Do you dream of a life in the beauty industry? Kansas has fantastic schools – part-time and full-time – that can get you the education you need to create your own career path in cosmetology.

Whether you love the idea of being a skin care specialist, or are simply a huge fan of the beauty industry, and looking for a way to turn your passion for fashion and makeup into a rewarding career, the first place to start is getting your license.

Kansas’ many beauty schools can help you find your way in this ever-growing industry. Who knows where you’ll end up – here’s a map so you can think about it :D?
Kansas map for cosmetology school locations

Kansas Hour & Class Requirements At Beauty School

Kansas is home to some of the best cosmetology schools in the US. The Kansas State Cosmetology Board requires you to finish 1500 hours of training, and cover topics ranging from facial and skin care, manicuring, and hair cutting and coloring.


You must be at least 17 years old, and have completed a high school diploma (and maybe have already done some beauty classes in high school) or equivalent. At a good cosmetology school, you’re sure to find plenty of interesting and exciting subjects to study. You can even take continuing education classes for advanced techniques and trends!

Get Your Kansas Cosmetology License

You will need to take two exams to be licensed as a cosmetologist. The written and practical exams are designed to test your knowledge on both the theoretical knowledge of anatomy and disease and bacteriology, and your practical knowledge of cutting, coloring and styling hair, and practical makeup application.

You will need to schedule your exams yourself, and you must score 75% or higher on both exams to pass. Your exam results will be posted two weeks after you take your exams, and you will be able to apply for licensing.

Licensing For Those From Other States

If you currently hold a license in good standing at another state, you may qualify for licensure in Kentucky. To do that, you must have the licensing board in your home state submit proof of your license, your completed education hours, and work experience to the KS Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists.

If your home state requires fewer hours than Kansas, you may be required to sit the Kansas theory exam.

Renew Your Kansas Cosmetology License

Your license expires every two years on your birth month. You must renew your license by the last day of the month, or you will be required to pay additional fees. Permanent makeup artists and cosmetology instructors must submit to continuing education hours, but most cosmetologists are not required to take any additional courses.

Beauty Industry Employment In KS

Kansas’ beauty scene is a great place to build your skills and develop clients.

Work with your school to help you land your first jobs, and polish up your customer service skills to create a comforting environment your clients will love.

However you choose to build your skills, there’s always room for growth. You may even decide to take the extra courses, and become a cosmetology instructor. Check out one of Kansas’ great job search sites, to help you on your way.

… so how much does school cost anyway, and how will you pay for it, and generally speaking just how long will the training take?

Some Beauty Schools in Kansas City & Other KS Cities

NameAddressTuitionOther Programs
Entourage Institute of Beauty and Esthetics12004 West 95th Street, Lenexa, 66215$18,900Esthetics
ICC Cosmetology2615 West Main Street, Independence, 67301UnknownMany
Mitsu Sato Hair Academy9062 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, 66212$16,100Esthetics, Make Up
Hays Academy of Hair Design115 South 5th Street, Salina, 67401$13,200Nail Technology
Creative Image School of Cosmetology1215 East Santa Fe Street, Olathe, 66061UnknownNone
Johnson County Community College: Cosmetology School and Salon 9780 West 87th Street, Overland Park, 66212UnknownMany

Hays Academy of Hair Design – A world class hair design school with campuses in Hays and Salina, Kansas, Hays Academy of Hair Design strives to provide a progressive cosmetology education that will prepare students for a career in cosmetology while enhancing maximum personal potential. Providing a world class education in cosmetology, nail technology since 1981.

Mitsu Sato Hair Academy – Cosmetology School, Mitsu Sato Hair Academy, is owned and operated by Kansas City salon owner and hairstylist who has over 35 years experience working in the business, not affiliated with any large corporations or “chain schools”. We have smaller class sizes, allowing for more individualized and one on one training.

Z Hair Academy – Lawrence, Overland Park – A successful career begins with a solid education.  Our focus is on you, the student.  We provide a comprehensive training program that allows the student to build strong technical abilities as well as the people skills needed to create a loyal clientele and excel in the beauty industry.  A beautiful career is waiting for you!

Fort Scott Community College – The Cosmetology & hair program at Fort Scott Community College offers a wonderful education using the amazing Pivot Point curriculum for up to 80% less than private schools. Our Cosmetology program offers certificates in both Cosmetology and Manicuring, but students may also earn an Associate in Applied Sciences.

Other Kansas schools for nail technicians, estheticians, barbers and makeup artists


Some School Websites:
cravebeautyacademy.com
entouragebeauty.com
ericfisheracademy.com
xenonacademy.net
zhairacademy.com
fortscott.edu

Did we miss any cosmetology schools in Kansas and hair schools in Wichita in this list? Please let us know.