Best 10 Cosmetology Schools in Maryland (2023)

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

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Top Cosmetology Schools in Maryland

#1 - Baltimore Studio of Hair Design
#2 - Hair Expressions Academy
#3 - Maryland Beauty Academy of Essex
#4 - Aveda Institute-Maryland
#5 - Montgomery Beauty School

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This Baltimore beauty school has several locations throughout the state. It has been providing instruction in the art of hair and beauty for over 35 years. The school is committed to teaching students cosmetology fundamentals and guiding them on successful career paths.

It offers flexible schedules to help students fit the program around life's other commitments. In addition, the school provides job placement services to ensure learners enter the workforce as soon as they feel ready.

Baltimore Studio of Hair Design offers a 1,500-hour cosmetology program with both full-time (10-14 months) and part-time (21-25 months) options. It covers various hair and beauty topics, including hair cutting, coloring, perming, waving, and styling, and nail and skin care.

The school gets positive reviews on Indeed, such as this from one graduate: "It was a great place to get your [cosmetologist] certification. Well-lit and clean with plenty of space and teachers who are very knowledgeable and stay by your side the whole time."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  85.1%
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This Paul Mitchell Partner School in Rockville is in a purpose-built, 11,500-square-foot facility in Montgomery County.

Hair Expressions offers programs in cosmetology, barbering, and esthetics. The cosmetology program takes 1,500 hours to complete.

It leads students through four different phases of learning: Level One (the fundamentals), Level Two (practice and perfecting techniques), Level Three (expanding skills), and Phase Two (an optional course of intensive study).

Students at Hair Expressions are encouraged to donate their time, talent, and energy to various charities through cut-a-thons, fashion shows, and other "FUNraising" events and philanthropic activities. As a result, over $23 million has been donated through the school's events.

"Great teachers, hands-on learning, visuals, " says one reviewer on Indeed. "Each week, we got tested on theory to be prepared for the state board, and when you hit 1200 hours, you start with practicals for the state board."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  83.6%
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The Maryland Beauty Academy—Essex became a sister school to the Baltimore Studio of Hair Design in 1991 and is known for holding hair styling and fashion competitions. Students and staff host the events, and local businesses sponsor them. This allows Essex students to show off their talents.

The school also participates in The Kennedy Krieger Christmas Tree Drive, where a committee of students and staff dress up a themed tree for charity.

The school offers programs in cosmetology and nail tech.

The cosmetology program takes 1,500 hours to complete over 10 to 14 months (full-time) or 18 to 23 months (part-time). It teaches students a wide range of topics, including hair cutting, coloring, perming, waving, and styling. They also teach skin and nail treatments.

"My teacher was the best, and that's why I passed my state board with flying colors," says one review on Indeed. "We had a lot of hands-on experience when coming to the state board. Our class work sessions were very informal. The packets we received each week for us to work on were very beneficial."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  83%
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At the Aveda Institute Maryland in Bel Air, students receive a well-rounded education that will expand their creativity and hone their talents. The school's instructors are well-versed in modern techniques and classic styles and focus on the power of using natural, organic ingredients.

The school offers programs in cosmetology and esthetics. The cosmetology program teaches students how to cut, color, and style hair using patented Aveda education methods and products. It also teaches additional Aveda techniques covering makeup art, nail care, and business development.

"I began my training when my Hairstylist recommended Aveda to me," says one review on Indeed. "I had a great experience from the tour to the day I graduated… I like how nice everyone was and how helpful they were too. I made a lot of friends while at this school."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  69.3%
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Montgomery Beauty School is based in a modern facility with state-of-the-art beauty and barber equipment, separate theory rooms, and a well-stocked laboratory.

It offers programs in cosmetology and barbering. The cosmetology curriculum progresses students from basic techniques to advanced hair and beauty skills, preparing them for salon and spa entry and specific business training.

Lessons are delivered through a combination of lectures and hands-on practice using both mannequins and actual clients. The course also uses step-by-step videos and text-support systems.

Facebook contains positive reviews, with comments such as this from recent graduates: "It's a very good school. I recommend this school to everyone who wants to be successful in the hair industry. Teachers are very talented. I give them 5 stars."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  67.7%
School Profile

The Temple—a Paul Mitchell Partner School opened its doors in 2005. Today, the school offers programs in both cosmetology and barbering. The school is housed in a 15,000-square-foot, 100-year-old Masonic building in the heart of Frederick.

Like other Paul Mitchell Schools, students in the 1,500-hour cosmetology program are guided through four stages of training, picking up new skills and advancing their methods as they learn.

Level One covers the fundamentals, Level Two teaches practice and perfecting techniques, Level Three helps students expand their skills, and Phase Two is an optional intensive study course.

"A right combination of classroom and hands-on, they get you ready to take your state boards," says one review on Indeed. "I learned not just cosmetology but also learned a bit of nail and esthetician work.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  67.6%
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Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy was established in 1976 and offers cosmetology and nail technology programs.

The cosmetology program takes 1,500 hours to complete over around 50 to 63 weeks. The curriculum covers various topics and techniques, including hair styling, cutting, chemical services and relaxers, permanent waves, hair color and lightening, manicuring, and pedicuring.

Classes run Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New intakes begin on the second Tuesday of every month.

"I have had the privilege to be a Cosmetology Instructor at DBA for several years, and this is by far one of the best beauty schools," says one review on Facebook. "They inspire every student to do their very best and achieve your goals while believing in you at times when you may not believe in yourself. The staff is very knowledgeable and motivated."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  65.9%
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Award Beauty School has taught students in Hagerstown, Maryland, and the tri-state area for over 50 years. The facility features modern beauty equipment and well-appointed classrooms as well as a laboratory where advanced students receive practical and clinical training.

The school offers programs in cosmetology, professional barbering, and nail tech. Its cosmetology program takes 1,500 hours to complete, and students typically graduate in around nine months.

The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, such as hair braiding, cutting, styling, skincare, and customer service. It combines classroom instruction with real-world training from experienced instructors and hands-on sessions with real clients.

On Indeed, the school achieves a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. Here's one review: "Great, wonderful teachers and staff, career driven. I made some lifelong friends and connections. I had a blast attending this school and would definitely recommend!"

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  64.6%
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The Temple Annapolis is the newest in The Temple family of cosmetology and barbering schools in Maryland. As a Paul Mitchell Partner School, this location provides a high standard of education to assist students in becoming successful cosmetologists and barbers.

The school's cosmetology curriculum guides students through three levels of learning: Core, Adaptive, and Creative. Students take on more advanced techniques and build real-world skills as they move through each stage. An optional fourth stage is also available for those who want to further put their skills to the test.

"Good combination of hands-on training and classroom training," says one review on Indeed, where the school has earned a 4.2 out of 5-star rating. "Learned a lot of history about cosmetology. Loved the hands-on training part of cosmetology."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  63.4%
School Profile

Hair Academy II in PG County’s Hillcrest Heights offers programs in cosmetology, professional barbering, and esthetics. The school has three aims: to help students' dreams become a reality, to help them discover their talents, and to inspire them to design creatively.

The school is proud to employ knowledgeable instructors and guest speakers, host demonstrations, and give learners access to various beauty shows and symposiums.

The school's cosmetology program takes around nine months to complete full-time or 18 months part-time. Hair Academy II relies on teaching methods that include the Milady curriculum, textbooks, and workbooks covering various relevant topics, techniques, and business practices.

"My school was the best hair school in PG. The teachers made sure I was ready for the state board, and I was offered a pretest to help pass as well," says one graduate on Indeed. "The school has hands-on training and classroom work to help prepare you."

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  55.8%
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How We Ranked Maryland 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 10 cosmetology schools in Maryland.

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.