Cosmetology Schools in Louisiana

Louisiana truly has something for everyone, from its vibrant multicultural urban environments like New Orleans to its marshlands brimming with wildlife. Bordered on the east by the river towns of the Mississippi River and the south by the beach cities on the Gulf of Mexico, aspiring cosmetologists in this southern state can choose from a variety of locales to launch their beauty careers.. Browse our directory of cosmetology schools in Louisiana, or skip ahead to learn about the state's cosmetology licensing requirements and job outlook.

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2834 South Sherwood Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

(225) 295-1435
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Teacher Training

1355 Polders Lane
Covington, LA 70434

(985) 892-3826
Cosmetology, Teacher Training

102 East Thomas Street
Hammond, LA 70403

(985) 520-4124
Cosmetology, Esthetics

2922 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503

(337) 233-0511
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Teacher Training

3330 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Suite A
Metairie, LA 70002

(504) 454-1400
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Teacher Training

1505 Metro Drive Suite I
Alexandria, LA 71301

(318) 445-2778
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Teacher Training, Continuing Education

120 James Comeaux Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 269-0620
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Teacher Training, Continuing Education

3908 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Suite A
Metairie, LA 70003

(504) 456-3141
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Teacher Training, Continuing Education

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Avery James School of Cosmetology – Accredited

2948 Ryan Street Lake
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Baton Rouge Community College

201 Community College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

BELBO Beauty Institute - Shreveport – Accredited

1141 Shreveport Barksdale Highway
Shreveport, LA 71105

Blalock's Professional Beauty College – Accredited

8101 Kingston Road Suite 103
Shreveport, LA 71109

Celebrity Stylist Beauty Barber School – Accredited

3220 Louisville Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201

Celebrity Stylist Beauty School – Accredited

3138 Louisville Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201

Central Louisiana Technical Community College – Accredited

6587 Highway 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Cloyd's Beauty School - Monroe – Accredited

2514 Ferrand Street
Monroe, LA 71294

Cloyd's Beauty School - West Monroe – Accredited

603 Natchitoches Street
West Monroe, LA 71294

Compass Career College – Accredited

42353 Deluxe Plaza Suite 16
Hammond, LA 70403

Cosmetology Training Center - Lafayette – Accredited

5520 Johnston Street Suite H2
Lafayette, LA 70503

Delgado Community College - City Park Campus

615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

Delgado Community College - Sidney Collier Site – Accredited

3727 Louisa Street
New Orleans, LA 70126

Denham Springs Beauty College – Accredited

923 Florida Avenue Southest
Denham Springs, LA 70726

Denham Springs Beauty School – Accredited

923 Florida Boulevard Southeast
Denham Springs, LA 70726

John Jay Beauty College – Accredited

2844 Tennessee Avenue
Kenner, LA 70062

LaSalle Tech - Baton Rouge – Accredited

5921 Bluebonnet Boulevard Suite 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70836

Louisiana Academy of Beauty – Accredited

550 East Laurel Avenue
Eunice, LA 70535

My Le's Beauty College - Gretna – Accredited

601 Terry Parkway Suite A
Gretna, LA 70056

Omega Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

229B South Hollywood Road
Houma, LA 70360

Opelousas School of Cosmetology – Accredited

529 East Vine Street
Opelousas, LA 70570

Pat Goins Beauty Schools – Accredited

7460 Youree Drive Suite 130
Shreveport, LA 71105

Paul Mitchell The School Baton Rouge – Accredited

12158 Coursey Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Paul Mitchell The School New Orleans – Accredited

3321 Hessmer Avenue
Metairie, LA 70002

Pineville Beauty School – Accredited

1008 Main Street
Pineville, LA 71360

Richport Technical College – Accredited

5921 Bluebonnet Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70836

South Louisiana Community College – Accredited

1115 Clover Street
Abbeville, LA 70510

Stage One The Hair School – Accredited

209 West College Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Stevensons Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

401 Opelousas Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114
Accredited School

You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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Cost of Cosmetology School Across LA

Metro Average Tuition
Alexandria $19,208
Lafayette $17,863
Lake Charles $17,150
New Orleans $16,730
Baton Rouge $16,702
Shreveport $15,203

Comparing Program Costs in LA

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $17,403 - $24,805
Lowest range: $10,000 - $17,403
Average: $16,715
Esthetics/Skin Care School Costs
Highest range: $8,875 - $12,900
Lowest range: $4,850 - $8,875
Average: $10,184
Barbering School Costs
Highest range: $15,260 - $19,995
Lowest range: $10,525 - $15,260
Average: $16,499
Nail Technology School Costs
Highest range: $6,850 - $9,800
Lowest range: $3,900 - $6,850
Average: $6,474

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Louisiana

Louisiana Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Louisiana is $25,420.
  • There is a predicted 19% job decrease between 2018–2028 for cosmetologists.

Cosmetologists are beauty professionals who provide services to enhance a client’s appearance, including hair cutting, hairstyling, nail care, and hair removal. If you want to pursue a career in cosmetology in Louisiana, you need to fulfill specific requirements.

The cosmetologist licensing requirements in Louisiana dictate that applicants must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have completed 10th grade of high school
  • Have completed 1,500 training hours at a state-approved cosmetology school
  • Pass the written and practical exams
  • Apply for the license and pay a $25 fee

Louisiana Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Louisiana

On average, cosmetologists in Louisiana earn $25,420 annually or $12.22 per hour, but 10% of workers in this industry earn $41,510 or more each year. The pay range varies depending on the type of services offered, the location, and the cosmetologist’s level of experience.

Unfortunately, job growth for cosmetologists in Louisiana is expected to decline by 19% through 2028. However, as current workers move, retire, or switch careers, newly licensed cosmetologists will still have opportunities to work in the state.

Average salaries of cosmetologists in metropolitan areas in Louisiana are:

Metropolitan Area 2020 Median Salary
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA $27,380
Baton Rouge, LA $24,510
Lafayette, LA $21,170
Monroe, LA $19,750
Houma-Thibodaux, LA $19,450
New Orleans-Metairie, LA $19,220

Table information sourced from O*Net (2021)

What to Expect From a Cosmetology Program in Louisiana

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

To become a cosmetologist in Louisiana, you’ll first need to complete 1,500 training hours at a board-approved cosmetology school. Your education covers the skills you’ll use in your daily work, such as hair cutting and styling, makeup application, nail care, skin care, and hair removal techniques.

Louisiana’s cosmetology curriculum focuses on five main areas: scientific concepts, physical services, chemical services, hair design and styling, and the Louisiana Cosmetology Act, rules, and regulations.

Coursework includes:

  • Infection control
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements
  • Human physiology
  • Chemical principles
  • Hair and scalp
  • Nails
  • Hair removal by cosmetic preparations, threading, waxing, or other similar means
  • Shampoo
  • Draping
  • Rinses and conditioners
  • Scalp
  • Esthetics
  • Makeup
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair lightening
  • Chemical waving
  • Chemical relaxing
  • Hair shaping
  • Hair cutting
  • Alternative hair design

Can I Apprentice as a Cosmetologist in Louisiana?

At this time, Louisiana doesn’t have an apprenticeship program for cosmetologists.

Louisiana Cosmetology Licensing Requirements

After completing 1,500 cosmetology training hours, you can take the required written and practical licensure exams. You must apply to take these exams through your school, and then your school will schedule your exams.

The cosmetology national theory exam consists of 110 items, including:

  • Scientific concepts (30%)
  • Hair care and services (40%)
  • Skin care and services (15%)
  • Nail care and services (15%)

You have 90 minutes to complete the national exam, which students can take in Spanish, Vietnamese, and English. You must bring your board clearance letter, picture ID, and Social Security card to the test and pay a testing fee of $83. Applicants have the option to take the test online.

You must also sit for the Louisiana state exam, which you can take after completing 1,000 hours of cosmetology education. The fee for the state exam is $25, and the test consists of 25 multiple choice questions on the state board’s rules and regulations.

The practical exam consists of four phases:

  1. Set and comb out (20 minutes)
  2. Wet work (10 minutes for finger waves and 30 minutes for the rest of the head)
  3. Chemicals (50 minutes)
  4. Haircut (40 minutes)

The practical exam costs $25. Students should bring a minimum of four mannequin heads to the exam, with hair no longer than seven inches. If you fail any portion of the exam, you only need to retake that phase instead of retaking the entire exam.

You should receive your test scores within two weeks of your exam date.

Louisiana Cosmetology Licensure Reciprocity

Licensure reciprocity is available in Louisiana for cosmetologists licensed in other states. Cosmetologists who have passed the national exam will only need to take Louisiana’s state exam.

If you have taken the national exam, you need to have the cosmetology board in the state you took the test send a letter of certification to Louisiana’s board. Once received, you can submit the reciprocity application and pay the $25 license fee and $25 state exam fee (for residents) or $50 state exam fee (for non-residents). Former military members only pay the $25 state exam fee, whether they are residents or not.

Cosmetologists who haven’t taken the national exam must submit a reciprocity application and pay the relevant fees. Once the board has approved the application, the testing company will notify applicants to register for the exam.

Cosmetology Specialties in Louisiana

In addition to cosmetology, Louisiana also offers special courses and permits for blow-drying services, alternative hair design, microdermabrasion, and threading—all of which can be beneficial specialties for cosmetologists working with a diverse clientele in Louisiana.

Cosmetology License Renewal in Louisiana

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetologists in Louisiana must renew their license every year on or before their birthday. The cost of renewal is $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents, and you must submit a license renewal form along with payment. The license will expire if not renewed after 30 days following your birthday.

If your license has expired after a year, you will need to pay the $25 license fee plus a $25 late fee. If your license has expired for two years, you will need to pay $100 in fees. If your license has been expired for three or more years, you must take a restoration exam to renew your license.

Continuing education is not required for renewal but can help you sharpen your skills as a cosmetologist and expand your list of services.

Contact the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology

Louisiana Board of Cosmetology

Louisiana’s beauty industry has remained a constant force, as evidenced by the strength of the network of salons and schools. With that in mind, many who wish to take up cosmetology as a career begin the process thanks to these institutions.

Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology
The LSBC is the regulatory body overseeing cosmetology practice in the state and is responsible for maintaining the industry’s education, licensure, and health and safety procedures.

Louisiana State Beauticians and Barbers Association
This state association offers an annual convention and workshop and advocates on behalf of the beauty industry in Louisiana.


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