What Equipment & Tools Do You Need for a Barbershop?

By Dean Laming on September 26th, 2023

Setting up a barbershop requires a significant investment in high-quality equipment and tools. From hair cutting and styling products, barbering tools, sanitation and sterilisation products, you need to have all the necessary equipment to cater to your clients’ needs and ensure their satisfaction. 

In this article, we explore the various tools and equipment for barbers that you need to set up a successful barbershop.

Barbering Tools: Clippers, Trimmers, and Razors

When it comes to providing the perfect haircut or beard trim, a barber’s toolkit is incomplete without a combination of clippers, trimmers, and razors. Each tool has its own unique purpose and can help achieve the desired result.


Clippers are undoubtedly one of the most essential tools in a barber’s kit. They are primarily designed to cut through large amounts of hair quickly and efficiently, making them ideal for buzz cuts and fades. 


Trimming is crucial in achieving clean and precise lines around the ears, neckline, and sideburns. Trimmers come with smaller blades and are generally more versatile than clippers. 


Razors are the ultimate tool for achieving a smooth and close shave. They come in various designs, including straight razors, safety razors, and disposable razors. 

Barbering Products: Hair Cutting and Styling Products

A professional barbershop needs to have a variety of hair cutting and styling products that cater to the different needs of its clients. Some of the most important products that they should stock include:

  • Clay: Ideal for a matte finish and texture, clay works well for textured crops, natural looks, and quiffs.
  • Pomade: Perfect for slicked looks, pomades come in various finishes, including matte, shiny, and wet. They work well for top knots, slicked-back styles, and disconnected cuts.
  • Wax: Wax works well for creating both classic and modern styles, including side-parts, pompadours, and undercuts. It provides a flexible hold and is ideal for restyling throughout the day.
  • Gel: Best for sleek styles and wet looks, gel holds hair in place with a firm grip. It works well for updos and slicked-back looks.
  • Hairspray: Ideal for use as a finishing spray, hairspray provides a firm hold and is perfect for styles that require a lot of volume and movement.
  • Styling Cream: Perfect for creating natural-looking styles, styling creams add texture and hold without being too heavy on the hair. They work well for quiffs and messy hairstyles.

Barbering Accessories: Brushes, Combs, and Neck Strips

While clippers and razors are the most critical tools in a barber’s arsenal, using the right accessories is equally essential to achieve professional-looking haircuts. High-quality brushes, combs, and neck strips not only aid in precise hair cutting but also enhance the overall experience for clients.

Brushes and Combs

Quality brushes and combs are vital in achieving perfect haircuts. Using the right type of comb for each hair texture minimises the likelihood of cutting the hair too short.  A wide-toothed comb is ideal for detangling unruly hair, while a fine-toothed comb is perfect for fine hair.

Neck Strips

Neck strips serve a dual purpose. They not only keep stray hair from sticking to the client’s skin but also prevent skin irritations resulting from hair clippings. The neck strip is perfect for use with a straight razor, as it provides a barrier between the skin and the blade. As such, it is essential to use high-quality neck strips that are gentle on sensitive skin.

Sanitation and Sterilisation Products

One of the most crucial aspects of running a barbershop is maintaining a high level of cleanliness and hygiene. This not only ensures the safety and health of your clients but also helps to create a professional and reputable image for your business.

The right sterilisation products

Using the appropriate sanitation and sterilisation products is crucial to ensuring a safe and hygienic environment for both clients and staff. These can include disinfectant sprays and wipes, barbicide, and sterilising machines.

Contact Salon Saver for Barbershop Insurance

Not only is investing in high-quality equipment and tools critical for a successful barbershop, but so is barbershop insurance. We offer product liability so that you can be sure you are protected if something goes wrong with the products you use. 

Salon Saver’s barbershop insurance provides peace of mind that your business will be taken care of if a claim ever arises. Contact us today to find out more on how we can help!

Dean Laming

Dean Laming is a Chartered Insurance Broker with more than 25 years insurance experience. Through various underwriting, operational and management roles, Dean has built up extensive knowledge of the hair and beauty sector and is now Managing Director of Salon Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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