Cosmetology Schools in Alabama

Cosmetologists in Alabama are industry leaders in beauty trends and styles. In programs across the state, cosmetology students learn to cut, color and style hair, do manicures and nail art, apply classic or creative makeup, and some basics of esthetics and skin care. Safety and sanitation are also an important part of state cosmetology training.

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In 2017, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher had almost twice as much
median earnings per week than workers with only a high school diploma*.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics

44kb-cosmetology-schools-in-alabamaThe average cosmetologist salary in Alabama is about $19,860, and ranging from $16,130 to $34,360 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Figures show that Birmingham-Hoover is one of the top paying metropolitan areas in the country. The BLS estimates that job demand will grow by 14 percent through the year 2020.

Job Demand for Cosmetologists in Alabama

In order to obtain a license in Alabama, students must be at least 16 years of age and have a 10th grade education. To get a license, applicants must complete the state’s required training hours and then take and pass the written and practical exams. PSI provides the written exam and PCS the practical exam for Alabama, which only allows the exams to be taken in English.

  1. Cosmetologist License: 1500 Hours (3000 Apprenticeship)
  2. Esthetician license: 1500 Hours (3000 Apprenticeship)
  3. Nail technician license: 600 Hours (1200 Apprenticeship)
  4. Cosmetology instructor license: 3000 Hours
  5. Massage therapist license: 650 Hours

Renewal. Cosmetology licenses must be renewed every two years in odd years in the applicant’s birthday month. If the license is expired for 3 or more years, the applicant must re-take the practical exam. The cost is $80 to renew on time, or $130 if it is late.

To renew an Alabama cosmetology license, the following items are needed:
  1. Renewal form
  2. Fee
  3. Proof of continuing education hours
  4. Copy of current driver’s license
  5. 2×2 passport-style color photo

Cosmetology and Beautician Salary Ranges in Alabama

Depending on training, testing and length of licensure, the Alabama Cosmetology Board may accept a license from another state to qualify for an Alabama license. Applicants must request their certification be sent to the Alabama Cosmetology Board from their state.

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List of Top Beauty and Cosmetology Programs in Alabama


  1. Virginia College, Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile – 2 cosmetology majors. Associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees are offered. Excellent retention rate.
  2. Blue Cliff Career College, Mobile – 3 cosmetology majors. Great student retention rate.
  3. University Academy of Hair Design, Northport – 4 cosmetology majors. Outstanding retention rate.
  4. Remington College, Mobile – Associate’s degrees are available. Around 600 students are enrolled.
  5. George C Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Selma, Dothan – Associate’s degrees. Cheap on-campus housing option.
  6. J F Ingram State Technical College, Deatsville – Associate’s degrees are available. On-campus housing option.
  7. Bevill State Community College, Jasper – 2 cosmetology majors. Associate’s degrees. Cheap on-campus housing option.
  8. John C Calhoun State Community College, Tanner – 3 cosmetology majors. Associate’s degrees.
  9. Northwest Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals – 2 cosmetology majors. Associate’s degrees are available. Inexpensive tuition costs. Cheap on-campus housing.
  10. Central Alabama Community College, Alexander City – Associate’s degrees are offered. Affordable tuition rates.

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More Cosmetology Schools in Alabama

Name
Address
Website
Blue Cliff Career College2970 Cottage Hill Rd #175, Mobile, AL 36606http://www.blue.edu/
University Academy of Hair Design3400 McFarland Blvd, Northport, AL 35473http://uahairdesign.com
Remington College - Mobile Campus828 Downtowner Loop W, Mobile, AL 36609http://mobile.remingtoncollege.edu/
George C Wallace Community College5565 Montgomery Hwy, Dothan, AL 36303http://www.wallace.edu
J. F. Ingram State Technical CollegeElmore County, ALhttp://www.ingram.cc.al.us/
Bevill State Community College101 State St, Sumiton, AL 35148http://www.bscc.edu/
Calhoun Community College6250 U.S. 31, Tanner, AL 35671http://https://www.calhoun.edu/
Virginia College at Montgomery6200 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36117http://www.vc.edu/campus/montgomery-alabama-college.cfm
Northwest Shoals Community College800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661http://www.nwscc.edu/