Hair Schools in Alaska
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MetrOasis Advanced Training Center & Beauty School – Accredited
Anchorage, AK 99503
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.
- 1,650 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 Alaska is $24,600 ($11.83/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
- There is a predicted 3% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.
Hair styling and design is a creative field that lets you help other people by enabling them to look and feel their best. If you see yourself as creative and artistic, enjoy the area of beauty, and like helping people look and feel good, this could be a great career option for you!
Hair stylists and designers start by going to beauty school and studying all about hair and skin, as well as the latest cutting and styling techniques. Use our directory of beauty schools in Alaska to start your search for quality programs!
State License Requirements
Required to earn a hair design license
A typical school program lasts about nine months. To become a hair designer in Alaska, you must be licensed by the Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers in Cosmetology. The Board requires 1,650 hours of classroom time in order to be eligible for the license, and, upon completing your required hours, you must take and pass an exam testing both your theoretical and practical knowledge in cosmetology.
Most schools of hair design require that you hold a high school diploma or equivalent for entrance into their program, and when you graduate, you receive a certificate in cosmetology. Part of your beauty school program may include an apprenticeship, where you work under the supervision of a licensed professional practicing in the same area that you wish to practice in. Another route to becoming a hair designer is to earn your associate's degree. Students in associate's degree programs get even more depth of knowledge in the science of skin and hair, as well as in-depth knowledge of hair styling and design. With an associate's degree, you are likely to find even better job opportunities. You can check into the availability of associate's degree programs at your local community colleges.
License renewal period
Continuing education required
Alaska licensees must renew their licenses every odd-numbered year by the end of August. It costs $140 to renew a hairdresser specialist license as long as you renew by the due date. The cost goes up to $180 after August 31.
Alaska Hair Design Careers
Average yearly salary for hair design in Alaska
According to O*Net, the median income earned by hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Alaska in 2019 was $24,600. Most of the interest in hair designers comes from the larger cities, such as Anchorage and Juneau, but small cities and towns typically have beauty salons employing hair designers as well. And it may be possible to find employment in alternative settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living settings. If you know specialized hair design techniques, such as sculptural cutting and design, you may be able to earn a premium fee for that skill.
If you practice hairstyling and design in a salon setting, or even in one of the alternative settings such as a nursing home, you will have a number of tasks you are responsible for. In addition to the styling and design - the creative part of the job, you will need to keep the area around your work station clean and presentable at all times. You will need to provide consultation to clients and potential clients, as well as to management, and continue your education by taking additional courses, so that you can remain fresh and up-to-date. Being a good listener is a skill needed by every hairdresser and hair designer, as many clients like to talk while their hair is being done, and expect that you will listen and respond with empathy. You will need to handle chemicals and tools that are routinely used in the performance of your trade. Most hairstylists and designers have flexible schedules, allowing them to work either full or part time, and work around family responsibilities, making this a great career choice for a person with young children in the home. Evening and weekend hours may be necessary to fit in with your clients' busy schedules. If you are doing hair design for special events, such as weddings, you may need to travel to the clients' locations.
Contact the Alaska State Board of Cosmetology
The state of Alaska has seen modest increases in those looking to make a living in hair care over the past decade. Hair design for many there has proven to be a viable career path with great rewards. Anyone looking to be a part of it consults with these sources.