Esthetician Schools in Iowa

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Aveda Institute – Accredited

6905 Mills Civic Parkway #120
Des Moines, IA 50266

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Capri College – Accredited

2945 Williams Parkway Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Capri College – Accredited

2540 East 53rd Street
Davenport, IA 52807

Capri College – Accredited

395 Main Street
Dubuque, IA 52004

Capri College – Accredited

2323 Crossroads Boulevard
Waterloo, IA 50702

Iowa School of Beauty – Accredited

3320 Line Drive
Sioux City, IA 51106

Iowa School of Beauty – Accredited

3305 70Th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

La James International College – Accredited

6322 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

La James International College – Accredited

227 East Market Brewery Square
Iowa City, IA 52245

La James International College – Accredited

8805 Chambery Boulevard
Johnston, IA 50131

La' James College of Hairstyling – Accredited

5205 North Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52806

La' James College of Hairstyling – Accredited

24 Second Street Northeast
Mason City, IA 50401

La' James International College – Accredited

4444 1st Avenue Northeast Suite 410 & 12
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

La' James International College – Accredited

2419 5th Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

PCI Academy – Accredited

309 Kitty Hawk Drive
Ames, IA 50010

PCI Academy – Accredited

1550 South 1st Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

World of Beauty Academy – Accredited

3409 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320
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How to Become a Esthetician in Iowa

Iowa Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 8 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • Average salary for estheticians in Iowa is $31,550 ($15.17/hour). This is lower than the national average of $34,090 ($16.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 14% job increase between 2016-2026 for estheticians. This is higher than the expected national growth of 11%.

As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep. In the world of esthetics, that is completely true! Estheticians offer dozens of different services to clients that make the most of their natural beauty and enhance their gorgeous features.

As an Iowa esthetician, you could offer reflexology to stressed out professionals, use eyelash extensions to make someone's eyes stand out, or get rid of unwanted body hair through waxing or sugaring.

State License Requirements

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

You've completed your training and you know you have what it takes to start working independently as an esthetician. Your next stop is the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. They verify your school hours and allow you to take your licensing exams. With passing scores on your exams, fee payments, and an approved application, you can get your Iowa esthetics license.

Education Details

Education is one of the most important parts of earning an esthetician license in Iowa. To qualify for a license, you need to get at least 600 hours of training at a licensed skin care training program. Over the course of your training, you should learn about skin care theory, tools, procedures, and techniques. Many topics are mandatory in the state of Iowa.

Required Training Topics

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Skin types and textures
  • Skin growth
  • Theory of esthetics
  • Peels
  • Face washing
  • Scrubs
  • Manual, electrical, and chemical facials
  • Safe use of equipment
  • Chemistry of products
  • Moisturizing of skin
  • Safety, sanitation, and disinfection

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

8 Hours

Continuing education required

A licensing fee is required every 2 years to keep the license valid in the state of Iowa.

Iowa Esthetics Careers


Average yearly salary for esthetics in Iowa

Overall, job openings for Iowa skin care specialists are expected to increase 14% between 2016 and 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for an Iowa esthetician is $31,550 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

An esthetician can use her skills in any number of environments within the beauty industry. She may perform facials and laser hair removal in salons. She may offer services such as microdermabrasion in skin care clinics. She may even work for luxury resorts and travel liners that offer pampering services to their clientele.

Contact the Iowa State Board of Esthetics

Iowa Department of Public Health
Esthetics/Skin Care

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