If you love the idea of creating classic and edgy short hairstyles while also creating the community warmth that barbers are known for, you may be a great fit for the Nathan Layne Institute barber program. Our barber program combines classroom instruction with experiential learning from industry pros to help students launch their careers.

We also offer a fast-track cosmetology-to-barbering crossover program for those who have completed cosmetology training and want to expand their skills into barbering.

We’re proud to provide a world-class education right here in the Chubbuck and American Falls, Idaho, area that focuses on practical skills you’ll need as a professional barber.

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If you’ve been thinking about a career in barbering, why not learn more about what barber school would mean? Our admissions team is standing by to help you with your questions, with no obligation. We offer financial aid to those who qualify, and we offer flexible school schedules.

Barber Program Overview

Barber school students can complete our 900-hour barber program – which is expected to take 31 weeks – as the key requirement to becoming a licensed barber in the state of Idaho.

Our professional program covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Haircut and shaving techniques
  • Facial hair grooming
  • Scalp treatments
  • Waxing
  • Anatomy
  • Sanitation and infection control
  • Customer service

After completing introductory theory coursework, our barber students jump into hands-on practice. Once our students gain some skills and confidence, we introduce them to working with customers in our full-service salon. You’ll have the guidance and oversight of an experienced, licensed barber, as well as access to Nathan Layne Institute’s full line of hair and beard care products.

Cosmetology to Barber Crossover Program

If you already have your cosmetology training and want to add on barber skills to expand the services you offer your clients, we offer a cosmetology-to-barbering crossover program. Over this 100-hour (5-week) crossover program, you’ll learn just those additional skills for your Idaho barber board exams. You won’t waste time sitting through the general beauty skills and theory you already know.

With this fast-track program, your road to an additional license may be shorter than you realize. Ask our admissions team about this crossover program today!

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Create Your Barbering Brand

With our professional barbering program, you’ll do more than just learn to cut hair. Nathan Layne Institute prepares students for the state licensing exam, and we also pride ourselves in providing strong preparation for the business and management side of barbering. You’ll have the opportunity to learn transferable skills such as:

  • Branding and marketing

  • Professional networking

  • Financial management

  • Growing a customer base

  • Effective communication

  • Conducting photoshoots and creating promotional material

  • Participating in charity events

Our curriculum is custom-designed by our leadership to cover not only the technical skills but also the business skills and marketing promotion required to become a successful barber. This well-rounded curriculum, plus our job placement assistance, will mean that you’ll graduate with the entire Nathan Layne Institute team behind you as you step into the workforce.

Barber Career Paths After Graduation

As a student at Nathan Layne Institute, you’ll benefit from our connections to an extensive professional network of salons, spas, and industry partners. Your future job opportunities could include:

  • Barber
  • Barbershop owner or manager
  • Barbering instructor
  • Brand representative or salesperson
  • Social media influencer in barbering

With our salon-based education, you aren’t just practicing techniques – you’re gaining valuable customer service skills and beginning to grow your client base during barber school. That means you can graduate ready to hit the ground running with your own starter book of business.

Upcoming Start Dates: Traditional Barber Program (900 Hours)
July 9, 2024
September 3, 2024
October 29, 2024

May 21, 2024

Upcoming Start Dates: Cosmetology to Barbering Crossover Program (100 Hours)
July 23, 2024
September 17, 2024
November 12, 2024

Learn More – Talk to Us!

If you’re ready to enroll in barber school, Nathan Layne Institute admissions representatives are here to help. You are welcome to tour our campus and meet some of our team. We’d love to get to know you and your dreams and goals and figure out how we can support you in that journey, including explaining your financial aid options. It’s what we’re here for!

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