Skin care and beauty are becoming more important as the population ages. You may consider yourself an expert on the best beauty techniques out there. But if you want to turn that into a great career, you’ll want a degree or diploma from an institution to prove it! It’s not just about pride, either. Beauticians, especially those who continue to grow their skills after they graduate, can earn a fantastic living working in the spas and salons of Arkansas!

Little Rock, AR high school
Little Rock, AR high school

Time Required to Finish A Program at Beauty Schools In Arkansas

Cosmetology programs in Arkansas may be at the junior college, vocational school or dedicated cosmetology schools. Generally public schools will be less expensive than private schools. You may be able to cut costs further if you start your training in high school.

Before you start, though, you’ll be asked to prove 2 years of high school education, and your age and identity. You will also need to be 16 years old.

There are either certificate or diploma programs. You will study a 1500 hour course that includes manicure and pedicure techniques, hair and makeup, and even skin care treatments.

An associate degree may also include business practices, and advanced esthetics and plastic surgery techniques and may be a little more challenging. To expand your skills, you might choose to complete 350 hours of electrolysis training, but that should come in addition to the 1500 hours you need for your degree. You also need to be 18 for an electrolysis license.

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Getting Your Beauty License in AR

The Arkansas Department of Health Cosmetology Section (website) requires you pass the NIC exams once you’ve finished your education. That means one practical and one theory exam. You apply and pay your fees, and you can schedule your exams online or by phone.

Once you’ve passed with 75% or higher, you are automatically licensed and can begin working as a beauty specialist!


Arkansas has reciprocity agreements with any state whose licenses have comparable requirements. You’ll need to prove your education included at least 1500 hours of study. You will also need to pay the application fee. If you got your license through an apprenticeship, you may not be eligible for an Arkansas license without an exam.

License Renewal For Cosmetology in Arkansas

You should renew your license every two years. Date of renewal is on your birthday. There are no continuing education requirements. But many Arkansas cosmetologists open their own salons and spas, so courses in customer service fields and small business may be helpful as you grow.

Get The Perfect Job After Graduation

The pay for Arkansas cosmetologists is growing as the beauty industry grows.

As you’ve seen, there are plenty of options for working as a cosmetologist, electrolysis specialist, and even cosmetology instructor.

With the growing number of beauty schools, spas, medical and cosmetic surgery offices available in Arkansas, a quick look online will offer plenty of options to start your new and exciting career!

Still having doubts about studying cosmetology?

Bee Jay’s Hair Styling Academy – Little Rock

Blackwood Beauty School – Pocahontas

Cosmetology School of Designing Arts Matrix Academy – Jonesboro

Arkansas Beauty College – Russellville

Arkansas Beauty College – Conway

Arkansas Beauty College – Little Rock

Arthur’s Beauty College – Conway

Arthur’s Beauty College – Fort Smith

Arthur’s Beauty College – Jacksonville

Arthur’s Beauty College – Pine Bluff

Career Academy of Hair Design – Fayetteville

Career Academy of Hair Design – Rogers

Career Academy of Hair Design – Siloam Springs

Career Academy of Hair Design – Springdale

Lighthouse Career Academy – Harrison

Lynndale’s Fundamentals-Beauty – El Dorado

Margaret’s Hair Academy – Russellville

Marks-to Beauty Academy – Pine Bluff

Marsha Kay Beauty College – Mountain Home

Mary Lynne’s Beauty School – Texarkana

Mena Cosmetology College – Mena

The Salon Professional Academy – North Little Rock , AR

Thelma’s Beauty Academy – Little Rock

Other Arkansas schools for makeup artists, estheticians, nail techs and barbers.

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