The minimum number of classroom hours of study for each of these fields varies from state to state. However, in general, a full cosmetology or barber’s license typically requires and average of 1500 to 2100 hours of study at a state approved program. In many schools, students prepare by attending classroom presentations, reading textbooks and working in studios maintained by their school. The practical experience represents a significant part of the curriculum, since it offers actual “hands on” tutorials.
Barbers train similarly, but also learn to shave with straight edged razors and other types of equipment used to style and shape beards. The advanced courses offered will vary significantly from one educational institution to another, but generally include customized hair colorizing in both cosmetology and barbering. Additionally, licensed cosmetology and barbering graduates may take specialized courses in fields such as desairology, caring for the hair of people in mortuaries.