New York’s fashion industry is legendary! You don’t have to be a top designer, or have millions in the bank to be part of this thrilling scene. Study at a top cosmetology schools can start you on a path that includes luxury spas, high-end salons, even working movie magic. You don’t have to go to California to be a professional makeup artist! If this sounds exciting to you, keep reading to learn everything you need to know to begin your amazing new career.

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Education Requirements: Hours at New York Cosmetology & Hair Schools

In order to be licensed under the New York Cosmetology Board, you must complete 1000 hours of education and training. That may seem like a lot of hours, but some other states require more than 2,000! Less hours means less cost too. You may even pay nothing if you can manage to get your training through high school.

Your program may be at a licensed cosmetology school, or through a college degree program. But it will include courses on FDA Law, Safety and Health, Anatomy and Physiology, as well as practical courses on hair care, styling, makeup treatments, and skin treatments.

Get Your New York Cosmetology License

Once you’ve completed your education, you will need to apply to take your written and practical exam. This comes with a fee, and can be submitted online. You’ll need to pass the NIC written and practical exams with a 70% or higher in order to qualify for your license.


If you have a cosmetology license in another state you must check online to see if your state licensure qualifies under New York’s reciprocity license. If it does, you may apply following the instructions found online.

If not, you may apply for a New York license based on “education and experience.” You need to have accrued five years of licensed cosmetology work experience, and provide the original certification from the original licensing agency.

You may also be asked for tax return information to prove you have been working as a cosmetologist or beauty specialist.

How To Renew Your NY Beauty License

New York’s renewal cycle for a cosmetology license is four years. Currently, there are no continuing education requirements to have your license renewed. However, as you continue to impress your clients, you may choose to grow your skills with new courses, additional training, and sharpening your skills.

Once you have at least 2 years experience, you may also choose to become an instructor at a school training the next crop of hairstylists and makeup artists yourself.

Beauty Job Opportunities in NY

New York is full of job opportunities for a hard working beauty specialist. Whether you choose to work in a luxury spa upstate, or in the bustling fashion industry in the city, you will likely never fall short of job opportunities. It is common for your institution to help you find your first job. Or look online for that perfect start to an exciting new career!

Take a look at our page about why you should go to beauty school (in case you’re having doubts).

Some Hair Schools In New York | Cosmetology Schools

Name Address Tuition Other Programs
Arrojo Cosmetology School200 Hudson Street, New York, 10013$14,700Barbering
Grace International Beauty School136-31 41st Avenue 6th floor, Flushing, 11355UnknownEsthetics, Nail Technician, Waxing
Career School of Ny Inc350 Street Marks Place, Staten Island, 10301$12,845Esthetics and many more...
Ferrara's Beauty School108-22 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375UnknownEsthetics, Make Up
Westchester School Of Beauty Culture6 Gramatan Avenue 200, Mount Vernon, 10550UnknownEsthetics
Carsten Institute of Cosmetology290 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, 10017$14,516None

The Salon Professional Academy – Buffalo area / Tonawanda – At TSPA they teach innovation in all things hair, basic skin and nail care, knowledge of beauty business strategies, and training in client services. Their cosmetology program will help prep you for the board exam but, more importantly, for a long and fascinating career in beauty.

Elim Beauty School – Flushing – at Elim they teach their students to be more than just beauty graduates; they prepare them for real-world work in professional salons. Call to arrange an interview or tour.

Westchester School of Beauty Culture – Westchester School of Beauty Culture has been educating for careers in beauty for over 50 years. They are centrally located in lower Westchester servicing the surrounding areas. They are accredited by NACCAS and licensed by the NYS Education Department. Federal Financial Aid is available.

Did we miss any beauty schools in New York City or state? Please let us know.

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