With roughly 475 schools located in the state of New York, students have more than 50 colleges to choose from that offer cosmetology programs. Some programs lead to the award of a certificate or diploma, but most are characterized as skill-based training programs designed to prepare students for licensing. The majority of curriculum is spent in hands-on practice of skills. Evening and/or weekend courses are offered by some schools. Students may have the opportunity of working with real clients through co-op work experiences or an apprenticeship.
Capri School of Hair Design
An 1,000-Hour Hairdressing and Cosmetology Program can be found in Nanuet at the Capri School of Hair Design. A variety of cosmetology techniques are covered, including hair straightening and coloring, short hair styling, shag hair cuts, prom hair styles and gel nail application. Beauty and cosmetic products are also covered in the curriculum, allowing students to learn about their proper use, as well as how to market and sell them. Full-time students take 7.5 months to complete the program, while part-time students can finish it in 15 months.
Career School of NY
The 1,000-Hour Cosmetology and Hair Program at the Career School of NY in Staten Island offers daytime and evening options. Daytime students meet Monday through Friday, and the program can be completed in 29 weeks. The evening option takes 50 weeks to complete and meets Monday through Thursday. Some of the topics covered include sterilization, skin care, sanitation, manicuring, hair styling, hair cutting, hair analysis and hair coloring.
Continental School of Beauty Culture - Rochester
Located in Rochester, the Continental School of Beauty Culture has a state-approved1,000-Hour Cosmetology Program. After receiving a firsthand look at the role of a cosmetologist, students work on building practical skills. Through hands-on opportunities, lectures and demonstrations, students study hair cutting and shaping, hair and scalp disorders, diseases and hair analysis, skin care and nail care procedures, and cosmetology chemistry.
Erie 1 BOCES
Erie 1 BOCES in West Seneca offers a cosmetology program. Students also have the option to attend the program and acquire only the hours they need. There are daytime and evening course schedules available. The basics of hair, skin and nail beauty care are covered, and the curriculum is intended to prepare students for the cosmetology board examination. Prior to enrolling, students are required to complete a full-time orientation and take entrance exams.
Hair Design Institute at Fifth Avenue - New York
Found in New York, the Hair Design Institute at Fifth Avenue is affiliated with the Long Island Beauty School. In order to participate in the Hairdressing and Cosmetology Program offered, tudents must purchase a study guide, an exam review and a textbook. Through classroom instruction, students are educated in chemistry, professional development, hair styling, chemical hair straightening and salon management.
Long Island Beauty School - Hauppauge
A cosmetology program is pursuable in Hauppauge at Long Island Beauty School. Skin care and make-up, sanitation and sterilization, hair analysis, scalp treatments, shampooing and rinses are covered in the 1,000-Hour Hairdressing and Cosmetology Program. Additionally, students spend time studying permanent waving, hair coloring, manicuring and hair cutting.
Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES
Students in Liverpool can enroll in the Cosmetology Program at Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES. This program typically operates in the afternoon and evening. Students can learn about hair design, styling, removing, augmentation and shaping, along with manicuring and pedicuring. Weekly information sessions for this program are held every Wednesday at the school.
Western Suffolk BOCES
Western Suffolk BOCES is located in Northport and has an 1,000-Hour Cosmetology Program that offers daytime, afternoon and evening sessions. Students can expect to be educated on nail, skin, scalp and hair care. The school also offers a hair extension certificate program in conjunction with SO.CAP.USA. The hair extension program is open only to licensed cosmetologists.
Cosmetologists in the state of New York must be licensed to perform hair and beauty services. To earn this license, aspiring cosmetologists must complete a 1,000-hour, state-approved cosmetology program and then pass a licensing examination.
All programs profiled in this article are state-approved and qualify students to sit for the state licensure exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Cosmetology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Capri School of Hair Design||< 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb||1,000-Hour Hairdressing and Cosmetology Program||$14,100*|
|Career School of NY||< 2-year, private not-for-profit; large city||1,000-Hour Cosmetology and Hair Program||$12,345*|
|Continental School of Beauty Culture - Rochester||< 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb||1,000-Hour Cosmetology Program||$12,690*|
|Erie 1 BOCES||< 2-year, public; large suburb||Cosmetology Program||$9,000**|
|Hair Design Institute at Fifth Avenue - New York||< 2-year, private for-profit; large city||Hairdressing and Cosmetology Program||$14,500*|
|Long Island Beauty School - Hauppauge||< 2-year, private for-profit; large suburb||1,000-Hour Hairdressing and Cosmetology Program||$13,200*|
|Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES||< 2-year, public; large suburb||Cosmetology Program||$9,700**|
|Western Suffolk BOCES||< 2-year, public; large suburb|| 1,000-Hour Cosmetology Program,
Hair Extension Certificate Course
Sources: *NCES College Navigator; **School website.