Barbers and hairdressers both cater to both male and female clients, and both cut and style hair. So, the main question people have is what are the differences between barbershops and salons? What Is The Main Difference? While both barbers and hairdressers do work with both males and females there is the main difference. Barbershops are geared toward men, while salons cater to women clients. Barbers don't cut or style women's hair, while hairdressers at a salon offer cut and services for both sexes.