Barbering Programs in Alabama

Alabama Beauty and Cosmetology Schools can help you choose the right barbering program for your goals in the beauty industry. We help students across the nation contact schools to compare programs before making the important decision to enroll. Use our school listings below to contact schools in your area today!

AL Barbering Training & License Requirements

Barbering programs in Alabama teach potential barbers to cut and style men's hair. They groom a client's facial hair and shave customers. Barbers sometimes provide other services such as skin care, hair coloring and bleaching, and sewing on men's hairpieces. Barbers may also give scalp, neck and face massages to their customers.

For decades, barbers were not regulated or licensed in Alabama. However, effective 9-1-2013 barbers are required to attend a barbering program or apprenticeship and get licensed. Barbering programs in Alabama provide at least 1000 hours of school for students with at least a 10th grade education. Potential barbers can also work with an experienced barber for a 2000-hour apprenticeship.

Barbering school teaches topics such as the history of barbering, sanitation, honing and stroping razors, haircutting, mustache and beard care, facial treatments, shaving, hair coloring, men's hair pieces and barber ship business skills. The new licensing law also includes singeing, dyeing, permanently waving or straightening hair. The Alabama Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulates the new barbering licenses.

Career Outlook for Professional Barbers in Alabama

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports barbers in Alabama earn an annual average salary of $24,440 before tips. The barbering field is expected to grow 14 percent by 2020. Professional barbers work with a wide variety of men from all backgrounds and age groups. Barbers style and cut hair for men, give shaves and beard trims, and offer men facials and skin care. Alabama barbers must keep their tools sanitary at all times, so shop cleanliness and hygiene constantly requires attention.

In Alabama, the climate is hot and humid. Many men keep their hair short to stay neat and comfortable. They need frequent haircuts and trims to keep looking their best. Keeping facial hair trimmed is often a task barbers provide to their clients. Most barbers in Alabama rent a chair at an established barber shop. Others choose to start their own small barbershop business and work for themselves.

Some Alabama barbers also attend cosmetology school, where they learn skills to care for women's hair and skin. Many cosmetology programs give credit for barbering school hours completed. Dually certified barber/cosmetologists can work in beauty salons or in any setting where hair care is performed. These more versatile barbers may have the opportunity to earn more money or to work with prestigious clients.

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