Cosmetology Schools in New Mexico

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2434 Cerillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

(866) 227-3779
Cosmetology, Esthetics

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Adorabella Beauty Academy – Accredited

800 Juan Tabo Boulevard Northeast Suite I
Albuquerque, NM 87123

Aveda Institute New Mexico – Accredited

1816 Central Avenue Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Central New Mexico Community College – Accredited

5816 Isleta Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87105

Clovis Community College – Accredited

417 Schepps Boulevard
Clovis, NM 88101

Glitz School of Cosmetology – Accredited

2460 Missouri Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Luna Community College – Accredited

366 Luna Drive
Las Vegas, NM 87701

New Mexico Junior College – Accredited

5317 Lovington Highway
Hobbs, NM 88240

Northern New Mexico College – Accredited

921 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Albuquerque – Accredited

6300 San Mateo Boulevard Suite J
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Las Cruces – Accredited

1460 Missouri Avenue Suite 5
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Olympian Academy of Cosmetology - Roswell – Accredited

4501 North Main Street Suite 13
Roswell, NM 88201

Paul Mitchell the School Albuquerque – Accredited

2201 Uptown Loop Road Northeast Suite F
Albuquerque, NM 87110

San Juan College – Accredited

4601 College Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87402

The Avenue Academy – Accredited

6600 Menaul Northeast Suite M002
Albuquerque, NM 87110

University of New Mexico - Gallup – Accredited

705 Gurley Avenue
Gallup, NM 87301
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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 NM

Metro Average Tuition
El Paso / Las Cruces $18,950
Albuquerque / Santa Fe $16,534

Comparing Program Costs in NM

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $18,755 - $22,509
Lowest range: $15,000 - $18,755
Average: $17,764
Esthetics/Skin Care School Costs
Highest range: $10,150 - $11,800
Lowest range: $8,500 - $10,150
Average: $9,897
Barbering School Costs
Highest range: $9,950 - $17,900
Lowest range: $2,000 - $9,950
Average: $13,425
Nail Technology School Costs
Highest range: $7,598 - $8,200
Lowest range: $6,995 - $7,598
Average: $7,463

How to Become a Cosmetologist in New Mexico

New Mexico Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,600 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 New Mexico is $21,070 ($10.13/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 7% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.

Imagine spending your day working with exciting, diverse people who have different hair, nails, and makeup preferences.

With a career in cosmetology, you can master in-demand skills and thrive in a fast-paced work environment that keeps you engaged with people all day long.

State License Requirements

1,600 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Once you've completed your education at an approved school, you're ready to apply for your beauty license through the New Mexico Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. They double-check your training hours and hands-on training hours. To demonstrate your abilities, you must pass a written test and a skills test. At this time, you pay a $50 licensing fee as well. When you get your license, it's time to get out there, start working in a salon or spa, and make a name for yourself.

Education Details

To make your mark in any industry, you need the right training and hands-on practice. That is where beauty school comes into play. Over a period of 1,600 hours or more, you get lots of experience with hair care, skin care, and nail technology. To be accredited in New Mexico, beauty schools have to teach specific subjects and skills.

Topics Covered at Cosmetology Colleges in New Mexico

  • Professional image, New Mexico regulations, and professional standards
  • Sterilization and sanitation
  • Shampooing, rinsing, and scalp treatments
  • Chemical perms and relaxing
  • Hairstyling
  • Wet styling and heat styling
  • Air waving
  • Hair extensions and weaving
  • Hair braiding
  • Client consultation
  • Hair bleaching
  • Hair cutting
  • Facials
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Salon business management

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in New Mexico happens every year during the licensee's birth month. The cost to renew your beauty practitioner's license is $50. Make sure you renew by the last day of your birth month to avoid incurring a $40 late fee. Cosmetology instructors must complete 12 hours of continuing education every year. All others do not require continuing education at this time.

New Mexico Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in New Mexico

Overall, the average salary for a New Mexico cosmetologist is $21,070 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020). From 2016 through 2026, job openings for cosmetologists are expected to increase 7% (O*Net, 2019).

After you learn all about cosmetology and how to completely transform your clients, you can get into the cosmetology industry of New Mexico. If you like to work with hair more than skin and nails, a salon could be the right setting for you. A nail salon may be the best workplace for you if nail art is your passion. In a spa, you can master esthetics procedures and help clients relax.

Contact the New Mexico State Board of Cosmetology

New Mexico Regulaiton and Licensing Department
New Mexico

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