Best 12 Cosmetology Schools in Massachusetts (2023)

Discover the best cosmetology schools in Massachusetts, as ranked by the Beauty Schools Directory team with the latest data available in 2022.

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Top Cosmetology Schools in Massachusetts

#1 - Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School
#2 - Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester
#3 - Charles H. McCann Technical School
#4 - DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology
#5 - Jupiter Beauty Academy

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This vocational school in Franklin offers various courses, including a high school-level cosmetology program and an adult cosmetology program. It also provides several adjacent programs, such as esthetics.

The adult cosmetology program takes 1,000 hours to complete. It provides a wide range of theoretical and practical experiences, aiming to prepare all students to pass the state licensing exams with flying colors.

Some subjects include hair styling, cutting, permanent waves, coloring, manicuring, and skin care. Students perfect their skills in the school's on-site salon, working hands-on with members of the public. Students are expected to maintain regular attendance and satisfactory progress and must maintain a 75% average. Class sizes are limited to 15 students and run from September to June.

"Taking this course was very enjoyable and beneficial to my program," says one former student on Indeed. "When enrolled in cosmetology school, the GK smoothing certificate was a small advantage our teacher gave us when teaching this course."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  100%
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As an official Toni & Guy location, this cosmetology school in Worcester is proud to offer its students a cutting-edge beauty education with flexible schedules, hands-on instruction, and all the skills necessary to begin a successful future career.

The school operates the Spotlight™ Culture program, which places students at the center of their studies and gives them access to various tools and activities. These include instruction in Toni & Guy methodology and terminology, lessons in personal and professional development topics, and interactive, hands-on classes and sessions with real clients. In addition, the school provides a professional tool kit, academic materials, and even reduced-cost services for students and their families.

The school has a 4.3 out of five-star rating on Indeed, with reviews like this: "Great teachers with lots of hands-on training. This program will have you ready to start your career once you are licensed. Covers many aspects of cosmetology including some barbering, nails, and aesthetics."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  82.6%
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Charles H. McCann Technical School primarily serves grades 9-12 but offers a range of post-secondary courses for adults.

The school's 1,000-hour cosmetology program is designed to introduce students to the hair and beauty industry's art, science, and business. It includes instruction in manicuring, shampooing, permanent waving, facials, massages, scalp treatments, hair cutting, and styling.

Once students complete the one-year program, they receive a Certificate of Cosmetology. They are eligible to take the state licensing exam. Once they pass and the license is issued, they must work under the supervision of a hairdresser or esthetician for two years.

"McCann Technical School is the best school around. I'm happy to say that the cliques are kept to a minimum, and the grades get along fairly well," says one review on Google. "The options in life are endless when it comes to McCann. Go Hornets!"

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  81.6%
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This purpose-built cosmetology school has a lot to offer students, including an outstanding facility, highly trained instructors, and a curriculum developed to prepare successful graduates for careers in the beauty industry.

The 1,000-hour cosmetology program mixes classroom theory with practical instruction. It takes around 31 weeks to complete on a full-time basis, or 63 weeks part-time. Students work exclusively on mannequin heads for the first 250 hours of the program.

After this, they graduate to the Student Salon, where they perform scalp treatments, shampooing, manicures, skincare, finger waving, pin curling, and hair cutting services on real clients. After 400 hours, students can start hair coloring, waving, bleaching, straightening, and styling.

Once they near the end of their studies, students participate in a mock state board exam to ensure they're ready to take the next step.

"DiGrigoli is more than a school; it's a family," says one Facebook review. "The unlimited source of support is unconditional. The instructors are energetic, warm, and friendly. The mastery, talent, and excellent techniques that are taught to myself and my classmates has already begun to refine us beyond expectation. The atmosphere is euphoric. The owner and the heart of the school, Paul DiGrigoli, is a breath of fresh air. A genuine and compassionate mentor. The wisdom and guidance he empowers to all of his students has awakened our creativity and confidence."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  78%
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This Dorchester school offers several beauty-based programs, including cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, and massage therapy, as well as an eyelash extension certification.

The school's cosmetology course takes 1,000 hours to complete. It introduces students to manicuring, hair removal, facials and skincare, hair beautification, hair cutting, chemical applications, foiling, highlights, and more. Classes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

"School was amazing. They taught you everything you needed to know," says one Google review. "The staff and teachers are amazing. Dee takes care of everything and makes you feel comfortable if you need anything. Ms. Christine and Ms. Kim work with you one on one if you need extra help."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  76%
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Alexander Academy offers students programs in both cosmetology and barbering. The cosmetology program takes 1,000 hours to complete. It covers relevant topics and techniques, including hair cutting, styling, perming, coloring, facial treatments, waxing, manicure and nail procedures, and other hair and beauty services. The program works with the Milady cosmetology system.

New sessions begin regularly, with classes starting on the first Monday of every month.

"Very good school with professional staff and great organization," says one Google review. "The best value around to get your license and start making money immediately. A+."

"I went to school here at Alexander Academy and had the best experience right off the bat," says another. "Everyone from the director to the instructors were all very helpful throughout the whole time that I attended the school. Thank you for teaching me what was only a hobby to me, and that has now become a career for me."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  71.1%
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New England Hair Academy offers students programs in cosmetology, barbering, and manicuring. The school's extensive curriculum includes in-depth, hands-on training in a fully operational on-campus salon and shops, allowing students to practice their new skills in a real-world environment.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure each learner gets the most from their education.

The school's 1,000-hour cosmetology program provides students with a well-rounded education in the subject and valuable foundations in business and ethics. The class can be taken during the daytime, either full-time (seven months) or part-time (ten months), or at nighttime, which takes around 15 months.

"I love the school, and they are great and help your every step of the way, especially after school," says one review on Indeed. "They teach you hands-on and help make sure you don't just move on to move on. They make sure you understand everything."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  66.8%
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The Southeastern Technical Institute opened its doors in 1968. It's a regional vocational school providing post-secondary programs in subjects as diverse as dental assisting, metal fabrication, culinary arts, and cosmetology.

The school's 1,000-hour cosmetology program launched in 2014 and involves an intense course of study combining theory and practical components. It is based in the school's state-of-the-art cosmetology lab and takes around 14 months to complete.

Classes start in the Fall and Spring semesters and take place four nights per week, from Monday through Thursday.

The curriculum covers a wide range of hair and beauty topics, including hair cutting, styling, coloring, waving, skin care, facials, nail care and manicures, business studies, sanitation, and more.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  65.5%
School Profile

At its Malden location, Empire Beauty School offers students a core cosmetology program with classes conducted by trained and licensed beauty educators. The school has an on-campus student salon and clinic, giving learners ample opportunity to practice their new skills in a real-world environment.

Empire Beauty Schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), which holds its members to a high standard of education.

Empire provides a multi-faceted education, covering a range of topics such as hair design, hair cutting, color and texture, skincare, and business and retail training. In addition, all students are given a complete kit upon enrollment, packed with tools and accessories to make the most of their studies.

"Learned a lot from this school," says one review on Indeed. "Definitely one-of-a-kind, top-notch school. Classes are fun and very informative. Subjects move fast, so you have to be paying attention."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  60.4%
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Having opened its doors in 1933, Lowell Academy has trained budding cosmetologists for over 80 years. The school is committed to the cornerstones of hair and beauty training—providing a well-rounded education, proper preparation, an understanding of industry expectations, and job placement assistance and career advisement.

It offers programs in cosmetology, manicuring, a barber crossover program, and a brush-up course for those who have taken a break from the salon environment and need to freshen up on their skills.

Lowell's cosmetology program incorporates extensive hands-on learning with classroom experience to provide students with a complete approach to beauty and wellness. During enrollment, students receive an iPad Air. They are then offered expert demonstrations, industry experience, and certifications in makeup application, Keratin Smoothing Complex Therapy, and Di Biase hair extension training.

The school has an impressive 4.6 out of five-star rating on Indeed, with reviews like this: "Amazing school. Loved every second of it. The teachers were awesome at explaining everything, and everything is hands-on, which makes it easy to learn. There are always fun projects and always great learning opportunities. I definitely recommend this school for future cosmetologists."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  59.9%
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Like its sister location in Malden, Empire Beauty School's Boston location offers a comprehensive core cosmetology program. The school strives to support students through every phase of their education, graduation, and career placement, focusing on picking up real-world experience in the student salon. Students are also encouraged to learn what it's like to work for a major beauty company or become a salon owner.

The school's cosmetology program takes 1,000 hours to complete. It covers various topics, including hair cutting, coloring, facials, makeup, manicuring, salon management, and more.

"Amazing experience, plenty of opportunities presented for us students," says one Indeed reviewer. "Thorough teaching to ensure success. Able to make up missed time by coming into classes on Saturdays."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  56.1%
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Rob Roy has a reputation for being a fun, vibrant school with multiple locations around the state, including its New Bedford campus. Each site has its unique personality, but the school keeps all its students engaged with regular events such as barber battles, cosmetology competitions, and cut-a-thons.

The school's cosmetology program takes 1,000 hours to complete—though students who have already gained a Massachusetts barber's license can reduce this to 500 hours.

The course covers various relevant topics and techniques, including the fundamentals of hair cutting, clipper cutting, texturizing, coloring, highlighting, nails, makeup, and skin care. The school also teaches the Prosper U business program, which teaches students how to attract, maximize, and retain clients.

"Good combination of classroom and hands-on learning," says one reviewer on Indeed. "Build great relationships with the students as well as the teachers! It's an overall great experience."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  50.1%
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How We Ranked Massachusetts 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 12 cosmetology schools in Massachusetts.

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.