101 West Queens Way
Hampton VA 23669
Phone: 757-722-0211


About Us

History of the Virginia School of Hair Design


The Virginia School of Hair Design was founded in 1958 by Mrs. Mary Hutcheson. The school attained its initial accreditation March 1965 and has been accredited since that time, offering over 50 years of cosmetology training excellence. The barbering program at the Virginia School of Hair Design was established in November 2005. Upon retirement of the founder, the school was purchased by Mrs. Nancy Robinson and then in turn, it was purchased by Mr. Donald Allhouse in 1999. The current owners, Mr. Eugene Driggers and Ms. Barbara Ann LeNoble became owners of the school on December 31, 2013.


Mr. Driggers, Co-Owner of The Virginia School of Hair Design began his career in Cosmetology in October 2003 as a student at the Virginia School of Hair Design, completing his training in March 2005, obtained his state license and then returned to the school from June-November 2005 to obtain his Instructor License. Mr. Driggers has been an instructor at Virginia School of Hair Design since November 2005 and was promoted to the position of Admissions Director in May 2008 which also included responsibilities as the Night Head Instructor. He obtained his Barbers License in July 2011. Mr. Driggers excels in the Art of Razor Cutting Hair and has conducted a number of training classes for area hair salons.

Now as a Co-Owner of the Virginia School of Hair Design, Mr. Driggers utilizes his skills as an educator and administrator to take the school into a new era.

Ms. LeNoble holds an AAS in Word Processing which covers a myriad of subject matter in the administrative, business and financial arenas. Ms. LeNoble has been employed at the Virginia School of Hair Design since 1985, first as Executive Secretary – Registrar and then was promoted to Financial Aid Officer. Her thorough knowledge regarding financial aid on the state and local levels are superb and gives her appropriate insight into helping students obtain and keep their financial aid for education. As the co-owner of Virginia School of Hair Design, Ms. LeNoble continues to utilize her skills and knowledge as an administrator and financial expert to ensure the growth of the school well into the future.

The administration and staff of Virginia School of Hair Design believe vocational-technical training is a vital part of education in today’s society. As the demand for cosmetology/barbering services rise, “employment” is expected to be plentiful through the year 2020 according to the 2015-2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook. Hairstyling for men also contributes to the rising need for cosmetologists/barber-stylists, as many men prefer the services of a full-service salon. The Department of Labor also says that many persons who enter this field manage large salons or open their own after several years of experience. Some will teach in Cosmetology or Barbering schools or become sales representatives for cosmetic firms or open businesses as beauty consultants.

The Virginia School of Hair Design does not recruit students attending or admitted to another Vocational institution offering the same programs of study.