Individuals considering cosmetology programs in Connecticut can find several private, for-profit schools that offer training. The state's technical high schools also provide classes in hairdressing and barbering. However, there are no public or private, not-for-profit schools within the state that offer these programs.
In such programs, students spend the majority of their time acquiring and fine-tuning hands-on skills related to cosmetology, such as hair dressing, make-up application, manicure and pedicure skills, as well as hair coloring and chemical treatments. Many programs offer the opportunity for students to practice said skills on real customers, under supervision.
All of the private schools listed below are approved by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmeticians and can prepare students for the Connecticut licensing examination and the minimum 1,500 training hours required to work as a licensed cosmetologist. Students also must hold an 8th grade education or its equivalent and pay a fee.
Academy Di Capelli School of Cosmetology
Wallingford's Academy Di Capelli School of Cosmetology offers a cosmetology program that provides a strong foundation for graduates seeking entry-level jobs in the field. The program covers subjects such as sanitation, anatomy and physiology, chemical procedures, hair care and business practices. The school offers state-of-the-art facilities that include 27 hydraulic styling chairs and six shampoo stations.
Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology
Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology in Branford offers a 3-phase cosmetology program that starts with theoretical and practical work on a mannequin. The next phase covers hair coloring, hair cutting, foiling and other procedures on live models. In the final phase, students can practice in a clinic to gain real-world experience. They also take mock licensing examinations. Students must pass all courses with an average score of 75%.
Connecticut Technical High Schools
The Connecticut Technical High School system offers classes in hairdressing and barbering from the 9th-12th grades. These classes prepare high school graduates for entry-level employment in the cosmetology field or for transfer to college-level programs. This program may be found at A.I. Prince Connecticut Technical High School (CTHS) in Hartford, Bullard Havens CTHS in Bridgeport, E.C. Goodwin CTHS in New Britain, Eli Whitney CTHS in Hamden, Ella Grasso CTHS in Groton, Emmitt O'Brien CTHS in Ansonia, H.C. Wilcox CTHS in Meriden, Henry Abbott CTHS in Danbury, H.H. Ellis CTHS in Danielson, J.M. Wright CTHS in Stamford, Norwich CTHS in Norwich, Oliver Wolcott CTHS in Torrington, Platt CTHS in Milford, Vinal CTHS in Middletown and Warren F. Kaynor CTHS in Waterbury.
European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing
Guilford's European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing offers a cosmetology program that covers subjects such as hair care and treatment, chemical procedures, anatomy and physiology, sanitation, professional relations and hair styling. This is a 47-week, full-time program that requires an average grade of at least 70% on all courses to graduate. If students wish to take the program on a part-time basis, the program takes 82 weeks.
International Institute of Cosmetology
The International Institute of Cosmetology contains campuses in both Wethersfield and Plainville and offers a cosmetology/hairdressing program that focuses on six areas of learning: cosmetology fundamentals, sculpture, hair design, texture, color and salon experience. The school offers both full- and part-time schedules at its Wethersfield campus.
North Haven Academy
North Haven Academy in North Haven offers cosmetology training based on the Paul Mitchell program. Classes cover topics like core skills and creative hairdressing. Subjects include cutting, coloring, design, fashion trends and multicultural techniques.
Oxford Academy of Hair Design
Oxford Academy of Hair Design in Seymour offers a comprehensive training program that allows students to focus on various areas of cosmetology. The program can prepare students for work as a hair stylist/colorist, salon manager or celebrity stylist. Students also learn customer service and business skills. Seniors may earn the chance to job shadow with real cosmetology employers. Students may also participate in charitable events and competitive hair shows.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Cosmetology Certificates and Diplomas Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-19)|
|Academy Di Capelli School of Cosmetology||< 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb||Cosmetology Program||$18,930 (total program cost)*|
|Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology||< 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb||Diploma in Cosmetology||$16,550*|
|Connecticut Technical High Schools||High school; various locations in Connecticut||Curricula only||Not applicable|
|European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing||< 2-year; private for-profit; rural||Diploma in Cosmetology||$21,500 (total program cost)**|
|International Institute of Cosmetology||< 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb||Cosmetology/Hairdressing Program||$19,200*|
|North Haven Academy||< 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb||Cosmetology Program||$19,500*|
|Oxford Academy of Hair Design||< 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb||Cosmetology/Hairdressing Training Program||$19,100*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing