How many times have you seen a man walk into a traditional salon, looking nervous and unhappy about being there? The traditional salon experience, which is exciting for women, can often be too much for a man who just wants to get his hair and beard trimmed. That's where barbering in Michigan comes in!

As a barbering student, you can master haircutting and facial hair design techniques that make a barber shop trip quick and enjoyable for men. To learn more about this career path, use our simple search tools to find beauty schools in your area that offer barbering programs!

Barber Schools in Detroit
State License Requirements

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs oversees barber licensing in Michigan. They will verify that you've completed 2,000 hours of training before they allow you to receive your license.

Education Details

Safety in the workplace is very important in barbering, so it may be one of the first topics you explore. Instructors may teach you about how to avoid infection, keep your barbering tools clean and hygienic, and utilize safe work practices throughout the day. You may also learn about scalp and hair disorders, since they can be contagious. Barbering tends to have a heavy focus on facial hair, since it's a part of cosmetology that is unique to men. You can learn facial massage techniques, since that's often part of a hair cut at barber shops. Shaving and facial hair design are also main components in this part of your education. You'll learn how to shave without leaving behind cuts or razor burn. Facial hair styles differ widely from man to man, so you can learn about many different styles and preferences. Plan on spending lots of time studying men's hairstyles and hairpieces. Some of your clients may have toupees or other hairpieces, and it's crucial to know how to work with them. It's likely that you'll learn about modern men's hairstyles as well as classic hairstyles.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

In Michigan, you will pay a $20 fee for your initial barber license. From there, you will need to pay $30 to renew on an annual basis. Before you get to this step, you will need to complete at least an 1,800-hour training program at an approved school. Michigan has an online portal that handles the renewal process. Currently, Michigan does not require continuing education requirements for licensed barbers to complete between renewal periods. When you speak with barbering schools in this state, be sure to ask how they prepare students for state licensure.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Across the country, the job outlook for barbers is very promising. In the years between 2010 and 2020, O*Net expects job openings for barbers to grow by 11%. Job growth may be similar in Michigan, particularly in large cities where there is a greater demand for barber shops and their services. Since many barber shops are owned by experienced barbers, you may have the chance to become a business owner. Barbering salaries vary widely in Michigan. Since some of your income may come from tips, your income may be dependent on how many clients you see on a daily basis. Per O*Net, most barbers in Michigan earn between $16,300 and $35,900 per year. The average salary for a Michigan barber is $18,500 per year (O*Net, 2013).

Working as a Barber

Customer service is the name of the game in barbering. Men don't just go to a barber shop to get a haircut; they want to relax, forget about the stresses of everyday life, and leave feeling like they look good. As a result, you must develop excellent customer service skills to succeed as a barber. Learn how to read people and figure out if they want to talk or if they want to enjoy some silence. It's also important to be able to understand what a customer wants for his hair; if you can help a guy keep a style he likes month after month, he'll come back to you when he needs a trim. The field of barbering is growing all over the country, so you may be able to look forward to more clients as your career grows. Circleville Today reports on a local barbershop that began as a one-person organization. Now, there are several barber chairs and the barbershop has served the same clients for decades. You may even be able to work in an upscale setting if you have the skills for it! Crain's Detroit reports that upscale barbershops are taking root in Detroit. No matter which type of barbershop you work in, you can develop a great client base in Michigan.

State board Contact Information

Michigan Bureau of Commercial Services - Board of Cosmetology
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone Number: 517-241-9288
Fax Number: 517-373-1044

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

Barbers are a key part to the overall upward mobility of the economy in the
state of Michigan, from small towns to the major bustling cities. Those wishing
to be part of this swell take advantage of the resources that follow.

Michigan Board Of Barbers Licensing Information
Michigan Department Of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
LARA Barber Examiners

Find the Beauty Schools in Michigan that interest you below,

Empire Beauty School - Grand Rapids-East

3583 Alpine Avenue Northwest,
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Grand Rapids-Walker

455 Standale Plaza ,
Grand Rapids-Walker, MI 49534

Program: Cosmetology

Dorsey Schools - Madison Heights

31739 John R Road,
Madison Heights, MI 48071

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Portage-Kalamazoo

6091 Constitution Boulevard,
Portage-Kalamazoo, MI 49024

Program: Cosmetology

David Pressley School-Cosmetology

1127 S Washington Street,
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Program: Cosmetology

David Pressley School of Cosmetology

21255 Wick Rd,
Taylor, MI 48180

Program: Cosmetology

Michigan College of Beauty - A Pivot Point Career Center

3498 Rochester Road,
Troy, MI 48083

Program: Cosmetology

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