Ready to Prepare for Your Future in Barbering?

Our Utah barber school could be an amazing place to start! At American Beauty Academy, we want to prepare future barbers to work in a barber shop, potentially work in their own shop, and more! If you’re exploring different schools in the Salt Lake area, here are a few reasons why American Beauty Academy could be the right fit for you.

Our entire focus is to design our course to prepare you to sit for the licensing examinations and give you the edge in this in-demand industry. Come visit our campus in West Valley for a campus tour to learn more about our barber program. You can see the difference that makes our barbering school truly unique.

Learn More About Our Barber School

American Beauty Academy’s barber program teaches the most important facets of the art of barbering as well as the professional business strategies and customer services training. Our students can learn how to deliver exceptional customer service, build a clientele, and maintain efficient barbershop management.

We do this all in an environment that strives to meet our student’s needs. With a combination of hands-on coursework and demonstrations, we hope our curriculum matches each student’s learning style. As an added benefit, after completing the freshman portion of our course, students can arrange their school schedule to suit their already busy schedule.

Get Real Experience

As a student at our school, you can get more clinic floor time, which means more hands-on education practicing the skills that can help you in your future endeavors. Plus, with small class sizes, you get the personalized attention you deserve. Also expect to learn from regular Guest Artists to teach you the latest trends and methods.

We cultivate the knowledge and skills you need in order to sit for the Utah state board exam. From scalp and hair anatomy and health, haircutting, styling, tapering, and fading, to the art of shaving and grooming facial hair, to the fine points of barbershop business management, you can graduate well prepared for the barbering industry.

Barber Student Tools List

Our Barbering Student Kits have quality tools to last far into a student’s professional career. The following is a list of tools* in the American Beauty Academy barber student kit.

  • Miladys Mindtap
  • Case
  • G2 styling iron
  • Rocket dryer
  • Male mannequin
  • Female mannequin
  • Small nylon bristle brush
  • Med nylon bristle brush
  • Large nylon bristle brush
  • XL nylon bristle brush
  • 9-row styling brush
  • Backcomb brush
  • Small paddle brush
  • Large paddle brush
  • Large cutting comb
  • Cutting comb
  • Dual taper cutting comb
  • Fine tooth cutting comb
  • Wide tooth cutting comb
  • Xlong cutting comb
  • Large tooth rake comb
  • Medium-tooth tail comb
  • Water mister
  • Mirror
  • Andis Ultra Blade 1.5
  • Andis Ultra Blade 2
  • Andis Ultra Blade 3.5
  • Collar Clips (2)
  • Andis Excel 2-speed Clipper
  • Dorco Prime 100-pk
  • Cape
  • Andis Masters
  • Andis t-outliner
  • Neck Duster
  • Derby Blades
  • Andis Magnetic Guards
  • Magic Straight Razor
  • Double Edge Razor
  • Monsieur Charles Razor with Blades
  • Clipper Combs (3)
  • Clippercare
  • Hair pick
  • Styptic
  • Shear Kit

Frequently Asked Questions About Barbering School

A new future as a professional barber in this growing industry presents a wide world of opportunities for career-minded people who are ready for the challenge. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions from new barber school applicants, to help as you begin to develop your understanding of this exciting field.

What Is the Difference Between Barbering and Cosmetology?

Both barbers and cosmetologists wash, cut, and style hair. However, barbers are typically more associated with providing these services for men’s hairstyling and care, whereas cosmetologists serve both women and men. Beyond hairstyling, cosmetologists also perform and may even specialize in one or more other grooming services, such as facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and application of makeup.

Both types of professionals must obtain the applicable licensure.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Barber? (How long is barber school?)

The barber training course for full-time students at American Beauty Academy is 1,000 clock hours. The schedule is 37.5 hours per week. The course must be completed within 29 weeks from the student’s starting date.

Our part-time barber training can be completed in 54 weeks, attending 20 hours per week. You can choose the class schedule that works for you to achieve your dreams of becoming a licensed barber.

Do You Need a High School Diploma to Go to Barber School?

There may be certain circumstances where we are able to accept students without a high school diploma. We take a look at the entire application and do not rule anybody in or out based on a single factor alone. We do offer opportunities for current high school students to start their barbering education while they’re still in school.

Are There Barber School Scholarships?

Yes! There are abundance of opportunities for scholarships to barbering school. We’ve listed some scholarship opportunities currently available for aspiring barbers. You can view the scholarship list here.

American Beauty Academy also offers a full-tuition scholarship. Discuss application requirements with your Admissions application representative. (This scholarship does not include the student kit.)

Will Financial Aid Cover Barber School?

For those who are looking for financial aid for barber school, the good news is that there are other options available. If you are interested in learning more about financial aid options that can make our program more affordable contact us!

You can fill out the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to see the range of student loans and grants available to you. The Pell Grant is available, based on financial need, regardless of your grades, which doesn’t need to be paid back.

Other funding options include merit scholarship opportunities, which are open to applicants. VA Benefits also may or may not fund tuition for barber school. Use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to see how much the VA might cover.

*GI Bill® Is a Registered Trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the U.S. government website

Can You Transfer Hours To American Beauty Academy?

Yes, however, the hours transferred will be evaluated. Transfer students will have a course completion date that is calculated pro-rata based on the number of hours needed to complete a total of 1,000 training hours.

Admissions Requirements for Our West Valley Barber School

Enrolling at American Beauty Academy is easy! All applicants must:

  • Provide proof that they’re at least 16 years old
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma, transcript, GED, or state-issued acknowledgment of completion of high school equivalency for home-schooled students. A college transcript showing at least two years of courses completed that are applicable to a bachelor’s degree is also acceptable
  • Complete an application for enrollment
  • Complete an interview before enrollment
  • Pay a $50 application fee

For answers to all your questions about requirements for barbering education and licensing, or to find out how much barber school costs, call us at (801) 704-7521, or fill out the form. You can schedule a tour to see the school and see if American Beauty Academy is the right fit for you!

See What Our Students Have To Say

The instructors here really show that that love to teach and help us students grow.. I love the environment we have here with so many different races and cultures... I would recommend anyone to come and enjoy the experience of getting their hair cut/colored or even to see the love we all have here for our craft.. this has become the American Beauty Family. ??

Amm R.

Amm R.

I have had nothing but a great experience here the day instructors Eden, and Annette are amazing. I'm glad I chose to come to this school over any other. It's a fun, energetic place to be. I would recommend it to anyone looking for hair, skin, and nail services.

Tasha T.

Tasha T.

The education is top notch by far! Small school gives excellent one on one time with instructors and clients! I love the environment of being able to be open about questions and concerns! they have your best interest in mind 24/7! I have a great deal of respect for my instructors and fellow students! i look forward to getting my license and coming back to visit!! Thanks ABA!!!

Mariah M.

Mariah M.

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3695 S Redwood Rd.
West Valley City, Utah 84119

(385) 481-7266
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