Cosmetology Schools in Nebraska

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Beauty Haus Academy

1436 10th Street
Gering, NE 69341

Boston School Of Cosmetology

5425 North 103rd Street Suite 7
Omaha, NE 68134

Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics – Accredited

10803 John Galt Boulevard
Omaha, NE 68137

College of Hair Design - Downtown Campus – Accredited

304 South 11th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

College of Hair Design - East Campus

9000 Andermatt Drive
Lincoln, NE 68526

Davines Professional Academy

5601 South 59th Street Suite D
Lincoln, NE 68516

Joseph's College Cosmetology - Grand Island – Accredited

3415 West State Street Suite D
Grand Island, NE 68803

Joseph's College Cosmetology - Kearney – Accredited

2213 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847

Joseph's College Cosmetology - Lincoln – Accredited

6810 P Street
Lincoln, NE 68506

Joseph's College Cosmetology - Norfolk – Accredited

202 Madison Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701

McCook Beauty Academy

201 East C Street
McCook, NE 69001

Sunny Nail Academy

20 East 25th Street
Kearney, NE 68847

Xenon Academy – Accredited

804 North Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68803

Xenon Academy - Omaha – Accredited

8516 Park Drive
Omaha, NE 68127
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 NE

Metro Average Tuition
Omaha $9,030
Lincoln / Hastings / Kearney $5,940

Comparing Program Costs in NE

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $13,950 - $18,900
Lowest range: $9,000 - $13,950
Average: $14,936
Barbering School Costs
Highest range: $14,090 - $19,980
Lowest range: $8,200 - $14,090
Average: $15,227

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Nebraska

Nebraska Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 2,100 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 8 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Nebraska is $24,220 ($11.64/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 8% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.

You want to spend your career creating, interacting with people, and making a difference—which is why cosmetology is the perfect choice for you.

With tons of diverse employment options, cosmetology can make the most of your talents.

State License Requirements

2,100 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Done with your training? You're almost there! The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is your next step. They verify your 2,100 hours and schedule your skills exams. You need a passing written exam score and a passing skills exam score to become fully licensed.

Education Details

Beauty schools are located all over Nebraska, providing plenty of options for the aspiring beauty guru. To become a licensed cosmetologist, you need to complete at least 1,800 hours of training at an accredited school. While there may be some differences in what's taught at each school, all Nebraska beauty schools must tackle the following core topics.

What You May Study in Cosmetology School

  • Permanent waving and chemical relaxing
  • Facials, including eyebrow arching, waxing, and facial massage
  • Haircutting
  • Hairstyling, including pin curl formations, rollers, finger waving, thermal curling, braiding, and combouts
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Artificial nails
  • Shampoos, conditioners, and scalp treatments
  • Hair coloring
  • Nebraska cosmetology law
  • Rules and policies
  • Ethics and grooming
  • Reception skills
  • Cosmetology chemistry

Practical experience builds the foundation of your career. Use this time to get feedback, improve your technique, and learn how to communicate effectively with customers.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

8 Hours

Continuing education required

Licenses for cosmetologists and cosmetology instructors expire on December 31 of even-numbered years. Electrologists must renew by July 31 of odd-numbered years. Esthetics licenses expire on the last day of September in even-numbered years. Nail technicians have to renew by December 31 of odd-numbered years. Late fees of $25 to $75 are assessed if you renew your license after the expiration date. Cosmetologists pay a $118 renewal fee, as do estheticians, electrologists, nail technicians, and permanent makeup artists. The fee is $100 for massage therapists. Nebraska requires eight hours of continuing education to renew any license.

Nebraska Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Nebraska

Nebraska's cosmetology industry is growing. From 2016 through 2026, O*Net predicts an 8% increase in cosmetology jobs in Nebraska (2019). Currently, the average salary for a Nebraska cosmetologist is $24,220 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Once you get your foot in the door, you have plenty of options to explore in the beauty industry. As a cosmetologist, you can devote your time to specific services, such as hair coloring, haircutting, or special event hairstyling. You can even branch out into other areas of cosmetology, such as nail technology and skin care. With experience and time, you may eventually use your skills to go into training or management.

Contact the Nebraska State Board of Cosmetology

Department of Health and Human Services

Cosmetology in Nebraska means that you are part of a group of professionals adding to a cosmopolitan wave of style throughout the state. Gaining this status means going through a lengthy process of education. These following resources are where one starts.

Professional Beauty Association
Associated Hair Professionals


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