Texas beauty pageants are legendary. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the same is true for their cosmetology industry. If you love beauty, glamour and making people feel great, the first step is a course at one of Texas’ great beauty schools. To get your license, follow the steps on this page.

El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX – photo by Smguy101 [CC BY 3.0]

Hours Required To Graduate From Texas Cosmetology Schools

Cosmetology certification in the state is flexible, and designed to help you work toward a rewarding career whether in a big city like Austin or a smaller town like Killeen.

You can choose a 1500 hour college-level cosmetologist course, or 1000 hours of practical training, and 500 hours of high school level vocational training, if you have not completed a GED (incidentally, grade school beauty education is one of the best ways to get a free education). In some cases your training may be expensive but many schools offer scholarship or other financial aid.

You will study classes in everything from makeup training, to facials, to chemistry, and salon management.

You will also be instructed in courses on Texas rules and laws pertaining to salon management, safety, and sanitation. Check for a school close to you below:

Your Texas Beauty License

You apply to the board for a license at the same time that you apply for your exams. You must pass both a practical and written exam, administered by a third party, not your own educational institution.

You will also need to prove you are at least 17 years of age, and have completed GED certification at the time of applying for exams.

Once you’ve passed both exams, you will be issued a temporary 21-day permit. It’s non-renewable, and will allow you to immediately start work, while your license is still being processed.

If you’re looking to eventually work from home, or in between salons, you may want to register for a booth license or mini-salon license. Check the Texas State Board’s website for the legal requirements for having a mini salon.

Out-Of-State Licensees

For most states, you don’t have to complete any additional training or experience to transfer your license to Texas. Only Florida and New York require two years’ full time work experience. Check with the State Board for the out of state licensing requirements for your home state.

Cosmetology License Renewal in Texas

Your license should be renewed every two years up to the date of issue. There is a fee involved, and you will also need to prove 4 hours of continuing education per licensing period. At least one hour should be devoted to updating sanitation or safety courses.

Cosmetology Jobs In TX

Starting a career as a Texas cosmetologist will likely mean working in a salon.

If you’re interested in opening your own shop, or getting a booth, to give yourself some freedom, you will need a separate license.

Otherwise, you can check with your school, to see if it offers job placements. And check online with the Texas Workforce Commission to help you get started.

Central Texas Beauty College -Locally-owned cosmetology school offering cosmetology, manicuring and instructor training to those in the Austin Metro and Temple/Killeen area.  CTBC students pass State Board with flying colors, are well-prepared for the salon environment and graduate without any student debt.

Mims Classic Beauty College – The oldest cosmetology school in the state of Texas.  Since 1932 Mims has been launching careers with its proven teaching methods. Mims has been family owned for 83 years. Our small class sizes and affordable tuition make Mims the ideal school for a career in cosmetology.

DuVall’s School of Cosmetology – Located in Bedford, Texas, Duvall’s is a family-owned business dedicated to providing the training to develop the professional and business skills needed to succeed in the creative world of cosmetology. Offering courses in Advanced Esthetics, Cosmetology, and Instructor training.

Some Beauty Schools in Austin Texas and Other Cities

NameAddressCostOther Programs
I.T.S. Academy of Beauty793 East Park Row Arlington, 76010Estimated tuition and fees: $15,500Nail Technician
Milan Institute1580 George Dieter Drive, Suite 207, El Paso, 79936$16,300Spanish Cosmetology, Esthetician, Manicurist
Ogle School of Hair-Skin-Nails 2200 West Park Row Drive, Arlington, 76013$17,000Esthetics
Aveda Institute6001 Middle Fiskville Road Austin, 78752$16,000Esthiology
Virginia College5005 50th Street
Lubbock, 79414
Tri-State Cosmetology Institute 1120 Vista de Oro
El Paso, 79935
$14,000Esthetics, Manicurist

Diamonds Cosmetology College – Sherman

Salon Boutique Academy – Addison

The Salon Professional Academy – Georgetown

The Salon Professional Academy – Lewisville

The Salon Professional Academy – San Antonio

Remington College – Dallas – Garland

Remington College – Houston – Greenspoint

Remington College – Houston – Webster

Vista College – Beaumont

Vista College – Killeen

Vista College – Longview

Vista College – Lubbock

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


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