Hair Design School and Training Program Information

In hair design school, students learn to style, cut and treat hair for both men and women. They typically learn manicure, pedicure and skin-care techniques, as well. To gain experience, many work evenings and weekends in salons and barbershops.

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Hair design schools teach students to style, cut and treat hair, as well as manicure, pedicure and skin care techniques. These programs are available as simple training programs or as an associate's degree in cosmetology.

10 Hair Design Schools

The following schools offer hair design programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Utah State University Logan, Utah 4-year, Public Associate's $7,260 In-state
$19,760 Out-of-state
Chipola College Marianna, Florida 4-year, Public Certificate $3,120 In-state
$8,950 Out-of-state
Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan 4-Year, Public Certificate $9,620 In-state
$15,020 Out-of-state
Indian River State College Fort Pierce, Florida 4-Year, Public Certificate $2,764 In-state
$10,201 Out-of-state
Northern New Mexico College Espanola, New Mexico 4-Year, Public Certificate
$4,367 In-state
$12,494 Out-of-state
Pensacola State College Pensacola, Florida 4-Year, Public Certificate $2,704 In-state
$10,875 Out-of-state
Olympic College Bremerton, Washington 4-Year, Public Certificate
Daytona State College Daytona Beach, Florida 4-Year, Public Certificate $3,282 In-state
$12,352 Out-of-state
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, Florida 4-Year, Public Certificate $2,444 In-state
$8,732 Out-of-state
Vincennes University Vincennes, Indiana 4-Year, Public Associate's $5,375 In-state
$12,709 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Those interested in hair design, style and beautification have different options when choosing the path that would best fit their career goals. Consider the following when looking for the right hair design program:

  • Students should decide whether they wish to simply receive training or pursue an associate's degree.
  • Because all aspiring hair designers must pass an exam to become a licensed professional, students should analyze the licensing exam pass rates of any school they are considering.
  • Hair designers are often expected to concentrate in either barbering or the broader focus of cosmetology so students should make sure the school offers the field in which they are interested.
  • Aspiring hair designers should look for programs that help students develop practical skills, including interaction with clients, communication development and retail skills.

Hair Design Training Programs

Offered through cosmetology and barber schools, training programs typically last about a year, and in some cases, applicants only need to be 16 years old to enroll. Courses include lectures, in addition to hands-on training, in which students apply learned techniques to mannequins and clients under supervision. On completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam. For experienced hair designers looking to advance their career, many schools offer advanced training courses and instructor training.

Associate Degree in Cosmetology

Degree programs in cosmetology typically last two years. Unlike training programs, students in degree programs take general education courses, such as writing and human relations. Students are generally required to complete performance examinations and study safety and first aid. Those looking to manage or open their own salon may pursue a bachelor's degree in business.

Hair design programs are available in the form of simple training programs or as an associate's degree in cosmetology. These programs emphasize fundamentals such as hairstyling, chemical treatments, sanitation and skin care, and offer hands-on training with real clients.

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