Barbering Schools in Oklahoma

Discover the thriving world of barber schools in Oklahoma, where aspiring professionals start a journey to master the skills needed to jump-start their careers. Browse our directory of barbering schools in Oklahoma, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barbering licensing requirements and job outlook.

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Broken Arrow Beauty College – Accredited

11122 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133

Central Oklahoma College

14820 Serenita Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Clary Sage College – Accredited

3131 South Sheridan
Tulsa, OK 74145

Durant Institute of Hair Design – Accredited

2836 West University Boulevard Suite 128
Durant, OK 74701

Elite Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

912 Southwest C Avenue
Lawton, OK 73501

Formations Institute of Cosmetology

502 Texas Avenue
Woodward, OK 73801

Hair Arts Institute – Accredited

15001 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Hello Gorgeous Barber School – Accredited

2207 West 6th Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

200 Southwest C Avenue Suite 108
Lawton, OK 73501

JB's Hair Design and Barber College – Accredited

6008 South Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73139

Metro Technology Centers

1900 Springlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Paul Mitchell The School Norman – Accredited

3030 William Pereira
Norman, OK 73072

Shawnee Beauty College – Accredited

2024 North Harrison
Shawnee, OK 74804

The Hair Cafe Cosmetology and Barber College – Accredited

8494 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73162

Tulsa Technology Center – Accredited

3850 North Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74106

Woodward Beauty College

502 Texas Avenue
Woodward, OK 73801
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Barber in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours or 3,000 apprenticeship hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Oklahoma is $34,190.
  • There is a predicted 11% job increase for barbers between 2021-2031 nationally.

To become a barber in Oklahoma, you need to complete school or an apprenticeship, pass tests, pay fees, and meet background requirements. Some of the conditions and prerequisites are:

  • Be at least 16 years old at the time of enrollment.
  • Complete a state-approved barber training program or apprenticeship.
  • Obtain a high school diploma or GED for admission into barbering schools.
  • Pass the state's barbering licensure exam.
  • Apply for licensure.

What to Expect From a Barber Program in Oklahoma

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Oklahoma barber programs combine classroom instruction and hands-on training, aiming for a well-rounded education in various barbering techniques and practices. Your coursework should include the following:

Classroom Instruction

  • Hair Coloring: Including color theory, application techniques, and client consultation
  • Haircutting and Styling: Cutting techniques including clipper cutting, scissor cutting, fades, blending, layering, and texturizing
  • Salon and Business Management: Customer service, client retention, retail sales, accounting, and marketing
  • Shaving and Beard Grooming: Straight razor shaving, beard trimming, and shaping
  • Theory and Fundamentals: Foundational knowledge of barbering, including anatomy, hygiene, sanitation, and safety practices

Practical Training

  • Barbering Techniques: Haircutting, shaving, facial grooming, styling, and other services
  • Client Communication: Understanding and meeting clients' needs
  • Hands-On Experience: Practice on mannequins and real clients under the supervision of instructors
  • Professionalism: Professional conduct, time management, and maintaining a clean and organized work environment

After completing your Oklahoma barber program, you can sit for the state's licensure exam. The test is offered through the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. Keep reading to see what to expect on the test and how to secure your Oklahoma barbering license.

Oklahoma Barber Licensing Requirements

After dedicating 1,500 hours to your barber training, you need to pass your Oklahoma barber test and apply for your license.

Oklahoma's barber exam includes two sections: a written section testing theoretical knowledge and a practical section testing technical proficiency. You must earn at least 75% on both sections for a passing score. You can register and learn more about the barber licensing exam here.

Written Exam

You'll have 90 minutes to complete the multiple-choice section of the exam. Get ready to answer questions about the following topics:

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry of barber products
  • Hair and scalp treatment
  • Haircutting
  • Infection prevention
  • Shaving and beard grooming
  • Skin, face, and scalp diseases
  • State rules and regulations

Practical Exam

This test assesses your hands-on skills; plan to perform various barbering techniques. You must also show your knowledge of health and safety rules. Common testing areas include:

  • Set up and tear down
  • Sanitation and cleaning
  • Client consultation
  • Straight razor shaving
  • Haircutting and styling

After passing Oklahoma's licensure exam, you can begin your barbering career.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Oklahoma?

3,000 Apprenticeship Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Yes, Oklahoma may let you complete an apprenticeship program instead of barber school. Like cosmetology apprenticeships, barber apprentices must complete 3,000 hours of supervised training and have at least an 8th-grade education.

Oklahoma Barber License Reciprocity

Oklahoma does offer reciprocity for barbers transferring their licenses from out of state. If you're seeking license reciprocity, you must submit the following:

Barber License Renewal in Oklahoma

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Barbers in Oklahoma must renew their licenses annually. While the state does not require continuing education credits for renewal, honing new skills through crossover programs can enhance your professional toolbox while expanding your client base. Barbers can only practice with an active license. Late renewals can result in a modest late fee.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Oklahoma


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Oklahoma

While barber salary and job growth data for Oklahoma is unavailable, the state reports that cosmetologists in the state earn a mean annual salary of $34,190. This is close to the national average barber salary of $39,350. If the job outlook for barbers in Oklahoma mirrors national numbers, jobs in Oklahoma should grow by a faster-than-average 11% by 2030.

Contact the Oklahoma State Board of Barbering

Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering

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