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What does a barber do?

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A barber cuts hair and shaves and trims beards and mustaches. Barbers are similar to cosmetologists or beauticians, but they typically specialize in men's hair.

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What does a barber do?
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Barbers must have barber's licenses to practice their trade, according to HowStuffWorks. Most barbers attend school to learn their skills, but some learn the job through an apprenticeship. A test is typically required before the final license is granted. Requirements vary by state but usually include a written test with safety and skill information and a practical test in which the barber demonstrates his skill. A fee is required for the test and for the license. Periodic follow-up training is recommended.

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    How much should you tip your barber?

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    Tip amounts for barbers vary somewhat by the quality of service, but the general rule is to tip 15 to 20 percent of the bill for good service. A minimum tip of $1 is also standard. A good tip supports quality service and contributes to positive rapport.

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    How can one get a haircut at a barber shop?

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    In most cases, getting a haircut at a barber shop is as simple as selecting a shop, walking in, requesting a cut, describing the desired cut to the barber, sitting still and following instructions during the cut and tipping the barber once the cut is complete. Those who are unsure about the process may want to call a barber shop prior to walking in to ensure the shop takes walk-ins. Looking the shop up online and checking for reviews and additional information may also be a good idea.

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    Can you get HIV from the barber?

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    HIV cannot be transmitted through a nick or cut at the barber, according to AIDS.gov. HIV is transmitted through unprotected sexual contact, injected drug use, occupational hazards and rarely through organ transplants or blood transfusions. It can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

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    How much does a barber make in a year?

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    The average annual salary of a barber, as of Sept. 2014, is $28,833. Ten percent of barbers only make about $18,000 per year, while another 10 percent make $40,000 or more.

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