Top Schools for Cosmetology and Related Services

Find out about formal training programs in cosmetology, which typically lead to a certificate or an associate degree. Learn about the program options at three of the top schools, and find a handy table that lists other colleges in the U.S. that provide training for cosmetologists.

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Cosmetology programs are offered by various community and four-year colleges, usually concluding with a certificate or associate degree. Let's get a better look at some of the schools that offer such programs.

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School Overview

Cosmetology programs usually provide students with training in hair styling, cutting and coloring, as well as skin treatments, nail care and salon management. The following schools are considered top schools in the field as they provide multiple degree choices within the field or exceed state expectations.

Houston Community College in Houston, TX

School Highlight: Cosmetology programs at this community college will prepare for Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation exams.

This school offers a multitude of cosmetology programs. There is the A.A.S. Cosmetology Operator program, Cosmetology Operator - Level II Certificate, A.A.S. Cosmetology Instructor, Cosmetology Instructor Certificate, a Facial Specialist Certificate and a Styling/Salon Management Entrepreneur Certificate.

Lone Star College in Woodlands, TX

School Highlight: Cosmetology programs at this school can be completed in 8-10 months.

This college makes available various associate degrees in cosmetology, like the A.A.S. Cosmetology Degree, A.A.S. Cosmetology Facial Specialist Degree, Cosmetology Instructor A.A.S. Degree and Certificate. A Facial Specialist Certificate is also offered.

Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, NM

School Highlight: Offers Pivot Point International-based curriculum.

The cosmetology program from this school is considered limited entry, meaning students have to apply and be accepted before entering the program. Students study a broad scope of areas in the field. The A.A.S. in Cosmetology prepares students for state licensure. This program actually exceeds state requirements, which could be beneficial for graduates on the job market.

Top Cosmetology and Related Services Schools

These schools offer quality cosmetology programs:

  • Full-time or part-time study is available at Florida State College in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, MI, offers an A.A.S. in Cosmetology that contains a management or stylist track.
  • High school juniors and seniors may enroll concurrently with their secondary school program at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA.

Houston Community College, Lone Star College and Central New Mexico Community College provide a good variety of cosmetology programs or concentrations and prepare students for licensure and the job market.

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