March 3, 2022

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Barber School

So you want to become a barber? When it comes to barber school, there is so much more to learn than just cutting men’s hair. From beard and mustache design, to shop management and hairstyling, American Beauty Academy’s Barber Program teaches everything you need to know regarding customer service, professional business strategies, and how to become successful in the high-demanding field. Read more to learn how to get started!  

1. What Does a Barber Do?

Did you know during the Middle Ages, barbers were known not only for shaving and giving haircuts, but they were also known for performing surgery and dentistry as well? Thank goodness times have changed and you only have a few things to learn in barber school! Here are a few things you can do as a licensed barber: 

  • Become a barber school educator
  • Pursue a career as a personal care service provider
  • Freelancing
  • Start your own business
  • Product Developer

The more you learn in school, the more you are able to work towards your future goals and become successful in what you are passionate about doing.

2. The Courses You Could Take

 Barber school is a great place to learn important skills and techniques that better prepare you for your future. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn about men’s hair, but you can expect to learn how to manage a business and improve your skills in customer service. At American Beauty Academy, you could learn:

  • Hairstyling
  • Scissor cutting and razor cutting
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Beard and mustache design
  • Facial hair shaving and razor cutting
  • Processes promoting the health of hair and scalp
  • Education of customers regarding anatomy and physiology of hair and scalp
  • Barbershop operations and business management
  • And More!

You can also check out our course catalog to get a better idea of what we have to offer and what to expect in each of these different courses. Learn more about our barber program and how it might be a great fit for you!

3. How Long Is Barber School?

Barber school is meant to teach you a variety of skills you can feel confident in applying. There is plenty of time to learn and gain experience, so there is no need to be hard on yourself or rush the process. 

The number of hours you need to graduate depends on the school or state that you decide to pursue your education in. The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) requires that you complete 1000 hours of barber school training. At American Beauty Academy, you can expect up to 20 to 38 hours a week, depending on if you are full-time or part-time. Full-time students are required to complete up to 1000 clock hours. If you choose to take additional courses, this can lengthen your time to graduate.

4. How Much Does Barber School Cost?

The cost of attending a barber school really depends on the school. The total amount can include supplies, books, and anything else you may need to support you through your education. There are various scholarships, federal student loans, VA benefits, and financial aid options. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you are in need of financial assistance, Our admissions team can help you through the process or you can check out our scholarship list to see what we have to offer.

5. How to Get Started

If you don’t have a high school diploma, that is okay! American Beauty Academy takes the entire application into consideration. To get started, contact our admissions team or download a brochure of our complete catalog of barbering courses

If you are needing assistance in Finances, we offer a range of student loans and grants available to you. If you are a veteran, you can use the  GI Bill® Comparison Tool to determine the exact amount of your potential benefits.

When graduating from barbering school, it is important to complete the required minimum hours as suggested by the state. Next, you need to pass your state board exam, which includes a written portion and demonstration of those skills you learned in school. Lastly, submit an application for a barber’s license in your preferred state and pay the license fee. Now you are ready to get started!

Learn More About American Beauty Academy’s Barbering Program

If you are looking for a school to get you started on your barber school experience, contact us today! Schedule a tour of our barber school in Salt Lake City. We also have a cosmetology school located in Payson, Utah. Learn more about our programs and if they are right for you!

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