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Barber Course

Pursue the art of barbering.

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen a huge increase in the interest in barbering and men’s grooming. While barbers have been around for literally hundreds of years, the modern barbershop is having a “moment”.

A career in barbering can allow you to express your creative side while showing off your technical skills. Whether you’re designing a trendy, textured fade, or helping a client maintain a beard, this is a career for creative, detail-oriented people.

Xenon Academy’s barber program was designed to prepare you to not only sit for the state board exam but to give you the confidence you need to pursue a successful career. We’ve earned our reputation in the beauty and barbering industry. We’re here to help you do the same.

Program Details

Xenon Academy’s barber program was designed to provide a balance of education and experience. You can flex your creative muscles in our classrooms and our student shop. Not only do we teach the practical skills in barbering, but we provide education in networking and marketing, resume building and interviewing, and customer service and relations.

Our 1800-hour course is offered at both our Grand Island and Omaha campuses. Classes are held Tuesday-Friday from 8:45 am to 4:30 pm, there are no classes Mondays or weekends.

Why Choose Xenon Academy?

Here’s why we stand out!

We provide real-world experience.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you will get practical experience in our student shop. Here you provide REAL services on REAL clients dialing into the precision that is needed to become a successful barber. Additionally, Xenon Academy offers experiences such as interactions with industry leaders, guest artists, and shop tours.

We use Pivot Point ® Curriculum Tools.

Xenon Academy utilizes the Pivot Point®Fundamentals Learn About Barbering (LAB) curriculum. 24/7 online access to learning materials, technique videos, and quizzes support your educational experience. This learning curriculum provides a smooth, blended learning experience focused on preparing students to sit for their licensure exams and jumpstart their careers.

We care about our people.

We hold our staff, educators, and students to high standards at Xenon Academy because we want to maintain a safe space for everyone. We’re not just a school– we’re a family! With a focus on transparency and professionalism, our school does not tolerate bullying, spreading misinformation, or financial dishonesty of any kind. To learn more about our standards and policies, view our Code of Ethics here.

Financial Aid

We understand that enrolling in school is an investment in yourself and sometimes that investment can feel overwhelming. That’s why we offer a variety of financial aid options to students who qualify.

We want to provide ways for our students to study what they love. If you want to learn more about our financial aid options, then contact us to find out how you can get started with the financial aid process.

Curriculum Overview

This information can be found in our course catalog.

  • Scalp and Hair Care
  • Healthy hair and a healthy scalp are essential. This course teaches how to recognize hair/scalp disorders, corrective treatments, shampooing/massage skills, product knowledge, and proper application techniques. This course is taught through discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on practice.

  • Women’s and Men’s Hair Sculpture
  • Welcome to the art of hair! This course focuses on hair sculpture for all clients, including solid form, graduated form, increased layers, and uniform layers. By mastering these concepts, you can recreate any hair sculpture, or come up with your artistic vision.

  • Men’s Facial Massage and Treatments
  • A trip to the barber should be a relaxing experience. This course teaches the structure of the skin, skin disorders and diseases, skincare techniques/treatments, how to recommend skincare products for clients, and massage techniques.

  • Shaving and Facial Hair Design
  • Learn how to give your future clients a shaving experience they won’t forget! This course introduces shaving methods, proper techniques, and safety procedures. It also includes facial hair design, which focuses on enhancing clients’ features through thoughtful grooming choices.

  • Hair Design
  • Wondering why shaved sides and fades have been popular for so many years? This class will answer just that! Our hair design course introduces you to the history of hairstyling and how it relates to modern techniques/trends. It also teaches quick services like thermal styling, roller placement, and press/curl services.

  • Hair Coloring
  • A new color can make a huge difference in someone’s life. This course teaches proper hair color application techniques, the chemistry of products and chemical reactions, corrective hair color, and fashion trend techniques.

  • Permanent Waving Design and Chemical Relaxing
  • Whether a client wants their hair permed or chemically relaxed, a good barber needs to understand how to safely work with these chemicals. This course teaches the artistic and scientific principles of hair chemistry.

  • Anatomy and Chemistry
  • There’s a whole lot of science behind the scenes of the beauty industry! New and improved products are constantly being developed by cosmetic chemists to benefit both consumers and beauty professionals. This course focuses on the structure and functions of the human body and why that is so crucial to cosmetic applications.

  • Business: Career Prep
  • Once you’re done with school, you need to find a job. Our career prep classes teach how to prepare a resume, prepare for an interview, and create an Instagram presence that can help you build your business. It also includes salon recruiting events, mock interviews, salon owner guest speakers, and social media marketing lessons.

  • Business: Salon Success
  • You’ve probably chosen to become a stylist because you’re a people person. Careers in beauty are highly social. You need to know how to talk to your clients, but more importantly, you need to know how to listen. This course handles all aspects of client relations, including chair side manner, managing your clientele, proper pre-booking, and the sale of products.

  • Business: Professional Ethics and Client Services
  • For a barber, honesty and transparency is always the best policy. This course focuses on the proper ethics of the beauty industry, as well as professional communication and self-presentation skills that potential employers will expect of you.

  • Business: Management and Salesmanship
  • Whether you want to be an independent contractor or a barbershop employee, business principles are an essential part of being a stylist. This course provides knowledge of bookkeeping, business laws, insurance, and marketing as an independent contractor, salon suite renter, or potential salon owner.

  • Rules, Regulations, State Law, Infection Control Practices
  • Safety always comes first at our school. Learn the basic understanding of the laws, rules, and regulations set forth by the Nebraska Board of Barber examiners. This includes infection control practices and safety measures.

  • Certification
  • To ensure that you’re progressing through the program, you’ll be tested regularly on your knowledge of information throughout previous weeks. This will help prove your abilities and readiness to progress to the next phase of the program, and ultimately, to graduation and licensure.

  • Shop Floor Classroom
  • This is the fun part! The shop floor classroom is a live environment where our educators work with students to master basic skills and advanced techniques on paying guests. This experience helps refine skills that will be needed to work in a barbershop or salon. Every student must complete their required practice skills to earn their diploma hours.

Dual Licensure Option

Are you a licensed cosmetologist who wants to expand your technical skills and master the art of barbering? Then take our 800-hour training to become a licensed Barber! For our licensed cosmetologists, we offer a brief refresher of the core skills and classes they like anatomy, state law, and infection control practices.

After this refresher, students will be able to jump right into barbering and male-specific hair techniques. Tapered cuts, fades, shaving, marketing for a barber business are just some of the exciting subjects we’ll cover to give our students a complete hair education!

Whether you study barbering at our Omaha or Grand Island location, you start by learning the important fundamentals of the art of barbering. Then, you’ll be able to learn more about industry expectations and how to take control of your future. We don’t want you to just master the craft of barbering, but the business and marketing skills that can empower your earning potential.

Start Your Future With Us

Ready to join the growing beauty industry? Now is the perfect time to start our barber program! To learn more about what Xenon Academy can offer you, contact us to set up a tour. We’d love to show you around one of our Nebraska campuses and get to know you. You can fill out our online form for more information or give us a call. We can’t wait to hear from you!