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Barber Schools

A barbershop is where men come to get their hair cut, their beards shaved and to hang out with the guys. This scene of familiar camaraderie is as American as the red, white and blue barber pole.

If you’ve thought about joining the age-old tradition of becoming a barber, you can attend a barber school and be licensed in just 9 months. Learn what you’ll need to complete your training and why you must be licensed to practice.BARBER SCHOOLS


In most states, barbers are required to be at least 16 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent and complete training at one of many state-licensed barber schools.

Newly trained barbers must also be able to pass a state licensing examination with both written and practical components.

Financial Aid

Training at barber schools can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 dollars. If you need financial assistance, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FAFSA. Also, be sure to compare barber schools to see if your particular choice will accept financial aid grants. If not, move on until you find one that does.

You can also find financial assistance from the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS).

How Long Does it Take?

Training at barber schools takes approximately 9 months to complete and can lead to a certificate or associates degree. Most barbers will also continue their study with on-the-job training and by attending seminars and conferences to keep up with the latest hair trends and styles.

What Will I Learn?

Though you’ll learn a little about women’s styles, the large majority of your training at barber schools will focus on grooming techniques for men. You’ll learn to cut, style, dye and treat men’s hair. You’ll also be taught shaving and trimming techniques for men’s facial hair.

What Other Skills Do I Need?

You should enjoy working with and interacting with a variety of different people. It’s also important you have a steady hand for cutting hair and beard maintenance. Some clients may prefer a straight-razor shave and you won’t keep customers long if you cut them.

It’s also important to have good oral comprehension, a good memory and be comfortable standing most of the day.

What Can I Expect to Make?

The average annual salary for a barber in 2009 ranged from $21,877 to $37,782.

Why Do I Need to Be Licensed?

In most states, it is illegal to cut hair or do any grooming on anybody other than your immediate family without a license to do so. If you practice as a barber without a license, you can be fined anywhere from $500 to $4,000 per day the issue is not corrected. You may also be put on probation or suspension for a period of up to one year.

Where Will I Work?

As a licensed barber, you’ll commonly work alongside others in a salon, barbershop or hotel. As your experience grows and you’ve been practicing for many years, you may find work on a cruise ship or choose to open your own barbershop.

Working as a barber can be a fun and rewarding career. Look into barber schools in your area and start going for your license. You’ll be able to start practicing in under a year.



13 Responses to “BARBER SCHOOLS”

  1. Chrissy Erle says:

    it is very good field of work to learn barber skills. I am trying to convince my cousin to go to this school.

  2. Dre says:

    In El Paso, TX area. Cutt Masters Barber College is where I went. 4107 Dyer St.

  3. Christian says:

    interested where to find money to attend barber school in the state of Florida.

  4. Shaneka Hammond Brown says:

    SHB welcomes Stylists, Barbers, Students, & Vendors to the SHB Show

    The SHB International Hair Show & Expo will take place at the luxurious Charlotte Convention Center located at 501 S. College, Charlotte, NC on July 28-29, 2013.

    Come out and enjoy two days of grand festivities consisting of the following:


    Willa from Willa’s World on stage & demonstrating styles at her booth (Monday)

    Top of the line Educators

    Hair Battle (think outside of the box)

    Female Barber Battle (NEW)

    Male Barber Battle

    Natural Hair Battle (NEW)

    Model Competition (NEW)

    Live Student Competition

    Make Up Battle (NEW)

    Student Mannequin Competition (NEW)

    Free Classes (Students & Professionals)

    Salon & Barbershop Showcase (NEW)

    Hosted by Jaye Da Barber and Sue-Ham

    Vendor booths are still available for the 2013 show! Our 2013 show will be housed in the beautiful Charlotte Convention Center. The center offers an elegant space of more than 40,000 square feet to showcase your products and services. It also offers the following amenities:

    Twenty docks with direct drive-in access

    Located UpTown Charlotte in the Heart of the City

    5 star Hotels in walking distance

    ATM inside Venue

    Food Court inside Venue

    Gift Shop

    40,000 Sq feet of Vendor Space

    The SHB International Hair Show & Expo will be a grand event. It will serve as an awesome opportunity for hair professionals & students to learn, network, and grow their business. If you’re interested in a sponsor packet, please either email or please call(843) 488-5788.

    Visit or call 843-488-5788 to find out more specific information on how to register for vendor space, purchase tickets, or for info regarding the different events and battles.

    Thank you for your participation! This event is open to the public.


  5. Zack prates says:

    Need help getting into a school 203 836 6486 is my number i been cuttin hair for about a year and want to get my licsense

  6. Kevin says:

    Hey man, I’m 17 and I’m going to be graduating in May I want to become a barber I love cutting hair any advice. I know I had to get my license and attend school.

  7. T.L says:

    I got myself into a situation I believe. I started a barber school that is not so thorough as it should be. It feels more like go for what you know type of school. Im pretty much learning on my own through reading the school book and trial and error with guidance from the students next to me. Sad thing is, just about every other school around me is the same way, about money. I have the heart and desire to learn but no real guidance. Many of the students work in shops without license as they complete the hours for school as they see fit. Should I stay or just bail out before I’m in to deep. I really don’t understand how I could cut someones hair on the first day I started class.

    • ALEX CAMPBELL says:

      Stay focused and get your license. You will learn to cut hair in the field(shop). Most barber schools aren’t set up to teach you to cut hair. They are mainly set up to help you get a license.

  8. Duke says:

    Hi Alex

    Just like to say that i love the work you are doing here.Do you have a email address or a contact number i have a private query for you.
    Or please send me an email at

    Please get back to me at your earliest convenience.

  9. Lee wiggins says:

    Looking for a list of Barber Schools in the Metro Atlanta area. My zip code is 30008. Also can you provide me with info on any Grants. My contacr number is 404-791-7493.

  10. Tyo Waiters says:

    I wanted to know more about get my barbers LICENSE, came someone please get me a call about class, cost and time for the classes and if grants are available.You can reach me at 404-644-1270.

    • ALEX CAMPBELL says:

      Fill in the blue box at the top of this page with your contact info and i will have a representative contact you in your area about barber schools and financial aid.

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