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Cosmetology and Hair Design


Cosmetology and hair design programs prepare people to provide beauty services to customers.

Cosmetology and hair design programs include topics such as:


Students in cosmetology programs may be able to specialize in:


Many career schools and community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in cosmetology and hair design. A certificate program usually takes a year of study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

All programs also include a practicum in their curriculum. This is a hands-on opportunity to practice the techniques you've learned. You might complete your practicum in any of a number of different settings, including a nail salon, a spa, a hair salon, or a clinic. Some schools own their own salons where their students can complete their practicums.

You usually first practice your techniques on a mannequin, under the supervision of your teacher. Eventually, however, you get to work with real clients. Whatever the setting, you always benefit from the guidance and direct supervision of an experienced cosmetologist or hair designer.

Things to Know

You are expected to buy your own equipment and instruments for your courses.

All states require you to be licensed to practice cosmetology and hair design. Licensure requirements vary from state to state. However, they typically include a written, skills, and oral exam.

Some states have separate licensing requirements for certain specialties of cosmetology such as manicures or electrolysis.

Fashions change, and new technologies develop in this field. You should expect to continue training throughout your career to remain up to date.

Many cosmetologists and hair designers are self-employed. You may find it helpful to take business and marketing courses.


East Side Area

Bluestone Academy

Dermatech Permanent Cosmetics, LLC

Walla Walla Community College

King-Snohomish Area

Aesthetics Northwest Institute

Bellevue Massage School Center for Healing Arts

Euro Institute of Skin Care

Everett Community College

Evergreen Beauty College

Gene Juarez Academy

Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology

Vuu's Beauty School

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design

Paul Mitchell The School - Spokane

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

BJ's Beauty and Barber College

BJ's Beauty and Barber College (Puyallup)

Clover Park Technical College

Summit Salon Academy

Tri-Cities Area

Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology

Vancouver Area

Elite School of Beauty

Stylemasters College of Hair Design

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Centralia Beauty College

Fosbre Academy of Hair Design

Vivaluxx School of Makeup Art