Combining barber school and cosmetology


MASON CITY, Iowa – You might be surprised to learn that studying cosmetology isn’t the same as getting barber training, and right now under Iowa law, the two schools have to be in separate locations.

That’s because of the differences in the programs, but with so many similarities, the director of La James College Cosmetology School says it might be better for students if that weren’t the case.  The only difference he feels in the education is one factor.

“For example, as a cosmetologist we don’t have the face, but that’s about it.  There really close to each other as far as what we teach,” said Kevin Rentz, Owner of La James College.

Rentz says the board has even pushed the state to allow for a combined school.

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