Think every barbershop in Arkansas is the same? Think again. There is a diverse mix of styles, experiences and personalities across Arkansas, and barbers see them all. From barber shops that ban political talk to ones that show their generous spirit through non-profit donations, you can find a place for men from all walks of life to feel comfortable getting fresh cuts and warm shaves. One of Arkansas’ early champions of Civil Rights even had barbering experience. Do you want to make your own mark on the barbering scene in Arkansas? Start by checking out barber schools to find your niche.

Barbering is a skill that can help you find work in an existing shop or help you establish your own business. With men’s hair and beard styles becoming more complicated and fashionable, skilled barbers can build a steady clientele of customers they enjoy working with. If you’re wondering where to start, we can help you make the right decisions to become a professional barber. Use the search box above or scroll down to see a list of beauty and barbering schools in your area.

State License Requirements

Barbering is considered a separate profession from cosmetology in Arkansas, so you need to complete a specialized curriculum to qualify for licensure. You must complete at least 1,500 hours of training at a licensed Arkansas barber training program. The testing fee is $75. Once you have passed your barbering exam and paid your fees, you may receive your license, which is valid for up to one year.

Contact the appropriate Arkansas board below:

•      Arkansas State Board of Barber Examiners

Education Details

When you pursue barber training in Arkansas, you should seek programs that provide a complete set of skills, from cutting, grooming, scalp treatments, and even basic women’s styles. You may also compare whether programs offer professional skills and networking opportunities to help transition into the workforces. As you’ll learn, barbering is more than simple styles and quick cuts.

Courses in barbering programs may include •

  • Facial and scalp massage •
  • Grooming •
  • Sanitation, health and safety •
  • Hair and scalp anatomy and physiology
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

In Arkansas, you will need a license to become a barber, and go through the renewal process every odd-numbered year. The expiration date of your license will match your birth date. You can renew your license online on the Arkansas State Board of Barber Examiners website. They also include information relating to all the fees you will be expected to pay for your initial license, renewal and other aspects of licensure that require fees. The current cost of renewal is $50. When you apply for your initial license you will pay $75, which includes your exam fee.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022
Working as a Barber
State board Contact Information

Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology
4815 W. Markham St. Slot 8
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone Number: 501-682-2168
Fax Number: 501-682-5640

The Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology can help you with obtaining an Arkansas state cosmetology license, replacing a lost cosmetology license or updating change of name or change of address information.

Being a barber in Arkansas is being part of a treasured tradition going back
decades in the state. Aspiring barbers have made it a point to being by using
the following groups as resources.

Arkansas State Board Of Barber Examiners
Arkansas Department Of Health
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

Find the Beauty Schools in Arkansas that interest you below,

The Salon Professional Academy

13125 HWY 107,
Sherwood, AR 72120

Program: Cosmetology

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