Nebraska is about more than just corn. The beauty salons, and skin care specialists in Nebraska are some of the best trained in the country. If you love makeup and hair, and want to help others you might want to look into becoming a cosmetology professional. Studying at recognized Nebraska beauty schools is just the start of a rewarding journey into an exciting field.

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Schooling & Qualifications To Become A Cosmetologist in Nebraska

If you are at least 17 years old, and have completed your high school education, you are eligible for your license in cosmetology. Before you can be licensed, you must complete a program of at least 2100 hours of training. For sure, that’s a lot of hours of study, but if you are passionate about the field the time will fly 🙂

The training is not free unless you do the course while still in high school.

This will include courses in:

  • skin care
  • electrolysis
  • salon management
  • makeup application
  • hair styling techniques

Your education will include hours spent in the classroom, as well as practical training, with mannequins, and then with real people. Use the app below to find a college near you:

Your Nebraska Cosmetology License

After you’ve finished your training, you’ll need to take your exams before you can be licensed.

Nebraska requires a written exam, as well as a state laws exam, which covers the laws and regulations relating to cosmetology.

To apply for the exam, you’ll need to provide proof of age, your record at your chosen school or program. Also required is any record of work in the health industry previously, which will be considered as part of your jurisprudence exam.


If you have a current license in another state, and at least 2100 hours training, you can apply for reciprocity to be licensed in Nebraska. If your training hours are less than 2100, you can replace 100 hours of training for each month of full-time experience, as long as the experience was gained in the last five years. You will also need to pay the fee to transfer the license.

License Renewal and CE For Nebraska Cosmetologists

Your license will need to be renewed each even-numbered year on December 31st. The state board requires at least 8 hours of continuing education during each licensure period to keep your license active. You’ll also need to pay a renewal fee with your application.

Working As A Cosmetologist in NE

Nebraska offers many opportunities for licensed cosmetologists.

You may choose to work at a salon, or fitness centre. You could decide to become a medical skin care technician, or open your own salon. You might even choose to take an additional 925 hour course, and become a licensed instructor! Whatever you choose, your future is sure to be bright. Start your career off on the right foot and check out what’s available online.

Also, did you know you can get an early start in your beauty training… at high school?

Some Nebraska Cosmetology Schools

NameAddress Tuition Other Programs
Capitol School of Hairstyling & Esthetics10803 John Galt Boulevard, Omaha, 68137$17,095Esthetics
Xenon Academy8516 Park Drive, Omaha, 68127$17,700Esthetics
Joseph's College - Lincoln Campus6810 P Street, Lincoln, 68505$19,000None
Fullen School of Hair Design1909 Broadway, Scottsbluff, 69361$3,800None
College of Hair Design304 South 11th Street, Lincoln, 68508$19,430Barber Arts, Esthetics
La' James International College1660 North Grant Street, Fremont, 68025$19,010Nail Technology, Esthetics

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