You may not have noticed it, but it’s becoming increasingly hard to find a decent haircut in Chinese cities these days.
According to the latest data from the Chinese Association of Hairdressers and Barbers, there are just over 6.5 million barbers in China.
And while that number is certainly growing, the number of people doing the job has remained flat over the past decade.
“It’s definitely more difficult than ever before,” says Lee Beauty Supply founder and president Ma Jing.
That’s a mistake.” “
There’s still a lot of people who think we should only offer the best.
That’s a mistake.”
Lee Beauty Supply’s Ma Jing says that it’s a matter of becoming more savvy in what products to offer.
“The best barbers need to be able to offer their customers quality haircuts.
It’s not just about looking great,” she says.
“That’s the goal.”
Lee Beauty is an umbrella company of Ma Jing, a company that offers hair care services to the Chinese market.
It operates as a part of the company’s umbrella company, Lee Beauty Supplier Portal.
Lee beauty supplies has a presence in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States.
Ma Jing’s business is growing fast in China, but not enough to support her growing team of barbers.
“I have to work more hours than I thought I would.
I have to train more than I expected,” she said.
The Chinese Association for Hairdresser and Barber estimates that about 2.4 million people in the country are working as barbers, which is an increase of over 400,000 people since 2009.
However, in the last 10 years, barbers have experienced a rapid drop in demand.
Barber training and certification in China has been steadily increasing.
As a result, the demand for barbers has fallen.
In the last three years, China’s barber industry has experienced a decline in sales.
The latest statistics from the China Association of Barbers show that the percentage of people working as a barber fell from 61.7% in 2010 to 47.5% in 2016.
While the industry is on the rebound, the percentage that are trained and certified in barbership is not.
To cope with the shortage, barber training has become increasingly difficult.
Ma Jing says the barbers she works with are being taught to use a specific set of techniques, which means they need to pay close attention to the specific requirements of the client.
But it’s not enough.
“I feel like we have to make sure that people understand and are familiar with the skills we are offering,” she adds.
This year, Ma Jing hopes to see a more concerted effort to help the barber trade to compete in the Asian market.
With the demand of Chinese consumers shifting from western nations, and the growing number of Asian countries becoming more competitive in their own right, Ma said that the barbing industry is in a great position to compete for that market.