Yes there are plenty of places for an esthetician to go to school in Kentucky, but did you know its rich soil produces luxuriant bluegrass which is why Kentucky’s nickname is “The Bluegrass State”. In fact, Louisville is located in the the state’s bluegrass region.

If you like natural beauty KY is a good place to be a student as there are lots of outdoor opportunities including Mammoth Caves and many, many rivers and streams for paddleboarders and boaters.

Lexington downtown
Lexington downtown by Britt Selvitelle [CC BY 2.0]

Kentucky is also home to many respected educational institutions including Transylvania University, considered to be one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country.

High quality beauty schools abound as well and many teach skin care. Find out what training is necessary to become an esthetician below…

How to Get Your Kentucky Skin Care License

Kentucky esthetician education is stringent requiring at least 1,000 hours of training followed by exams before you get your license through the cosmetology board. Though some states allow for apprenticeship training most don’t have provision for it in the esthetics field — Kentucky is no exception.


Once you have your license you will be required to renew it annually. However, there is no continuing education requirement. But it is always a good idea to get professional upgrades — such as for medical aesthetics or through online training — whenever possible and if you are passionate about your profession CE should be something you want to do anyway!

Graduates in the field should have no problem finding employment as job outlook is good both in Kentucky and nationally with demand predicted to increase for the next 7 years. Most estheticians work in spas and salons but there are many chances for those with some chutzpah to start their own business.

Qualifications and costs for estheticians, esthetic salons, & esthetics instructor licenses in KY – pdf.

Some Kentucky Esthetician Schools

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Ideal Beauty Academy10213 Linn Station Road, Louisville, 40223Tuition $ 12,000.00
Registration Fee* $100.00
Books /Supplies* $1100.00
Tax $66.00
Total $ 13,266.00
Cosmetology, Nail Technology
Summit Salon Academy1300 East New Circle Road #110, Lexington, 40505Tuition - $7,800.00

Kit/Books - $1,295.00*

Enrollment Fee - $30.00

Permit Fee - $25.00

Total Cost - $9,150.00
Cosmetology, Nail Technology
Empire Beauty School5120 Dixie Highway, Louisville, 40216UnknownCosmetology, Hair Stylist
Louisville Beauty Academy1049 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204Tuition – Under $4700Cosmetology, Nail Technology
Bellefonte Academy of Beauty420 Belfonte Street # S2, Russell, 41169$ 2,400 including books and registration feeCosmetology, Nail Technology

Somerset Beauty College – 212 East Mount Vernon Street, Somerset 42501

P J’s College of Cosmetology – PJ’s has many campuses in in Kentucky and Indiana. They teach using the Pivot Point system of instruction. Through their programs they teach the skills necessary to pass board exams and become successful professionals but without losing sight of the importance of self-worth and the warmth of human relationships and communication.

Lexington Beauty College – 90 Southport Drive, Lexington 40503

The Salon Professional Academy – Lexington

Eden Beauty Institute – 905 North 12 St., Ste. 27, Middlesboro 40965

Louisville Beauty Academy – 1049 Bardstown Road, Louisville 40204 – LBA was started up with the intention to provide excellent beauty education at an affordable price. It is managed by Vietnamese immigrants but educates those of all races and creeds and takes part in activities related to supporting the immigrant community and Louisville community in general.

Did we miss any Kentucky esthetics institutes? Please contact us to let us know.

Other KY schools for nails, barbering, cosmetology and makeup.

URL Addresses

http://louisvillebeautyacademy.net/
https://www.edenschoolmiddlesboro.com/cources
http://www.bellefonteacademy.com/cirriculum2.html
http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/AH/Cosmetology_and_Esthetics.aspx
http://idealbeautyacademy.net/courses/
http://jennyleaacademy.com/aesthetics/
http://www.trendsettersabc.com/Contact_Us.html