Full-time barber school takes about nine months, and it can result in an associate degree. Some states allow barbering students who have cosmetology training to apply that training toward barber school.
Many aspiring barbers who plan to open their own businesses take classes in marketing and sales. Some states combine barbering and cosmetology licenses. While licensing requirements vary by state, in general, barbers must be at least 16 years old, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and have graduated from a state-licensed barbering school.
Barbers work mostly with male clients, and they cut, trim, shampoo and style clients' hair. Facial shaving is one optional service they can offer, and depending on what the state license allows, barbers may be allowed to dye and bleach hair, among additional services.