New York Barber School Overviews with Program Options

Jul 26, 2019

Essential Information

There aren't any not-for-profit schools in New York for barber training, so this article discusses the four private for-profit schools that are available. Barbering programs range from basic to master barber levels. Students in foundational programs may complete 288-600 hours, while those in advanced programs may complete about 700 hours. One school offers shorter program options for cosmetologists looking to develop barbering skills; refresher courses are also available to existing barbers. Students gain practical training in shampooing, facial massage, shaving, beard and mustache design, hair cutting, clipper cutting and sanitation.

A.B.I. School of Barbering

At the A.B.I. School of Barbering, students in the heart of New York can pursue a 500-hour master barbering program. The curriculum students are given covers shaving, facial massages, clipper cutting, shampooing and sterilization methods. Courses for this program are available in the mornings and afternoons. Students at this school can expect to receive preparation for their state licensing examination as part of their studies here.

Barber & Beauty Institute of New York

Numerous barbering courses can be found in Hempstead at the Barber & Beauty Institute of New York. The basic apprentice barbering class is 500 hours and goes over hair cutting and styling for men, facial hair design and shaving, microbiology, barbering history and safe work practices. The 700-hour master barber program's curriculum is on barbershop management, job searching, facial treatments and massages and barber law. Students who are licensed cosmetologists that want to acquire barbering skills have several courses to choose from. The first class is a 200-hour program intended to teach basic barbering skills while the 400-hour program is for students that want to develop master barbering techniques. There are also several skill refresher courses intended for basic barbers and master barbers looking to familiarize themselves with the content covered on state licensing examinations.

Sharp Edgez Barber Institute

Sharp Edgez Barber Institute is located in Rochester and offers a 600-hour barber styling program. The program can be completed in 19 weeks if taken full-time, and 27 weeks if taken on a part-time basis. Students in this program are taught skills in haircutting, hair styling, tapering, trimming, men's hairpieces, scalp treatments, facials, shampooing, shop management, and state licensing laws.

Shear Ego International School

Shear Ego International School is also located in Rochester and offers a 600-hour barber and styling program. The program can be completed in less than 5 months. Students in this program are taught how to conduct job searches, sell products in a barber shop and manage a barber shop. Physiology and anatomy, hair styling, hair cutting, mustache and beard design, barber tools and equipment and men's hair pieces are all topics found in this program's coursework.

Career Requirements

There are several ways to become a licensed barber in the state of New York. One route is for students to seek out a 2-year apprenticeship under a licensed barber. The other path to becoming a licensed barber is passing an approved barbering educational program. Out of over 400 schools in New York, there are only 4 schools that provide program options in barbering, and they are listed below.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Barber Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
A.B.I. School of Barbering < 2-year, private for-profit; large city Master Barber Program $4,600**
Barber & Beauty Institute of New York < 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb Barber Apprentice Course,
Master Barber Course,
Concepts of Natural Hairstyling Course,
Barbering For Cosmetologists II Course,
Barber Refresher Course,
Skills Refresher Course
Sharp Edgez Barber Institute <2-year, private for-profit; midsize city Barber Styling Program $8,000*
Shear Ego International School < 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb Barber and Styling Program $9,019*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **American Barber Institute.

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