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Razor Academy Crosstrains Barbers, Cosmetologists For Complete Training

By Kelly Church

With new classes every month, the Razor Academy of Barber and Cosmetology trains and certifies men and women who want cosmetology and barber licenses. Located in Rio Rancho, School Manager Skyler Smith said it's one of the only schools that teaches barber students how to color and cut women's hair as well. This cross training makes the program unique.

"Our curriculum is very student driven and they will have a lot of one-on-one time with the instructors," Smith said. "Barbers will learn everything from fades to facials, along with the use of a straight razor. Cosmetologists will learn everything from color to nails."

The cosmetology curriculum at Razor Academy requires 1600 hours of work, or equivalent credits. Students start with theory that covers state laws and regulations, the science behind their work, job seeking, ethics and more. Students then move onto sterilization and sanitation lessons, scalp treatments, cuts, and color. Cosmetology students also study facials, manicures and pedicures, and maintaining a healthy salon business with growing retail sales.

The barber curriculum requires 1200 hours of coursework or equivalent credits. Like the cosmetology curriculum, this path starts with all the same courses: theory, sterilization, scalp treatments, cuts, color and styling. The barber curriculum adds beard trimming to their coursework, also incorporates facials and salon retail sales.

"While we do teach our students the key to success, we keep up with the latest trends and encourage our students to try new things," Smith said. "Our school is unique, especially in the sense that our students become a family and work together to teach each other new techniques and to push the boundaries."

Razor Academy also offers refresher courses for those who are already certified but want to revitalize their education. Additionally, students can opt for a crossover certification for both barber and cosmetology licenses. Financial aid is not offered, but Smith urged students to not let them get discouraged by that. The school is willing to work with any student who wants to attend.

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