Is Getting State Registered The Mark of a True Barber/Hairdresser?

A few years ago I had the pleasure of being awarded a Master Craftsman Diploma in Barbering by the Hairdressing Council. It was truly an honour to receive this accolade from the Hairdressing Council, being recognised and awarded for my skill was truly an honour.

The event was held at the House of Commons at the Hairdressing Council's annual tea party. With the good and the great of British hairdressing in attendance each person there, lends their support for the importance of state registration by campaigning for high standards within our profession. This also included hair council ambassadors Jamie Stephens and Andrew Barton.

An Act of Parliament set up the Hairdressing Council in 1964. 

The Hair Council is an industry-recognised organisation that allows salons and barbershops to become state registered.

This means that a barber can apply to become State Registered in the same way as doctors, dentists or nurses can. The only difference is that it is completely voluntary.

Been state registered gives the barber/hairdresser the official stamp from the government to say that you are a professional within the industry. Personally I believe that it should be compulsory that all barbers should be state registered. After all barbering is one of the oldest professions in the world. What I find shocking is that anyone can operate as a barber in the UK without proper qualifications and regulation of standards.  The British Barbers Association fights for elevation of standards when it comes to barbering. The BBA partners with the Hair Council to ensure that both sides of hairdressing and barbering benefits from higher standards. Keep in our profession for the professionals!







The Hairdressing Council believes in the professionalism and passion of hairdressing and it campaigns to raise standards in our industry as a whole, making the industry self regulated. Ideally every barber should be state registered, which would eliminate charlatans and cowboys who practice the craft with no qualifications or experience whatsoever.

The membership of the Hairdressing Council includes MPs, doctors, representatives from major manufacturers, salon owners and business owners. These 17 people meet and discuss ways in which they can help State Registered Hairdressers and Barbers be kept up to date with everything going on within the industry.

Barbering has always suffered with the curse of unqualified barbers devaluing the profession by offering low cost barbering services. This has a negative impact, with the public not seeing the value of being looked after by a qualified professional. This makes it extremely difficult for standards as well as prices to rise.

Set yourself apart from the rest and maintain the pride within our industry, become a state registered Barber. You can also apply for accreditation from the British Barbers Association. #Getregistered!


Chris Foster