There's not really much of a difference. Traditionally barbers deal with a very small variety of men's hair cuts as well as professional shaving (face). Salons on the other hand tend to cater to women, doing colours, updos, fancy styles, perms and aesthetic work (nails, minimal waxing, etc...).
However, a lot of these are crossing over and more women go to barbers because they have the same set of skills but are either cheaper or located closer and men are going to salons for colours, cuts and facial waxing.
In general, most hair cutting shops are just called salons or hair salons. 'Beauty' tends to imply that there's an aesthetician on hand for nails, waxing and the like.
· 10 years ago