Cosmetology Schools in Arkansas

If you're obsessed with beauty and love makeovers, why not consider a career in cosmetology? This line of work offers a stable salary, freedom in your work schedule, and the ability to do what you love while making an income.

But before you can start working in a salon, you'll need to complete your cosmetology education. Browse our list of cosmetology schools in Arkansas below, or skip ahead to check out the state's cosmetology licensing requirements and job outlook.

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Academy of Professional Cosmetology – Accredited

2600 West Hudson Road Suite A
Rogers, AR 72756

Academy of Salon and Spa – Accredited

311 South 16th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Arkansas Beauty College – Accredited

109 North Commerce Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801

Arkansas Beauty School – Accredited

8521 Geyer Springs Road Unit 30
Little Rock, AR 72209

Arkansas State University Three Rivers

1 College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104

Arkansas State University

7648 Victory Boulevard
Newport, AR 72112

Arkansas Tech University

1509 North Boulder Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801

Arkansas Technical School – Accredited

200 East Washington Avenue
North Little Rock, AR 72114

Arthur's Beauty College – Accredited

2320 Washington Avenue
Conway, AR 72032

Arthur's Beauty College – Accredited

2000 North B Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Arthur's Beauty College – Accredited

2600 John Harden Drive
Jacksonville, AR 72076

Arthur's Beauty College – Accredited

1903 Grant Avenue Suite K L M
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Beauty School

1058 Highland Circle
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Benton Beauty Academy

920 Edison Avenue Suite 8
Benton, AR 72015

Career Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

4310 West Martin Luther King Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Career Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

1000 Phoenix Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901

Career Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

2100 West Hudson Road Suite 10
Rogers, AR 72756

Career Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

821 South Mount Olive
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Career Academy of Hair Design – Accredited

346 East Robinson Avenue
Springdale, AR 72764

Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute

1700 New Castle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335

Delta Designs Cosmetology School

103 South Avalon
Memphis, AR 72301

Delta Designs Cosmetology School

671 Addison Drive
Wynne, AR 72396

East Arkansas Community College

1700 Newcastle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335

EK Professional Permanent Cosmetics

11908 Kanis Road G6
Little Rock, AR 72211

Hot Springs Beauty College – Accredited

100 Cones Road Hot
Hot Springs, AR 71901

New Beginnings Beauty Academy – Accredited

1609 West 26th Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Northern Technical College – Accredited

2215 East Harding Suite 8 & 9
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

4156 North Steele Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

4201 East McCain Boulevard North
Little Rock, AR 72117

Phillips Community College

1000 Campus Drive
Helena, AR 72342

Professional Cosmetology Education Center – Accredited

460 North Washington Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730

Searcy Beauty College – Accredited

1004 South Main Street
Searcy, AR 72143

Simpson Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

501 North First Street Suite B
Jacksonville, AR 72076

Southern Arkansas University Tech

6415 Spellman Road
Camden, AR 71701

The Arkansas Career Development Center

200 Reserve Street
Hot Springs, AR 71902

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

13125 Highway 107
Sherwood, AR 72120

University of Arkansas Community College

13000 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR 72503

University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College

3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118

Velvatex College of Beauty Culture – Accredited

1520 Martin Luther King Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202

Westark Barber College

16012 US-71
Greenwood, AR 72936
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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Arkansas

Arkansas Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Arkansas is $31,080.
  • There is a predicted 5% job increase between 2018-2028 for cosmetologists.

In Arkansas, a cosmetologist is a beauty professional providing treatments to enhance a client's appearance, such as haircutting and styling, hair removal services, facials, and nail care. To become a cosmetologist in Arkansas, you'll need to fulfill certain requirements, which include:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete two years of high school or the equivalent
  • Complete 1,500 cosmetology training hours, including one hour of domestic violence and sexual assault training
  • Pass a written and practical exam and pay the $65 practical exam fee and $60 written test fee

Applicants must also submit a pre-licensure criminal background check petition. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving dishonesty or related to the practice or teaching of the cosmetology industry will be barred from earning a cosmetology license unless the applicant can demonstrate to the board that they have been sufficiently rehabilitated.

Other crimes, like theft or prostitution, also bar a person from receiving a cosmetology license. Applicants can, however, submit a waiver request to the state board.

The following crimes will permanently disqualify a person from licensure:

  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility
  • Rape
  • Sexual extortion
  • Sexual assault
  • Incest
  • Endangering the welfare of an incompetent person or minor
  • Adult abuse
  • Arson

Cosmetologist Salary and Projected Job Growth in Arkansas

$31,080

Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Arkansas

The outlook for beauty professionals is positive, with jobs for cosmetologists in Arkansas expected to grow by 5% between 2018-2028.

In Arkansas, salaries for cosmetologists ranged from $26,080 to $46,570 in 2021, depending on location, type of services provided, and years of experience. On average, cosmetologists in Arkansas earn $31,080 annually or an hourly wage of $14.94.

Median salaries for cosmetologists in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in Arkansas are:

Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas 2021 Median Salary
Memphis, TN-MS-AR $29,370
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR $29,320
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO $26,560
Jonesboro, AR $24,040
Texarkana, TX-AR $24,040
Fort Smith, AR-OK $23,370
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area $23,240

Table information sourced from O*Net (2022)

What to Expect From a Cosmetology Program in Arkansas

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Before taking your licensure exam, you must complete 1,500 hours of cosmetology training at a state-approved beauty school. All cosmetology schools must abide by the state board's laws and rules to maintain licensure. Schools must renew their licenses no more than 30 days after the license expiration date. School owners can choose when their licenses expire—either annually or biennially on Dec. 31 or biennially on the license owner's birthday. 

A standard cosmetology curriculum needs to include the below content:

  • Hygiene and Sanitation: 80 Hours
  • Related Sciences: 120 hours
  • Hairdressing: 1000 hours
  • Manicuring: 100 hours
  • Aesthetics: 100 hours
  • Salesmanship and Shop Management: 50 hours
  • Professional Ethics: 49 hours
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault training: 1 hour

Can I Apprentice as a Cosmetologist in Arkansas?

Arkansas doesn't provide apprenticeship options for cosmetology licensure. Prospective cosmetologists have to attend a state-approved beauty school for their training and education.

Arkansas Cosmetology Licensing Requirements

After completing 1,500 hours of training, you must pass two state board cosmetology exams—written and practical.

You will contact the Arkansas Department of Health to apply for the examination. PSI Services administers the written exam, and you can contact them to schedule your exam after the health department deems you eligible. You will apply for the practical exam through your cosmetology school. The written test fee is $60, and the practical exam costs $65. You can retake the written test unlimited times in one year.

Students can take the written exam in English, Spanish, Korean, or Vietnamese. To apply for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, you need to contact the Arkansas Department of Health Cosmetology Section for approval.

On the day of the test, arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time and bring one form of valid government-issued identification with a photograph and your signature, such as a driver's license, state ID, or passport. The test lasts 90 minutes and contains 110 questions.

The theoretical exam comprises four sections:

  1. Scientific concepts (30%)
  2. Hair care and services (40%)
  3. Skin care and services (15%)
  4. Nail care and services (15%)

You'll receive your written test scores immediately after you finish the exam. You must earn a score of 70% to pass.

All cosmetology schools administer a practical exam developed by the state's health department. Each school determines the allotted exam time and required supply list. You have to receive a score of 75% or higher to pass.

Arkansas Cosmetology Licensure Reciprocity

License reciprocity is available in Arkansas. Eligible candidates must provide proof that they've completed 1,500 hours of cosmetology training. To apply for a reciprocal license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a valid cosmetology license in which the scope of practice includes hairdressing, manicuring, nail extensions, and esthetics
  • Pass a state law exam
  • Pay the $50 reciprocity fee
  • Submit a pre-licensure criminal background check petition and have no conviction of a felony or misdemeanor
  • Submit a reciprocity form along with proof of training
  • Have the state board you were licensed in send your certification of licensure record to the Arkansas state board

Members of the military stationed in Arkansas, returning veterans, or their spouses applying for reciprocity within one year of discharge will receive automatic licensure

Cosmetology Specialties in Arkansas

Arkansas offers cosmetology-related licenses in electrology, with reduced training hours for aspiring cosmetologists. Electrologists permanently remove hair using an electric needle or similar device. The electrologist license requires 350 hours of training in conjunction with a full cosmetology course or 600 hours without the cosmetology course.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

You must renew your cosmetology license every two years—the expiration date is on the licensee's birthday. You can renew online by paying the $50 fee.

If your cosmetology license has expired for five or more years, you must take the appropriate examination and pay a fee to reinstate your license.

Contact the Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology

Arkansas Department of Health

The state of Arkansas has recognized cosmetology as a bountiful field for anyone looking for a more eclectic career path for decades. The training process leads to many becoming polished professionals and also small business owners. Eager applicants go to these groups for more information.

Arkansas Cosmetology & Barber Association, Inc.
This organization is dedicated to advocating for beauty professionals and promoting continuing education in the field.

Arkansas Cosmetology School Owners Association
This group of Arkansas beauty school owners aims to improve the student experience by providing continuing education events and hosting student competitions.

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