Dear Friend looking for a Barber School:

Thanks to my almost year old baby, who’s a huge fan of car naps, I’ve seen your signs. I can’t miss them now. The first one I noticed was along 65, under the sign for Lock 6. I saw it a month or so ago, and never really gave thought to it again.

That is until I noticed the second one, coming into Midland, from Ohio, right as you enter town, on the right. I drove by it a few times, before realizing it was the same as the one you have hanging by Lock 6.

I didn’t really starting getting concerned for you until I saw the third one, at the intersection by Rochester Giant Eagle, coming from New Brighton.

I wanted to make sure I wasn’t the only one who noticed your pleas for help in locating said barber school. So I started asking around to friends, family, and other YBC staff if they had seen your signs, too. They all had and even pointed out a few I missed. Like the one by the Aliquippa exit off 376, the one near the exit for 79 also off 376, or the one coming into Midland, from Beaver. We decided to get a neon sign but the lights weren’t working so I had to have a neon sign repair company fix it.

I admire your tenacity in locating a school and thanks to all your cries for help (and my daughter’s long naps), I am on board to help you in your search!

In order to better assist you, I decided to do a little research on this barber career thing myself. It sounds like a pretty good idea! According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of 2015, they (being the Bureau of Labor Statistics) say that the expected job growth for a barber is better then most other career choices, actually, about ten percent better. Not only that, but you don’t have to be stuck only working in a barber shop either. The Handbook explains that other job locations include spas and hotels, and after gaining experience, some go on to open and manage their own shops. Not too shabby.

Of course, I am sure you already knew all of this, but I also found out that barbers make about $11.95 an hour, 55 cents more than cosmetologists and hairdressers. I’m beginning to understand why you are so fervently tracking down a school.

Thanks to fellow YBC contributor, Alison and a Google search, I found out there is a barber school in Beaver County! Barber School of Pittsburgh recently opened up a new location this past fall on Merchant Street in Ambridge.

Upon finding this out, I immediately called the school, to see if they had noticed your signs plastered around the valley. After listening to the recording, I chose to speak with an admissions counselor. Sadly, he did not know of these “Barber School?” signs. I was a little disappointed that your attempts had gone unnoticed.

I did get you a little information though, that might help in your decision-making process (from the looks of it, however, you’ve made up your mind already).

The Pittsburgh Barber School has two options and two locations in the area, the previously mentioned Ambridge location and one on Steuben Street in Pittsburgh. They have a full time, daylight option in both locations. They require 1250 hours of schooling, or approximately 9 months. If you are unable to attend the full-time option, they have an evening option at the Pittsburgh location. The part-time evening option takes about 12 months to complete. I don’t know if you work full-time right now or if you have a family, but with both of these options and the length of the program, it sounds like this could work out for you!

The cost of the program is about $17,000, which seems to be the going rate for school these days. Do not let the cost deter you, friend. I saw on the website that they have financial aid available. And don’t forget to look up if you qualify for grants or scholarships! Applying for financial aid is easy and typically can be done all online, you just need your tax information from last year.

Their website (I put the link in right here for you, just in case) goes over the program pretty in-depth, like start date options, minimal requirements, program costs, financial aid links, and information if you have credits to transfer in. Plus much more.

I hope this helps your search for a barber school. I know how difficult it can be to not know what path to take or how to get there, but you can do it!

Best of Luck,


Whitney Scelp
Born and raised in Beaver County, Whitney graduated from Geneva College, is a nurse at the local hospital, and still resides in the area. She is looking forward to training her daughter in the ways of Beaver County…such as Hot Dog Shoppe chili dogs, Midland Fourth of Julys, and pierogies. Follow her on Instagram @wandering_wannabe for her local and not so local favorites.