When it comes to barbering and cosmetology, both fields focus on styling and can be highly versatile and rewarding. But there are several key differences between the professions to keep in mind as well. Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes offers accredited cosmetology and barber school programs, allowing students interested in working in the beauty industry to find a profession that’s right for them. Find out how the two fields compare, and which one may be right for you.

What Cosmetology Entails

Cosmetologists are trained in an array of specialties. Not only are they taught to cut, color, and treat locks of all lengths, but they are also trained in:

  • Esthetics: Esthetics is the practice of beautifying the skin. Cosmetologists trained as estheticians perform skincare treatments and facials, remove unwanted facial hair, and apply makeup in a salon. This area of expertise can even open the door to a career as a makeup artist on film sets.
  • Nail technology: A trained cosmetologist can also become a nail technician, which is an expert in doing manicures and pedicures for clientele.

Fundamentally, it’s the job of cosmetologists to enhance the outer body. Because they are trained in a myriad of specialties, there are an endless number of career possibilities in the cosmetology field for hands-on and creative people.

How Barbering Differs

In the world of hair and facial fashion, barbers tend to focus solely on coiffing and coloring. Because they also specialize in facial hair grooming, creating straight-razor shaves, line-ups, and razor fades, they typically cater to male clients.

Both cosmetologists and barbers beautify all genders and can find employment in beauty salons, barbershops, and spas. They may also seek work in the fashion, entertainment, and travel industries if they prefer not to serve in traditional settings.

Education Requirements for Barbers and Cosmetologists

Becoming a barber requires approximately 1,500 hours of training, though this may be less in certain states. In general, education is split between coursework and hands-on apprenticing. The curriculum for barbers at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes includes:

  • Face and head shaving
  • Color composition for men’s hair
  • Facials, facial massages, and facial hair care

A barber’s focus on the head and facial hair enables them to fully dedicate their artistry, expression, and grooming techniques to create the best looks. Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes also weaves elements of efficiency, service, and communication into its technical instruction. Entrepreneurialism is another key skill taught, which is especially important since about 73% of barbers are self-employed.

Cosmetologists at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes must complete approximately 1,600 hours of training. This instruction is split between hands-on practice and more conventional classes in topics like:

  • Haircutting, coloring, and styling
  • Shaving and razor design
  • Thermal styling
  • Perms and hair waving
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Artificial nail application
  • Facials

Students of both programs will work exclusively with Aveda products and botanical formulas that are environmentally sustainable and 100% vegan. They will also learn about current trends and the timelessly classic styles of Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes that will set them apart from other cosmetologists.

Those in the barber and cosmetology programs at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes will also have unique opportunities, like entering the annual North American Hairstyling Awards. This experience allows students to work with an industry photographer and participate in a mentor program with the Inspire Greatness Artistic Team. Students can also study abroad to learn from some of the best hair and skin designers from around the world in places like Madrid, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Delhi, and Toronto.

Find Out More About Our Cosmetology and Barber Programs

If you’re ready to follow your passion for holistic beauty and expressiveness paired with ecologically-sound style, the cosmetology and barber programs at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes could be the answer for you. Contact us today for more information about our programs at our campus locations in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.