Cosmetology Schools in New York City

New York City is considered by many to be the fashion center of the U.S. This is because people in the city work hard to look their best—not just the 18 million-plus residents of the metropolitan area, but also the tourists who swarm the streets.

That means cosmetologists are in high demand. As a result, NYC is brimming with opportunities you can't find elsewhere. If you are interested in becoming a cosmetologist in New York City, check out the schools below.

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233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013

(212) 807-1492
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics

251 West Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954

Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Design, Makeup Artistry

39 North Plank Road
Newburgh, NY 12550

Programs:
Cosmetology, Hair Design, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
Cutting Edge Academy – Accredited

45 Sunset Strip And Route 10 East
Succasunna, NJ 7876

(862) 251-7290
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

15 Ward Street
Bloomfield, NJ 7003

(973) 932-0974
Programs:
Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Teacher Training

2384 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214

(845) 402-8228
Programs:
Cosmetology

22 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Programs:
Cosmetology

19 Bank Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

Programs:
Cosmetology

1126 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 7083

(908) 481-8899
Programs:
Cosmetology, Nail Technology

121 Watchung Avenue
North Plainfield, NJ 7060

(908) 754-4247
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

1458 Route 35 South
Ocean Township, NJ 7712

(732) 695-6800
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

312 State Street
Perth Amboy, NJ 8861

(732) 442-6007
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

5518 Bergenline Avenue
West New York, NJ 7093

(201) 866-4000
Programs:
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Nail Technology

4741 U.S. Route 9
Howell, NJ 7731

(732) 845-6289
Programs:
Cosmetology, Teacher Training, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry, Barbering
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American Beauty School – Accredited

1380 Metropolitan Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462

Arrojo Cosmetology School – Accredited

56 King Street
New York, NY 10014

Artistic Academy of Hair Design

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

Beauty Bookings International

1441 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

Beauty Culture Academy – Accredited

233 Stobe Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306

Bella Cosmetology Institute

532 10Th Street
Pallsades Park, NJ 7650

Beval International Beauty School

985 Church Street
Baldwin, NY 11510

Blanco's Barber & Beauty Academy

1 Bloomfield Avenue
Newark, NJ 7104

Brittany Beauty Academy – Accredited

210 East 188th Street Floor 2
Bronx, NY 10458

Brittany Beauty Academy

375 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Brittany Beauty Academy

3274 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756

Career School of NY – Accredited

350 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301

Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics and Cosmetology – Accredited

285 Changebridge Road
Pine Brook, NJ 7058

Cosmo Beauty Academy

431 North Midland Avenue
Saddle Brook, NJ 7663

Eastern Suffolk BOCES

375 Locust Avenue
Oakdale, NY 11769

Eastern Suffolk BOCES

970 North Griffing Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901

Empire Beauty Schools – Accredited

38-15 Broadway
Queens, NY 11103

Grace International Beauty School – Accredited

136-31 41st Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355

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

4985 Stelton Road
South Plainfield, NJ 7080

International Barber & Beauty Institute

118 East Suffolk Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722

Long Island Beauty School – Accredited

173-A Fulton Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11550

Long Island Beauty School – Accredited

544 Route 111
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Luxurious Beauty Academy

368 Hempstead Avenue
West Hempstead, NY 11552

Modern International Beauty School

4802 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Monmouth County Vocational School District

4000 Kozloski Road
Freehold, NJ 7728

Morris County Vocational School District

400 East Main Street
Denville, NJ 7834

Nassau BOCES

1196 Prospect Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590

Ocean County Vocational-Technical School

137 Bey Lea Road
Toms River, NJ 8753

Parisian Beauty School – Accredited

21 Passaic Street
Hackensack, NJ 7601

Parisien Beauty School

50-15 Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377

Paul Mitchell The School NYC – Accredited

187 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306

Pro Beauty Academy – Accredited

1655 Oak Tree Road Suite 285A
Edison, NJ 8820

Raritan Valley Community College

118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Total Image Beauty Academy – Accredited

3900 Bergenline Avenue 2nd Floor
Union City, NJ 7087

Tribeca Barber & Beauty Academy

95-16 63rd Road
Rego Park, NY 11374

Union County Vocational Technical School

1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 7076

Westchester School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

6 Gramatan Avenue 2nd Floor Suite 200
Mount Vernon, NY 10550

Western Suffolk BOCES – Accredited

152 Laurel Hill Road
Northport, NY 11768
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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.

Cosmetologist Salary and Job Growth in NYC

In May 2021, cosmetologists in the New York City metropolitan area earned a mean salary of $40,920 per year ($19.67 per hour). New York cosmetology job opportunities are growing rapidly, with the state expecting the number of positions to expand by 57% between 2020 and 2030.

That's far above the national average; cosmetology jobs should grow by only 11% nationally.

New York City cosmetologists also earn more than the state average, with pay ranging from about $27,000 to $61,000 per year.

Featured Cosmetologist Employers in NYC

NYC has no shortage of unique beauty locations. Here are a few places that represent the types of locations where cosmetologists work in the city.

The Beauty Bar

231 E 14th St.
New York, NY, 10003
facebook.com/thebeautybarnyc

At first glance, this may look like a retro cocktail bar, but it's also a salon! This nighttime salon offers drinks, live music, standup comedy … and manicures. Customer reviews on Facebook talk about how much fun they have going to this location—they even have regulars—and how friendly and experienced the staff is.

If you're a night owl who loves music and parties as much as doing nails, this could be a great place to work.

CutLoose

78 Dobbin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
cutloosebk.com

Who doesn't love a good theme? CutLoose is a retro-style hair salon owned by internationally known stylist Siobhan Benson. Her salon features vintage hits and workers who understand looks from the 70s, 80s, and beyond.

Benson strives to create an environment that celebrates diversity and inclusivity mixed with fun and nostalgia. The location offers hair, nail, makeup, and niche services.

whistle

267 East 10th St.
New York, New York 10009
whistlesalon.com

Don't let the motto of "Look less ugly" fool you—this tongue-in-cheek statement is just part of the laid-back and fun environment the salon's staff strives to have. In fact, they refer to their patrons as "the world's greatest clientele," The first thing you notice when looking at whistle stylists is owner Will Johnson's smile and fun pose.

In addition to cuts and color, this salon also offers Olaplex treatments and special event looks. So if you want to work in a place like this, getting special training can't hurt!

Stylists who succeed here are creative, passionate, and dedicated to improving their clients' days. Though this salon isn't dedicated to any brand, it hires people who studied at brand-specific schools.

Note: Inclusion on this list doesn't mean a location is currently hiring.

Cosmetology Supply Stores in NYC

You can't work as a cosmetologist without supplies! Luckily, NYC isn't one of the beauty capitals of the world for nothing. You can find all sorts of shops catering to your professional needs. Here are just a few:

CosmoProf

3828 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
cosmoprofequipment.com

With several locations around NYC and many more around the country, CosmoProf is the largest beauty supplier in the United States. You can shop in-store or online, with pickup and same-day delivery options.

Whether you need shampoo or a shampoo unit, CosmoProf has it all—though you may have to order online for some of the larger supplies.

In addition to its product offerings, CosmoProf has educational events and in-store learning opportunities to help professionals stay on top of their games.

Optima Beauty

84-15 Roosevelt Ave.
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
optimabeautysupply.com

For 25-plus years, Optima Beauty has prided itself on creating loyal customers through having a knowledgeable staff and ample supplies. This family-owned store began as a small venture and has become a favorite supplier of many professionals throughout NYC.

Whether you need extensions, facial or makeup tools, or nail supplies, Optima has you covered.

SalonCentric

307-309 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
stores.saloncentric.com/ny/brooklyn/3413

SalonCentric distributes beauty supplies—from products you run through quickly to long-term solutions like floor mats—to professionals across the country. Only licensed cosmetologists, estheticians, and other beauty professionals can purchase from this establishment.

The company offers classes, networking events, and supplies, so this could be a great place for veterans and newbies.

NYC Cosmetology Resources

Last but not least, NYC cosmetologists need community. Here are a few resources that enable networking opportunities to find your peers in the city.

Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW)
You don't need to identify as a woman or consider yourself an executive to be a member of CEW. This organization is for all beauty professionals, particularly those who operate small businesses. It offers networking opportunities and virtual events, among other perks.

International Beauty Show – New York
This convention is by professionals, for professionals. The goal is to celebrate the unsung heroes behind the salon chairs with educational opportunities, the ability to try new products, and more.

Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists – NYC Facebook Group
This group helps beauty professionals around NYC connect about job opportunities, classes, local trends, and more.

The Makeup Show
This is the largest beauty event for professionals in the U.S. The event consists of shopping opportunities, expert demos, and networking opportunities, among other activities.

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