Hair Schools in Hawaii

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Big Island Beauty Academy

74-5599 Luhia Street F1
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage – Accredited

110 East Kaahumanu Avenue Suite 201
Kahului, HI 96732
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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.

How to Become a Hair Designer in Hawaii

Hawaii Hair Design Careers At a Glance
  • 1,800 education hours or 3,600 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 Hawaii is $30,970 ($14.89/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%.

All aspects of hairdressing, including cutting, styling, coloring, highlighting, perming, and straightening are taught in hair design programs. If you enjoy styling your own hair, and that of friends and family, you might want to consider making a career of hair design in the state of Hawaii.

Hair design gives you a lot of options and potential directions that could spell a successful future!

State License Requirements

1,800 Education Hours OR 3,600 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a hair design license

All told, in Hawaii you need to complete 1,800 hours of education at an accredited education to be eligible for state licensure by the Hawaii Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Alternatively, you can choose to do your training as an apprentice to an experienced, practicing cosmetologist and complete 3,600 hours of supervised training.

Education Details

Most people interested in hair design get their training at beauty schools of cosmetology and hairdressing. These schools teach a wide variety of courses. Naturally, you will learn the skills needed for all aspects of hair care from shampooing and conditioning to the newest hair straightening techniques based on keratin treatments. You'll learn about skin, hair, and nails, both healthy and diseased. You will learn to use the tools and products hair designers rely upon to style hair. You will also learn about sterilization procedures and sanitation practices. Plus, there will probably be some coursework on the business of the hair care business.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Many states require hair designers to complete a full cosmetology program to meet state requirements. In Hawaii, students are fortunate that they can earn a hairdresser license to legally perform all types of hair services. Of course, if you want to include nail and makeup services in your offerings, a cosmetology program may make more sense. After completing a program with at least 1,800 training hours, and meet the other state requirements you can become licensed. You will need to renew every odd-numbered year, by March 31st and pay a $100 fee.

Hawaii Hair Design Careers


Average yearly salary for hair design in Hawaii

The average wage earned by hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists in the state of Hawaii in 2019, the last year for which such data were available, was $30,970, according to O*Net. Of course, this is just an average, and skilled professionals with specialty areas may be able to command a higher wage. Also, the longer you have been in the field, and the bigger your list of regular, returning customers, the more you can charge as well. Plus the field is growing at the steady rate of 12%, making opportunities good for new people entering the profession as well as for people wishing to move up in the field.

Hair designers work in a variety of settings, the most common being spas and beauty salons. They also offer their services at department stores, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and others. Some hair designers specialize in doing hair for certain events, such as weddings or fashion and photo shoots. There are individuals who style hair for television, film, and stage. And, in Hawaii, you have the opportunity to work with local residents, or with some of the many visitors to the beautiful islands who come year-round. What hair design professionals all have in common is that they work one-on-one with individual clients, designing a hairdo that is the most flattering for that individual's face and coloring. Working with individual clients means you have a certain amount of scheduling flexibility, although of course you must take into consideration your clients' scheduling needs. You will most likely have to work some weekend and evening hours. Still, you should be able to fit in your work with your home life and other outside obligations, and you could choose to work either part or full time. What is great about hair design is that your work advertises itself: it is walking around on top of other people's heads! Word of mouth is an important advertising medium for hair designers.

Contact the Hawaii State Board of Cosmetology

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

For those looking to have more intrepid career paths, hair design is shaping up to be a firm choice in the state of Hawaii. Local projections have seen more go into the field within the past decade compared to others. With those numbers in mind, potential professionals look into these resources for guidance.

Association of Cosmetology Salon Professionals
Professional Beauty Association

Hair Design

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