If you love the idea of helping people look and feel their best, you should consider going to an accredited beauty school to gain the skills you need to succeed. But should you enroll in a Barbering Program or a Cosmetology Program? Let’s explore the differences between them so you can choose the path that’s best for you.
Both barbering and cosmetology programs will teach you how to cut and style hair. At Shore Beauty School, our Barbering Program will teach you haircutting and styling using scissors, clippers and razors. In addition, you will also learn techniques for shaving, hot towel treatments, fades, and honing and stropping a razor.
Our cosmetology program, on the other hand, covers a wider range of beauty skills. A comprehensive program includes coursework on cutting, styling, coloring hair, performing chemical treatments (keratin treatments, perms, etc.), as well as facials, skincare, makeup, hair removal, manicuring, pedicuring, and more.
Those who take a barbering program usually go on to become…you guessed it…barbers, either working at a barber shop or a salon. Many students who take this path are interested in opening their own barbershop, or even becoming a barbering instructor, which would require further education and licensing.
Cosmetologists again may have a wider range of possibilities, working in salons or spas, and can work as a hair stylist, colorist, nail technician, skin care specialist, makeup artist, and more, as well as a salon owner/manager or instructor.
Because cosmetology is a more comprehensive program than barbering, it tends to take longer to get your degree. For example, at Shore Beauty School, our Cosmetology Program consists of 1,200 hours of instruction and hands-on training vs. 1,000 hours for our Barbering Program. Either program will help you get into the workforce much quicker than if you pursued a 4-year college degree, but if you know you want to become a barber, the more focused program will get you through school faster.