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
|Chipola College||Marianna, Florida||4-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,120 In-state
|Northern Michigan University||Marquette, Michigan||4-Year, Public||Certificate|| $9,620 In-state
|Indian River State College||Fort Pierce, Florida||4-Year, Public||Certificate|| $2,764 In-state
|Northern New Mexico College||Espanola, New Mexico||4-Year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,367 In-state
|Pensacola State College||Pensacola, Florida||4-Year, Public||Certificate|| $2,704 In-state
|Olympic College||Bremerton, Washington||4-Year, Public|| Certificate
|Daytona State College||Daytona Beach, Florida||4-Year, Public||Certificate|| $3,282 In-state
|Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth, Florida||4-Year, Public||Certificate|| $2,444 In-state
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, Indiana||4-Year, Public||Associate's|| $5,375 In-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.