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Barbering

Do you dream of opening up your own barbershop? Do you want to provide your customers with the full barbershop experience?  The barbering courses at Otero College will teach you the fundamental skills of the trade and take you all the way to advanced techniques and practices that your clients will seek out.

A subdiscipline of cosmetology, barbering focuses primarily on haircutting, hairstyling and shaving for men. Although as a barber you may cut women and children's hair, the discipline has generally focused on men. Your tools of the trade will include clippers and shears, shavers and razors, disinfectants and hair styling products, and of course, the barbershop chair.

Otero's barbering program will also allow you to practice your classroom skills in a real-world working environment. During the public salon hours, you will be able to apply what you learn, including haircutting, hair styling, shaving and skin care techniques. 

The Cosmetology Salon is open in the fall, summer, and spring. Walk-in appointments are accepted; however, appointments are encouraged. For dates or to make an appointment with students at the salon, contact 384-6990. All work is supervised by instructors.

The Otero College Barbering program will meet the Colorado State Board of Barber and Cosmetology credit hour requirements. One certificate option exists within this program at 50 credit hours

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in cosmetology careers to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2018 and 2028, by about 8%.

 Fall Semester Courses

BAR 1003 - Intro to Hair and Scalp - 1 credit
BAR 1010 - Intro to Hair Coloring - 3 credits
BAR 1020 - Intro to Haircutting - 3 credits
BAR 1030 - Intro to Hairstyling - 3 credits
BAR 1040 - Intro to Permanent Waves & Chemical Relaxers - 3 credits
COS 1060 - Intro to Infection Control & Prevention - 2 credits
COS 1061 - Intermediate 1: Infection Control & Prevention - 1 credit
COS 1050 - Laws, Rules, and Regulations - 1 credit
BAR 1021 - Intermediate Haircutting - 3 credits

 Spring Semester Courses

BAR 1007 - Intro to Shaving, Honing and Stropping - 1 credit
BAR 1066 - Intro to Facial massage and Skin care - 1 credit
BAR 1008 - Intermediate Shaving, Honing and Stropping - 1 credit
BAR 1067 - Intermediate Facial massage and Skin care - 1 credit
COS 2060 - Intermediate 2: Infection Control and Prevention - 2 credits
BAR 1011 - Intermediate Hair Coloring - 2 credits
BAR 1031 - Intermediate Hair Styling - 3 credits
BAR 1041 - Intermediate Permanent Waves & Chemical Relaxers - 3 credits
BAR 2003 - Advanced Hair and Scalp - 1 credit
BAR 2007 - Advanced Shaving, Honing and Stropping - 1 credit

 Summer Semester Courses

BAR 2011 - Advanced Hair Coloring - 3 credits
BAR 2020 - Advanced Hair Cutting - 3 credits
BAR 2031 - Advanced Hair Styling - 3 credits
BAR 2041 - Advanced Permanent Waves and Chemical Relaxers - 2 credits
BAR 2066 - Advanced Facial Massage and Skin Care - 1 credit
COS 2061 - Advanced Infection Control and Prevention - 1 credit
COS 2050 - Business Management/Personal Skills/Ethics - 1 credit
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