Cosmetology Schools in Kentucky

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151 Chenoweth Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training, Esthetics, Nail Technology

554 Westport Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Barbering

7285 Turfway Road
Florence, KY 41042

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

5120 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40216

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

Appalachian Beauty School – Accredited

25429 US Highway 119 North
Belfry, KY 41514

Ashland Community and Technical College

1400 College Drive
Ashland, KY 41101

Barrett and Company School of Hair Design – Accredited

973 Kimberly Square South Main Street
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Bellefonte Academy Of Beauty – Accredited

420 Bellefonte Street
Russell, KY 41169

Berea Beauty Academy – Accredited

213 Pauline Drive Suite 1
Berea, KY 40403

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

1 Bert Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Campbellsville University – Accredited

212 Nancy Cox Drive
Campbellsville, KY 42718

Campbellsville University

600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Campbellsville University – Accredited

1166 Danville Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

Campbellsville University – Accredited

813 Old Elizabethtown Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748

Campbellsville University – Accredited

1 Petty John Street
Liberty, KY 42539

Campbellsville University – Accredited

2300 Greene Way
Louisville, KY 40220

Campbellsville University – Accredited

2236 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Paris, KY 40361

Campbellsville University – Accredited

3825 Ste C South Highway 27
Somerset, KY 42501

Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training – Accredited

5659 Main Street
Thelma, KY 41260

Casey County High School (high school students only) – Accredited

1841 East Ky 70
Liberty, KY 42539

Changes Cosmetology School LLC – Accredited

2928 Park Avenue
Paducah, KY 42001

College for Technical Education – Accredited

1165 Centre Parkway #120
Lexington, KY 40517

Creations School of Cosmetology – Accredited

212 North Main Street
Corbin, KY 40701

CTE School Of Cosmetology – Accredited

2135 Bypass Road
Winchester, KY 40391

East Kentucky Beauty College – Accredited

137 Weddington Branch Road
Pikeville, KY 41501

Eden Beauty Institute – Accredited

905 North 12th Street
Middlesboro, KY 40965

Edge Academy of Beauty – Accredited

356 Manchester Square Shopping Center Suite 19
Manchester, KY 40962

Employment Solutions-College for Technical Education

1165 Centre Parkway Suite #120
Lexington, KY 40517

Gateway Community and Technical College

500 Technology Way
Florence, KY 41042

Great Ambitions School of Cosmetology – Accredited

1102 Paris Road Suite 19
Mayfield, KY 42066

Hazard Community and Technical College

1 Community College Drive
Hazard, KY 41701

Hopkinsville Community College

720 North Drive
Hopkinsville, KY 42240

Ideal Beauty Academy – Accredited

10213 Linn Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223

J's Academy Of Cosmetology – Accredited

136 West Main Street
Mount Sterling, KY 40353

Jefferson Community and Technical College

109 East Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

74 Parkway Plaza Loop
Whitesburg, KY 41858

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

1001 West Highway 90
Albany, KY 42602

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

1897 Oakview Road
Ashland, KY 41101

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

101 Vo Tech Drive
Hazard, KY 41701

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

1127 Main Street
Jackson, KY 41339

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

164 Opportunity Way
Lexington, KY 40511

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

235 South Laurel Road
London, KY 40741

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

727 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40203

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

513 Third Street
Paintsville, KY 41240

Kentucky Community & Technical College System – Accredited

230 Airport Road
Somerset, KY 42501

Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology – Accredited

1059 Shive Lane Bowling
Bowling Green, KY 42103

Louisville Beauty Academy – Accredited

1049 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40204

Madisonville Beauty College – Accredited

270 Madisonville Square Drive
Madisonville, KY 42431

Maysville Community and Technical College

1755 U.S. Highway 68
Maysville, KY 41056

Paducah Beauty School

124 South 4th Street
Paducah, KY 42001

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

3644 Boston Road
Lexington, KY 40514

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

156 North Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222

PJ's College of Cosmetology – Accredited

1901 Russellville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42101

PJ's College of Cosmetology

920 Happy Valley Road
Glasgow, KY 42141

PJ's College of Cosmetology – Accredited

2911 South Hurstbourne Parkway
Louisville, KY 40220

Regina Webb Academy – Accredited

2425 Scottsville Road Greenwood Courtyard Suite 116
Bowling Green, KY 42104

Somerset Community College

808 Monticello Street
Somerset, KY 42501

South Eastern Beauty Academy – Accredited

318 Second Street
Paintsville, KY 41240

Sullivan University

3101 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Summit Salon Academy – Accredited

1300 New Circle Road Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40505

Taylor County High School (high school students only) – Accredited

2705 Hodgenville Road
Campbellsville, KY 42718

The Beauty Institute – Accredited

111 West 2nd Street
Maysville, KY 41056

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

4810 Alben Barkley Drive
Paducah, KY 42002

Appalachian Beauty School

609A Central Avenue
South Williamson, KY 41503
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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Kentucky

Kentucky Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Kentucky is $23,460 ($11.28/hour). This is lower than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 11% job increase between 2018–2028 for cosmetologists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

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State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

To earn cosmetology licensure in Kentucky, you need at least 1,500 hours of training and to pass two exams. The Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists then requires you to submit an application and $25 fee, with licensure granted upon approval.

Education Details

Cosmetology schools in Kentucky have to meet strict licensing standards, so you can look forward to a high-quality education that is relevant to today's salons and spas. As you get ready to start your career, you should study these topics.

Topics Covered at Beauty Schools in KY

  • History and ethics of cosmetology
  • Hygiene and grooming for cosmetology professionals
  • Professional responsibilities
  • Salesmanship
  • Facial treatments
  • Makeup
  • Esthetics supplies and tools
  • Facial massage
  • Eyebrow arching and tweezing
  • Nail technology
  • Plain and oil manicures
  • Artificial nails
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Scalp and hair treatments
  • Shampoos and rinses
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair lightening
  • Cold waving
  • Hair shaping and styling
  • Care and styling of wigs
  • Haircutting
  • Sterilization and sanitation

License Renewal

1 Year

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Cosmetology licenses in Kentucky must be renewed every year between July 1 and July 31. Apprentice cosmetologists, cosmetologists, and nail technicians must pay a renewal fee of $20. Renewal fees range from $25 to $110 for other professions. Currently, no continuing education hours are required to renew your cosmetology license in Kentucky, but CEUs are always recommended to stay current in the industry. It is extremely important to renew no later than July 31, otherwise you must have your license restored. This process comes with fees ranging from $75 to $220.

Kentucky Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Kentucky

Regardless of the option that suits you, you may benefit from beauty industry growth in Kentucky. From 2012 through 2022, demand for cosmetologists is expected to increase 5% in Kentucky (O*Net, 2016). On average, Kentucky cosmetologists earn $23,460per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

A career in beauty can be rewarding and challenging—this field changes constantly, so you have the chance to focus on different skills and work settings throughout your career. You may start out at a beauty salon or spa. As you find out what you enjoy doing, you may choose to focus on nail art, facials, chemical hair processes, or another area entirely. Some cosmetologists become entrepreneurs by renting a chair at a popular salon or opening their own salons.

Contact the Kentucky State Board of Cosmetology

Kentucky Board of Cosmetology

The Bluegrass State knows a bit about personal style, and cosmetologists have contributed to it a great deal. Beauty professionals in the state employ a keen blend of Southern tradition and modern polish in their work. Aspiring beauty professionals get their data from these groups.

Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
Associated Hair Professionals
American Association of Cosmetology Schools


How to Become a Cosmetologist in Your State