Interested in the art of mens trend cutting? Do you enjoy working with people and helping them look their best? Do you find yourself on the street observing how you can improve the look of everyone around you? Then you might just be the perfect fit to begin your career as a barber.
How to start
If you want to fulfill your passion in becoming a barber you can do so in one of two ways. You can take classes at an accredited barbering college of your choice or complete registered, documented hours through an apprenticeship under a licensed barber. Required hours vary state to state.
Depending on the intensity of the educational program, training can take anywhere from 6-18 months. Barbering schools operate in a full-time manner and will typically have 6 to 8 hour days; schools usually also offer a part-time program. Which part-time students will find that the training program generally will take longer to obtain your license.
Generally barber schools require a high school diploma, a set amount of classroom hours, and a final state board exam. Checking with your state will give you a definite answer.
“How do I know what school is right for me?”
Ask a lot of questions! One school might be right for one person over another. Make and appointment to tour the salon/see your potential classmates and educators. Observe the basics of how things work within the classroom as well as the salon floor and see how everyone interacts. As your education starts to progress you will find that your strengths will fall into a certain category, make sure the schools primary focus is on education and has an environment that promotes and fosters growth. Check to see if the school has a program to help graduates find employment in the field after graduation and has a strong student services department.