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

Do you already know that you want to be a cosmetologist? Have you already completed your 1600 clock hours of required coursework and earned your cosmetology license in California? Now might be the perfect time to consider crossing over to becoming a licensed barber! That’s where the Barber Crossover training courses come in.

Our Barber Crossover study program is a secondary 400-hour course put together by Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy (COBA). There are 40 hours of theory instruction and 320 hours of practical training designated for this specialized program.

Once you complete this course, our instructors at COBA will assess our students’ needs and assign an additional 40 hours of theory instruction. The subjects in the Barber Crossover course include those found in our standard cosmetology course. The specialized “crossover” training will include additional subject areas that are crucial to barbering such as:

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

What is Covered During the Barber and Barber Crossover Courses?

During the technical instruction portion of the course, we will study the fundamentals of barbering and how to excel in your field once you’ve become fully immersed. We’ll dive into instruction through live demonstrations and class lectures (which include class participation), as well as quizzes and exams. We also keep our class sizes small providing our students the opportunity to absorb the information and then transition to the next “hands on” phase of the course. It’s important to practice these techniques with your own hands and have experienced educators available to guide you.

barber giving a man a shave in a barbershop setting

As noted above, we cover key topics such as health and safety regulations as well as mandatory laws governed by the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. We work to make sure every Barber Crossover student is well-versed in the laws and practices for sanitation, human anatomy, bacteriology, and the physiology knowledge to find what may 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 world of freelancing, these topics for training can affect your career and your success.

Our barber and cosmetology instructors will walk you through each portion of the class, ranging from hot shaves or using straight razors, to choosing and applying the proper hairpiece for a client. We also place a strong focus on teaching our students about the day-to-day management of a barbershop or beauty salon. We address workplace communication and discuss customer service skills needed to thrive as an independent barber or as the owner or manager of a successful barbershop.

Once your additional 400 clock hours in the Barber Crossover course of study are complete, you’ll earn your certificate of attendance and then be prepared to take the California State Board Licensing Exam.

How to Become a Barber Crossover in California

Students often ask us if they should take the Barber Crossover course immediately after earning my cosmetology certificate and license. The answer depends on the students’ goals. Based on the positive feedback we’ve received from our cosmetology students who opted to take the Barber Crossover course directly after completing our cosmetology program, we feel is it definitely worth considering.

The California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology lays it all out pretty clearly on their site. COBA follows their course instruction concisely while sprinkling in real-life scenarios in our courses, labs, and lectures. For instance, we must 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 we believe separates us from other beauty schools.

barbering services being performed in a shop

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

If you’re looking to add to your existing education and set of cosmetology skills, delve into study as a Barber Crossover a Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy. With a clean, safe campus located in the heart of Orange County, COBA can be a great place to learn the fundamentals and foundations or cosmetology, and even prepare for the California State Cosmetology Exam.

For more information on becoming a licensed cosmetologist in California, contact COBA today! If you live in Orange County (OC) and would like to speak to one of our Admissions Specialists to schedule a no-obligation school tour and get a feel for our campus and student-culture, we invite you to give us a call. We’d love to hear from you! Simply call us at 833-841-4201.

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