Why Do Barbers Use Powder? (The Hidden Reasons Revealed)

A lot has been said about why do barbers use power.

But did you there are two kinds of powders each with different ingredients and purposes?

No, well in this article we’ll go into why our barbers spring that stuff on our heads, and I’ll show provide you with the exact same products if you wish to replicate them. 

With that said, let’s get into it. 

Why do barbers use powder?

There are two types of powders barbers can use in your hair: 

  • Talcon powder 
  • Texturizing powder

Talcum powder absorbs sweat/prevents it from forming. 

Talc dries out the skin to stop bacteria from staying in and around your head and neck. 

This helps to decrease the likelihood of infection. 

Sweat can hold a lot of bacteria, after a hair cut there is a chance you could be cut leaving openings for bacteria to seep in which can possibly cause an infection.

Talc drying up the sweat on the skin helps to prevent this. 

Plus when you get back, you can always get in the shower and wash it off.

Talc can be used cutting to dry sweat before a cut. 

So if you walk in a little sweaty and your barber throws some talc on you, don’t worry you’ll be fine, it’s just to dry you off basically.

What Is the Powder Barbers Use

Talc powder is great, but what exactly is it? 

Talk powder is powder primarily made of cornstarch. 

Each brand varies but that’s the main makeup. 

If you are a barber you could use baby powder which contains mainly cornstarch. 

But the best type of barber powder would be the Pinaud Clubman talc powder. 

It’s highly effective talc and smells great too. 

But there’s also another type of powder barbers can use on your hair…  That’s next. 

Powder Barbers Use 

That would be texturizing powder. 

The main ingredient used in texturing powder isn’t starch but silica silylate. 

silica has unique properties that help it to give hair texture. 

Its rough and slightly jagged edges allow it to effectively bind to the hair shaft and create a sort of friction between them which allows hairs to stack vertically on top of themselves rather than falling flat.

Talcum powder/ baby powder on the other hand has very little hold.

Some barbers either use wax or texture powder to add volume to hair. 

But you could argue texture powder is better. 

It’s a dry product that keeps its texture, unlike wet styling products which in hot conditions can slide out of your hair giving a better hold all around. 

Below are some of the best texture powders you can start using on your hair: 

Can you constantly use talcum powder? 

First and foremost, avoid using baby powder unless is it made of 100% cornstarch.

 Some baby powders are made with talc which can be toxic to the lungs if constantly inhaled with underlying medical conditions. 

When it comes to texturizing powder…yes, you can use it but you can’t just put it on and leave it there. 

If left in the hair too long, it can build up on hit scalp causing itching, flaking, and dryness.

Try not to leave it in your hair for more than (1–3 days) without washing it out. 

If you’re looking to add talcon power to your routine on the other hand to help with sweat, you can incorporate it into your routine. 

The best way to apply it would be with a towel. 

The video below shows you the full process. 


In this article, we asked the question, why do barbers use powder

It’s to either texturize or dry sweat 

Talcum helps to remove sweat from the skin while texturizing powder binds hair to give it volume.

If you found this article helpful, check out other articles on this topic below. 


What is the purpose of using powder in barbering?

Powder helps to absorb moisture and oils from the scalp and hair, making it easier to work with and providing better grip for cutting and styling.

What kind of powder do barbers use?

Barbers typically use talcum powder, cornstarch, or a similar absorbent powder, often scented with essential oils for a more pleasant smell

Is it safe to use powder during a haircut?

Yes, using powder during a haircut is generally safe as long as the powder is applied properly and not inhaled (too much). However, some people may have allergies or sensitivities to certain types of powder, so it’s important to tell your barber if you have concerns.



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