When most people think of Kentucky, they picture horse racing, bourbon, and bluegrass music. But the Bluegrass State has much more to offer than that. For instance, did you know that Kentucky is home to the oldest barber school in the nation? Located in Louisville, Tri-City Barber College has been teaching barbers since 1914! You, too, can become a barber in Kentucky and help people look and feel their best. Check out our listings below to find a barber school near you!
Barber Schools in Kentucky
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|269||barber schools near Cincinnati OH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||American College of Barbering||7901 Dream St, Florence, KY 41042||7901 Dream St||Florence||KY||41042||X9Q5+3F Florence, Kentucky||https://americancollegeofbarbering.com||(502) 693-9115||38.99||-84.64||38.9877053-84.6412619||Barber school||4.70||21 reviews||18||2||0||0||1||Wednesday, 9AM to 3:30PM; Thursday, 9AM to 3:30PM; Friday, 9AM to 3:30PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9AM to 3:30PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 3:30PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||9AM to 3:30PM||9AM to 3:30PM||9AM to 3:30PM||9AM to 3:30PM||9AM to 3:30PM||Closed||Closed|
|632||barber schools in Kentucky||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Riverwalk Razor Barbershop||221 St Ann St, Owensboro, KY 42303||221 St Ann St||Owensboro||KY||42303||QVFQ+M5 Owensboro, Kentucky||(270) 947-2967||38||-87||4.5||132 reviews||3||1||14||9AM to 6PM|
|765||hair schools near Louisville KY||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Kentucky College of Barbering||2600 W Broadway #407, Louisville, KY 40211||2600 W Broadway #407||Louisville||KY||40211||66W3+VR Louisville, Kentucky||https://barbering.ky.gov||(502) 772-9111||38.25||-85.80||38.247276-85.7956724||Barber shop||4.80||47 reviews||42||3||1||1||0||Wednesday, 9AM to 2PM; Thursday, 9AM to 2PM; Friday, 9AM to 2PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9:30AM to 2PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 2PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM Thu||9:30AM to 2PM||9AM to 2PM||9AM to 2PM||9AM to 2PM||9AM to 2PM||Closed||Closed|
|1,271||barber schools near Covington KY||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||American College of Barbering||11320 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40229||11320 Preston Hwy||Louisville||KY||40229||38MJ+V2 Louisville, Kentucky||https://americancollegeofbarbering.com||(502) 693-9115||38.08||-85.67||38.0846387-85.6699704||Barber school||4.00||59 reviews||41||2||2||1||13||Wednesday, 9AM to 4PM; Thursday, 9AM to 4PM; Friday, 9AM to 4PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9AM to 4PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 4PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||Closed||Closed|
|1,399||hair schools near Lexington KY||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||Barber, Hair Styling||Baileys Barber College||820 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40505||820 N Limestone||Lexington||KY||40505||3G59+4R Lexington, Kentucky||https://baileysbarbercollege.com||(859) 225-1877||38.06||-84.48||38.0578777-84.4804351||Beauty salon||4.20||14 reviews||9||3||0||0||2||Wednesday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Thursday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Friday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Saturday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed; Tuesday, 8AM to 4:30PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 8AM Thu||Closed||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||Closed|
|1,420||makeup schools near Bowling Green KY||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||Barber, Makeup||JC's Barber College||543 E 2nd Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101||543 E 2nd Ave||Bowling Green||KY||42101||XHX9+3Q Bowling Green, Kentucky||(270) 935-5025||37.00||-86.43||36.9977173-86.4305835||Barber school||5.00||11 reviews||11||0||0||0||0||Wednesday, 8AM to 8PM; Thursday, 8AM to 8PM; Friday, 8AM to 8PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 8AM to 8PM; Tuesday, 8AM to 8PM. Hide open hours for the week||Open ‚ãÖ Closes 8PM||8AM to 8PM||8AM to 8PM||8AM to 8PM||8AM to 8PM||8AM to 8PM||Closed||Closed|
|1,621||barber schools near Covington KY||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Tri-City Barber College||2024 S Preston St, Louisville, KY 40217||2024 S Preston St||Louisville||KY||40217||6793+H3 Louisville, Kentucky||https://tricitybarbercollege.com||(502) 637-4510||38.22||-85.75||38.2188742-85.7473098||Barber school||4.50||59 reviews||45||6||4||1||3||Wednesday, 9AM to 4PM; Thursday, 9AM to 4PM; Friday, 9AM to 4PM; Saturday, 8AM to 3:30PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed; Tuesday, 9AM to 4PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||Closed||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||8AM to 3:30PM||Closed|
|1,653||makeup schools near Bowling Green KY||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||Barber, Makeup||Barber College-South Central||2417 Russellville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101||2417 Russellville Rd||Bowling Green||KY||42101||XG99+FF Bowling Green, Kentucky||(270) 782-3261||36.97||-86.48||36.9686419-86.4812274||Barber school||4.80||24 reviews||22||0||1||0||1||Wednesday, 9AM to 4PM; Thursday, 9AM to 4PM; Friday, 9AM to 4PM; Saturday, 9AM to 4PM; Sunday, Closed; Monday, Closed; Tuesday, 9AM to 4PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM Thu||Closed||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||9AM to 4PM||Closed|
|2,319||nail tech schools near Lexington KY||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||Barber, Nail Tech||The Lexington Academy of Barbering||1132 Winchester Rd #175, Lexington, KY 40505||1132 Winchester Rd #175||Lexington||KY||40505||2GRQ+J7 Lexington, Kentucky||https://lablex.org||(859) 231-1820||38.04||-84.46||38.0416107-84.461782||Beauty school||4.40||18 reviews||14||1||1||0||2||Thursday, 9AM to 5PM; Friday, 9AM to 5PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 9AM to 5PM; Tuesday, 9AM to 5PM; Wednesday, 9AM to 5PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 9AM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||9AM to 5PM||Closed||Closed|
|2,350||barber schools near Huntington WV||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Barber||Tri-State Barber School Inc||2132 Winchester Ave, Ashland, KY 41101||2132 Winchester Ave||Ashland||KY||41101||F9G8+4M Ashland, Kentucky||https://tri-statebarbercollege.com||(606) 324-0661||38.48||-82.63||38.4752948-82.6332642||School||5.00||4 reviews||4||0||0||0||0||Wednesday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Thursday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Friday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Saturday, Closed; Sunday, Closed; Monday, 8AM to 4:30PM; Tuesday, 8AM to 4:30PM. Hide open hours for the week||Closed ‚ãÖ Opens 8AM||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||8AM to 4:30PM||Closed||Closed|
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State Requirements for Barber Licensing in Kentucky
The following are the sequential steps for becoming a licensed barber in Kentucky:
- Enroll in a Barber school
- Complete a minimum of 1,500 training hours
- Work as a Probationary Barber for 6 months
- Pass the Kentucky Probationary Barber Exam
- Renew your Barber license every year
How Much Do Kentucky Barber Programs Cost?
The tuition for barber schools in Kentucky can range from $8,000 to $20,000. The difference in cost is often based on what is provided by the program as a part of tuition, such as barbering supplies, tools, books, and training materials.
Most students are eligible for financial aid through scholarships and grants, which can significant cut back on the total cost of barber school. Be sure to reach out to your barber school’s financial aid department to find out what types of financial aid you may qualify for.
Having a barbering toolkit is necessary for attending a barber school, which can cost $1,000 – $2,000. There may be additional fees such as registration fees, exam application fees, and license registration and renewal fees.
Required Skills and Classes
Kentucky requires barbers to attend a barber school and complete a minimum of 1,500 total hours of training education. These hours are separated into two sections: Theory and Practical.
Theory involves learning the basics of barbering in a classroom setting with an instructor as well as taking quizzes that test your knowledge of the subjects learned in Theory. Most programs administer 320 of the 1,500 hours to Theory. The following is an example of the concepts learned in Theory and the amount of time spent on each subject:
|History, Professional Ethics & Other Info||10|
|Haircutting for Men & Women||35|
|Hair Straightening & Relaxing||15|
|Scalp and Skin Disease||20|
|Physiology & Anatomy of the Head, Face, & Neck||100|
|Sterilization & Sanitation||10|
Most time in barber school is spent in a practical setting, where you observe demonstrations of barbering skills or practice barbering skills on mannequins or models. Barber schools allocate about 1,180 of the 1,500 hours towards the Practical section.
The following is a breakdown of practical training and the amount of time you may spend on each section:
|Haircutting for Men & Women||900|
|Hair Straightening & Relaxing||25|
|Sterilization & Sanitation||30|
State Licensing Exams
Once you have completed the required training at a Kentucky barber school, you will be eligible to take the Probationary Barber Exam. You must also have graduated from high school and be at least 17½ to take the exam.
Kentucky Probationary Barber Exam
The Kentucky Probationary Barber Exam is a written test that must be completed in 1 hour and 20 minutes, and a minimum score of 75% is required to pass. The exam includes the following sections and topics from barber theory:
- Bacteriology and Sanitation
- Infection Control
- Head, Neck, and Face Anatomy
- Shaving Procedures
- Hair Cutting and Styling
- Hair Coloring
- Chemical Hair Services
- Kentucky Barber Laws and Regulations
After passing the Probationary Barber Exam, you will be eligible to purchase your Probationary License ($50) and work as a Probationary Barber in Kentucky. You must work for a minimum of 6 consecutive months as a Probationary Barber before being eligible to take the Kentucky Barber Exam. This involves working in a barber shop under the direct supervision of a licensed barber.
The Kentucky Board of Barbering will mail a letter with application instructions for taking the Kentucky Barber Exam, which they will schedule for you upon receiving and accepting your application.
Kentucky Barber Exam
The exam only consists of a Practical Exam – there is no written exam. The exam lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes and tests you on one of the three chemical services:
- Permanent Wave
- Apply Straightener
- Apply Coloring
You will be told by the Board to complete one of the three chemical services. You will not know in advance which of the three you will be asked to complete, so it is necessary to prepare for all three.
How Much Do Barbers Get Paid in Kentucky?
Barbers in Kentucky can expect to earn $40,840 per year on average or $19.64 an hour.
Does Kentucky Have Continuing Education Requirements for Barbers?
The Kentucky Board of Barbering does not require any continuing education requirements for licensed barbers.
Renewing a Barber License
Barber licenses expire every year on July 1 and must be renewed between June 1 and June 30. Barber licenses can be renewed online or by mail and involve a $50. An additional $25 fee is imposed on late renewals.
Contact Information for Licensing Board
Contact the Kentucky Board of Barbering using the following details:
Phone: (502) 429-7148 or (502) 429-7169
Address: 312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 110
Louisville, KY 40222