How to Open Your Own Cosmetology School

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How to Open Your Own Cosmetology School
Opening a cosmetology school can be a complex task. (make up image by Alexander Zhiltsov from

Opening your own cosmetology school can be a profitable business. Most states require that you have a cosmetology instructor license to open a cosmetology school. Cosmetology schools are attended by people who aspire to work in the cosmetology field working as a hair dresser, nail technician, cosmetology educator, colour specialist, salon manager, retail and marketer, make-up artist or salon owners.

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Things you need

  • Salon equipment
  • Location
  • Money for fees
  • Permits
  • Cosmetology license

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  1. 1

    Apply for a license to operate a cosmetology school. Some states require you to be a certified cosmetology instructor prior to applying for a license to operate a cosmetology school. The other option is to employ staff members that are certified cosmetology instructors.

  2. 2

    Come up with a name and location for your cosmetology school. The building and location you find should have several offices for keeping paper work and other files stored away. The building you should also have plenty of rooms and bathrooms.

  3. 3

    Get the building inspected. There may be a fee to pay prior to the inspector coming to the building. The inspector will examine the building and ensure that it is up to code and has the right layout for a cosmetology school. All necessary permits must be displayed when the inspector comes.

  4. 4

    Purchase your equipment for the students to practice on. You'll need styling chairs, dryers, rollers, mannequins, towels, shampoos and conditioners, waxing implements, blow dryers, flat irons, hair clips, manicure and pedicure stations, hair colouring supplies, scissors and other supplies. Contact retailers to purchase these items, as they may offer discounted rates for the supplies.

  5. 5

    Design the course offerings, curriculum, policies and regulations. Decide how much each course will cost and how long the classes will be. Decide what curriculum choices you will offer. Possible classes to offer could be programs for cosmetology, nail technology, aesthetics and make-up artistry.

  6. 6

    Get accredited by the Regional Education Accrediting Commission. This will help outsiders view your business as a legitimate organisation.

  7. 7

    Advertise your cosmetology school in newspapers, online and at colleges and technical/vocational schools. Build a website for your cosmetology school so that it can be listed when advertising. Construct business cards so that you can direct traffic to your website and contact information.

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