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Have you dreamed of pursuing a creative and flexible career, where you can turn your hobby into a profitable business? At Bellus Academy, our award-winning educators train you in the art of barbering and support your entrepreneurial development. Our program takes you through classic barbering techniques and contemporary men’s hair design, allowing you to master both classic styles and modern day trends.

Our Barber School Programs

Offered at our campuses in Poway and Chula Vista, California, Bellus Academy’s carefully curated barbering program offers a multidimensional education that highlights the various aspects within a growing profession. Our industry professional educators use the Bellus proprietary system to teach men’s grooming trends, shaving, and haircutting through visual, verbal, written, and hands-on instruction. Complete with entrepreneurial classes designed to help you evolve into a successful business owner, you gain the tools to master online marketing, client building and financial management. Upon completion, students are prepared for the demands of the field and certification by the California State Board of licensing.

Premier Education

Our professional educators offer comprehensive hands-on training, including ten signature haircuts and inspiration from popular period dramas like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men. Your studies begin with an iPad for access to The Lab, our social learning platform, and the purchase of a student kit, which includes carefully selected tools to elevate your craftsmanship. Each student begins training with a mannequin, then transitions to serving clients in our on-site clinic. As your skills develop and your confidence grows, you’ll even have the opportunity to enter challenging national competitions that showcase your talents.

Our own Bellus industry professionals guide students in designing their unique portfolio/resume while learning how to build a sustainable career as a booth renter, independent contractor, employee, or employer. Financial aid is available for those eligible, and Career Services helps graduates with interview skills, state board preparation, and finding jobs.

Available Programs

  • Barbering: Comprising 1500 hours, the Barbering program addresses hair analysis, styling, and cutting, permanent waving and chemical straightening, hair coloring and bleaching, and shaving. Students also learn essential health and safety concepts, including California laws and regulations, sanitation and disinfection, and anatomy and physiology. To support your professional development, the program covers fundamental business knowledge, such as online marketing, brand development, client retention strategies and tax information. Eligible students may also participate in externships with local resorts and spas, community service, and off-site learning.
  • Barbering for Licensed Cosmetologists: Individuals who have previously earned a California cosmetology license may earn their barbering license by completing 400 hours of training, receiving a credit for the program’s remaining 1100 hours.

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Your Future Awaits

When you choose a career in barbering, you’re not just entering a rewarding field with plenty of opportunities for professional growth, you’re embarking on a transformative journey that’ll prepare you to excel in your craft,  launch your own business, and build a sustainable and profitable career!

Are you ready to get started? If so, contact Bellus Academy online to speak with an admissions counselor. We’re standing by to answer all your questions and help you enroll in barber school at our Poway or Chula Vista campuses. Apply online now to begin day or night classes right away.

Join a Growing Industry!

Average job growth rate for most U.S. occupations 7%
Barbers 10%
(U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2024 projections)


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Why Choose Bellus?

Travel the World

Bellus Academy is proud to be selected as the first U.S. School to partner with CIDESCO, recognized as the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Esthetics.

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Top Job Placement

Our career services team and student mobile app make finding your dream career so much easier.

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Business & Marketing Training

Bellus offers specialized training to foster your development as an entrepreneur and help you build a thriving business!

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Our Reputation

Bellus is the most awarded beauty and wellness institution in the country and Intercoiffure recently ranked us the #1 beauty school in North America!

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Compete in Competitions

Our students have a history of succeeding at national student competitions including TrendVision and America’s Beauty Show where they've showcased their talent and won!

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We're Tech Savvy

Our app gives 24/7 access to academics, attendance and job postings. Select programs offer social learning on iPads, which are included in the student kit.

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Exam Prep

All of our programs include a mock state board test to prepare you for the state license exam and our kits include the state board kit and licensing fees.

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Top Educators

We invest in our educators and industry experts to ensure that they are trained in the latest in-demand techniques and trends.

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Our relationships with high-end salons in Southern California allow students to network with top stylists and owners. (CA campuses only)

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We Give Back

We have an undeniable passion for humanity and are involved in our community, supporting various causes and giving back while utilizing our technical skills.

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Multiple License Programs

Bellus is proud to offer combined courses that allow you to enroll in one program and graduate with multiple credentials.

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Alumni Benefits

We give our graduates access to job postings, exclusive invitation to industry events and the opportunity to apply for advanced education scholarships.

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“The teachers were amazing! Without Bellus, I wouldn’t have the rewarding life I have today. School was something I looked forward to every single day. I can’t believe I have a job that I love going to every day.”

- Adrianna
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“My life has changed so much. Within eight months of graduating, I now own a successful wax bar. I am forever grateful for the great education I received at Bellus Academy.”

- Jonyse
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“For the past year I have been working on super-yachts in Spain as a massage therapist for billionaires and have loved every second of it! I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bellus’ training and expertise.”

- Clare
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“I love how hands-on the nail program is at Bellus. I am a visual and hands-on learner and I appreciated the time and focus on my advancement throughout the program. I would definitely recommend Bellus Academy to anyone interested in beauty and wellness education, especially the nail program!”

- Kelsey
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“The program and educators in Make-up Artistry are exceptional. The curriculum was so well designed that each day I couldn’t wait to get to school and begin the next step in learning high-end makeup. I feel very comfortable after taking this class to apply for a job anywhere in makeup, including a Hollywood studio, theater, photography or in a high-end salon and spa.”

- Jessica
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“As a cosmo crossover, the Barbering Program was not only an excellent way to brush up on the basics, but also the best way to take my career to the next level. The staff was so helpful in every aspect and I highly recommend the program.”

- Johnny
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Financial Aid

Yes! Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
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Flexible Schedule

We offer day & night classes. We also have new classes starting every month.
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