Cosmetology Schools in Connecticut with Degree Program Summaries

There are more than ten private, for-profit schools and technical high schools in Connecticut that have cosmetology programs. Read an overview of ten of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

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.

Career Requirements

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.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $20,850 (total program cost)**
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb

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%.

  • Programs Offered: Diploma in Cosmetology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $16,550*
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb

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.

  • Programs Offered: Curricula only
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): Not applicable
  • School Type & Setting: High school; various locations in Connecticut

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.

  • Programs Offered: Diploma in Cosmetology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $20,600 (total program cost)***
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; rural

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.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology/Hairdressing Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $17,950*
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb

Marinello Schools of Beauty

With locations in East Hartford, Fairfield, Enfield, Hamden, Meriden, Niantic, Torrington and Willimantic, Marinello provides a cosmetology program that can give students technical skills and practical instruction via classroom training and practice with real clients. Subject areas covered include hairstyling, coloring, hair cutting, makeup, manicures, pedicures and salon management. Students also train for the state board examination. The school was formerly named Brio Academy of Cosmetology.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Cosmetology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $17,350*
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb

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.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $18,500*
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb

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.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology/Hairdressing Training Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $17,300*
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb

Paul Mitchell the School - Danbury

Located in Danbury, Paul Mitchell the School offers a cosmetology program that focuses on developing core skills, gaining intermediate techniques and advancing to more creative hairstyling. This program covers subjects such as cutting, coloring, design and fashion trends.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $15,000*
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; small city

Tonsorial Academy of Cosmetology and Barber Styling

The Tonsorial Academy of Cosmetology and Barber Styling in West Haven offers a cosmetology program that covers areas such as the principles of hair design, braiding, hair enhancements, hair coloring, hair cutting and basic facial services. This program may be completed in 11 months if taken full time and 18 months taken part time.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate or Diploma in Cosmetology
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $16,650*
  • School Type & Setting: < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Cosmetology Certificates and Diplomas Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-13)
Academy Di Capelli School of Cosmetology < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb Cosmetology Program $20,850 (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 $20,600 (total program cost)***
International Institute of Cosmetology < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb Cosmetology/Hairdressing Program $17,950*
Marinello Schools of Beauty < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb Certificate in Cosmetology $17,350*
North Haven Academy < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb Cosmetology Program $18,500*
Oxford Academy of Hair Design < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb Cosmetology/Hairdressing Training Program $17,300*
Paul Mitchell The School - Danbury < 2-year; private for-profit; small city Cosmetology Program $15,000*
Tonsorial Academy of Cosmetology and Barber Styling < 2-year; private for-profit; large suburb Certificate or Diploma in Cosmetology $16,650*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Academy Di Capelli School of Cosmetology, ***European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing

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