Hair Schools in Connecticut

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How to Become a Hair Designer in Connecticut

Connecticut Hair Design Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 10 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Connecticut is $30,610 ($14.71/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

Hair styling and design is a career that enables you to express your artistic and creative talents towards the satisfying goal of helping clients look good and feel good about themselves.

Your artistic work shows prominently in the attractive hair styles you are able to create that earn your clients compliments from friends and family on how good they look.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a hair design license

Individuals wishing to practice hair styling and design in the state of Connecticut will need to pass a licensing exam given by the Connecticut Board of Cosmetology. To be eligible to take the exam you will need to complete a minimum of 1500 hours of classroom instruction. There are several schools of cosmetology within the state, and some community colleges offer programs in cosmetology leading to a two year associate's degree. After you have completed the required classroom training, you will need to take a licensing exam consisting of both theoretical and practical tests. You will then be eligible to receive your license, after you have paid the requisite feel.

Education Details

The typical curriculum for hair design at a school of cosmetology in Connecticut will train you in hair cutting techniques, hair styling, the use of tools and products, different methods of hair coloring, highlighting, and shampooing and conditioning, and specialized techniques such as keratin-based hair straightening methods and permanent waves. You will also learn about how to behave professionally, sanitize your work tools, and satisfy clients so they will want to keep coming back.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

10 Hours

Continuing education required

Licenses must be renewed every two years, and to be eligible for renewal you must take ten credits of continuing education, although many hair designers find they take much more in order to stay current.

Connecticut Hair Design Careers


Average yearly salary for hair design in Connecticut

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Connecticut earned an average of $30,610 in 2019, according to statistical analyses reported by O*Net. As you gain experience and develop a reputation, along with a regular client base, your income potential grows along with you. And specialists in hair design may earn higher incomes if they specialize in elaborate, hard-to-do hair designs, or designs for special situations such as bridal parties, fashion and photo shoots. The field of hairdressing, hairstyling and cosmetology is expected to grow between 12% between 2016 and 2026, making this a career option with a good outlook for new graduates.

Hair designers engage in a number of different activities during the course of a day, and must be flexible individuals who can move comfortably from one activity to another. If you work in a salon or spa, clients will come in to see you, and you may perform shampooing and conditioning, haircutting, coloring, and other services as well as hair design. If you specialize in hair designs for special situations such as fashion and photo shoots, or bridal parties, chances are good that you will have to travel to the location of the even t to create the hair designs, so a willingness and ability to travel are necessary. In between clients, you will need to be cleaning and straightening your work station so it remains fresh and attractive for the next client you will see that day.

Contact the Connecticut State Board of Cosmetology

Department of Public Health

Connecticut’s hair care industry has proven itself to be a satisfying field to enter. The proliferation of salons and spas offering premium services in the state have stoked an economic fire. For those looking to learn the fine art of hair design, they look to these organizations.

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