Barber School in San Francisco and San Jose, California

Urban barbershops have experienced a nationwide resurgence, with more people looking for hip, edgy hairstyles only artistic barbers can deliver. This revival explains why contemporary barbershops, such as Fellow Barber in San Francisco, continue to thrive. At Cinta Aveda Institute, we help people pursue a career in hairstyling with our Barbering Crossover Program. Students receive a top-notch education at our state-of-the-art facilities in San Francisco and San Jose, CA, to become leaders in the beauty industry.

What you will Learn

In the Barbering Program, students learn about hair and its various forms and structures. Our hands-on training approach helps people understand the differences between hair and facial hair based on curliness, ethnicity, thickness, and manageability. Specific skills you will obtain include:

  • Precision haircutting and coloring techniques
  • Beard and mustache trims
  • Modern razor styling
  • Hot towel shaves
  • Facial massages
  • Clipper cutting
  • Head shaving
  • Steam facials

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Why Attend Barber School?

Going to school for barbering can open you to numerous enjoyable and fulfilling careers that pay well. You also will experience the following unique benefits if you obtain an education in barbering:

  • Self Management
    Jobs that involve constant micromanagement can be stressful and burdensome. While barbers can work for existing salons, they also have the opportunity to set up their own shops. As a shop owner, you will have more freedom to operate and manage your business according to your mission and values.
  • Schedule Flexibility
    Many barbershops have odd hours like small businesses or retail stores, giving people flexibility when making schedules. If you do not want to work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday, a job as a barber may be an ideal option. You may work exclusively in the morning, afternoon, or evening, or work Saturdays and Sundays if you want days off during the week.
  • Creative Opportunities
    Some people have to forsake creative freedom for job security or vice versa. Barbering is one of the few careers that allow you to have both. The skills you learn at the Barbering Crossover Program at Cinta Aveda Institute provide a basis for you to think creatively about cutting and styling hair. Once you prove your talent to clients at your shop, they will trust your instinct when you offer hairstyling suggestions. You can garner an impressive reputation for one-of-a-kind styles by infusing your creative spirit into your work.
  • Increased Socialization
    The idea that barbershops are hubs for socializing is not just a stereotype perpetuated in movies and TV shows. This sentiment rings true in reality. Barbers often have rich conversations with clients who come from multiple different backgrounds. You seldom have to worry about working in silence or isolation as a barber, as there are always people to talk to, whether other employees or customers.
  • More Rewarding
    In some careers, people do not interact with the people they serve. This situation can make it challenging to find purpose in their work. Barbers rarely struggle with this issue because they help customers directly. You can see how your efforts bring a sense of renewal and happiness to clients, enhancing the personal fulfillment your job brings. Few other occupations can offer the rewarding feeling of being a barber.
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Financial Aid For Barber Students

If money keeps you from pursuing barber school, we offer several financial aid options to help you pay for an education. We participate in the Title IV Federal Student Aid Program to lead eligible students to financial support from Federal Pell GrantsFederal Direct Stafford Loans, and Federal Direct Plus Loans. Qualifying students also may gain funding from the Sallie Mae Smart Options Loan, veteran’s assistance grants, or our interest-free payment plan.

Besides financial aid, students also have access to scholarships. Numerous public and private scholarship opportunities are available to people pursuing higher education, but several options are reserved for those attending barber school.


Why Choose Cinta Aveda Institute?

Barber students who attend Cinta Aveda Institute gain theoretical and practical experience behind the hairdressing chair and sales desk in salon-ready environments. This hands-on education prepares them for long-term success in the ever-changing beauty industry. Additionally, we offer custom day and night class schedules for full and part-time students, giving people the flexibility to pursue a career in barbering at their own pace.


Apply to Barber School Today

If you want an outstanding barbering education, turn to Cinta Aveda Institute. We encourage students to continually grow in their knowledge of hairstyling, enabling them to be artistic and inspired beauty professionals. Complete our online information form today to learn more about barber schools in San Francisco and San Jose, California.

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Global Technical Director, Aveda
Aveda Education is all about you, your passion, creativity, and business excellence. We believe in inspiring you to integrate fashion, beauty, and wellness into your life.
Charlene Stratton
Owner, Artbeat Salon & Gallery
In my experience, the Aveda Institute graduates are far better prepared for the salon environment. They come to the salon with a high level of confidence, outstanding customer service skills and extensive product knowledge already in place.
Marjorie Livingstone
Owner, Aveda Bethesda Salon and Spa
Hiring students from the Aveda Institute makes it easier on me as an owner because I don’t have to spend as much time, energy and money retraining them on the Aveda methodology. They come prepared already knowing product knowledge and the Aveda signature spa services.
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