Cosmetology Schools in New Jersey

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301 Gibraltar Drive Suite 1-A
Morris Plains, NJ 7950

(973) 656-1401
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

15 Ward Street
Bloomfield, NJ 7003

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Barbering

2100 State Highway 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 8002

(800) 920-4593
Barbering, Cosmetology

332 Route 4 East
Paramus, NJ 7652

(800) 920-4593

1126 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 7083

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Barbering

8200 Town Center Boulevard
Voorhees, NJ 8043

(856) 988-8600
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

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Bella Cosmetology Institute

532 10Th Street
Pallsades Park, NJ 7650

Blanco's Barber & Beauty Academy

1 Bloomfield Avenue
Newark, NJ 7104

Capri Institute of Hair Design – Accredited

268 Brick Boulevard
Brick, NJ 8723

Capri Institute of Hair Design – Accredited

1595 Main Avenue
Clifton, NJ 7011

Capri Institute of Hair Design – Accredited

660 North Michigan Avenue
Kenilworth, NJ 7033

Capri Institute of Hair Design – Accredited

615 Winters Avenue
Paramus, NJ 7652

Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care and Makeup – Accredited

285 Changebridge Road
Pine Brook, NJ 7058

Cosi Bella Academy of Beauty

6020 Bergenline Avenue
West New York, NJ 7093

Cosmo Beauty Academy

431 North Midland Avenue
Saddle Brook, NJ 7663

Cutting Edge Academy – Accredited

45 Sunset Strip And Route 10 East
Succasunna, NJ 7876

Essex County College

303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Hunterdon County Polytech (high school students only)

10 Junction Road
Flemington, NJ 08822

Hunterdon County Polytech Adult & Continuing Education

8 Bartles Corner Road
Flemington, NJ 8822

Innovate Salon Academy – Accredited

25 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 8628

Innovate Salon Academy – Accredited

4985 Stelton Road
South Plainfield, NJ 7080

Jana's Cosmetology Academy

1397 Blackwood Clementon Road
Lindenwold, NJ 08021

Jolie Academy – Accredited

1490 Haddonfield Berlin Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 8003

Jolie Academy – Accredited

801 Tilton Road
Northfield, NJ 8225

Jolie Academy – Accredited

5200 Route 42
Turnersville, NJ 8012

Monmouth County Vocational School District

4000 Kozloski Road
Freehold, NJ 7728

Morris County Vocational School District

400 East Main Street
Denville, NJ 7834

Ocean County Vocational-Technical School

137 Bey Lea Road
Toms River, NJ 8753

Parisian Beauty School – Accredited

21 Passaic Street
Hackensack, NJ 7601

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

712 Route 70
Brick, NJ 8723

PB Cosmetology Education Center – Accredited

110 Monmouth Street
Gloucester, NJ 8030

Pro Beauty Academy

1655 Oak Tree Road Suite
Edison, NJ 8820

Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Accredited

121 Watchung Avenue
North Plainfield, NJ 7060

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Accredited

1458 Route 35 South
Ocean Township, NJ 7712

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Accredited

312 State Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 8861

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Accredited

70 East Holly Avenue
Pitman, NJ 8071

Robert Fiance Beauty Schools – Accredited

5518 Bergenline Avenue
West New York, NJ 7093

Shore Beauty School – Accredited

3003 English Creek Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 8234

The Bridge Advanced Academy

1420 Burnet Avenue
Union, NJ 7083

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

4741 U.S. Route 9
Howell, NJ 7731

Total Image Beauty Academy – Accredited

3900 Bergenline Avenue 2nd Floor
Union City, NJ 7087

Union County Vocational Technical School

1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 7076
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How to Become a Cosmetologist in New Jersey

New Jersey Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,200 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in New Jersey is $33,510 ($16.11/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 24% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

New Jersey is known for its over-the-top styles, perfect makeup, and complex hairstyles. That's why it's such a fun place to begin a career in cosmetology.

No matter what your personal style is or what your favorite part of the beauty industry is, use this chance to learn about all areas of cosmetology!

State License Requirements

1,200 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

All beauty professionals are licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling. When you submit your application, you must pay a $50 filing fee and a $60 licensing fee. In addition, you must submit proof of your passing scores on the written exam and the skills exam.

Education Details

To become a cosmetologist in New Jersey, you must get at least 1,200 hours of training at an approved school. In the classroom, you tackle beauty theory, terminology, laws, and ethics. On the salon floor, you practice skills on mannequin heads. Once you've gotten enough experience that way, you work on clients under instructor supervision. This experience is invaluable, since it helps you perfect your techniques and learn how to work with real-life customers. Specific topics must be covered at beauty schools in NJ.

Beauty Courses and Subjects

  • State laws, rules, and regulations
  • Decontamination and infection control
  • Professional image and hygiene
  • Shaving and facial hair trimming
  • Facial massage
  • Skin care
  • Makeup
  • Shampooing and rinses
  • Hair and scalp treatments
  • Clipper cuts with razors, scissors, and thinning shears
  • Tapering
  • Hairstyling, including pin curls, finger waving, and blow waving
  • Hair tinting and bleaching
  • Permanent waving
  • Chemical relaxing and pressing
  • Thermal curling and waving
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Chemistry of cosmetology materials

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in New Jersey happens biannually on even-numbered years. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner's license is $60. Cosmetology continuing education is not required for most licenses, although electrology licensees must do 2 CEUs each licensure period. Though continuing education may not be required for some practitioners' licenses, cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry. If licenses are expired more than 7 years, you must take a 250-hour refresher course and you must re-take the exams.

New Jersey Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in New Jersey

From 2016 through 2026, O*Net expects cosmetology job openings in New Jersey to increase 24% (2019). Furthermore, the average salary of $33,510 per year is higher than the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

New Jersey's beauty industry is huge, giving customers tons of options in cities, suburban areas, and rural areas. This is great for beauty professionals. Depending on what work setting works best for you, you can check out options at beauty salons, spas, family-owned beauty shops, and nail shops. There are many conventional employment options, but you can also explore self-employment by renting a salon chair or opening a salon.

Contact the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology

New Jersey Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling

The New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology can help you with updating your name or change of address information, acquiring out-of-state licensing, renewal and other useful forms, as well as answer other questions about obtaining a New Jersey cosmetology license. The Garden State is home to a multitude of elite beauty professionals. This is due in part to a solid cosmetology infrastructure in New Jersey from the bottom up. Those looking to be a part of it find out more from these groups.

New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hair Dressing
American Association of Cosmetology Schools
Associated Hair Professionals

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