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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. Learning important skills in hair anatomy, health, shaving, business management, and styling, will not only help you to pass your Utah state board exam but can better prepare you to do well in the industry.

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 you only have a few things to learn in barber school! Professional barbers today are skilled in:

  • 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
  • Barbers are also expected to keep their workspace organized and in tip-top condition on a daily basis. It is important to also gain successful time management and communication skills.

    The Courses You Could Take

    Becoming a barber is more than just cutting and styling men’s hair. There are so many more important skills and techniques to learn in becoming a confident barber. You will also learn profitable barbershop management, customer service, and feel more confident and prepared to take the state board exam. At American Beauty Academy, you could learn:

  • Hair Styling
  • Hair Cutting
  • Razor Cutting
  • Scissor Cutting
  • Clipper Variations
  • Shampooing & Conditioning
  • Shaving
  • Beard Design
  • Mustache Design
  • Barbering Exam Preparation
  • Safety & Sanitization
  • Shop Management
  • 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.

    How Long Is Barber School?

    Barber school is meant to teach you a variety of skills you can feel confident in applying. There will be 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. You can expect up to 20 to 38 hours a week, depending on if you are full-time or part-time. Full-time students at American Beauty Academy are required to complete up to 1000 clock hours. If you choose to take additional courses such as makeup artistry or eyelash extensions, this can lengthen your time to graduate.


    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. If you are in need of financial assistance, American Beauty Academy is more than willing to help or you can view the American Beauty Academy scholarship list here. We also offer a full-tuition scholarship!

    How to Get Started

    If you don’t have a high school diploma, that is okay! Some students can attend barber school as a part of their high school curriculum. American Beauty Academy takes the entire application into consideration. To get started, you can obtain more information on enrollment with American Beauty Academy 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. Also, use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to see how much the VA might cover.

    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!

    If you are looking for a school to get you started on your barber school experience, contact one of our admission reps today!

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