Kansas being in the mid-west you’d think the barber schools would not be up on the latest trends from NY and CA, but it is! Nowadays barbers do a lot more than just cutting hair and the curriculum at the state’s colleges reflect this. Keep reading to see what is offered and how to get licensed.

Historic house in Wichita: Dr. J.E. Farmer's House
Historic house in Wichita: Dr. J.E. Farmer’s House – by UNOBUDO [CC BY-SA 3.0]

How Long Is A Kansas Barber Program?

According to the state board a student must complete 1,200 – 1,500 hours of instruction to be eligible to take exams and get a barber’s license. Most states like California, Florida and Michigan all require a set number of hours rather than a range as does KS.

The time spent will be mostly used for developing practical skills but there is also a large theory component to time spent in classroom.

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A few of the topics covered are:

  • Infection protection by sterilization etc.
  • Anatomy of the head and shoulders
  • Disease recognition
  • Safety in all aspects of the barber shop.
  • Hair coloring and bleaching
  • Hair cutting and styling
  • Ethics in the workplace
  • Kansas state laws and regulations pertaining to barbers
  • … and a lot more!

There are many who aren’t really interested in a barber’s career but still want to take some classes, for them it is possible to acquire some skills for free via videos and other barbering websites.

Kansas Barber’s Licensing Procedure

Once you have graduated from school you’ll still need to jump through a few more hoops before you actually get your license and start working legally.

First you’ll need to apply to take the licensing exams. Next you need to take the exams of which there are three. The practical is 105 minutes long and the theory 90 minutes. Both must be passed wit ha minimum score of 80%.

All three cover topics and skills that you’ve covered in school so you should do fine if you’ve done well in your barber classes.

Once you’ve passed the tests you’ll receive your license on the spot.

Kansas Barber License Renewal

Every barber needs to renew annually in KS. Fortunately this is pretty easy since it can be done online with a fee.

Many states force continuing education on barbers, but in KS it is purely voluntary. However, go back to school for a few hours of night classes to refresh your knowledge is always a good idea!

Barber Careers in Kansas

There is actually lots of choice of employment for new barbers. You can try and entrepreneurial route and open your own salon/shop or you can rent a chair in an already established business.

To open your own business you will need to apply for a barbershop license.

Take a look at our tools page to see what kind of stuff you’ll need to be a barber student.

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