Beauty Schools and Cosmetology Schools in Denver, CO

The capital city of Colorado, Denver is home to a bustling community of people who always want to look their best. They rely on the services of cosmetologists, barbers, and other beauty workers to offer them the newest techniques and hottest styles.

If you want to become part of Denver's thriving beauty industry, you can start by attending a cosmetology school in the area. Our list of schools gives you many options, from dedicated specialty schools to larger cosmetology schools that house multiple programs.

Beauty Salaries in Denver

Denver beauty professionals earn a wide variety of salaries. As a new cosmetologist, you may earn a lower salary. However, as you gain experience and seniority, you can significantly increase your earning potential. These are the salary ranges for popular beauty jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • $17,320 to $54,620 for cosmetologists
  • $17,630 to $39,110 for manicurists
  • $16,890 to $55,070 for skincare specialists

Your salary also depends on what type of job you accept. If you jump into business ownership as a salon owner, your income potential will be far different than if you work for a salon or rent a chair. Those who work for a salon or who rent a chair at a salon may earn tips on top of their regular income.

License Requirements in Colorado

In Denver, the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure licenses beauty professionals. The career you decide to pursue determines how many educational hours you must complete:

  • Cosmetologist: 1,800 hours
  • Barber: 1,500 hours
  • Hairstylist: 1,200 hours
  • Esthetician or nail technician: 600 hours

The Board will award you your license after you pass the required written and skills exams. Most licenses expire on March 31 of even-numbered years. Cosmetology licenses expire on April 30 of even-numbered or odd-numbered years, depending on when you receive your license.

Getting Around and Networking

The Transportation District of Denver offers affordable public transit services to people all over the Denver metropolitan area. The RTD offers bus and light rail service around-the-clock. They have a CollegePass that permits you to travel even more affordably.

Since Denver has such a large beauty industry, you can help start your career by networking with other beauty professionals in your area. There are beauty associations all over the country, many of which have lots of members in the Denver area. Consider joining the Professional Beauty Association, one of the largest cosmetology associations in the country. In addition to networking, cosmetology associations can give you access to continuing education events and industry updates.

Also consider these nearby beauty schools. View Aurora, CO, Fort Collins, CO and Littleton, CO.


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Littleton-South Lakewood, CO

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Arvada, CO

Our mission is to give the student the knowledge they will need to be successful not only in their skills but in their business ventures and dealings.
Aurora-Denver, CO

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Thornton-Denver, CO

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Colorado Springs, CO

TONI&GUY has established learning facilities that produce talented and well-trained hairdressers and color technicians for salons across North America.

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