Best 6 Cosmetology Schools in West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce (2022)

Discover the best cosmetology schools in West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce, as ranked by the Beauty Schools Directory team with the latest data available in 2022.

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Top Cosmetology Schools in West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce

#1 - Fort Pierce Beauty Academy
#2 - Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty
#3 - Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-West Palm Beach
#4 - Latin Beauty Academy
#5 - Empire Beauty School—West Palm Beach

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Founded in 1966, Fort Pierce Beauty Academy was the first private cosmetology school on the Treasure Coast. It is well known throughout the area for its high-quality courses, small class sizes, and relatively low program costs. Now with three locations, the school continues to offer students programs in cosmetology and barbering.

The 1,200-hour cosmetology program is normally completed in seven months and covers a wide range of hair and beauty topics, including hair cutting, coloring, and styling, nails, makeup, and skincare. Students also learn state laws, sanitation procedures, and salon management and sales.

“I love this school,” says one student review on Indeed. “Would recommend to others. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The owners are amazing people and very understanding. Go check out the school.”

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  83.90 %
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Palm Beach Academy of Health & Beauty offers a variety of different beauty-based programs, including cosmetology, massage therapy, barbering, and more. The cosmetology program takes 1,200 hours to complete and prepares students for successful future careers in the beauty industry, covering a wide range of topics across hair, skin, makeup, and nails.

Students begin their studies by practicing on mannequins, classmates, and volunteer models, then build their skills until they can work with real customers in the school’s on-site salon.

Thanks to a partnership between the school and National American University, graduates of the program who wish to take their education further may be able to advance their diploma to a degree. They can receive a tuition discount, too.

The school has a four out of five star rating on Facebook, with reviews such as this from former students: “A proud cosmo graduate!!! Amazing teachers and a wonderful program!! Might go back for something else.”

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  77.30 %
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The Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers beauty school has locations in Casselberry, Margate, Hollywood, and West Palm Beach. The West Palm Beach campus offers cosmetology, barbering, electrology, massage therapy, nail technology, skincare, and specialist courses. They also offer several crossover programs to combine skill sets.

The school's cosmetology program takes 1,200 hours to complete, and students normally graduate in around nine months. Upon enrollment, all students receive professional hair styling, makeup, nail, and Dermalogica skincare kits to keep.

The school is partnered with several local and national salons, spas, and leading industry brands such as Matrix, Mizani, Redken Brews, Dermalogica, Nouveau Nail, Hair Cuttery, and more. Upon graduation, all students are awarded a certificate of completion from Dermalogica and can graduate Dermalogica Certified.

“I love this school it’s been like my third week here and honestly I’m so happy I came to this school!” says one Facebook review. “I have Ms. Kim and she’s so funny and sweet, a great teacher. She will push you to learn and helps you when you need it.”

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  75.20 %
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The Latin Beauty Academy was founded in September 2006 to provide a high-quality private beauty education for the growing Spanish-speaking community in the area. As such, classes are offered both in English and Spanish.

The school has cosmetology, barbering, massage therapy, full specialist, facial specialist, and nail technology programs. It also provides continuing education classes for professionals who are already licensed but need to complete additional hours of training to renew their qualifications.

The school’s cosmetology program takes 1,200 hours to complete. It covers various relevant topics and techniques, including shampooing and conditioning, hair shaping, cutting, and coloring, facials, nails, professional ethics, and sanitation procedures.

“Excellent school pleasant atmosphere,” says one student review on Facebook. “I studied and had the privilege to work there and the teachers are very good Professors as well as staff very professional at school…I would recommend to anyone interested in studying in the field of beauty to come to this school.”

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  72.80 %
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As part of the Empire Beauty School family, this West Palm Beach beauty college is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), which holds its members to a higher standard than non-accredited schools.

Trained and licensed beauty educators conduct the school’s cosmetology program. It also has a student salon and clinic where learners can practice their skills on real clients and build their contact books.

The program covers topics and techniques, including hair cutting and design, color and texture, basic skincare, and business and retail skills. Upon enrollment, each student receives a full kit containing all the tools, products, and curriculum needed to complete the program and launch their new career.

Reviews of the school are positive, with comments such as “Great school amazing educators!!!” posted on the official Facebook page.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  56.60 %
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How We Ranked West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce Cosmetology Programs

The cosmetology schools ranked are accredited or state-approved to provide cosmetology programming according to the licensing requirements in the state. We researched schools that qualified as Title IV institutions and had an average of at least 25 students enrolled in the most recent 3 academic years of available data (2018 - 2020). These schools are all within 50 miles of a major city center and had a weighted 3-year average graduation rate (2018, 2019, and 2020) greater than 50%. After filtering for those requirements, we sorted the remaining programs by the highest weighted average graduation rate to determine the top 6 cosmetology schools in West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce.

Graduation rate and student enrollment data are from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reports. Schools with key data points missing from IPEDS reports may be omitted from the ranking, as are schools with data that is unattributable to its beauty programs. Many excellent educational institutions—including community colleges—offering a wide variety of vocational programs may, as a result, not be represented on these rankings of top beauty schools.

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This program ranking and others on our site were created by Beauty Schools Directory editorial staff based on both proprietary and publicly available data. In providing this information for our readers, our team makes editorial decisions independent from any commercial partnerships with any educational institution.