Hair Schools in Pennsylvania

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200 Sterling Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Hair Design, Teacher Training

2370 Broadway Avenue
Hermitage, PA 16159

(724) 983-0700
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Hair Design, Teacher Training

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Bucks County School of Beauty Culture – Accredited

1761 Bustleton Pike
Feasterville, PA 19053

Scissor Candy

1716 Sansom Street Floor 2
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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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 Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Hair Design Careers At a Glance
  • 1,200 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 Pennsylvania is $29,060 ($13.97/hour). This is lower than the national average of $32,740 ($15.74/hour).
  • There is a predicted 9% job increase between 2018–2028 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national decline of 2%.

Pennsylvania has a diverse population in both large and small cities that give hair designers plenty of options for career opportunities. The first thing you need to do is compare a quality hair school training program. Upon completion, you can pursue your dream of working in a successful studio or opening your own soon-to-be-famous Pennsylvania salon. If you work hard enough, maybe you'll make the next list of the state's hottest salons and day spas. Go ahead and check out these renowned hot spots in Pittsburgh for inspiration!

If you're ready to start working the world of hair design in Pennsylvania, then you'll need to narrow your options for cosmetology school training. Fortunately, we have years of experience developing relationships with beauty schools in all fifty states. In that time, we've helped over two million students pursue their passion for beauty. All you have to do is use the search box at the top of this page or scroll through the listings below to view options in your area. But what if you just want some highlights of these programs and careers? Not to worry, just keep reading.

State License Requirements

1,200 Education Hours or 2,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a hair design license

If you have a passion for hair design and want to work professionally in the state of Pennsylvania, then you need to earn your cosmetology license. After completing the 1,250 hours of training and meeting the other state requirements you can obtain your license.

Education Details

If you want to succeed as a hair designer in Pennsylvania, then start by choosing the right curriculum in a program that aligns with your goals. This means you should consider programs that can teach you salon management and other business-oriented skills if that's your goal. It's also a good idea to speak with school advisors about ways they can help students like yourself transition to full-time employment after graduation.

Common Pennsylvania hair design courses:

  • Men's hair
  • Coloring
  • Women's cuts and styles
  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Interpersonal skills

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

You will need to renew your license by January 31st in odd or even-numbered years, depending on when you received your license. The fee for renewal is currently $67. Upon licensure, you can work as a hair designer, and include your additional skills on your menu of services you offer clients.

Pennsylvania Hair Design Careers


Average yearly salary for hair design in Pennsylvania

Hair stylists, also known as hair design specialists, work in a various hair salon franchises and privately owned small businesses across the state of Pennsylvania. In major cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, hair salons are especially popular and offer more job opportunities than elsewhere. Once prospective hair stylists complete their training and receive a certificate of completion, they will work as part of a work force of 656,400 individuals.

Contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology

Pennsylvania Department of State

Hair design has been regarded as a viable profession in Pennsylvania for decades. Thanks to the state’s own network of resources, individuals that want to pursue hair design careers have a good amount of information to start with.

Associated Hair Professionals
Association of Cosmetology Salon Professionals

Hair Design

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