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Do Barbers Still Use Straight Razors?

Do Barbers Still Use Straight Razors

Are traditional barber styles extinct or do barbers still use straight razors to perform grooming services on their clients? While you may not get offered a straight razor service at a corporate chain hair salon, this service is still largely practiced by barbers all over the world. In fact, in the state of Texas you have to have a barbering license to be allowed to use one while grooming a client. Cosmetologists will require additional training and licensing in order to use this tool.

What Is a Straight Razor?

A straight razor is the classic, fold-out razor with the old school barbershop aesthetic that looks straight out of a Humphrey Bogart movie. It’s very similar to a shavette except for one major detail: Instead of a disposable razor, it’s got a solid metal blade.

Pros and Cons of Straight Razors

Just like shavettes, straight razors have some major benefits—as well as some potential drawbacks—related to their unique design.


Provides Smoother Shave: Rietveld points out that the shorter handle enables a straight razor to maneuver more easily over the surface of the face, resulting in a smoother, more efficient shave.

More Comfortable: Although at first it can be tricky to use, the effortless movement of a straight razor causes less potential irritation, leaving skin less irritated afterwards.

Clean, Precise Lines: As with shavettes, a straight razor makes it easy to get sharp beard edges with minimal effort.

Most Economical: Since the blade of a straight razor is part of its design, it’s meant to be sharpened rather than replaced, making it exceedingly more economical in the long run.

Learning How to Use a Straight Razor

While it may be intimidating to students who have never worked with a straight razor before, our instructors take the time necessary to ensure each student learns proper safety and handling before ever using this tool. Once we are confident that you understand how to properly perform straight razor services, we will begin practicing your skills on clients under the instruction of a teacher.

This hands on experience will prepare our students for when they have their state licensing exam and in their careers as a well-rounded barber. If you have any questions about what you will learn while enrolled in our school reach out to us today. A member of our staff will gladly answer your questions and can schedule a tour of our facility.

Flexible Barber Classes in Houston

Class A Barber Course Options

Clock Hours/Program Length: 1,000 Clock Hours

30 Weeks Full-Time; 34 Hours Per Week

50 Weeks Part-Time; 20 Hours Per Week

The Class A Barber Program consists of 1,000 hours of instruction. The course includes a combination of theory classes, practical mannequin work, and actual hands on clientele practice. The program will ensure that basic skills to more advanced skills are gained, as individuals proceed through the course. The course also ensures that students are also trained and prepared in State Board licensing applications and evaluations.

If you are ready to take the leap and begin an exciting career as a barber in Texas, stop by and see us. Our staff is here to help you decide if barber school is a good fit for your future goals and current lifestyle. Call is today to learn more about the programs we offer at Quality Barber College in Houston.

Flexible Barber Classes in Houston, Texas

All of our courses are accessible to individuals with families and careers because of our flexible scheduling and affordable rates. If you have been considering making a change and exploring new ways to use your barber skills, schedule a tour of our licensed barber school today. We will answer any questions you have and provide you with a more in-depth explanation about the course. Call us to schedule an appointment to come by and take a tour of our school.

Quality Barber College in Houston, TX

Quality Barber College has built a state-of-the-art facility that stands out from any other barber school in the area, setting the tone for the quality education we provide. We chose our location to make commuting easy for students throughout the Greater Houston area.

Our staff offers hands-on training to ensure every student gains the skills and knowledge they need to pass their state licensing exam and become a successful barber in Texas. We offer a range of courses for part-time and full-time students. These courses include Class A Barber classes, cosmetology to barber crossover classes, and barber instructor classes.


Quality Barber College
12363 S Main Street
Houston, TX 77035
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