The School is open 8:15am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:00am to 4:30pm on Saturdays. Level 1 students are off on Sunday and Monday during the first two months of the program. Level 2-5 up students are scheduled Monday through Saturday with one day off during the week and Sunday off. Their day off will change as they progress in the program. All students are expected to attend school on Saturdays.


Our year-round training permits a new student to start at any time, however, formal classes commence on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, June, July, September, and November. Due to limited enrollment, prospective students should plan to visit the School and make application far in advance of the time they wish to start.


Ten (10) to Twelve (12) Months of full time training. The total length of the course is 1500 clock hours, each clock hour defined as 60 minutes. On average, students complete the course within 49 weeks. The maximum time allowed for course completion is 79 weeks, making allowances for all holidays that may fall within the enrollment period, a reasonable number of absences and maximum leaves. Noncompletion of the program within the maximum timeframe of 79 weeks will result in termination of the program.


Each student will be given approximately 334 hours of theory-classroom studies, and practical lab activities, and 1166 hours of practical training during their entire Barber Styling Course with required operations as follows

Orientation: Students will be oriented to the expectations of the course, the rules and regulations, students will be issued a syllabus which will help guide them to succeed in this course.6
History of Barbering: Students will learn about barbering through the years. 1
Professional Ethics: Students will learn about professionalism and ethics and the importance of professionalism and, ethics in barbering, in business, and relating to customer satisfaction, safe work practices, and introduction to the laws, rules and regulations governing the practice of barbering in Hawaii.1
Hygiene: Students will learn about hygiene and the importance of hygiene and maintaining personal cleanliness in barbering.1
Bacteriology: Students will learn about hygiene and the importance of hygiene and maintaining personal cleanliness in barbering.3
Sterilization & Sanitation: Students will learn about sterilization and sanitation of the shop and implements; patron protection, methods, preparation and agents used to kill or retard the growth of pathogenic bacteria, and sanitary rules and measures.7
Implements – Care & Uses: Students will learn how to handle, utilize, cleanse and maintain their instruments properly.1
Honing & Stropping: Students will learn how to properly sharpen their razors utilizing a honing stone and a strop.1
Shampooing: Students will learn the purposes and effects of shampoos, rinses and conditioners, hair and scalp analysis, patron protection, product knowledge and chemistry, characteristics, selection and application techniques. 5.5
Scalp Manipulations: Students will learn massage manipulation techniques, product knowledge and the application of hair tonics and preparations used with scalp manipulations.8
Histology; Skin & its Appendages: Students will learn basic anatomy and purposes of the skin and its appendages.2
Hair, Skin, & Scalp Disorders: Students will learn about disorders and diseases of the hair, skin, and scalp.2
Hair, Skin & Scalp Treatments: Students will learn about hair, skin and scalp analysis, and methods used to treat the hair scalp and skin within the barber’s scope of practice, application of shampoos, conditioners, tonics and preparations, electricity and light therapy, manipulation techniques.6
Linen Uses: Students will learn to properly drape clients, use of towels, haircloths, shampoo & chemical capes, neck strips, and linen uses for patron protection.1.5
Haircutting: Students will learn haircutting techniques and using haircutting equipment, angles, style cuts, tapered cuts, razor cuts, blunt, box, and graduated cuts, flat tops, preparation, selection, sectioning, cutting and thinning using shears, clipper, and razor, patron protection and safety, terminology.62
Hairstyling: Students will learn techniques and using hairstyling equipment, style selection, thermal styling, curling and drying, chemistry and safety, terminology, patron protection, and product knowledge.28
Shaving: Students will learn about facial analysis, proper position and use of the razer, techniques, trimming of moustaches and beards, shaving using steam, lather, styptic powder, astringent, patron protection, safety, use and care of implements, materials and supplies.8
Beard Designing: Students will learn beard and moustache designing, facial and hair analysis for design, moustache, nose and beard trims.3
Facials: Students will learn skin analysis, theory of massage, massage manipulation techniques, application of creams, astringent, packs and masks, patron protection and precautions, product knowledge, chemistry and effects of various products used with facials.8
Hair Relaxing: Students will learn about the action and strength of chemical hair relaxers, product knowledge and chemistry, patron protection, hair and scalp analysis, chemical hair relaxing, thermal hair relaxing, application techniques, conditioning, materials and supplies.11
Hair Coloring & Bleaching: Students will learn laws of color, color selection, hair and scalp analysis, patron protection and preparation, patch tests, classification, penetration and application of single and double process colors, how to mix and apply temporary, semi-permanent and permanent tints and lighteners, virgin tint and lightener application (lighter and darker), retouches, toners, frosting, tipping, streaking (cap and weave), color removal and tint backs. chemistry, product knowledge: Colors, lighteners, and dye removers, corrective measures, safety, materials and supplies, creating, using, and maintaining record forms.62.50
Perms: Students will learn hair and scalp analysis, consultation and communication, patron protection and preparation, product knowledge and chemistry, action and strength of solutions, use of materials and supplies for reactive processes, strand tests, sectioning, blocking, rod selection and wrapping techniques for acid and alkaline perms, test curls, processing, neutralizing, techniques of single and double process permanent waving.40
Salesmanship, Shop Management & Motivation: Students will learn about poise, personality, and shop management, reception, telephone techniques, fundamental bookkeeping, and basic first aid as it pertains to barbering.4
Laws & Reviews for State Exam: Students will learn the laws, rules and regulations governing the practice of barbering in the State of Hawaii and review of text book material39.5
Testing:Theory and practical tests on required subjects.16
Haircutting: Students will learn and gain experience through practice in preparation and patron protection, selection, sectioning, haircutting angles, blunt, taper, layer, box and graduated cuts, longer cuts, flat tops, cutting and thinning, with the use of shears, clipper, razor, using terminology and product knowledge. Required operations: 200 style cuts, 80 tapered cuts, 5 razer cuts. 450
Hairstyling: Students will learn and gain experience through practice of style selection, shapes, thermal styling, curling, drying, and wet styling, techniques with the safe use of rollers, dryers, and irons, application of styling products, patient protection, product knowledge, chemistry, terminology, safety. Required operations: 200 hairstyles196
Hair & Scalp Treatments: Students will learn and gain experience in practice of patron protection and preparation, brushing, characteristics, product knowledge and chemistry, selection and application techniques of tonics or scalp conditioners (non-medical), shampoos, conditioners, and rinses, and manipulation. Required operations: 10 scalp treatments, 50 shampoo & conditioning services.85
Reactive Processes (including perms, colors & relaxers): Students will learn and gain experience through practice of patron protection and preparation, consultation and communication, hair and scalp analysis, product knowledge and chemistry, action and strength of solutions, use of materials and supplies for reactive processes, patch tests, sectioning, blocking, strand testing, rod selection and wrapping techniques for acid and alkaline perms, test curls, processing, neutralizing, techniques of single and double process permanent waving, virgin application of sodium hydroxide and thio relaxers, retouch applications, reverse perms, neutralizing, thermal hair relaxing, relaxer application techniques, conditioning, color selection, mixing and applying temporary, semi-permanent and permanent tints, lighteners, virgin tint and lightener application (lighter and darker), retouches, toners, frosting, tipping, streaking (cap and weave), color removal and tint backs, dye removers, corrective measures, classification, penetration and application of single and double process colors. Utilizing, creating and maintaining record forms. Required operations: 25 coloring, 10 bleaching, 10 relaxing, 50 perms205
Shaving: Students will learn and gain experience in practice with preparation and safety, patron protection, facial analysis, shaving and trim techniques, beards trims, moustache and nose trims, using steam, lather, astringent, styptic powder, use and care of implements, proper position and use of the razor, honing and stropping. Required operations: 20 shaves, 20 moustache and beard trims25
Facials: Students will learn and gain experience in practice with skin analysis, patron protection and precautions, massage manipulations, product knowledge application of creams, astringent, packs and masks. Required operations: 15 facials30
Sanitation & Implement Care: Students will learn, practice and gain experience by continuous cleaning of station, chair, sink, mirror, and floors, sanitation and sterilization of implements, sanitary use of supplies, methods, preparation and agents used to kill or retard the growth of pathogenic bacteria, sanitary rules and measures, all responsibilities necessary for managing a clean and safe shop.75
Shop Management: Students will learn and gain experience in practice with reception, utilizing poise & personality, telephone techniques, appointment booking, recordkeeping, fundamental bookkeeping and sales, basic first aid as it applies to barbering, dispensary, inventory, stocking, pricing and retailing.50
Study, retests, records, etc: Students will learn and gain experience during practical tests, maintaining records of operations, study and retesting.50


The complete kit of equipment contains everything the student needs while in School. It includes not only the basic tools but also the advanced styling equipment, uniforms, books, etc. Everything is of the finest quality… of course; this belongs to the students who take with them when they graduate.

Styling Kit

Text Book1 Flat Iron1 Comb & Lift
Workbook1 Hairdryer12 Hair Clips
Haircutting Book2 Curling Irons1 Hair Cloth
Exam Review Book1 Flat Top Comb1 Mirror
Notebook & Pencil1 Tint Apron1 Blending Shears
1 Shampoo Cape1 Perm Bib2 Smocks
1 Clipper1 Lock1 Lockable Tool Trolley
1 Edger5 Haircutting Combs1 Styptic Powder
2 Shears6 Hairstyling Combs1 Bag Clipper Combs
1 Razor1 Retail Comb1 Hair Cloth Clip
3 Mannequins1 Tint Comb1 Spray Bottle
1 Large Afro Pick1 Hook

Graduation and Employment Rates

As last reported to the Commission in the July 2021 ACCSC Annual Report, the student graduation rate for the Barber Styling Program is 69% and the graduate employment rate is 74%.


Evening classes will be offered to licensed Barbers and Cosmetologists, and our students who wish to keep up with the modern trends. These classes will be offered only when enough instructors and students are available. Attendance at this time is unscheduled and counts as make-up hours.


Excursions are scheduled to familiarize the students with the management of barbershops, distributorships and styling salons in the city. Guest artists are invited to the School for seminars to create enthusiasm and motivation in the students. Inter-School competitions and fashion shows encourage students to strive for perfection and to build confidence.


Professionals, interested in additional training you may receive further information by advising the administration of their needs. The School’s (2) two month rotation of classes allows stylists to update and advance their knowledge by attending classes scheduled on all areas of the curriculum. Placement assistance is not offered to these students. The School will provide the stylist with a schedule showing cost, description and dates available.


The average starting class is approximately seventeen students. The school strives to maintain a student teacher ratio of no more than 20 students to one teacher.


Upon satisfactory completion of the course, a diploma will be issued. Students must complete all course hours, assignments, operations and pass all required exams to complete the course satisfactorily.


The school, because of its service to the industry over the many years, receives many calls from shops, who request graduates to apply for employment. The school maintains a current list of shops with jobs available. The list is available to all graduates. Job placement is not, however, guaranteed.


Student progress is graded through written tests on classes covered and instructors’ evaluation of practical progress. A written report is made to students showing bi-monthly progress, weaknesses, and strengths. A passing average of (75%) is required. Classroom (Theory) and Clinical (Application) are graded and evaluated in terms of percentage as follows.

Excellent – 90% to 100%
Satisfactory – 75% to 89%
Failing – 0 to 74%
Incomplete – 0


No housing services are provided by the school; however, the student can usually find good, clean rooms in homes or stay at the local “Y’s” which are on the bus line to the school


The School operates throughout the year with no scheduled vacation periods. Legal holidays observed by the School are as follows; New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Additional holidays observed will be made up on the student’s following day off.


The school is approved by the Building Department to house a total of 70 students in the Level 1 Classrooms and 85 students in the practical clinic training center.


Appropriate credit will be given for previous training or experience and the student’s course shortened accordingly with a proportional reduction in charges, before enrollment. Veterans are required to provide all previous education and training to the school for review and determination of any credit for previous training, including transcripts from previous colleges or postsecondary education. All other applicants requesting credit for previous training must bring required hairstyling training records to the school. Prior to admission to the School, a determination is made as to the amount of credit for prior training to be given to assure enrollment for instruction at a level commensurate with ability. This is done on a basis of records of work completed in other schools and test results. All students who test for and receive credit for previous training must take and pass all written and practical tests prior to graduation. Satisfactory progress for transfer students is monitored in the same manner as all other Barber Styling students. There is no penalty or additional charges for transfer students.


The school reserves the right to reject an applicant or to expel any student for what it considers improper conduct (conduct detrimental to themselves, their fellow students, or to the school). Any form of illegal downloading copyright infringement, distribution of copyrighted material and file sharing will not be tolerated and may subject students to civil liabilities. Peer harassment, including sexual harassment on or off school premise will not be tolerated and subject to penalties, possible expulsion. On scholastic insufficiency, student’s will receive a written warning from the school if their work is failing, and will be dismissed from the school within (2) weeks following the issuance of the same if their performance is not brought up to a satisfactory level by then. Students must abide by the rules and regulations of the school issued the first day of training.


Regular attendance at scheduled instruction is required of all students. Students should call the school as soon as they realize they must be absent. All students who make up their absent hours within the 49 weeks contracted for training will not be subject to additional charges for the hours trained.

A student should be in school by 8:15am, clean, set up their equipment and prepare for classes before 8:30am. Excessive abusive and unauthorized absences or tardiness can result in dismissal.



Every student is allowed a leave of absence (up to 60 days in length) for any good reason. The period of the leave of absence may not begin until the student has submitted and the school has approved a written and signed and dated request for a leave of absence, which includes the reason for the LOA. To have a leave of absence approved, a student must request the Schools’ LOA form from the office, complete, sign, and date the form, present it to the Registrar or office staff in her absence, and the approving staff member will sign the form and approve the LOA after assuring that the student is fully aware of the LOA policy, all of the information presented on the form, the effects the LOA may have on the student’s program, financial aid, student loan repayment and student loan repayment grace period.

The school may grant more than one leave of absence in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise, such as medical reasons affecting the student or a member of student’s immediate family, military service requirements, or jury duty, provided that the combined leaves of absence do not exceed 100 days within the entire program. Supportive documentation may be requested, i.e. court documents, military documents, or a letter from the physician stating that the student is unable to perform his/her duties for the days covered during the LOA, etc. A total of up to 40 days can be approved for this type of LOA. Per Federal Requirements, in a situation where unforeseen circumstances (such as an auto accident requiring a period of recovery) prevent the student from completing a written request for a leave of absence in advance, the student must submit a completed a signed and dated LOA request form no later than 10 days after the last date of student attendance, including the reason for the LOA. The beginning date of the approved LOA will be the date determined by the school as the date the student was first unable to attend school due to the unforeseen circumstance.

For any leave of absence to be approved, there must be a reasonable expectation that the student will return from the LOA. No leave may be granted that would extend a student’s program beyond the maximum time frame allowed for completion. This is to assure that a student does not exceed 150% of the normal length of the program. A leave of absence will not involve any additional charges to student by the school.

If a student fails to return following the leave of absence, the student shall be considered withdrawn within 10 days of non-return, the school will terminate the student’s program and apply the school’s refund policy as published in the catalog, and in accordance with federal and state requirements. The official withdrawal date shall be the last date of attendance and refund calculations shall be based on that date.

Students should turn in all past timecards and be above 75% in academics before officially returning from a leave of absence and clocking in on the timeclock.


Students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress while attending school as determined by the following criteria:

  1. A minimum theory grade average of 75%
  2. A minimum practical grade average of 75%
  3. Regular attendance (80% and above) according to the attendance regulations listed as “Attendance Requirements”.
  4. Satisfactory progress for financial aid is 80% in attendance and 75% in academics.
  5. Ability to abide by the school rule and regulations.
  6. Maintenance of responsible attitude toward study, fellow classmates, instructors, staff, school patrons and chosen career field.

To maintain satisfactory progress, all students are required to average 80% of their scheduled attendance. Financial aid satisfactory progress is based on 80% attendance. A student may not take credit for time missed. Full days of absence should be made up by attending school on the student’s scheduled day off. All work missed through absences should be made up by the students on their return to school.

All tests, theory and practical must be taken when scheduled. Failure to take a test when scheduled will result in a zero test score. All test scores acquired by students will be summed and averaged. Students are failing to meet satisfactory progress standards when their average test scores fall below 75% and are always scheduled for retest within a week of receiving their current bimonthly progress reports. Copies are maintained in student files for 5 years. Final transcripts exhibiting student grades and hours are maintained indefinitely.

Students are required to study and take a retest as soon as offered. All school tests must be passed with a minimum score of 75% prior to graduation. All students are required to maintain at least 80% of their scheduled attendance. When attendance falls below 80%, students are failing to meet satisfactory progress.

All students who need to repeat Level 1 classes may repeat the entire two months of freshman classes and tests without penalty and are deemed to be in satisfactory progress until the end of the repeat, providing they are making progress. All students must complete the program within the maximum frame time of 73 weeks.


Students failing to achieve 80% in attendance or 75% average score in scholastics or practical exams are placed on probation, receive warning letters, and then suspended if they do not achieve satisfactory progress in a timely manner. Attendance warning letters are issued when a student’s hours fall below 90% of scheduled hours and a final warning letter is issued when a student falls under 80% in attendance, followed by suspensions and expulsion if attendance is not brought up to 80%. Scholastic and practical warning letters are issued two weeks after bimonthly reports are received, giving students time to voluntarily retest and pass before warning letters are due. All warning letters clearly describe the actions students must take to be reinstated to satisfactory status. The duration of probation usually varies from two weeks to four months depending on the reasons for probation. Students who do not achieve satisfactory progress while on probation will be suspended and eventually terminated. Financial aid satisfactory progress is based on 80% attendance. Students may not qualify to receive financial aid while on probation.

Students who are failing academically and have been issued warning letters are thereby placed on probation for up to two weeks. Students are given the opportunity to retest and improve their grades during the two week period and are dismissed from school if they fail to reach a written test average of 75% or better by the end of the period. Extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student, i.e absences beyond their control or conflicting teacher schedules during school events, could result in probationary period extension of two additional weeks.

Students have the right to earn reinstatement by retesting or making up missed hours and are reinstated when their grades and attendance percentages have reached satisfactory levels. Failing students will be advised regularly by the staff and those not maintaining satisfactory progress may be suspended or dismissed following the guidelines in the letters of warning that they have received. Students are dismissed by the school when it is clear that they are unable to satisfactorily acquire the knowledge or skills required of hair stylists. Students may appeal a staff determination that they are not making satisfactory progress by writing to an appeals committee comprised of the school president, supervisor and financial aid officer. Reinstatement will be made when students meet the school’s conditions for reentry and convince the appeals committee that they can perform satisfactorily. Students who fail to complete their training will be able to retain credit of completed hours and operations for three years, and thereafter must retest to receive credit for previous training to re-enter the Barber Styling Program. Noncredit remedial courses are not offered at this school. Barber board credit and placement assistance is available to all 1500 hour barber styling graduates and is not available to shipboard barbers and licensed stylists who contract for additional training.


Hawaii Institute of Hair Design is committed to equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Reasonable accommodations can be made for students with disabilities. Requests for accommodations need appropriate advance notice by the student to avoid a delay in services .Accommodations commonly made are allocating time with the teachers for extra help understanding the theory and homework assignments, unlimited retesting, guidance and assistance when performing practical services in the classroom and practical clinic, daily attendance schedule variations throughout the upper levels, to give students the opportunity to make up any missed time and complete all tests required for graduation, and a Leave of Absence allowed for treatment of a serious medical condition. Student situations vary widely and that the best way for us to serve our students best is to treat each student with confidentiality and each situation on a case by case basis. Please discuss approved accommodations with faculty after receiving approval from the Office Administrator or Registrar.


Through the years, school personnel have located information many students need. Enrollees who need assistance for baby-sitting, housing, personal counseling, health and legal aid are usually referred to state and federal agencies. Enrollees must overcome all problems and establish stable living conditions prior to beginning training. Students who acquire such problems during training are referred and granted a leave of absence, if necessary. Students are always advised to apply for all facets of free assistance and to analyze and reduce their living budgets prior to considering student loans. If the information needed is not posted in the student lounge, ask the office staff for further assistance.


The School is housed in an air-conditioned steel-framed building which has no separate facilities and contains the following:

Ground FloorUpstairs
Reception AreaTeachers DeskTables & Chairs
Retail Display/DeskStudent Desk/ChairsMicrowave
Audio VideoText LibraryMagazine Library
Sinks and MirrorsSinks and MirrorsWasher/Dryer
Shampoo BowlsShampoo Bowls
Student's StationsSterilizing EquipmentSTORAGE
Styling StationsAudio VideoRecords
Hydraulic ChairsDVD Player
Hair DryersTransparency EquipmentOFFICE
Theory Class ChairsProjectorsInternet Access
Sterilizing EquipmentStyling StationsVideo Library
Roll About'sLockersProgress Postings
Self-test ComputersAdministrator Desk
Rest RoomsRest Rooms


Between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 of 80 students who started the Barber Styling course, 53 graduated. Of the 53 graduates, 1 furthered their education and 43 became employed in the field. The graduation rate for this cohort of students is 66% and the employment rate is 83%.

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