Louisiana is home of great culture, great food, and, it turns out, great beauty schools! Cosmetology in Louisiana is an industry of growing popularity, with two of Elle’s Top 100 Salons right in New Orleans.

You’ll have plenty of options between skin care, nail care, and of course, hair styling, to embrace your love of beauty! If you can’t attend in person, nowadays there are more options for online beauty training.

Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge, LA by UrbanPlanet BR [CC BY-SA 3.0

Education Requirements For LA Beauty Schools

Louisiana’s Board of Cosmetology requires that you complete 1500 hours (which is about average length) in a board approved cosmetology school either full time or at nights and part-time. You’ll be given the opportunity to specialize in a variety of fields in the beauty industry. You may be able to get your start with beauty classes in high school!

Your courses will include skin care, manicure and pedicure, and hair styling and treatment. You’ll also be taking courses on business management, and Louisiana laws and regulations, to familiarize yourself with the laws you need to know to build your career, and even manage your own salon one day.

Once you’ve met your education qualifications, you will need to sit your exams, which is the next stage of getting your license.

Getting Your Louisiana Cosmetology License

As stipulated by the board, Louisiana cosmetologists are subject to the National NIC written and practical exams. You must achieve a grade of at least 75% on both exams in order to qualify for license.

You will also be required to take the state laws and regulations exams, to ensure you’re familiar with the requirements of owning and operating a salon in the state. You will be sent your results by email or online within two weeks.

Licensing Out-Of-State

If you already have a license in another state, you may be able to apply for a license by reciprocity. Check with the Board to see if your state requires an additional exam to qualify.

You must also pay the reciprocity application fee, proof of education, proof of current cosmetology license, and take the Louisiana Laws and Regulations exam.

How To Renew Your Louisiana Cosmetology License

Louisiana cosmetology licenses must be renewed every year. The renewal date is the last day of the month of the licensees birthday.

No continuing education requirements are needed to renew. Just pay the fee and fill out the application.

You may choose to get special permits for hair design or electrolysis, and expand your knowledge and your customer base as a result. Special licenses have their own renewal requirements, so check with the state board and cosmetology programs offered at your school.

Working Opportunities

Louisiana is an exciting place to work. Especially in an every-growing, customer-service based industry like cosmetology. You can find many ways into the beauty industry once you’ve gotten your license. You may choose to work in medical offices, department stores, high end salons, even in the film industry! Check out louisianajobconnection.com for your first steps into the industry!

Also, a list of 10 beauty products that many people rave about here.

Some Cosmetology Schools in Louisiana Compared (With Costs)

Name Address Tuition Other Programs
Pineville Beauty School1008 Main Street, Pineville, 71360$12,000Manicuring
Stevenson's Academy-Hair Design401 Opelousas Avenue, New Orleans, 70114$14,000Barber-Styling, Manicuring, Esthetics, Shampoo Assistant, Alternative Hair Design
South Louisiana Beauty College300 Howard Avenue, Houma, 70363$13,500Manicuring
Denham Springs Beauty College923 Florida Avenue Southeast, Denham Springs, 70726$14,500Manicurist
John Jay Beauty College2844 Tennessee Avenue, Kenner, 70062UnknownEsthetician, Manicuring
Pat Goins Beauty Schools1701 Old Minden Road, Bossier City, 71111UnknownManicuring, Esthetics

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

School websites:

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