Hair Schools in Washington
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Aveda Institute Portland, Vancouver Campus – Accredited
Vancouver, WA 98661
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.
- 1,600 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 Washington is $38,380 ($18.45/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
- There is a predicted 27% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.
The field of hair design is large and diverse, so it may be the perfect industry for you if you want to develop your creativity, spend your days working with customers, and learn some of the most in-demand styles in beauty.
If this sounds like the career field for you, contact the schools below to learn more about hair design schools in Washington.
State License Requirements
Required to earn a hair design license
The way to work as a hair designer in the state of Washington is through cosmetology training. This can benefit your career, since you will learn skincare, makeup artistry, and nail techniques, in addition to your hair training. If you pursue this path, you will need to complete a 1,600-hour minimum training requirement.
Of all the cosmetology fields, hair design tends to be one of the most extensive. For this reason, you may spend several months in school learning a variety of skills and developing your knowledge. You may begin with fairly simple techniques, like hair cutting and using styling tools. Once you demonstrate your ability to work carefully and with precision, you may move on to using chemicals to color, perm, and straighten hair. As you develop your skills, you may spend more and more of your time working with customers.
License renewal period
Continuing education required
After you complete your license process, you will need to keep up with the renewal process to remain in good standing with the state. Currently, cosmetology license holders need to renew every two years, and pay a $55 fee.
Washington Hair Design Careers
Average yearly salary for hair design in Washington
Throughout the state of Washington, there is a growing demand for skilled stylists and hair designers. In fact, O*Net expects job openings in this field to increase by 27% through the year 2026. They claim that the average salary for a Washington hair designer is $38,380 per year (O*Net, 2019). As you build your reputation and gain experience, you may be able to increase your earning potential accordingly.
The days of a hair designer can be extremely different, depending on the season, the day of the week, and the shift. For example, if it is wedding season, you may spend much of your time with bridal parties and brides. If you work during the day, you may have an entirely different client base than a hairstylist who works mostly nights. No matter what, flexibility is essential. You should be able to work nights, and weekends, and even holidays as needed.
Contact the Washington State Board of Cosmetology
- 405 Black Lake Boulevard Southwest, Olympia, WA 98502
- Website: State of Washington Dept. of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program
- Email: DOLCosmo@dol.wa.gov
- Call: 360-664-6626
- Fax: 360-664-2550