COSMETOLOGY - SOUTH DAKOTA

Cosmetology
IN
South Dakota

People go to great lengths to look their best, and when you become a cosmetologist, you can help them reach their goals.

From new hair coloring options like ombre and bayalage to modern haircuts that use a whole slew of tools, cosmetologists make it all happen.

State License Requirements
2,100
Hours

When you make it to the end of your training, it’s time to make all your hard work pay off with a beauty license. The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission verifies your training hours and allows you to schedule your written and practical exams. After passing exams and paying an $80 licensing fee, you can become a cosmetologist.

Education Details

A solid career begins with the right education, which is why it is so important to find a South Dakota beauty school that meets your needs. Accredited programs offer programs of at least 2100 hours. During this time, you have to get sufficient training in specific subject areas, listed below.

Subjects Taught at Cosmetology Schools in SD

  • Infection control and safety procedures
  • Chemistry, bacteriology, anatomy, and physiology
  • Tinting, bleaching, highlighting, and tipping
  • Chemical hair relaxing
  • Haircuts
  • Hairstyling, wave shaping, thermal curling, pin curling, and wig styling
  • Shampooing
  • Braiding
  • Scalp care
  • Permanent waving
  • Nail technology
  • Massage of the scalp
  • Esthetics and facials
  • Business practices

Practical experience is a significant priority in beauty school. You start with mannequin heads to develop your technique and get comfortable working with hair. After completing a set amount of hours, you can work with clients under the supervision of instructors.

License Renewal
0
License Renewal Hours
1 Year
License Renewal Period

Cosmetology license renewal in South Dakota happens annually. You must renew your license by your birthday each year to keep your license valid. Cosmetology instructors are required to get 12 hours of cosmetology continuing education per year; most other cosmetology licenses do not currently have any continuing education requirements. You will have to complete CEUs if you want to offer microdermabrasion or electric nail filing services. Personal beauty practitioner licenses cost $20 to renew and instructor licenses cost $25 to renew.

Careers
$29,400 
Salary
6.00%
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Across the state, job openings for cosmetologists are expected to increase 6% between 2014 and 2024 (O*Net, 2016). On average, South Dakota cosmetologists earn $29,400 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). Your salary may depend on what type of salon you work at and how well you meet clients’ needs, since tips often make up a significant part of a cosmetologist’s income.

Working as a Cosmetologist

Career options vary all over South Dakota. In large cities like Sioux Falls, you may find a wide range of salons, spas, and eclectic beauty shops. Smaller areas are often home to nail salons, family salons, and privately owned salons.

State board Contact Information

South Dakota Cosmetology Commission
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone Number: 605-773-6193
Fax Number: 605-773-7175
E-mail Address: cosmetology@state.sd.us

The South Dakota Cosmetology Commission can answer questions about getting, transferring or renewing your South Dakota cosmetology license.

By some accounts, cosmetology is resurging in South Dakota. With that
future in mind, many take advantage of these resources to get their careers
started.

South Dakota Board of Barber Examiners
International SalonSpa Network
Professional Beauty Association