Our Legacy: Success In Beauty Since 1960

The College of Hair Design, founded in 1960 by Al Howard, began as the Lincoln Barber College inspired by his Navy barbering experience. Over the decades, under the stewardship of Al and later his son Greg Howard, the college evolved into a leading institution for cosmetology, barbering, and esthetics. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, the college has grown to two campuses, offering comprehensive training and career development. Today, it continues to honor the legacy of both Al and Greg by empowering students with the skills and business acumen needed for success in the beauty industry. In 2024, the College of Hair Design joined the Douglas J family of beauty schools, benefiting from being part of a nationwide, well-established, and respected group that offers enhanced resources, expanded networking opportunities, and a broader platform for educational excellence.

Campus Culture

At the College of Hair Design, our environment is as vibrant as it is welcoming. Our air is filled with laughter and creativity, making classes something to look forward to each day. Since 1960, we take pride in fostering a community where students become more than colleagues—they become lifelong friends, mentors, and future business partners. Our mission is to uphold the highest beauty standards while offering hands-on education that prepares students for successful careers in the hair and skincare industry.

Why Choose CHD?

Hands-on Training with Small Classes: You’ll receive personalized attention and support from experienced instructors, practicing on real customers in our salon & spa and barber shop.

Leading Product Partnerships: We partner with top product beauty product manufacturers, providing practical experience with industry-standard tools and products.

Two Beautiful Campuses: Choose the location that best suits your needs, with our modern East Campus (cosmetology & esthetics) and the bustling Downtown Campus (barbering) in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Pivot Point Education: As the only college in Lincoln utilizing Pivot Point Education, we offer a unique approach to learning that combines technical skills with creative freedom.

Prosper U Business Education: Our program equips you with the tools needed to attract, maximize, and retain clients, ensuring you’re prepared for success in the real world.

Accredited and Financial Aid Available: Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) for over 45 years, we provide quality education with federal financial aid available to those who qualify.

Get Started Today

Ready to take the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in the beauty industry? Start your journey with the College of Hair Design today! We offer comprehensive programs in cosmetology, barbering, and esthetics. Apply now and join our community of passionate and skilled professionals!

What are you waiting for?

You’ve got dreams and we’ve got the resources to make them happen. You need something practical and crave something meaningful. Contact us to get started.