Hairstylist Training Cost

How much does hairstylist training cost?

The scope for employment in the world of hairstyling is one that has always been broad and variable, for there are many areas of the market that require different skills. There are many courses that you can take if you wish to follow a career as a hairstylist, and the costs can vary depending on the course itself, the level of training and location of the place of study.

General Cost

• If you choose to follow the college route there are many possible options – check the colleges in your local area for details – and you can expect course fees to be somewhere between $5000 and $10000 for a course that leads to the first stage of qualification, the associate’s degree.
• For further training – leading to higher qualifications and more comprehensive tuition – you should expect to pay anywhere up to $20000 for the full course.
• You may consider taking one of the industry recognised courses as these are widely accepted as being among the best in the business; check out - for information on the courses available from them, which you can expect to cost at least $17000 for a comprehensive full program.
• Any course should include the basics of hair cutting and colouring, styling and hair care. More comprehensive courses may stray into the beauty area with skin care and makeup application included.

Extra Cost

• Every hair stylist in every state needs to be licensed, by law, in the USA. The licence cost varies per state, but will on average cost you around $100 with renewal after a set period – usually two to three years – costing the same.
• When studying you will need to pay for accommodation – check with the institution concerned for their advice on where to live when studying.
• You will also have to pay for your exams, with costs varying per state between $75 and $150.
• Added costs of equipment must also be factored in – ask your institution for advice on discounted deals.


• You may qualify for state aid – check here - - for advice.
• There may be scholarships or further grants available – check with your institution for advice.


• Make sure you look for the best possible deal, and look for colleges that allow non-residents to become student residents for extra cost savings.
• Start with the basics and add to your learning – this way you minimise costs if you change your mind at any point.

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