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Cosmetology Schools in Houston with Program Info and Options

Oct 02, 2018

Research cosmetology in Houston, TX, which currently has about 8 schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for 2 schools within 20 miles of downtown Houston and decide which program is right for you.

Cosmetology Programs in Houston, TX

Several schools offer cosmetology programs within a 45-mile radius of Houston, TX. This article discusses 2 schools, which are both 25 minutes or less from downtown. There is a table located near the end of the article that compares valuable school information, such as school type, enrollment numbers and tuition rates. Also provided is a paragraph highlighting 5 other relevant school options.

  • Houston Community College, located 2 miles from downtown Houston, offers programs for those who want to learn or teach cosmetology. Students can choose to earn cosmetology operator - level II, cosmetology instructor or facial specialist certificates, as well as cosmetology instructor or cosmetology operator associate degrees.
  • A cosmetology diploma program is available at Remington College, which is located 18 miles from downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Check out the table below for specifics on school type, enrollment numbers, tuition rates and more.

Houston Community College Remington College - North Houston Campus
School Type Public, 2-year college Private, non-profit, 4-year college, primarily associate
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017) 57,120* 554*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,632 in-district, $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state* $15,069*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 87%*
Acceptance Rate (fall 2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017) 65%* 100%*
Graduation Rate 18% (22% transfer-out rate) (students who began in fall 2014)* 63% (students who began in 2011-12)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Houston Community College

There are 5 colleges within the Houston Community College System and about 20 campuses and centers spread throughout the Houston area. The cosmetology program is headquartered at HCC's Northwest Campus, and the program is also offered at the Northline Center, Westgate Center, Central Campus and Southeast Campus.

Certificate in Cosmetology Operator - Level II

In this 3-semester program, students complete basic and advanced-level cosmetology courses, such as advanced hair cutting and styling techniques. Students also learn about salon operations and take a capstone course that prepares them for the state licensing exam. Classes include lectures and hands-on learning.

Certificate in Cosmetology Instructor

This 30-credit program can be completed in 2 semesters. Students take classes about how to teach other students cosmetology concepts. A capstone class provides a synopsis of the information included on the state licensing cosmetology instructor exam.

Certificate in Facial Specialist

Students prepare for the state esthetics licensing exam in this 26-credit program. Classes may cover topics related to anatomy and physiology, skin care and makeup.

Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Operator

This 2-year program requires students to earn 53 credits. Classes cover topics related to hair cutting, hair coloring and hair styling. Students may also learn to give facials and manicures, and they learn the basics of operating a salon. Many courses have a lab requirement for practical training. In the final year, students complete a course that prepares them for the state licensing exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Instructor

Admission into this program requires students to have a cosmetology license and at least 3 years of related work experience. Students may complete general education classes, such as math, English, humanities and government. Core classes cover teaching methods for providing cosmetology instruction, such as lesson planning, assignment development and learning assessment.

Remington College - Houston Campus

Remington College has campuses across 9 states, including Texas. It has 3 campuses in Houston, all of which offer the cosmetology program. Remington's Houston campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

Diploma in Cosmetology

Students can complete this program within 48 - 72 weeks. During this time, students take courses that prepare them for the state cosmetology licensing exam. Some basic principles in anatomy and physiology, chemistry and electricity are covered in addition to state laws pertaining to safety, sanitation and salon operations. Through classroom lectures and hands-on learning, students may learn to cut, style, wash and treat hair; apply makeup; give manicures and pedicures; and apply facial treatments.

Other Schools

About 28 miles from Houston in Pasadena, TX, students at San Jacinto Community College can choose from associate programs in cosmetology operator or instructor or certificate programs in facials, cosmetology operator, cosmetology instructor or nail technician. Lone Star College System in The Woodlands, TX, which is about 32 miles from Houston, offers cosmetology programs at its Kingwood and North Harris locations. The Kingwood campus offers cosmetologist and facial specialist certificate programs and an associate program in cosmetology. The North Harris campus offers associate and certificate programs for cosmetology, esthetician and cosmetology instruction.

Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, TX, almost 40 miles from Houston, has a 41-credit certificate program in cosmetology. In Baytown, TX, about 43 miles from Houston, Lee College offers individuals certificate or associate degree programs in cosmetology and cosmetology instruction. College of the Mainland in Texas City, TX, about 45 miles from Houston, has an associate program in cosmetology instruction and certificate programs for cosmetology, esthetician and instructor.

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