a race to the top, you have to be the best you can be along
the way,” he says.

Josh’s 3 Tips for Apprentice Barbers

1. Work Hard

Do as many haircuts as you can on as many different hair types as you can. Nothing will be perfect, so learn from the mistakes you make.

2. Work Smart

Look to the people on your left and the right of you when you’re on the shop floor. Observe what they are good at and take into account what you can improve.

3. Be Patient

Today we live in a world of Amazon and YouTube, where everything is available at the click of our fingers. But when it comes to barbering, be patient. You’re not going to be the best barber the next day, or the best educator the next month. Be patient with your skills. Know that it’s going to take time to build a successful skillset and mindset.

Looking for more tips for apprentice barbers? Why not check out the dos and don'ts of making it as an apprentice here?

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 07th Feb 2024

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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