Cosmetology Schools in Rhode Island

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151 Broadway
Providence, RI 02903

(570) 429-4321
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Teacher Training

1279 Oaklawn Avenue
Cranston, RI 2920

(401) 463-3633

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Cosmetology 101

50 Ann Mary Street Suite 117
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Elite Makeovers Hair Extension Salon & Beauty Academy

560 Mineral Spring Avenue Unit 5-105
Pawtucket, RI 2860

Paul Mitchell The School Rhode Island – Accredited

30 Chapel View Boulevard Suite 100
Cranston, RI 2920

Rob Roy Academy - Woonsocket – Accredited

251 Main Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
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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Comparing Program Costs in RI

Cosmetology School Costs
Highest range: $16,325 - $17,250
Lowest range: $15,400 - $16,325
Average: $16,306
Esthetics/Skin Care School Costs
Highest range: $9,498 - $9,498
Lowest range: $9,498 - $9,498
Average: $9,498
Nail Technology School Costs
Highest range: $3,088 - $3,100
Lowest range: $3,075 - $3,088
Average: $3,088
Barbering School Costs
Highest range: $15,980 - $15,980
Lowest range: $15,980 - $15,980
Average: $15,980

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 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 Rhode Island is $28,130 ($13.53/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 6% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.

There are hundreds of ways that people can express themselves and make themselves look good, from nail art and hair color to skin treatments and makeup. As a cosmetology professional in Rhode Island, you get to experiment with all of this and more.

Not only do you learn about classic cosmetology techniques and skills that are always in demand, you can get a peek into new trends that are taking the industry by storm.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

In Rhode Island, cosmetology licensing is regulated by Barbering, Hairdressing, and Cosmetology Licensing in the Department of Health. To apply for a license, you must pay a $25 licensing fee and a $75 exam fee. Once your fees are paid, you can take your written and skills exams, which you must pass to become certified.

Education Details

No matter how good you are with your own hair and nails, it's important to get professional training to fully prepare for your new career. Accredited cosmetology schools in RI must provide at least 1500 hours of education, including both theory and hands-on training. As a student, you should get plenty of experience in different areas of this industry, including several that are required for licensure.

Courses Taught at Beauty Schools in RI

  • Safety, sanitation, and sterilization
  • Proper use of styling implements and tools
  • Cosmetology chemistry
  • Haircutting with shears, razors, and other tools
  • Hairstyling
  • Chemical processing
  • Hair coloring, bleaching, and tinting
  • Hair straightening and curling
  • Makeup application
  • Facials
  • Anatomy and physiology of skin
  • Temporary hair removal
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Acrylic and gel nails
  • Client consultation

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in Rhode Island is required every two years, beginning on September 30th. Most beauty professions licenses cost $25 to renew. Cosmetology continuing education hours are not currently required to renew licenses in RI, but cosmetology CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry.

Rhode Island Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Rhode Island

If you walk into a salon or spa in Rhode Island, you can see how many different career paths there are in this field. Traditional employment is an option in most specialties. It involves earning an hourly salary and possibly earning tips from happy clients. Some choose to have more flexibility in their schedule by becoming self-employed. If you do this, you may pay rent for a chair at a salon, select and collect your own rates, and build your own client base. Those who are interested in a full-fledged beauty business may go into salon ownership. The average salary for a cosmetologist in Rhode Island is $28,130 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Rhode Island cosmetology programs prepare students for bright and fun futures working as hair stylists, nail professionals or makeup artists. Whichever you prefer, studying at one of the best RI cosmetology schools will ensure your career in beauty starts off strong. Cosmetologists in Rhode Island can work in salons, commercial shops or run private businesses that specialize in special events and wedding makeup.

Contact the Rhode Island State Board of Cosmetology

Department of Health

For those looking to have more intrepid career paths and also forge more horizons for small business in Rhode Island, cosmetology is proving to be a formidable choice. With that in mind, potential professionals look into these groups.

Professional Beauty Association
American Association of Cosmetology Schools

Rhode Island

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