Beauty Schools and Cosmetology Schools in Boston, MA

Are you ready to start a career in one of the most versatile industries in Massachusetts? Consider becoming a cosmetologist, esthetician, or nail technician. Boston can be a great city for cosmetology students; not only is it the largest city in Massachusetts, it is the largest city in all of New England.

Consult our list of cosmetology schools in Boston to find a school that can meet your educational needs. Whether you want to attend a school that specializes in one beauty field or a full-fledged cosmetology school, you can get the education you need in Boston.

Beauty Salaries in Boston

One of the benefits of living in a large city is the higher salary you may be able to earn. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following salary ranges for different beauty professions:

  • Cosmetologists and hairdressers: $18,170 to $58,420
  • Manicurists: $18,180 to $33,130
  • Shampooers: $17,530 to $27,030
  • Skincare specialists: $27,000 to $59,910

There are lots of factors that can influence your income. Your income can increase substantially with experience and seniority. In addition, the more regular clients you get, the more gratuities you may earn. The amount of money you can earn is also dependent on whether you are a salon employee, a contractor that rents a salon chair, or a salon owner.

License Requirements in Massachusetts

The work of all cosmetology professionals is licensed by the Board of Registration of Cosmetologists. Massachusetts maintains a set of education requirements for each cosmetology specialty:

  • Cosmetologists: 1,000 hours
  • Estheticians: 300 hours
  • Nail technicians: 100 hours

The licensing process in Massachusetts is slightly different than the process in other states. After passing the Board-required skills exam and written exam, you receive a license that is good for one year. Once you have renewed your license one time, you only need to renew it every two years.

Getting Around and Networking

You may be wondering how you can get around a large city like Boston, especially on a student budget. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has subway service, bus service, and commuter rail service. If you plan on using the subway or bus, you can benefit from the MBTA's student rates.

As you prepare to start your education, it's important to realize that networking is a big part of your new career. By surrounding yourself with successful beauty professionals, you can learn from them and be the first to know about new techniques in the field. Look into joining a local professional organization, such as the Cosmetology Association of Massachusetts.

Also consider these nearby beauty schools. View Springfield, MA, Worcester, MA and Providence, RI.


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Mansfield Beauty Schools has provided Cosmetology education for over 107 years. Our History and Experience prepares our students to successfully complete the state required curriculum in order to prepare our students for licensure and entry level employment.

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