Hair Schools in South Carolina

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Upstate Barber Academy

1000 North Pine Street 29
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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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 South Carolina

South Carolina Hair Design Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 12 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in South Carolina is $20,230 ($9.73/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 13% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

What's the first thing you notice when you meet someone new? If you look at their hair and analyze the cut, color, and style, you may have a mind that's made for hair design.

Throughout South Carolina, customers want dedicated and passionate hair designers who can help them achieve the perfect look for them. Request information directly from the schools below to learn more about hair design programs in South Carolina.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a hair design license

To become a professional hair designer in the state of South Carolina, you will need to earn your cosmetology license. In addition to helping you work legally in the state, you will acquire skills in the areas of makeup, skincare and possibly salon management. There is really no downside to earning this license, if you ask us.

Education Details

Cosmetology programs in South Carolina explore various procedures and techniques used in hair design, so you should plan on spending at least nine months in school to earn your cosmetology license. Your instructors may start with basic non-chemical procedures like hair cutting and hair styling. While you master more advanced cutting and styling tips, your instructor may teach you how to color, relax, and curl hair. This requires you to learn about the many chemicals used in hair styling and how they work together. Practical experience should be a significant part of your education in this field. From the early stages of your education, you may work in the beauty school with real clients under the supervision of an instructor.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

12 Hours

Continuing education required

Once you earn your license you will need to renew it every other year, with a deadline of March 10th. The fee to renew is currently $52.

South Carolina Hair Design Careers


Average yearly salary for hair design in South Carolina

South Carolina has a fairly strong cosmetology industry, so this may be the ideal place for you to begin your career. Between 2016 and 2026, O*Net believes that job openings may increase by 13%. This growth rate is slightly higher than the national average (O*Net, 2012). Their data shows that the average salary for a South Carolina cosmetologist is $20,230 per year (O*Net, 2019).

The beauty industry is always changing and developing, so it's important to be flexible as you start your new career. Depending on where you choose to work, you may be expected to work nights and weekends to meet the needs of your customers. You may spend each day coloring hair, doing trims, or cutting hair, depending on what your appointments call for. If your salon is near a large urban area, you may even take walk-in clients. As you build your reputation and your experience, your days may become even busier.

Contact the South Carolina State Board of Cosmetology

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Hair stylists work with panache in South Carolina. The hair care industry has grown thanks to catering to all kinds of customers. Aspiring professionals looking to go into hair design have a couple of areas to satisfy their curiosity.

American Association of Cosmetology Schools

Hair Design
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