Barber-cosmetologist training

The barber/cosmetologist performs hair and nail care services in a salon or barber shop upon successful completion of the state barber-cosmetology licensure requirements. Training also gives the students the option to specialize in areas such as skin care, manicuring, coloring, perm, waving, and hair styling. After sufficient work experience and additional education, possible employment opportunities include licensed manager of a salon, licensed instructor in a barber cosmetologist school, supply house representative and state board examiner.

As a Barber/Cosmetologist graduate your employers will expect you to be able to:

  • Perform skills (shampooing, scalp treatments, cuts, styles, perms, chemical relaxing, color treatments, nail and
    skin care).
  • Perform all duties related to salon operations.
  • Apply safety, sanitation, and law policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate business sense and managerial abilities.

Several schools across the US offer barber-cosmetologist training in line with the state licensure requirements. Typical course outline of such a program will be:

  • Bacteriology for barber/cosmetology
  • Skin and related disorders
  • Facials and cosmetics
  • Hair and related disorders
  • Shampooing -safety practices and professionalism
  • Laws and regulations for cosmetology
  • Haircutting and related equipment
  • Hairstyling and related equipment
  • Hair coloring
  • Permanent waving
  • Chemical relaxing
  • Nails and related Disorders
  • Manicuring

Employment opporunities for barber-cosmetologists are quite good now-a-days. Starting salaries can be in the range of $15,000 to $25,000.