Oxford dictionary defines an artist as “a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.” Based on this definition, it can be argued that a barber is also an artist.
A barber is a master sculptor of hair and beauty. There has been a long history of not differentiating between a barber and an artist. For example, imagine yourself not having groomed for over a year. Getting a haircut after a year of not maintaining it, you will surely feel cleaner, newer, and more beautiful. An artist and barber have many things in common but one of the main similarities is their ability to take a project and make it better. This often requires extensive skills and years of training.
Sometimes a client might only have a picture to show the barber for reference and expects the barber to make them look exactly the same as the picture. This might be easy-peasy for the client, but oftentimes the barber is left on a whim trying their best to deliver the service as close as possible to the wishes of the client.
This is where the magic of a barber comes to light. In moments like these a barber and an artist are indistinguishable. Just like the painter who needs to know which brush to use, how much pressure to put on the canvas with each stroke, or which colour will compliment the pallet, the barber must do the same with his own tools.