Barber Schools and License Requirements in Hawaii


Being a barber means you get to work mainly, although not exclusively, with men, providing hair care services including cutting, styling, coloring, highlighting, fitting hair pieces, and styling, shaving, and shaping facial hair.

If you enjoy the company of other people, and you could see yourself spending your workday in their midst, talking about a wide range of subjects, while at the same time helping people to look and feel their best, a career as a barber in Hawaii might be a great career option for you!

State License Requirements

To become a barber in Hawaii, you will need to attend an accredited barbering school and complete 1500 hours of instruction.

Education Details

Your curriculum in school will cover all aspects of hair care including shampooing and conditioning, styling, cutting, highlighting, coloring, and more. You will learn sterilization methods and sanitation requirements. Some of the aspects of running a barbering business will also be taught. There are several schools in which you can study barbering in Hawaii, including barbering and cosmetology schools and some local colleges. You can earn either a certificate (at a school of barbering and cosmetology), or an associate’s (2 year) degree at one of the colleges.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

When you have completed your required courses, you will be eligible to take the state licensing test administered by the Hawaii Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. This exam includes both a theoretical (written) and a practical component. When you have passed the exam and paid the requisite fee, you will receive your license.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Barbers throughout the United States earned an average of $25,000 in 2013, the last year for which such statistics were available through O*Net. Of course, there is wide variability in salaries and, as salaries and wages tend to be higher in Hawaii than on the mainland, it is possible that you might earn more than this. And, of course, if you have experience, and/or have developed a sizeable client base of repeat customers, or if you have a specialty that is in demand, you may command more than this average wage as well. The demand for barbers is expected to increase between 8% and 15% between 2012 and 2022, making this a good career choice for new people starting out, or experienced barbers wishing to move up in their careers.

Working as a Barber

As a barber working in Hawaii, you may choose to work in a shop that caters to locals or to visitors, or both. Most barbers work in free-standing barber shops that cater to the grooming needs of men. Day-to-day life involves having conversations with many people about a wide range of subjects, and it is very helpful to be a good listener. Chances are you will be working on quite a number of clients on any given day. Some barbers work in hair salons that service men and women, where you will have a move diverse clientele. Your day at the hair salon will also be spent tending to the hair and grooming needs of individual clients. In between clients, you will be cleaning and neatening your work station to make sure it is fresh and sanitary for your next client. Some barbers open their own businesses, usually after they have worked in someone else’s shop for awhile.

State board Contact Information

Hawaii Board of Barbering & Cosmetology
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
PhoneNumber: 808-586-3000
Fax Number: 808-586-3031
E-mail Address:

The Hawaii State Board of Cosmetology can help answer additional questions about obtaining a Hawaii state cosmetology license.

The state of Hawaii has experienced a steady uptick in the number of people
applying to be barbers. This is in addition to hair care professionals there
opening renowned salons. Many have sought help from these resources

Hawaii Board Of Barbering and Cosmetology
Hawaii DCCA –PVL Barbering and Cosmetology
Hawaii Barbering/Cosmetology/Electrology Testing

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