It’s true that Indiana is more known for NASCAR than for beauty, but it certainly isn’t lacking for the latter!

If you have a passion for hair and makeup you might look into a career via training at beauty schools. Cosmetology is a career on the rise, with projections of growth in almost every state, including Idaho.

Starting a new job as a cosmetologist is as easy as choosing the right college! If you are interested in getting a taste of what it is like explore ideas for getting some free beauty training.

Downtown Muncie, In
Downtown Muncie, In

How To Get Trained At Indiana Beauty Schools… How Long Will It Take?

Indiana’s education requirements are designed to help you build your business. So you can decide whether to work at an existing establishment, freelance, or even open your own salon.

Your course will take at least 1500 hours, and include courses on hair colouring, sanitation, and business. You’ll also learn the Indiana state laws for cosmetologists and hairdressers.

You must be at least 18 years old and have a 10th grade education when you finish the course. Find a program nearby by using your ZIP:

Once you’ve completed the course, your school will apply on your behalf after you take a final practical exam to complete your course. If you have achieved a 75% or higher on your practical, you can take your licensing exam.


Once your schooling is completed and you’ve passed the practical exam, you’ll need to finish the written exam for the Indiana State Board. You must make the reservation by phone for your nearest testing site, or go online to schedule. You’ll need to pay the exam fee, and pass with a 75%. The exam is 135 minutes long. The handbook is available online, on the state board’s website.


You can also check online for information on license reciprocity. If you are moving to Indiana from another state, you can apply for reciprocity if the state you currently have a license in has the same or higher educational requirements. If the requirements are deemed lower, you may substitute 1 year of licensed practice for 100 hours of education. That is if you have been working as a beauty pro in another state.

License Renewal

Cosmetology licenses must be renewed every four years from the date of issue. There are no continuing education requirements. You pay your fee and submit your renewal application. You can submit online or by mail.

Getting Your First Job

The future looks bright for new cosmetologists in Indiana! The Indiana Department of Workforce Development promises a growth in job openings for hairstylists and cosmetologists over the next few years. And though Indiana isn’t known for glamour, it is home of some top salons which is perfect for learning your craft before opening your own business!

Check out GENEVA Hair Studio in Irvington, or Domu in Indianapolis. Or take a look at for an idea of where to get employed in your exciting new career!

ABC Beauty College – Indianapolis

CHT Institute For Hair – Marion

Classic College of Beauty – La Porte

Cosmetology Spa Academy – Marion

David Demuth Institute-Cosmetology – Richmond

Don Roberts School of Hair Design – Schererville

Evansville Tri-State Beauty College – Evansville

Hair Designs By Mr. H Beauty College – Brownsburg

Hair Force Cosmetology Academy – Seymour

Heavenly Hair School of Cosmetology – Alexandria

Ideal Beauty Academy – Jeffersonville

Indiana’s Premier Hair Academy – Indianapolis

Jasper Cosmetology and Spa Institute – Jasper

Michigan City Beauty College – Michigan City

Options Beauty School – Bedford

Regency Beauty Institute – NOW CLOSED

Thompsons College-Cosmetology – Rockville

Tri-State Beauty College – Evansville

Paul Mitchell – Indianapolis

P J ‘s College of Cosmetology – Richmond

P J ‘s College of Cosmetology – Carmel

P J ‘s College of Cosmetology – Clarksville

P J ‘s College of Cosmetology – Greenfield

P J ‘s College of Cosmetology – Indianapolis

P J ‘s College of Cosmetology – Muncie

P J ‘s College of Cosmetology – Plainfield

The Salon Professional Academy – Anderson

The Salon Professional Academy – Evansville

The Salon Professional Academy – Kokomo

Other schools for estheticians, nail techs and barbers.

School Websites: – Anderson – Evansville

Did we miss any cosmetology schools in Indiana? Please let us know.