What is the diff between the costemologists and barbers, and which one would be better? Is it even worthwhile to go to a salon if I have really thick, coarse hair? Think of a brillo brush. Can a better hair person make that big of a difference with hair like this?
I think that the state licensing exam is different for barbers than for cosmetologists, but I'm not exactly sure on the specifics. Most of the exam involves sanitation/hygiene anyway...nothing of any real-world practicality (or so I've been told) The key difference between high-end salon stylists and corner barbershop buzzers is their proficiency at scissor-over-comb/clipper-over-comb technique. Skilled stylists can shave & carve your head so that it's clean and devoid of jagged steps and light/dark shadows, especially when viewed from the profile or back. Plus if it's cut right, it'll still look decent in 3 or 4 weeks, avoiding that hedgehog look. Also stylists can give you different options if you want to grow your hair out, or just keep more length on top or back while keeping the sides shorter. They can easily blend-in shorter and longer areas so it doesn't look drastic like a military buzz-cut. If you live in a major metropolitan area, call around to different salons and see if any of their staff are Sassoon-trained. A large number of the top-tier hair dressers have had their formal education at Vidal Sassoon schools, so they're fairly proficient at doing variations on a Men's Basic haircut and have mastered scissor-over-comb technique.