1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
You must renew your license every 2 years.
0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
The average salary for barbers in Hawaii is $44,995 ($21.63/hour). This is higher than the national average of $30,150 ($14.50/hour).
There is a predicted 7% job increase for barbers between 2018-2028 nationally.
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
1,500 Education Hours
Required to earn a barbering license
To become a barber in Hawaii, you will need to attend an accredited barbering school and complete 1500 hours of instruction.
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 period
Continuing education required
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.
Hawaii Barbering Careers
Average yearly salary for barbering in Hawaii
Barbers across the state earn an average salary of $44,995 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). 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 7% between 2016 and 2026, making this a good career choice for new people starting out, or experienced barbers wishing to move up in their careers.
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.
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 beforehand.