Cosmetology Schools in Iowa

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

Browse All Cosmetology Schools in Iowa

For School Owners

Don't see your school listed? Want to discuss becoming a featured school in the directory? Contact us to learn more.

304 South Iris
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

(319) 219-6248
Programs:
Cosmetology
Aveda Institute – Accredited

6905 Mills Civic Parkway #120
Des Moines, IA 50266

Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics

Capri College – Accredited

2945 Williams Parkway Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Capri College – Accredited

2540 East 53rd Street
Davenport, IA 52807

Capri College – Accredited

395 Main Street
Dubuque, IA 52004

Capri College – Accredited

2323 Crossroads Boulevard
Waterloo, IA 50702

E Q School of Hair Design – Accredited

2600 South 9th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Faust Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

1543 18th Street
Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Iowa Central Community College

1 Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Iowa School of Beauty – Accredited

609 West 2nd Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Iowa School of Beauty – Accredited

3320 Line Drive
Sioux City, IA 51106

Iowa School of Beauty – Accredited

3305 70Th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

La James International College – Accredited

6322 University Avenue
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

La James International College – Accredited

227 East Market Brewery Square
Iowa City, IA 52245

La James International College – Accredited

8805 Chambery Boulevard
Johnston, IA 50131

La' James College of Hairstyling – Accredited

5205 North Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52806

La' James College of Hairstyling – Accredited

24 Second Street Northeast
Mason City, IA 50401

La' James International College – Accredited

4444 1st Avenue Northeast Suite 410 & 12
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

La' James International College – Accredited

2419 5th Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Le Mars Beauty College – Accredited

128 Central Avenue Southeast
Le Mars, IA 51031

Northeast Iowa Community College – Accredited

1625 Highway 150
Calmar, IA 52132

PCI Academy – Accredited

309 Kitty Hawk Drive
Ames, IA 50010

PCI Academy – Accredited

1550 South 1st Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Southwestern Community College

1501 West Townline Street
Creston, IA 50801

World of Beauty Academy – Accredited

3409 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320
Accredited School

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.

Cosmetology Schools Near Me

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Iowa

Iowa Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 2,100 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 8 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Iowa is $25,990 ($12.49/hour). This is lower 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%.

A good cosmetologist is worth more than gold.

When you do high-quality work, make clients feel comfortable in your salon chair, and are up-to-date on new skills and techniques, you may look forward to a booked schedule.

State License Requirements

2,100 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Cosmetology is licensed in all 50 states, so your next stop is the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. You will need to schedule your written test and skills test. Passing scores on these exams may allow you to become licensed. You must also pay a $55 licensing fee when you submit your application.

Education Details

Iowa Cosmetology Careers and Opportunities No matter what you are passionate about in cosmetology, you can build a career that showcases your talents and interests. If you love hair color and coloring techniques, you can build a reputation for your killer bayalage. If you have a knack for picking the right haircut for every client's face, you may fill your schedule with people looking for soft layers, angled bobs, and shaved sides. A nail salon could be the right place for you if you want to focus on nail art, and you may be right at home in a spa if esthetics is your specialty. In general, Iowa is the ideal place to start a career..

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

8 Hours

Continuing education required

Iowa cosmetology licenses expire every two years, and must be renewed by April 1 of even-numbered years. The fee to renew your license is $60. Iowa requires 8 hours of cosmetology continuing education each period to renew. Barbers only have to complete 4 hours of continuing education during each renewal period.

Iowa Cosmetology Careers

$$25,990

Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Iowa

O*Net predicts a 12% jump in cosmetology job openings by the year 2026 (2019). Currently, the average salary for an Iowa cosmetologist is $$25,990 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

No matter what you are passionate about in cosmetology, you can build a career that showcases your talents and interests. If you love hair color and coloring techniques, you can build a reputation for your killer bayalage. If you have a knack for picking the right haircut for every client's face, you may fill your schedule with people looking for soft layers, angled bobs, and shaved sides. A nail salon could be the right place for you if you want to focus on nail art, and you may be right at home in a spa if esthetics is your specialty. In general, Iowa is the ideal place to start a career.

Contact the Iowa State Board of Cosmetology

Iowa Department of Public Health

Cosmetology has gradually become another way of life for those looking for unique careers in Iowa. State projections foretell a slight increase in those looking to become professionals over the next six years. Eager applicants take guidance from these listed groups.

Cosmetologists and Barbers of Iowa
Professional Beauty Association

Commercial_Combo_Program-Career-Geo
Cosmetology
Iowa