Something can be said about how thorough a barber sanitizes their tools and their shop. Have you ever walked into a barber shop and seen hair all over the ground & dust with dirt everywhere? Likely the answer to that question is no, but if you have then do not return or you’re risking your health. 

Infectious diseases from  bacteria can spread quickly in a barbershop. We teach young adult and adult barbers in our Junior Barber Academy on how to prep before every new customer, how to sanitize your area and shop between customers, & how to safeguard your tools from transmitting any bacteria from customer to customer. Our Online barber courses as well as our barber classes will ensure you know the processes and laws behind proper sanitization. 

Every state requires barbers to implement specific regulations for sanitization. In the interest of public health, barbering regulations are very detailed when it comes to sanitation and disinfection methods and requirements, so it’s important to check the specific laws for the state where you practice.


Sterilization – removal or destruction of all living organisms and biological agents from an object

Disinfection – application of an antimicrobial agent or process to an object, which does not necessarily result in the removal of all living organisms from an object (this is the most accurate term to use in barbering – barbering tools that are reusable are technically disinfected, not sterilized)

Sanitizing agents – substances that clean (remove oil and dirt) and disinfect

Sterilization, sanitizing, and disinfection are all part of good hygiene. As opposed to one-time-use items such as razor blades and neck strips, tools like hair shears, hair clippers, and combs are reused time and again. The goal of disinfection is to remove as much bacteria, fungi, viruses, yeasts, and all other microorganisms as possible from barbering tools each time they are used so they will be clean for the next client.

Disinfection in barbering is accomplished through two basic means:

Heat – metal tools that have no plastic parts can be heated to a temperature that kills many bacteria and microorganisms

Chemicals – these are used to chemically destroy microorganisms on materials such as plastic that cannot withstand high temperatures

Some barbershops and salons have approved heat-based means of disinfecting barbering instruments. More common are chemical-based means of disinfection.

Some barbershops and salons have approved heat-based means of disinfecting barbering instruments. More common are chemical-based means of disinfection.

Once your barbering tools have been disinfected they are ready to either be used on your next client, or to be put into storage. If you’re going to put them in storage, your storage container or barber case must also be clean. Cleanliness is only as strong as its weakest link. If your barbering kit where you keep your hair shears is filled with bacteria, then once you put your hair shears inside for the night they will emerge contaminated the next morning.

With the right education you can avoid bad customer experiences, check out our barber learning course to get more information on how to properly sanitize.