sinEstablishing the Academy of Professional Cosmetology began with her 10 years as a salon owner in the Republic of Korea, followed by 12 years as an instructor in Lafayette, LA and 11 years as a school owner in Northwest Arkansas. She and her husband purchased Leon’s Hair Training Academy in Springdale Arkansas which they later named the Career Academy of Cosmetology. With the help of Betty Jo Bailey, Becky Hattabaugh, Lee Ann Smith, Alecia Smith, Angie Holcomb, and many others, her first and second schools developed into institutions to be proud of. Reaching retirement age, Sin sold the two schools in 2006. Retirement didn’t fit well and having had such an enjoyable and successful time in her profession Sin once again returned to the field in 2010 that gave her so much enjoyment. At that time, Sin established The Academy of Professional Cosmetology in Rogers Arkansas. The Academy of Professional Cosmetology is founded with a sincere desire that every student will enjoy their training and career as much as she has and upon the ethics and standards that represent the best of professional cosmetology.

Sin Barnes has been in the beauty industry since 1967, she started as an instructor in Louisiana in 1982. Sin and her husband Roger Barnes moved to NWA and saw an opportunity to by a school and owned and operated it from 1995 -2006. Sin wanted to be back in the school industry so she started the Academy of Professional Cosmetology in 2010. Sin has a passion to educate and to instill good work ethics in the students that she has the opportunity to train.

  • What I loved about my school experience was how they made it feel like a family not just another student. I feel like coming to school at Academy of Professional Cosmetology helped achieve my dream job and I couldn’t have done it without them”

    Toni, 2014 graduate
    Working at Shear Madness Salon, Anderson, MO
  • “I liked how many clients we had come in so I felt like I had way more hands on experience compared to what other schools provided. I also liked that we had speakers come visit to further our learning about multiple areas such as color theory, hair cutting, and we were educated on different types of shears!”

    Kimberly, 2013 graduate
    Working at Salon Rouge, Heber Springs
  • “The school prepared me for my life in the salon by giving me the basic knowledge of hair and the important principles it takes to perform. From all aspects like color, cutting, customer service and business, APC made sure I was ready for my career once I was done with school. Practicing state boards on a regular basis helped me feel so confident when I needed to take my final exams and ensured I was ready to embark on this amazing journey as a hair stylist. Two and a half years after being out of school, I look back and I’m so thankful I decided to go to APC.”

    Mandi, 2013 gradute
    Working at T Michaels Salon, Rogers