Northwest College

Hair Design & Barbering


Our beauty colleges are contemporary, practical, and offer accredited professional training programs. For your convenience, we have four Portland beauty schools located in Beaverton, Clackamas, Hillsboro and Tualatin. For those in Southern Oregon, we have beauty schools located in Springfield and Medford to give you flexible options for your cosmetology training!

The Northwest College School of Beauty teaching methodology is based on small groups of students. This allows for plenty of one-on-one instruction while giving students the benefit of group teaching and discussions.

The Hair Design and Barbering programs are performance-oriented. "Performance oriented" means students must not only complete their clock hours, but also complete all required academic courses and laboratory projects, perform practical operations in a simulated salon environment, pass written and practical examinations, and meet state safety and sanitation requirements.

Hair Design: 1700 hours

The haircut is at the foundation of your success as a designer. All perm, color, and design services depend on the sculpted form you create. Tools used include shears, clippers, trimmers, razors, and texturizing shears. Learn how to perform men's and women's haircuts and styles along with chemically enhancing hair with color, perms, and relaxers. The hair-design-only course of study also includes safety, sanitation, and career development. Upon successful completion of this course of study, you will be eligible to apply for the Oregon State Board of Cosmetology examination for a certificate in hair design. This certificate allows you to work in areas such as hair design, color specialty, platform artistry, education, training, retail sales, salon management, shop ownership, and/or corporate management.

Each learning module in the Hair Design program covers one subject, using the student text, review, instructor presentations and hands-on training. With the instructors' assistance in demonstrating and organizing the learning sequences, the student experiences a program of learning achievements.

Hair Design Learning Modules:

  • Haircutting Methods and Tools
  • Wet Hairstyling including Fingerwaving and Wet-setting
  • Thermal Hairstyling Methods and Tools
  • Chemical Re-texturizing
  • Haircoloring and Hair Lightening Services
  • Cosmetology Business Concepts
  • Simulated Salon Training and Experience

This course can be completed in 43 to 88 weeks, based on contract schedule.

CIP - 12.0407; SOC - 39-5011.00, 39-5012.00

*Barbering: 1350 hours

Learn how to perform men's and women's haircuts and styles. Barbers will also learn skincare and technique to perform hot lather shaves. The barbering-only course of study also includes safety, sanitation, and career development. Upon successful completion of this course of study, you will be eligible to apply for the Oregon State Board of Cosmetology examination for a certificate in Barbering. A certificate in Barbering would allow you to work in areas such as hair cutting, barbering, platform cutting, education, training, retail sales, salon management, shop ownership or corporate management.

Each learning module in the Hair Design program covers one subject, using the student text, review, instructor presentations and hands-on training. With the instructors' assistance in demonstrating and organizing the learning sequences, the student experiences a program of learning achievements.

Barbering Learning Modules:

  • Haircutting Methods and Tools
  • Thermal Hairstyling Methods and tools
  • Men's Skincare and Facial Services
  • Shaving and Facial Hair/Beard Design
  • Cosmetology Business Concepts
  • Simulated Salon Training and Experience

*Barbering is available at Beaverton, Clackamas, Medford and Springfield campuses.

This course can be completed in 34 to 68 weeks, based on contract schedule.

CIP - 12.0402; SOC - 39-5011.00


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Travis Henry, @bigTtheBarber, Class of 2011

I entered Beauty School not sure what to expect and with no prior cutting/barbering experience. I did research on a few local Beauty Schools and went with what felt right for my family and the locations that worked for me. The campuses were beautiful, the staff was awesome, and there was a variety of different students. Beauty school is what you make of it. It's the school's responsibility to teach you the rules, help you achieve greatness, and give you the tools you need to succeed in this profession. Northwest College did that for me. This business is 75% Passion and 25% skills, NW College can get you those skills if your willing to do your part. I graduated in March of 2011; I'm now a Certified Educator for Eufora International, Owner of Chop Shop Hair Studio, Co-Owner of  Doo or Dye Salon, President of the North West Barbers Alliance, and Business Partners with Shave Envy. You can achieve anything you want with the right training, support, and a passion.” - Travis Henry, Class of 2011

Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

I was very scared going back to school after nearly 20 years, but attending NW College in Tualatin made it an easy transition. I had no idea what to expect from beauty school or if I was making the right career move, but in no time at all I knew NW College was the right decision for me. I had amazing instructors that were encouraging and pushed me to trust in myself and my creative abilities. I graduated on November 22, 2014 and because of the great academics of NW College passed my state boards and became licensed on November 26, 2014. I had interviewed with several salons leading up to my graduation and started working immediately as an independent contractor on December 2, 2014.. Attending NW College was the best decision of my life, I’ve never been happier going to work each day. I LOVE my career choice as a licensed Cosmetologist.” - Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

Licensed & Accredited

Accreditation by a nationally recognized agency provides assurance that a school is established and recognized as a quality institution, has adequate facilities and equipment, maintains recognized and approved courses of study, and employs competent, qualified faculty. Northwest College is accredited by NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences) and is licensed by HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission). Northwest College is a 2014 Modern Salon Excellence in Education Cosmetology School.

 

Modern Salon Excellence in Education, NACCAS, AACS, Oregon Department of Education