Cosmetology Schools in District of Columbia

If you want to begin a career as a cosmetologist in the U.S. capital, now could be a perfect time. As of 2018, D.C. cosmetologists made an average of $39,290 per year ($18.89 per hour), which is about $15,000 more than the national average. The job is also expected to grow by 12% between 2016 and 2026, also higher than the national expectations. Though most tourists come to the city for the history, many enjoy some pampering while vacationing. Plus, the city has a population of over 700,000 people, with a larger population in the entire metro when you include the outlying neighborhoods in V.A. and M.D.—not to mention the political bigwigs who may also need help with makeup, hair, or relaxation. This means you may have quite a large client base to work with.

Washington D.C. requires 1,500 hours of training, or 500 hours plus 1,500 hours of apprenticeship practice, to qualify for licensure.

Washington D.C. requires 1,500 hours of training, or 500 hours plus 1,500 hours of apprenticeship practice, to qualify for licensure. (If you hope to practice in nearby Maryland or Virginia, your requirements may be different.) The schools below will all help you not only fulfill these requirements for D.C. but to prepare for your practical and written exams.

Browse our directory of cosmetology schools in District of Columbia, or skip ahead to learn about the state's cosmetology licensing requirements and job outlook.

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671 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

(571) 366-4809
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
Award Beauty School – Accredited

26 East Antietam Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Barbering

6320 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

(443) 312-9268

9616 Reistertown Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117

(410) 415-9936
Hair Academy II – Accredited

3705 Branch Avenue
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

8435 Old Annapolis Road
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

12450 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 984-8182
Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

8736 Arliss Street
Silver Spring, MD 20901

(301) 588-3570
Barbering, Cosmetology

7351 Assateague Drive
Jessup, MD 20794

Cosmetology, Barbering

90 K Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Cosmetology Teacher Training

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Ai-Lien International Beauty Academy – Accredited

5541 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207

Allegany College of Maryland

12401 Willowbrook Road Southeast
Cumberland, MD 21502

Alma Beauty Academy – Accredited

512 Maple Avenue West
Vienna, VA 22180

Alure Hair Academy – Accredited

1020 East Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132

Anna Beauty Academy – Accredited

778 South 23Rd Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Arlington Education Center – Accredited

2615 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Aspen Beauty Academy of Laurel – Accredited

3535 Fort Meade Road
Laurel, MD 20724

Aveda Institute – Accredited

227 Archer Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

AVI Career Training – Accredited

10130 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

Beatriz International Beauty Academy – Accredited

3010-3014 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Beatriz International Hair Salon – Accredited

210 West Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA 22305

Belleza Academy – Accredited

1549 Old Bridge Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Bennett Career Institute – Accredited

700 Monroe Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20017

C & S Beauty School – Accredited

8029 Centreville Road
Manassas, VA 20111

C.J. Hair School – Accredited

9667 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Circle Beauty Academy – Accredited

9547 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Claudia Beauty Academy – Accredited

62 Plaza Street Northeast
Lansdowne, VA 20176

College of Southern Maryland

8730 Mitchell Road
La Plata, MD 20646

Columbia College – Accredited

8620 Westwood Center Drive
Vienna, VA 22182

Cosmopolitan Beauty and Tech School – Accredited

4201 John Marr Drive
Annandale, VA 22003

Culpeper Cosmetology Training Center – Accredited

311 South East Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Danville Community College – Accredited

820 Bruce Street South
Boston, VA 24592

Daydreamers Academy – Accredited

10432 Balls Ford Road
Manassas, VA 20109

Dominican House Of Beauty Academy – Accredited

14404 Jefferson Davis Highway
Woodbridge, VA 22191

Dream Sitara Beauty Academy – Accredited

11226 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Dudley Beauty College – Accredited

2031 Rhode Island Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20018

Elany Beauty Academy – Accredited

8091-G Alban Road
Springfield, VA 22150

Elitist Training Center, LLC

7576 Annapolis Road
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Flair Beauty Institute

3328 Georgia Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20010

Glamour Color & Hair School – Accredited

8858 Glenridge Court
Vienna, VA 22182

Hair Remede Beauty College

4586 Beech Road
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Haircentre Beauty Academy – Accredited

7115 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043

Hands To Hold Academy – Accredited

1515 Stafford Market Place
Stafford, VA 22556

Infinity Beauty Academy – Accredited

13876 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151

Innovation Beauty Institute – Accredited

8255 Shoppers Square
Manassas, VA 20111

International Beauty School 4 – Accredited

201 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401

J's Hair Design – Accredited

13895 Hedgewood Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Jolie Hair Academy – Accredited

10134 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

Kenny's Beauty Academy – Accredited

3461 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

Kiki Makeup Studio

10160 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22030

LA Skincare & Waxing School – Accredited

362 West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

Le Arai Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

8630 Lee Highway
Farifax, VA 22031

Lilique Training Institute – Accredited

3609D Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Metamorphosis Academy – Accredited

10560 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Michele's Touch

13716 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Military Beauty And Barber School – Accredited

323 Potomac Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134

Miracles Academy & Salon – Accredited

1501 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

Moda Beauty School – Accredited

9921 Wellington Road
Manassas, VA 20110

Northern Virginia Community College

4001 Wakefield Chapel Road
Annandale, VA 22003

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

8041-L Tysons Corner Center
Mclean, VA 22102

Paulette de Paris, International Beauty Academy – Accredited

8229 Boone Boulevard
Vienna, VA 22182

PR Partners Academy – Accredited

11740 Sudley Manor Drive
Manassas, VA 20109

Prosperity Beauty Academy – Accredited

4220-C Annandale Road
Annandale, VA 22003

Romans Hair Empire & Beauty Academy – Accredited

480 South Commerce Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630

Ruth Beauty Salon & Academy – Accredited

101 East Holly Avenue
Sterling, VA 20164

Shawntay's School of Creative Nails – Accredited

6475 New Hampshire Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20783

Skyline Beauty Academy – Accredited

5124 Leesburg Pike
Alexandria, VA 22302

Spectrum Beauty Academy – Accredited

25 South Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314

Springfield Beauty Academy – Accredited

4223 Annandale Road
Annandale, VA 22003

Star Beauty School – Accredited

2263 Valor Drive
Winchester, VA 22601

Star Of The USA Beauty Academy – Accredited

3305 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305

Statements The Academy – Accredited

2253 Old Bridge Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Super Hair's Beauty Academy – Accredited

165 Maple Avenue
Vienna, VA 22180

The Temple – Accredited

2303 Forest Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Temple – Accredited

22 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701

Topcurl Beauty Academy – Accredited

12164 Central Avenue
Mitchellville, MD 20721

Tower Square Beauty & Barber Academy – Accredited

161 Hillwood Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046

Unique U Academy – Accredited

8961 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079

V Salon & Academy – Accredited

19341 Diamond Lake Drive
Lansdowne, VA 20176

Victor Beauty Academy – Accredited

7254 Maple Place
Annandale, VA 22003

Victory Nails – Accredited

2735 Metro Plaza
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Yen Beauty Academy – Accredited

5511 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22205

Yuri Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1601 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
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You must attend school in the state you want to practice in. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited school. Learn more about the requirements in your state.

How to Become a Cosmetologist in District of Columbia

District of Columbia Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours or 2,000 apprentice hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 6 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Washington DC is $31,960 ($15.37/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 12% job increase between 2016-2026 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

If you can work quickly, respond to requests, and prioritize customer service, you could be a natural fit in the world of cosmetology. Washington DC has a huge beauty industry.

Legislators, lobbyists, and others in the political sphere need to maintain a professional appearance at all times and they need to get beauty services that fit their schedule. As a licensed cosmetologist, you can make the most of their time and put your skills to the test.

Can I Attend Beauty Schools in Virginia or Maryland if I Want DC Licensure?

What if you want to attend cosmetology school in D.C. but work in Maryland or Virginia—or vice versa? Fortunately, you can usually take advantage of the states’ reciprocity programs to obtain a license in your employer’s location—subject to approval from the state cosmetology board of the area in which you want to work.

For example, suppose you want to obtain your cosmetologist license to work in Washington D.C., and you have your license in another state. In that case, you can apply for a license by reciprocity if you can provide a letter of good standing from a state cosmetology board that has equivalent cosmetology licensing requirements to D.C. This means you’d be eligible for a reciprocal license if you’ve completed a program that includes 1,500 or more hours of training and passed your state’s comparable licensure exam.

Maryland has similar requirements—you must have a license in another state and provide a letter of good standing that you’ve completed 1,500 or more hours of training. Virginia requires that your original licensing state has substantially equivalent cosmetology training and examinations, defined as at least 80% (1,200) of Virginia’s required 1,500 hours.

Since all three states have the same number of required training hours, licensure by reciprocity may be an easy way to work in any jurisdiction in the D.C. metro area. However, each state requires an application and board review before granting a reciprocal license, so decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Check with the relevant states’ cosmetology boards to determine your best course of action.

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours OR 2,000 Apprentice Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Licensure goes through the Board of Barber and Cosmetology. If you go the traditional route, you need 1500 hours of education. If you become an apprentice, you must complete a 2000-hour curriculum. The licensing board also outlines the topics you must study as a student. The final step in getting a license is passing your written and practical tests.

Education Details

Before you can even get close to a client with a pair of shears, you must complete quite a bit of training at an approved beauty school in Washington DC. The topics below outline Washington DC training requirements. Your education should cover theory and hands-on practice.

Required Topics in Cosmetology Schools in Washington DC

  • Shampooing
  • Scalp treatments
  • Chemical straightening
  • Personal hygiene
  • Ethics in cosmetology
  • District of Columbia Law
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Chemistry of cosmetology products
  • Sanitation and safety
  • Haircutting and styling

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

6 Hours

Continuing education required

Barbering licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years. Cosmetology, esthetician, nail technician, electrologist, and permanent makeup licenses expire on April 30 of even-numbered years. Washington D.C. requires 6 cosmetology continuing education hours during each renewal period. Two hours must be in sanitation and hygiene, and the other four hours can be in any subject or area of study.

District of Columbia Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in District of Columbia

In Washington DC's high-end and fast-service salons, you can build a base of loyal clients that trust you to get them in and out quickly. With national growth in the beauty industry, Washington DC has seen an increase in demand for beauty professionals. Job openings for cosmetologists are expected to swell 12% between 2016 and 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for a Washington DC cosmetologist is $31,960 per year, which is well above the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

There are lots of great ways you can use your beauty education in Washington DC. This area is the political center of the beauty industry, legislating different careers and setting standards for state licensing boards. Your experience can help you be a voice for the beauty industry and professionals all over the United States. National groups like the Professional Beauty Federation give beauty professionals access to legislative updates and ways to get involved.

Contact the District of Columbia State Board of Cosmetology

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

The District Of Columbia boasts a vibrant cosmetology industry which is respected nationwide. Their stylists are highly adept and influential. With that in mind, those looking to become barbering professionals utilize the following information.

National Beauty Culturists League
Professional Beauty Association

District of Columbia

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Your State