Connecticut has some of the most naturally beautiful spots in the country. It’s also well-known for its booming hotel, resort and spas. That makes it a great place to learn all the secrets of becoming a professional cosmetology specialist.

If you want to spend a career going beyond makeup and learning real beauty secrets, Connecticut’s competitive cosmetology schools and programs can help you reach your goals.

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How Many Hours @ Cosmetology Schools in Connecticut Does It Take To Get Certified?

According to the Department of Health (link), all hairdresser specialists must complete a training course of at least 1500 hours. Though you’re licensed as a hairstylist, you also learn manicures, facials, and hair removal so your are what other states would classify as a “cosmetologist”. At 1500 hours the training is quite long and might be costly however there are a number of ways you can raise the necessary funds, including financial aid.

You might also choose an associate degree, which can take an additional 6-9 months, depending on your program. This covers courses in business management, hospitality, and more advanced techniques such as skin care and cosmetic surgery procedures. Find a school nearby using the form below:

How To Get Your CT License Once You’ve Graduated From Beauty School

After you’ve met your education requirements you are eligible for your license. You’ll need to submit your exam registration form and the exam fee.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive your exam information with your scheduled date and time. You need to pass the Connecticut cosmetology exam — a multiple choice exam that takes about 2 hours. Once you’ve passed, with a score of 70% or above, it will take less than two weeks to get your license.

Connecticut Reciprocity Agreement

If you are currently licensed as a cosmetologist, hairdresser or skin care specialist in another state, you may be be able to transfer your current license via license reciprocity. Your license must be in good standing, and you’ll need to submit a photograph, and the notarized application, as well as a fee payable to Treasurer, State of Connecticut.

Keeping Your License Current

You must renew your license every two years. There are no continuing education requirements. Simply pay the fee and submit your application online or by mail.

Employment in CT

Connecticut is the perfect place to start off your career in the beauty industry! With its natural beauty and high end spas, it is famous for attracting wealthy clients for relaxing weekends, or high end beauty treatments. Your school will likely have links to some great places to start on your job hunt.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, cosmetologist jobs are expected to increase by more than 10% for the period between 2019 and 2026!

In school, even if it is online beauty school, you’ll probably learn about the importance of keeping your skin hydrated and what products work well in beauty salons and at home.

A Glam Studio – North Haven

All Natural Beauty School of Cosmetology – Windsor

Creative Schools Manchester – Manchester

European Hair Academy – Hartford

Hair Academy on Main – East Hartford

Leon Institute of Hair Design – Bridgeport

Marinello Schools of Beauty formerly had many schools in CT but they are now all closed.

Susan & Susan School of Cosmetology – Southbury

Pawcatuck School-Hair Design – Pawcatuck

Renasci Academy of Hair Inc – Norwalk

New England School of Hairdressing – West Hartford

Stat Training Center – Bridgeport

Visions Academy – West Hartford

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

Did we miss any beauty schools in this list? Please let us know.