Barbering Schools in Texas

With the number of barber jobs expected to skyrocket statewide, now may be a great time to consider becoming a barber in Texas. Browse our directory of barbering schools in Texas, or skip ahead to learn about the state's barbering licensing requirements and job outlook.

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2015 East Riverside Drive Building 6
Austin, TX 78741

Cosmetology, Barbering

500 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

(512) 968-2835
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

8620 Burnet Road Suite 300
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 968-2835
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

1580 George Dieter Drive Suite 207
El Paso, TX 79936

(915) 857-4444
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

605 Southwest Military Drive
San Antonio, TX 78238

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

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360 Degrees Beauty & Barber College – Accredited

10638 Fm 1960 Road West
Houston, TX 77070

Acres Home College of Barber Design – Accredited

2306 Fergusonway
Houston, TX 77088

Advanced Barber College and Hair Design

2818 South International
Weslaco, TX 78596

Alamo City Barber College – Accredited

8910 Bandera Road Suite 209
San Antonio, TX 78250

Ann Gee's Barber Academy

4310 West Illinois #220
Midland, TX 79703

Barber Institute of Texas – Accredited

2325 South Stemmons Freeway #404
Lewisville, TX 75067

Barber Institute of Texas – Accredited

2430 South High Street Suite B4
Longview, TX 75602

Bellagio Beauty School

1288 West Main Street Suite 216
Lewisville, TX 75067

Blade Craft Barber Academy – Accredited

2719 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75226

Blessed Hands Barber Cosmetology College

11101 Leopard Street Suite 5
Corpus Christi, TX 78410

Brighton Barber Institute – Accredited

133 West Harwood Road
Hurst, TX 76054

Bronx Barber College

1360 Lee Trevino Drive
El Paso, TX 79936

Buckner Barber School – Accredited

1515 South Buckner Boulevard #147
Dallas, TX 75217

C.A. Barber & Cosmetology School

403 East David Street
Conroe, TX 77301

Central Texas Barber College – Accredited

3602 Watercrest Road
Killeen, TX 76549

Central Texas Beauty College – Accredited

2010 South 57th Street
Temple, TX 76504

Champion Beauty College – Accredited

3920 Fm 1960 West #210
Houston, TX 77068

Champions Barber and Beauty Academy – Accredited

3336 Garden Drive
Waco, TX 76706

Cut & Shave Barber College – Accredited

1139 Gembler Road
San Antonio, TX 78219

Cut Artistry Institute

4505 Highway 6 North Suite 200 A
Houston, TX 77084


111 Ramble Lane Suite 104
Austin, TX 78745

Dallas Barber & Stylist College – Accredited

5504 Matlock Road
Arlington, TX 76018

Dallas Barber & Stylist College – Accredited

2240 Marsh Lane
Carrollton, TX 75006

Dallas Barber & Stylist College – Accredited

9357 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75243

Dallas Blends Barber Academy – Accredited

2902 Buckner Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75227

Dapper G Barber College – Accredited

1305 Southwest Loop 410 Suite 210
San Antonio, TX 78227

Deluxe Barber College

12636 Nacogdoches Road
San Antonio, TX 78217

Dfw Skin Institute

4230 LBJ Freeway Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75244

Diamonds Cosmetology College – Accredited

3321 Loy Lake Road
Sherman, TX 75090

Elegance Barber & Styling Academy

9490 Webb Chapel Road
Dallas, TX 75220

Elevation Barber College – Accredited

7207 Elm Trail
San Antonio, TX 78244

Enlightened Barber Academy – Accredited

1006 South 10Th Street Suite 4
McAllen, TX 78501

Enrichment Barber College – Accredited

4138 Naco Perrin Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78217

Expert Barber Beauty Academy

1000 West Rosemeade Parkway Suite 110
Carrollton, TX 75007

Eyes on Me Advanced Barber College

223 Ear Garrett Street
Kerrville, TX 78028

Eyes on Me Advanced Barber College – Accredited

1599 Bandera Road
San Antonio, TX 78228

Eyes on Me Advanced Barber College

242 North LBJ Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Franklin Institute – Accredited

4745 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77084

Gloria's Barber College – Accredited

6812 Bandera Road Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78238

Graham's Barber College – Accredited

3016 AL Lipscomb Way
Dallas, TX 75215

Houston Barber School – Accredited

313 Rankin Road Suite G
Houston, TX 77073

Houston Community College

3100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Houston Community College – Accredited

6815 Rustic Street
Houston, TX 77087

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

2215 South Loop 288
Denton, TX 76021

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

750 Sunland Park Drive
El Paso, TX 79912

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

1802 Green Oaks Road
Fort Worth, TX 76116

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

1101 Melbourne Road Suite B-5A
Hurst, TX 76053

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

2426 Irving Mall B-5C
Irving, TX 75062

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

1900 Oates Drive #175
Mesquite, TX 75150

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

3033 West Parker Road 205
Plano, TX 75023

I.T.S. Academy of Beauty – Accredited

3111 Midwestern Parkway Suite #110
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Institute Cosmetology African Braiding

432 West Parker Road
Houston, TX 77091

Instituto de Belleza y Arte – Accredited

505 South 12th Street
McAllen, TX 78501

Interstate Barber Stylist School – Accredited

3415 North 19th Street
Waco, TX 76708

Jay's Technical Institute – Accredited

11910 Fondren Meadow
Houston, TX 77071

Mei Barber School – Accredited

205 East Elizabeth Street
Brownsville, TX 78520

Meraki Institute Of Beauty And Wellness

1200 West Polk Avenue Suite L-N
Pharr, TX 78577

Mesa Barber College – Accredited

8523 Mesa Drive
Houston, TX 77028

Michael's Barber & Hair Stylist Academy – Accredited

2413 West Airport Freeway
Irving, TX 75062

Mid Cities Barber College – Accredited

2345 Southwest 3rd Street 101
Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Mission Beauty Institute – Accredited

1123 East 9th Street
Mission, TX 78572

Modern Barber & Beauty Institute – Accredited

1123 East Villa Maria Road
Bryan, TX 77802

Modern Barber College – Accredited

2401 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77002

Montana Barber Institute

1920 North Zaragoza Suites 101 - 103
El Paso, TX 79938

Mystros Barber Academy – Accredited

1434 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX 77090

NeeCee's Barber College – Accredited

1813 Industrial Boulevard
Abilene, TX 79602

New Image Beauty and Barber School – Accredited

502 US-77 Frontage Road
Harlingen, TX 78550

New Image Institute Of Cosmetology

3102 North Raul Longoria Road
San Juan, TX 78589

Northwest Educational Center – Accredited

6521 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77084

Northwest Educational Center – Accredited

2910 Antoine B-100
Houston, TX 77092

OG's School of Hair Design – Accredited

2501 South Ws Young Drive
Killeen, TX 76542

Paul Mitchell The School Arlington – Accredited

309 Curtis Mathes Way Suite 101 Suite 101
Arlington, TX 76018

Paul Mitchell The School Austin – Accredited

9503 Research Boulevard Building 3 Suite 310 Building 3 Suite 310
Austin, TX 78759

Paul Mitchell The School Clear Lake – Accredited

20807 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598

Paul Mitchell The School Houston – Accredited

10516 Katy Freeway Suite A Suite A
Houston, TX 77043

Paul Mitchell The School San Antonio – Accredited

18402 US Highway 281 North #124 #124
San Antonio, TX 78259

Premier Barber School – Accredited

8795 Antoine Drive
Houston, TX 77088

R & E Cosmetology School

808 Park Street
Baytown, TX 77520

Roffler School of Hair Design – Accredited

5339 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78756

San Jacinto Community College – Accredited

5800 Uvalde Road
Houston, TX 77049

San Jacinto Community College – Accredited

13735 Beamer Road
Houston, TX 77089

South Post Oak Barber College – Accredited

14217 South Post Oak Road
Houston, TX 77045

South Texas Barber College

3917 Ayers
Corpus Christi, TX 78415

Southwest Barber Institute – Accredited

4242 Hondo Pass Suite 107-108
El Paso, TX 79924

State Barber School

1030 West Arkansas Lane Suite 306
Arlington, TX 76013

T.C.P. Beauty and Barber College

6220 Westpark Drive Suite 310
Houston, TX 77057

Texas Barber College – Accredited

9888 Ferguson Road
Dallas, TX 75228

Texas Barber College – Accredited

5148 Lancaster Road
Dallas, TX 75241

Texas Barber College

4473 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77022

Texas Barber College – Accredited

8201 South Gessner Road Suite A
Houston, TX 77036

The Beauty Pro University

2813 Galleria Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

The Men Barber School

1925 Rutland Drive Suite E
Austin, TX 78758

The Professional Cosmetology Academy – Accredited

1407 Calle del Norte Suite 116
Laredo, TX 78041

The Studio Institute Of Beauty & Barber

636 North Broadway Street Suite A
Elsa, TX 78543

Tonsore Master Academy – Accredited

6856 Ingram Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

Tonsorial Arts Barber College – Accredited

2831 New Boston Road
Texarkana, TX 75501

Top of the line Barber School – Accredited

5806 Walzem Road
San Antonio, TX 78218

Trend Barber College – Accredited

8250 West Bellfort Street
Houston, TX 77071

Trend Barber College – Accredited

14806 Ella Boulvard Suite 330
Houston, TX 77090

Trucco Beauty Institute – Accredited

11385 James Watt Drive Suite B 44053
El Paso, TX 79936

Victoria Beauty College – Accredited

1508 North Laurent
Victoria, TX 77901

Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy – Accredited

2520 Paramount Boulevard
Amarillo, TX 79109

Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy – Accredited

7615 University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79423

Yahweh Beauty Academy – Accredited

431 North 38th Street
Killeen, TX 76543
Accredited School

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 Texas

Texas Barbering Careers At a Glance
  • 1,000 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 Texas is $37,330.
  • There is a predicted 25% job increase between 2020–2030 for barbers.

To become a barber in Texas, you must complete a Texas barber program, pass written and practical exams, and pass a criminal background check.

All barbers in Texas must be licensed to practice. There are several barbering licenses, including the Class A Barber license, which is the most comprehensive. To be eligible for this license, you must:

  • Be at least 16
  • Complete 1,000 training hours
  • Pass the Class A Barber written and practical exams
  • Submit a completed application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Submit to a criminal background check

All Texas barber license applicants must undergo a criminal background check. But, having a criminal record doesn't automatically exclude you from licensure.

State law allows students to find out if they're likely to be rejected due to their criminal history before going for licensure. This can protect them from wasting time and money trying to gain a license they are unlikely to get.

What to Expect from a Barber Program in Texas

1,000 Education Hours

Required to earn a barbering license

Barber programs in Texas include 1,000 hours of training for a Class A license over at least six months. You can expect to learn about hair cutting, dyeing, styling, massage, hair removal, and more.

Texas Class A barber programs must include the following areas:

Basics (150 hours):

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Bacteriology, sterilization, and sanitation
  • Barber history
  • Barber implements, tools, equipment, and theory
  • Chemistry (hair coloring, chemical waving, and relaxing)
  • Skin, scalp, hair, and nail disorders
  • Safety, first aid, and sanitation

Practice (750 hours):

  • Chemistry (hair coloring, chemical waving, and relaxing)
  • Face and neck massage and treatments
  • Facial hair removal
  • Hair and scalp treatments and massage
  • Hair cutting
  • Hair styling
  • Hair weaving, extensions, and wigs
  • Manicuring
  • Mustaches and beards
  • Razor techniques, safety, first aid, and sanitation
  • Safety, first aid, and sanitation
  • Shaving

Business (100 hours):

  • Barbershop management
  • Customer service
  • Hygiene and good grooming
  • Professional ethics and image
  • Safety, sanitation, related practices, and theory
  • Texas barber laws and rules

If you've already got your cosmetology license, you can train to be a barber via a crossover program. Crossover licenses require just 300 training hours, though you must still pass the state practical and written exams.

Trainee barbers in Texas can also obtain a maximum of 50 training hours through field trips.

Schools must be licensed and work to maintain that license over time. They're inspected by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)'s Field Operations Division. The inspectors ensure the school meets size, equipment, staff, code, and other requirements.

Can I Apprentice as a Barber in Texas?

No, it's not possible to gain your barber's license in Texas via apprenticeship. Instead, you must complete 1,000 training hours on a state-approved Texas barber program.

Texas Barber Licensing Requirements

To gain your Texas Class A barber's license, you must complete 1,000 training hours and pass written and practical exams. Both are administered by PSI Services LLC, and you have to complete the written exam first.

Once you've completed the required training hours (see below), you receive a postcard from TDLR with information on contacting PSI and scheduling your written exam. You can arrange your exam via the internet, telephone, or mail. After passing the written test, you have five years to pass the practical test, which you can take as many times as you need.

If you're enrolled in a 1,000-hour high school barber program, you can take your written exam after completing 900 hours. However, if you're in a post-secondary 1,000-hour program, you must wait until you finish all 1,000 hours before taking the exam.

Written Examination

The written exam can be taken online or in one of PSI's 22 testing centers around Texas. It costs $55, which is non-refundable and non-transferable. The tests are in English by default, but they may be available in Spanish or Vietnamese for no additional cost if you request this when you schedule your exam.

If taking the exam at a PSI center, arrive 30 minutes before your test time and bring a government-issued photo ID. If you're taking the exam online, you can log on up to 30 minutes before your scheduled exam time. The exam is closed-book.

The written exam consists of 85 scored items and eight non-scored items, and you have 90 minutes to complete it. It covers a variety of topics, split into the following areas:

  • Chemical texture services: 12%
  • Hair and scalp care: 4.5%
  • Hair coloring: 10%
  • Hair cutting and styling: 14%
  • Licensing and regulation: 8%
  • Nail and skin care: 4.5%
  • Sanitation, disinfection, sterilization, and safety: 29.5%
  • Shaving: 17.5%

You need at least a 70% score to pass. Your score is displayed on-screen when you finish the test, and a report is emailed to you. If you fail, the email includes a report discussing your strengths and weaknesses.

Practical Examination

You can schedule your practical exam after passing the written one. The practical takes place at one of PSI's testing centers and costs $76. You have three hours and 29 minutes to complete the test and need a score of at least 70% to pass.

The test is split into the following areas:

  • Pre-exam set up and disinfection: 10 minutes
  • Manicure: 22 minutes
  • Professional shave: 42 minutes
  • Blood exposure incident: 12 minutes
  • Facial: 17 minutes
  • Hair cutting: 37 minutes
  • Blow drying and thermal curling: 22 minutes
  • Chemical application preparation: 10 minutes
  • Permanent wave: 17 minutes
  • Single process color retouch: 10 minutes
  • End of exam disinfection: 10 minutes

Just as with the written exam, you receive your score report instantly.

ADA Accommodations

All PSI exam centers are equipped to provide additional accommodations to meet candidate needs. Students with disabilities can request accommodations by filling out a request form when scheduling their exams.

Texas Barber License Reciprocity

If you already have a barber's license in another state, you might be able to transfer it to Texas via reciprocity. The state you trained in must have equivalent educational and exam requirements to Texas. Licensees from certain states must also fulfill a work experience requirement, as listed below:

  • California (licensed before 01/01/2022): one year
  • California (licensed after 01/01/2022): two years
  • Connecticut: one year
  • Florida: two years
  • Hawaii: one year
  • Idaho: one year
  • Illinois: one year
  • New Hampshire: one year
  • New Jersey (Cosmetologist-Hairstylist): one year
  • New York: three years
  • Rhode Island: one year
  • South Carolina: two years
  • South Carolina (Master Hair Care): one year

To apply for a Texas barber license with out-of-state training and experience, you must:

  • Submit a reciprocity barber license application
  • Pay an application fee of $110
  • Include a copy of your current and active barber license
  • Include a letter of certification, in a sealed envelope, from your home state
  • Include an official transcript of hours, in a sealed envelope, from your school

Additionally, active duty military, veterans, and spouses are eligible for help transferring their licenses to Texas.

Barber License Renewal in Texas

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

You need to renew your Texas barber's license every two years, but there are no continuing education requirements to fulfill. It costs $55 to renew your license.

Once your license expires, you have 18 months to renew it, and you can't work as a barber during that time. If your license has been expired for 18 months to three years, submit a "Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal" form with a required renewal fee.

If more than three years have passed, your license is void, and you have to apply for a new one. In Texas, the Attorney General can also refuse to renew your license for failure to pay child support.

Barber Salary and Projected Job Growth in Texas


Average yearly salary for barbering in Texas

The average (mean) salary for barbers in Texas is $37,330 per year or $17.95 per hour. Wages range from around $23,800 to $60,000 or more.

Texas has the third-highest employment rate for barbers nationwide. The outlook continues to be good, with growth of 25% predicted between 2020-2030, much higher than the 8% predicted nationally.

The highest-paying metro areas for barbers in Texas are Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, with a median salary of $33,770, and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, with a median wage of $27,110.

Contact the Texas State Board of Barbering

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations

Resources for Barbers in Texas

TDLR Facebook Page
Get up-to-date news and more from the official State Facebook page for licensing and regulations.

Pro Barber Association
This group aims to support barbers throughout Texas to build wealth, preserve health, and invest in the future.

Allied Beauty and Barber Association of Texas
This group gives a voice to licensed beauty and barbering professionals, students, and beauty associates in Texas.


How to Become a Barber in Your State