Although Michigan has approximately 6 licensed barber schools, the programs outlined below are the only non-profit options. For-profit barber schools may be found in Flint, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing. In order to qualify students for licensure, schools must provide students with at least 2,000 hours of coursework. Such a program may take participants slightly more than a year to complete.
Metro Detroit Barber College
Located in Detroit, this school's curriculum includes both practical training and study of theory. New classes begin 5 times per year and meet full days, Tuesday through Saturday. The full-time, 2,000-hour course of study provides training in haircutting, shaving, barbering history, personal image, sterilization/sanitation, tools/equipment, facial treatment/massage and mustache/beard trimming. In addition, students also learn about hairstyling, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, hair coloring, shop management and barber laws. Upon completion of this 2,000-hour curriculum, aspiring barbers will be eligible to take the licensing exam.
Michigan Barber School, Inc.
Detroit-based Michigan Barber School, Inc. offers a 2,000-hour program familiarizing prospective barbers in haircutting, hygiene/ethics, barbering history, bacteriology, tools/equipment, scalp/skin disorders, barber laws, facial massage/treatment and shaving. In this course involving theory and practical training, students also gain skills in hairstyling, chemical hair relaxing, permanent waving, electricity/light therapy, shop management and men's hairpieces. A senior review is included for state examination preparation. Typical completion time is 14-18 months. Applicants to this program should have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Barbers in Michigan apply for a license through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Applicants must have completed the minimum required hours of coursework at a licensed barber school, have completed at least 10th grade, be at least 17 years old and pass the examination approved by the state. Licensed barbers from other states may apply for Michigan licensing through reciprocity. Read on for details about some barber schooling options designed to meet minimum course hours required for licensing and prepare students for the licensing exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Barber Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees|
|Metro Detroit Barber College||Less than 2-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Barbering Course||$11,977 tuition only (2019)*|
|Michigan Barber School, Inc.||2-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Barber/Styling Course||$10,788 (2018-2019)**|
Sources: *Metro Detroit Barber College, **NCES College Navigator.