Professional schooling is required to earn a cosmetology license, a certification needed to work in the hair-styling profession. Basic courses in cutting, coloring, chemical treatments and styling classes are taught in cosmetology schools. Stylists who wish to become experts within the field may seek advanced training and take additional courses to become specialized in a particular area of hair care, such as hair cutting. Some advanced hair cutting schools are associated with well-known companies or individual stylists.

Aveda Advanced Academy

Hairdresser cutting a woman's hair.
Hairdresser cutting a woman's hair.

Aveda Advanced Academy offers specialized advanced courses in hair cutting in five locations: Berlin, London, New York, Vancouver and Toronto. Advanced courses in hair cutting include Core Essentials/Razor/Innovative Essentials, and Core in Depth. Classes are taught by accredited instructor demonstrations, incorporated with mannequin instruction and hands on workshops with live models allowing for mastery of the skill of cutting.

New York Aveda Advanced Academy 20 Vandam Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 524-2401 or (800) 283-3244 avedaadvancedacademy.com.

Vidal Sassoon Academy

Hair colorist at work.
Hair colorist at work.

Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy courses in hair cutting are offered in London, Santa Monica and San Francisco, CA, Chicago, Miami and Seattle. The program is designed for advanced stylists wishing to sharpen and perfect their skills in the art and creativity of hair cutting. The London academy is the home to Vidal Sassoon's new developments and innovations within the hair care industry. Advance Academy courses, taught by Vidal Sassoon's Creative Team of instructors, are composed of model presentations, lectures, guided work sessions and hands-on demonstrations on hair cutting and coloring.

Sassoon Academy 321 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 (888) 757-5100 sassoon.com

Paul Mitchell the School

Woman having her hair cut.
Woman having her hair cut.

Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy offers three- to five-day retreat courses on hair cutting taught by accredited hair artists and instructors throughout the U.S. Courses in advanced education include core courses and adaptive courses. The latter allow the stylists to take the rules learned in the core program and bend them to adapt to their preference and taste. Retreat programs available consist of a choice of one three-day core cutting program, a 3-day adaptive cutting program, or a combination course of five days incorporating core and adaptive cutting instruction, demonstration and hands-on training.

Paul Mitchell the School 2900 Bristol Street, H-101 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 444-0788 paulmitchell.edu