September 28, 2020

How a Foundation in Cosmetology Can Prepare You for Barbering

person having their hair styled at a barbershop

If you’ve recently graduated and gained your cosmetology license, the next step is to figure out where you’d like to work! A passion for the beauty industry could lead you to many paths, and dual licensure can open many doors. Obtaining a barbering license in addition to cosmetology through our barber crossover program can help you be a flexible and competitive candidate when exploring your options. Find out more about our barbering program and how it might be the perfect next step for you!

You’ve Already Worked with Hair

Chances are, you’re already comfortable with cutting and styling hair, which can make starting a barbering program a little easier! A thorough foundation in cosmetology can help you have a strong start with barbering, and allow you more time to practice new cutting and shaving techniques.

If you choose to pursue our barber crossover program, you also have the option to apply 900 of your cosmetology hours toward completing our barber program. Some new techniques you can expect to learn in our barbering program include:

  • Clipper cutting
  • Facial shaving
  • Men’s facial treatments
  • Hair replacement
  • And more!

To find out more about our crossover programs, contact our admissions team so we can help you get started!

dark haired woman wearing a floral face mask

Your Schedule Can be Flexible

The more skills you have, the more you can break up your time doing what you enjoy. If you have dual licensure in both cosmetology and barbering, you have numerous options for the types of appointments you could schedule throughout the day. If you enjoy cutting hair in the morning and providing makeup or skincare services in the afternoon, it’s up to you to decide how to break up your day.

A career in the beauty industry also allows you to decide your schedule on a day to day basis. If you want weekends to yourself, you can do that! If you prefer to sleep in, you can book your appointments for strictly afternoons and evenings. Whether you’re working in a salon or barbershop, there are a lot of freedoms offered as far as scheduling goes.

woman styling a man's hair in a barbershop

Dual Licensure Helps You Stay Competitive

As careers in the beauty industry become more popular, jobs in high-end salons and barbershops are highly sought after. Dual licensure can ensure that you’re a qualified candidate that can catch attention. If you are applying and qualified to do both men and women’s hair, makeup, nails, and more, that can make you a valuable candidate and possibly more likely to be hired.

A wide breadth of beauty knowledge can also be pivotal for developing specific skills and becoming a specialist. It’s important to have a foundational understanding of many techniques, but practicing them enough will allow you to get a feel for what you really enjoy. Maybe men’s facial treatments are your favorite skill, and you can have the time and training to become a specialist in providing those treatments. Men are, after all, a huge source of revenue for the beauty industry. The men’s personal care market is expected to hit $166 billion in 2022, according to Allied Market Research. Becoming familiar with men’s hair and beauty could help you be successful in the beauty industry!

Join the Don Roberts School of Hair Design Family

We are passionate about beauty, and strive to help our students feel confident and successful both in their time with us and after graduation. We also put a lot of time into our crossover programs, so our students have the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible with us in both our cosmetology and barbering programs. Contact us today to find out more about how you can get started with us!

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