Barbering is a highly creative career where you can help people express themselves. Barbers work in local salons, shops, and can even one day own their own business! To be a barber, you must have strong technical skills and keep up with hairstyle trends including fades, undercuts, and straight razor designs.

It’s important to invest in your barbering education. If you are just out of high school, just joining the workforce, or changing careers our program can help you reach your career goals. Take a closer look at what you can learn in the Aveda Institute Madison barbering program.


When Wisconsin announced the new barbering course option, we couldn’t wait to create a program with you in mind. Developed with an advisory board of local barbershop owners, our curriculum includes what potential employers want you to know. Our barbering program will take you beyond what cosmetology teaches about men’s hair trends and cutting techniques.

With dedicated instructors, we have small class sizes for more individualized attention as your confidence grows. We offer guest lectures, demonstrations, and workshops to give you an insider’s understanding of a barber’s career. Our 1000 hour program includes salon clinic hours so you can work with guests before you graduate! Plus, we arrange career fairs for our graduates to meet and network with local shop owners that may result in employment opportunities.


Our program focuses on the fundamentals of design philosophy and classic barbering techniques, including:

  • Hair cutting
  • Shaving
  • Texture
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair styling
  • Shaving
  • Grooming

As you begin taking guests in our salon clinic, you’ll be able to create trending looks working with the “tools of the trade” that barbers use everyday in their shops. Our student clinic has foaming machines and reclining chairs for our guests to help you get the feel of the barbershop life. We also cover the necessary state safety requirements.

As part of the Aveda branded network of schools, we focus on empowering our students to become strong professionals, ready to make their own mark. Our students learn how to perform the Aveda Signature Men’s Cut service, which includes a haircut, steam towel, an aroma experience, and more. You can learn product marketing and service skills that can entice your guests to come back again and again. At Aveda Institute Madison, we go beyond basic!


Get working on your barbering career goals! If you are willing to work hard and commit to the learning process, we believe that our program could be perfect for you. Our program is accredited and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact us today!


“I’m a student at Aveda. I love the people here; they’re like my second family. The instructors never fail to be encouraging and inspiring. As the program has progressed I’ve become more confident in my skills and feel ready to be a member of an actual salon.” – Lizzie

“I had a career planning session with Kate from admissions. It was very personal and I loved being able to sit down and talk about any concerns or questions I had. After touring the Institute, I know it’s the right place for me. I look forward to beginning classes here.” – Sam


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