What is a Barber Crossover and How Do They Differ from a Licensed Cosmetologist?

So let’s say you already know you want to be a cosmetologist, or that you’ve already completed your cosmetology coursework, including the 1600 clock hours and earned your diploma & California Cosmetology license. That’s where the Barber Crossover training and courses come in: The Barber Crossover study program includes a secondary 400-hour course that has been put together by Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, which is designated as 40 hours of theory instruction and 320 hours of practical training, for a grand total of 400 hours.

Once completed, our instructors at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy will then assess our students’ needs and will assign an additional 40 hours of theory instruction. The subjects in the Barber Crossover course of study include use of the theory in standard cosmetology courses, including those used in order to earn your diploma and license; however this specialized “Crossover” training will include additional subject areas that are crucial to barbering such as:

  • Haircutting
  • Shaving
  • Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Massage
  • Shampooing
  • Facials
  • Shop Management
  • Laws & Regulations
  • Hair Coloring & Hair Relaxing
  • Hairpieces
  • Hair Waving and Hair Styling

What is Covered During the Barber and Barber Crossover Courses

During the technical instruction portion of the course, we will study all of the fundamental foundations of not only becoming a great barber, but how to excel in your field once you’ve become fully-immersed. We’ll dive into instruction through live demonstrations, class lectures (which include class participation), as well as quizzes and exams. Because we offer excellent small-classroom sizes here at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, we’re able to also make the second-portion of our Barber Crossover Program extremely hands-on, meaning you’ll either be performing some or all of these procedures on either another person or classmate, and at other times, on mannequins.

Other key topics we cover that many other beauty academies or cosmetology schools may not but at the forefront of your education are the Health & Safety regulations and mandatory laws, such as those governed by the BBC and the BBC Act. We work on making sure every Barber Crossover student is well-versed in not only the law, but actual Disinfection, Sanitation and has the Human Anatomy, Bacteriology and Physiology knowledge to understand what will work well with different types of clients, no matter who you may encounter in your day-to-day business while either at the salon or out in the field working freelance.

Our world-class barber and cosmetology instructors will walk you through each portion of the class, from performing expert hot shaves and using straight razors, to choosing and applying the proper hairpiece for your client. We also place a strong focus on teaching our students about the day-to-day management of a barber shop or salon as well as providing them with the workplace communication and customer service skills needed in order to not only merely survive as a Barber Crossover, but to thrive as the owner or manager of a successful barber shop – building and retaining a great clientele.

How to Become a Barber Crossover in California

Once your additional 400 clock hours in the Barber Crossover course of study is complete, you’ll earn your certificate of attendance and then be prepared to take the California State Board Licensing Exam. One question we get asked a lot here at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy is, “should I take the Barber Crossover courses immediately, following earning my Cosmetology Certificate and License?” One way to answer that is simply based on the positive feedback we’ve received from our cosmetology and beauty students who opted to take the Barber Crossover supplemental right after completing the standard cosmetology program and earning their license, is “Yes.” Although it’s not necessary, there are some pretty well-defined opportunities for Barber Crossovers, which may not be presented to you as just a cosmetologist.

The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology lays it all out pretty clearly on their site and we follow their course instruction concisely; but we also sprinkle-in real-life scenarios and day-to-day musings to our course, labs and lecture. For instance, they ask that we spend 10 hours of class instruction on disinfection and sanitation – which is crucial to any salon and includes a lot of the basic fundamentals that we learn while at cosmetology school. But they also ask that we spend another 10 hours demonstrating sanitation and disinfection in a “Lab” or salon-setting, which they refer to as “Practical Operations,” this portion is hands-on. While some beauty academies or cosmetology schools may simply cover the basics and give you just enough to get you by, the instructors at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy take the time to show you what works in real-life scenarios – such as how to expertly clean equipment in the most efficient manner while working with a full book of clients that demand your time. It’s the little things like this that separate us from other beauty schools or a cosmetology school that doesn’t have the experience, staff or world-renown reputation as us.

Getting Started as a Barber or Barber Crossover in Orange County, California

That said, if you’re looking to add to your existing education and set of cosmetology skills, and to delve into study as a Barber Crossover, there’s no better place to start than Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy in Santa Ana, California. With a world-class facility and clean, safe campus located in the heart of Orange County, Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy is one of the finest places to earn your Cosmetology fundamentals and foundation, as well as prepare for the California State Cosmetology Exam. We keep our class sizes small and include the use of laboratory work, live hands-on demonstrations using real people alongside some of the world’s leading high-tech and modern cosmetology equipment and a true-to-life salon & spa atmosphere. Our cosmetology and beauty instructors are second-to-none in the nation and we have the experience to help you prepare for your future as a Barber Crossover and Licensed Cosmetologist.

For more information on becoming a licensed cosmetologist in California, or if you live in Orange County (OC) and would like to speak to one of our Admissions Specialists in order to schedule a no-obligation tour of our cosmetology school and get a good feel for the campus, location as well as the student-culture at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, we’d love to hear from you! Simply call us at (888)463-7869 and we’ll schedule you for a free consultation at a time that fits your schedule! We look forward to hearing from you!