At Sharp Edgez Barber Institute, our single focus is your success as a highly marketable and sought-after Master Barber. We are an independent, privately-owned, nationally accredited institute with one goal: connecting you to a successful career as a master barber.
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How We Compare
Industry leading outcomes: 100% licensure & 92% placement
Relevant educational partnerships that drive our innovative curriculum
Business development and life skills training that provide a competitive edge
A thriving school culture that promotes inclusivity and participation in a variety of extra-curricular activities
Meet Our Staff
Ahmon Bryant, Master Barber, School Director, Instructor, State Board Test Proctor
Tomeika Bryant, Financial Aid Director
Christopher Diamond, Master Barber, Instructor
Rashad Clay, Master Barber, Business Owner, Instructor, State Board Test Proctor
Preparing You for the Industry
Over and above the technical skills that you will acquire, we believe an understanding of the business practices, marketing techniques and industry standards gives you the foundation you need to not only succeed but excel. Our professional development and life skills training curriculum includes:
The Sharp Edgez Foundational Curriculum
Online portfolio development
Barber shop etiquette/communication skills
Sharp Edgez Barber Institute is licensed by the New York State Education Department Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.
Sharp Edgez Barber Institute is an accredited institution through the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education - COE.
Approved by New York State Department of Labor (RochesterWorks!).
Approved by Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) formerly VESID.
Approved by The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Council on Occupational Education
The Council on Occupational Education (COE) sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. Sharp Edgez Barber Institute is an accredited business that meets and exceeds the high standards of accreditation. COE also coaches businesses on ethical behavior and how to build stronger, more trusting relationships with students.
In our Barber Course, you’ll begin by learning a foundation of cutting and styling techniques that will quickly progress to encompass advanced skills and relevant topics that will put you in a position to succeed in today’s barbering industry. Our comprehensive curriculum is custom written and mapped around topics and skills directly requested by employers and industry professionals. You’ll be challenged creatively and technically with opportunities to excel. Throughout the program, you’ll also refine your industry and business skills through a challenging professional development curriculum covering topics including leadership, communication, public speaking, professional etiquette and more.
Why Sharp Edgez
An education in barbering is more than just learning to cut and style hair. At Sharp Edgez Barber Institute you’ll learn topics, details and skills that go beyond what’s required to simply pass a test to get your license. Our curriculum is flexible and always evolving to provide you the most relevant, comprehensive education available; an education that’s designed to prepare you for your career. Sharp Edgez Barber Institute is the only barber styling school serving western New York with an emphasis on urban style and development. In an ever changing environment, Sharp Edgez Barber Institute is dedicated to remaining the leader in tonsorial education and new hair fashion.
On June 12, 2009, Sharp Edgez Barber Institute became the first minority owned and operated barbering school licensed by the New York State Education Department in Rochester, New York. Within three years of its inception, Sharp Edgez became nationally accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Sharp Edgez gained vocational service approvals through the New York State Education Departments Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (Formally VESID, Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, Bureau of Veterans Education, and many counties in the Western New York State Department of Labor Vocational Education Department. On February 21, 2017, Sharp Edgez opened its second location in Buffalo, New York location. Since 2009, we are proud to still be the only school in Western New York that exclusively specializes in Barbering.
Our students and staff take pride in servicing our communities by offering discounted clinic services including haircuts, shampoo services, facial massages, hot towel treatments, shaving services and more. The students and staff of Sharp Edgez also, reached out to individuals in need from various communities and not-for-profit agencies around the area to provide these services and to further our educational goals. We are proud of the community relationships that we have cultivated and we will continue to strive to make a great impact in our communities.
The Sharp Edgez teaching methodology is deeply rooted with an emphasis on contemporary urban haircutting and styling. In addition, Sharp Edgez also uses diverse teaching methods to guide its students through its comprehensive curriculum. In an ever-changing environment, we are dedicated to remaining the leader in tonsorial education and new hair fashion.