Cosmetology Schools in Washington

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802 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 302-1044
Cosmetology, Esthetics

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AHC Barber And Beauty College – Accredited

6712 Evergreen Way
Everett, WA 98203

Aria Hair and Beauty Institute – Accredited

532 Rainier Avenue South Suite B
Renton, WA 98057

Aveda Institute – Accredited

6615 Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661

Beauty Academy

208 South Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Bellingham Technical College – Accredited

3028 Lindbergh Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

BJ's Beauty & Barber College – Accredited

5239 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

Bluestone Academy – Accredited

201 North Pine Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Bremerton School District – Accredited

134 Marion Avenue North
Bremerton, WA 98312

Centralia Beauty College – Accredited

217 South Tower Avenue
Centralia, WA 98531

Cesar C Tugade Beauty Academy – Accredited

7147 Martin Luther King Jr Way South
Seattle, WA 98118

Char-Glo School Of Beauty – Accredited

1418 South Pioneer Way
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Classy Beauty School – Accredited

1231 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144

Clover Park Technical College – Accredited

4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98499

Divas Cosmetology And Barbering Academy – Accredited

317 West Lewis Street
Pasco, WA 99301

Elite Beauty School – Accredited

2613 Northeast 114th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684

Elite Cosmetology, Barber & Spa Academy – Accredited

2606 West Nob Hill Boulevard
Yakima, WA 98902

Everett Community College – Accredited

2000 Tower Street
Everett, WA 98201

Evergreen Beauty College – Accredited

802 Southeast Everett Mall Way Suite A
Everett, WA 98208

Evergreen Beauty College – Accredited

509 South 1st Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Evergreen Beauty College – Accredited

1222 Bronson Way North
Renton, WA 98057

Evergreen Beauty College – Accredited

18336 Aurora Avenue North Suite 103
Shoreline, WA 98133

Evergreen Beauty College – Accredited

401 North 1st Street
Yakima, WA 98901

Evergreen School District 114 – Accredited

13501 Northeast 28th Street
Vancouver, WA 98682

Expo Beauty Institute – Accredited

2534 15th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

Fosbre Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

2703 Capital Mall Drive Southwest
Olympia, WA 98501

Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty – Accredited

2222 South 314 Street
Federal Way, WA 98003

Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty – Accredited

6007 A 244th Street Southwest
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

309 West Riverside Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201

H & K Cosmetology Unlimited – Accredited

8815 South Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

Images Of Beauty – Accredited

525 South 6th Street
Sunnyside, WA 98944

International Beauty Education Center – Accredited

12832 West Sunset Highway
Airway Heights, WA 99001

J Kinlow School of Barbering & Cosmetology

2525 Tacoma Avenue Southeast
Tacoma, WA 98402

Katie Beauty Academy – Accredited

10424 16th Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98146

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Avenue Northeast
Kirkland, WA 98034

Lany's Beauty Academy – Accredited

420 Dougals Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Lee's Beauty School – Accredited

1833 4th Avenue East
Olympia, WA 98506

Lincoln Beauty School – Accredited

702 South 38th Street A
Tacoma, WA 98418

Lupita's Beauty And Barber School – Accredited

746 West Court Street Suite B
Pasco, WA 99301

Majorelle Beauty Academy

14306 124th Avenue Northeast
Kirkland, WA 98034

Maria Bonita College Of Beauty – Accredited

216 Southwest 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98148

Mayelas Beauty Academy – Accredited

6220 Perry Avenue Southeast
Auburn, WA 98092

Olympic College

1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337

Paroba College of Cosmetology – Accredited

9930 Evergreen Way Building Y
Everett, WA 98203

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

71 Gage Boulevard
Richland, WA 99352

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

15303 East Sprague Avenue Suite C
Spokane Valley, WA 99037

Renton Technical College

3000 Northeast Fourth Street
Renton, WA 98056

Ruiz Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

2810 East Lincoln Avenue Suite G
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Seattle Beauty Academy – Accredited

3320 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center – Accredited

9001 Airport Road
Everett, WA 98204

Spokane Community College – Accredited

1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99217

Studio 121 School Of Cosmetology – Accredited

1222 East Front Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Studio Beauty School – Accredited

10001 East Sprague Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

Stylemaster College of Hair Design – Accredited

1224 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632

Summit Salon Academy – Accredited

3702 South Fife Street Suite B102
Tacoma, WA 98409

Tim's Beauty School – Accredited

22315 Highway 99
Edmonds, WA 98026

Tim's Beauty School – Accredited

22315 Highway 99
Seattle, WA 98026

Vegas Academy – Accredited

7635 Macarthur Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98664

Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

23 West First Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336

Vuu's Beauty School – Accredited

807 King Street
Seattle, WA 98104

Walla Walla Community College – Accredited

500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Washington Beauty School – Accredited

4811 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98116

Wenatchee School District – Accredited

235 Sunset Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Whatcom Community College

237 West Kellogg Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Zorganics Institute Beauty and Wellness – Accredited

410 West Bakerview Road Suite 112
Bellingham, WA 98226
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You must attend school in the state you want to practice in. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited school. Learn more about the requirements in your state.

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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Washington

Washington Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,600 education hours or 2,000 apprentice 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 Washington is $38,380 ($18.45/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 27% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

A new haircut can change someone's life and renew their self-confidence.

If you're excited to spend your career bringing out people's best features and helping them look great, cosmetology is the natural choice for you.

State License Requirements

1,600 Education Hours OR 2,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Once you've completed your training at a cosmetology school in Washington, your next stop is the Washington State Department of Licensing. They charge a $25 licensing fee. At this point, you should schedule your written exam and your practical exam. Passing these exams allows you to become a licensed cosmetologist.

Education Details

Before you get behind the salon chair with a pair of shears, you must be licensed and fully confident in your ability to provide professional, effective service. To qualify for a Washington beauty license, you need to go through at least 1600 hours of beauty education. Accredited state programs cover specific topics in their curricula.

Courses Taught at Beauty Schools in WA

  • Theory of cosmetology
  • Business practices
  • Manicuring and pedicuring
  • Esthetics services
  • Draping and brushing
  • Scalp manipulations
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Scalp and hair analysis
  • Hair cutting and trimming
  • Use of scissors, razors, thinning shears, and clippers
  • Cutting and trimming of facial hair
  • Wet, dry, and thermal styling
  • Braiding
  • Artificial hair
  • Permanent waving
  • Chemical relaxing
  • Hair coloring and bleaching
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • First aid

A good grasp of theory is important in this field, but it's even more important to know how to apply theory to cosmetology practice. You should get the chance to work with mannequins and a wide range of clients before you graduate.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology license renewal in Washington is required every 2 years on the date of your license issuance. The cost to renew a beauty practitioner's license or an instructor's license is $55 prior to expiration, or $110 if you renew past the expiration date. Cosmetology continuing education hours are not currently required to renew your license, but we do recommend cosmetology CEUs with the industry, in order to stay abreast of trends and changes.

Washington Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Washington

According to O*Net, demand for cosmetologists may increase 27% between 2016 and 2026 (2019). The average income for a Washington cosmetologist is $38,380 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

No matter where you are in Washington, you may have the chance to explore diverse and exciting beauty careers. In large cities like Seattle, there are hundreds of salons that serve everyone from babies getting their first haircuts to professionals who value reliability and efficiency. Whether you find that you prefer hairdressing, haircutting, or hairstyling, you may have the opportunity to use your unique talents in a rewarding beauty setting.

Contact the Washington State Board of Cosmetology

State of Washington Dept. of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program

Washington is making a mark as a state for those looking to become premier cosmetologists whether they’re independent or aligned with a shop. This is more than evident with notable salons in Seattle and Bellevue. Eager individuals will find a firm network to gain data from, thanks to these groups.

Washington State Department of Licensing
Professional Beauty Association
American Association of Cosmetology Schools


How to Become a Cosmetologist in Your State